WIN: 1 of 10 Sets of RE9 Anti Ageing Range by Arbonne

I wanted to kick start my posts for 2017 with an exciting giveaway, so thought what better to offer than my favourite product of 2016! The RE9 Anti Ageing range by Arbonne.

As most of you will know, I am now a consultant for Arbonne, which is a very luxurious health and wellness brand. The absolute hero of their product range is the Anti Ageing products and I have miniature sets of the award winning RE9 that I want to give to 10 lovely subscribers of my blog. The results can be noticed anywhere between 24 hours and 7 days of use and the SRP value of this full set is £268 (a mere smidgen of the cost if this was sold through retail as opposed to direct selling!)  A full review of these products can be seen here.

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It was this range that made me sign up as a consultant, I was absolutely blown away by the results of the products. I have since introduced this range to almost all of my friends who in turn have either joined the team or regularly buy these products. They are simply, amazing.

I asked them to give me a quote to share on this post…

“Oh my god. They have transformed my skin!” – Hannah Fairhurst, Family Solicitor

“I have had so many compliments on my skin since using this set!” – Kate Cannon, Former Global Sales Director of Oil & Gas Company

“It was the neck cream that got me!” – Janine Alexander, Hypnotherapist and Author

“I was nervous at first, I have never been one to stick to a strict skincare regime, but now I would go without food before missing out a step in my RE9 skincare!” – Lucy Tysoe, Marketing Director

“I didn’t even finish my Crem de la Mer after being introduced to these products. I am now a consultant!” – Jo Collins, Owner of Sellers PR

“I have been searching for a luxury Vegan brand for years, honestly I didn’t think they existed and accepted that if I wanted to go cruelty free – it meant sacrificing on my looks! Not any more!” – Michelle Lenan, Busy Mum of 3

All Arbonne products are botanically based and are formulated without parabens, SLS or mineral oils (a nasty bulking agent found in pretty  much all major department store brands) and are suitable for Vegans. We are actually the number 1 beauty brand recommended by Peta the animal welfare organisation. However, just because our products are plant based – this does not mean they are not effective. The formulations are incredibly sophisticated – there ethos is to combine the best of nature with the best of science avoiding all harmful chemicals, this means the ingredients are very active and the RE9 range is not recommended for people with hyper sensitive skin (if this is you – get in touch and I will happily send you products from our Calm range instead).

If you would like to get your hands on one of these miniature sets, simply enter my giveaway via any of the following ways:

  • Share this post on your Facebook page via the icon below
  • Follow this blog via email or by hitting the blue follow icon
  • Email me with your skin concerns at fayejacobs@hotmail.com

The 10 winners will be selected by random and notified on 31st January 2017. 

Good luck! x

 

30 Days to Healthy Living

It was my love for luxury skincare and professional make up that drew me in to the Arbonne business, but the time has come to venture in to their ever expanding nutrition range.

Now this is kind of a big deal – I basically survive on a diet of sugar! Constantly running around after my 3 daughters, I make very little time to take care of myself, most mornings I skip breakfast but on a good day I’ll have a crumpet, lunch is usually a packet of maryland cookies which I binge on throughout the day and dinner is whatever scraps are left on the kids plates. When I looked at my diet over the course of the week I was ashamed at how bad I have let it get. I haven’t eaten fruit since I was a baby and veg is something I look forward to when we go out for a Sunday lunch! As a result I am the thinnest I have ever been, have zero energy and it takes me forever to shake off a common cold. It is time I took better care of myself (and that time is after Christmas. Obvs). So, I have decided to take the plunge and get on board with the rest of the world and get healthy in January! I am going to start the 30 Days to Healthy Living program by Arbonne.

So, in a nut shell, I want to tell you about this plan, what it is, how it works, and why we should all be doing it!

What is it?

A 30 day program containing all you need to kick start your body into a healthier version. It is a well thought our plan containing our ultimate daily intake of nutrients. So many of us struggle to get the nutrients we need from food alone, this maybe due to a busy lifestyle or simply having no idea what nutrients we actually need! This is a programme that frankly should be called, “The Dummies Guide to Healthy Living”.

Why do it?

Why not? Our bodies deserve it! I literally can not wait to get started, my poor little body isn’t going to know what to do it with itself after all these years of neglect! I know a lot of people will do this for weight loss, but my main reason is to feel well and have more energy so that I can enjoy my days with my children.

I know there will be a lot of people out there that don’t believe in these plans, a lot will say that a good balanced diet is all you need, and to an extent this is true – but even the Food Standards Agency recommends adding dietary supplements for optimal health as to get everything we need in a day from food alone, would require a serious amount of calories!

Why Arbonne?

Simply:

Arbonne leave out the bad stuff, and the shakes taste amazing 🙂

Officially:

• Vegan certified, no animal ingredients – plant based proteins are far easier for our bodies to process than meats. It also means that we are dairy free which is essential for optimal health, we should all try to avoid lactose (milk sugar).
• Gluten free
• No artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners – you wont find any of the nasties in this stuff!
• No trans fat
• No high fructose corn syrup or fructose
• High bioavailability – which basically means the nutrients in these products will be absorbed very efficiently, vitamins that are not bioavailable quite literally go straight through you!
• Low glycemic index (with the Protein Shake powders) which means it will have minimal impact on your sugar levels.

What Benefits can we expect?

Now everyone is different and what one person experiences will be different to another. My friend Kate did this a few months ago and I literally watched her body transform – she lost 6kg in 30 days, but as I am not doing this to lose weight, what was most appealing to me is the other benefits this program can give you. She noticed healthier hair and nails, better skin, slept better and had considerably more energy throughout the day. She also has 2 children and a hectic lifestyle and said that what she loved most is how easy this is to do!

 

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Kate knows her stuff when it comes to nutrition and is going to be running a support group on Facebook in January to help keep us going!

So what do you get? 

There is a choice of two 30 day packages to go for:

Either the Protein Shake or the Meal Replacement, other than the big bags – the rest of the package is the same. I am personally going for the Meal Replacement as this involves very little effort!

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  • Arbonne Essentials Protein Shake Powder OR Meal Replacement shakes (1 in chocolate and 1 in vanilla) 
  • Arbonne Essentials Energy Fizz Sticks (1 pack in citrus and 1 in pomegranate)
  • Arbonne Essentials Daily Fibre Boost 
  • Arbonne Essentials Digestion Plus 
  • Arbonne Essentials Herbal Infusion Blend (2 packs) 
  • Arbonne Essentials Omega-3 Plus

A typical day on the 30 days programme:

What I like about this “typical day” is that there is very little effort required from me – pretty much all of it comes in the 30 days pack! Just a lunch to think about, I have heard M&S do some ready made meals that tick all the boxes for what we can and can’t eat so being a fussy eater that seems like the easiest option!

  • Healthy breakfast and/or Meal Replacement or Protein Shake with Digestion Plus
  • Healthy lunch
  • Energy Fizz Sticks
  • Healthy dinner and/or Meal Replacement or Protein Shake with a scoop of Daily Fibre Boost
  • 30 minutes of activity
  • Herbal Infusion Blend

What happens after?

Well it’s up to you how much of the plan you carry on with, Kate kept up the meal replacement shakes for no other reason than convenience – so much easier when on the go with kids in the morning! She also took digestion plus when she remembered with her meals and genuinely fell in love with the detox tea so had one of those each night too – but what is interesting was that even though she was introducing “naughty” foods back in to her diet, she actually continued losing weight for the next month! She puts this down to having a healthier gut that was simply more efficient at digesting her food. Kate really is my inspiration come 2017 and I am very fortunate to also have her as a neighbour to pop in and keep me motivated long after January!

So how much is it?!

As a complete pack you can take advantage of a 40% discount.

Meal Replacement pack – £211.80

Protein Shakes pack – £203.40

These are preferred client prices so if you are not already a PC you can set yourself up for £17 to get a 20% discount on all other products in the Arbonne portfolio for 12 months as well as claim a free gift up to the value of £42 with this order (I recommend something from our skincare range!).

To purchase either of these kits go to my site at fayejacobs.arbonne.com

Now if this all looks a bit terrifying to you, and you wanted to ease yourself into this program, I would advise getting the following:

  • Meal Replacement Shakes
  • Fizz Sticks (Citrus my fave!)
  • Digestion Plus
  • Herbal Tea

This will save you money however you wont take advantage of the 40% discount you get on the value pack.

Our Facebook support group is going to start in January so check it out here and join up! You will hear from our nutritional experts, get round the clock support, read stories from others on the program, ask any questions you have along the way, exercise advice, recipe ideas and SO MUCH MORE! Doing this as a group is the only way I have any chance of seeing it through!

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With this pack you are given a manual with all the details you could possible need about this program, so along with the Facebook group you will get all the support you need.

If you have any questions about this program then you can drop me a mail at fayejacobs@hotmail.com or leave a comment below.

See you in January! Now go have a happy and over indulgent week 😉 xx

 

Luxury Christmas Gift Guide For Her 2016

Well for obvious reasons this is always my favourite post to put together… With something for every price range, this is basically my ultimate wish list this Christmas!

Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon UK from £79.99

I’m a little late to the Kindle party, I just couldn’t get my head around never turning a page again, but the reality is – these are just soooo much easier to read from! And I realise now it is near on impossible trying to turn a page with a sleeping baby in your arms. This really has brought all the joy back to reading for me, I can easily take this with me when I am waiting for the girls to finish their after school clubs, read in the night without needing to turn the light on and I can make the font size bigger to avoid straining my eyes – it is just so convenient! The Kindle Paperwhite is the newest edition to the Kindle family and will inevitably be a popular choice this Christmas.

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Arbonne Intelligence Genius Ultra Anti-Ageing Set, £235 

This is a pretty mega gift for the woman in your life… The Genius Ultra is a non-invasive hand held facelift device. It uses ultherapy technology to safely apply your skincare deeper into your skin for truly remarkable results. Only launched this year it has already won the 2016 Pure Beauty Awards for Best Electrical Beauty Device. I have been using this for about 8 weeks now, it is part of my bedtime skincare regime and the difference around my eyes is incredible. The set includes the RE9 Serum and Lifting and Contouring eye cream and until December 15th, Arbonne have a rather special Christmas offer on where you get the Nourishing Facial Oil (SRP £59) and a little ‘on the go’ bag for the device free with the set. That is £465 worth of goodies for £235. Remarkable!!! There is also a 45 day money back guarantee on this device so if you aren’t seeing the results you’d hoped for, Arbonne will give you a full refund – well as of yet, I am pretty sure there haven’t been any returns! Get in touch by email if you want more info 🙂

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Willow of London Personalised Phone case, £39

This phone case is a popular choice with celebs, most recently I spotted Victoria Beckham with this style on instagram. Willow of London do a huge selection of personalised cases and leather goods, I think this makes a gorgeous stocking filler!

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Burberry, Cashmere Scarf, £350

Now if money is no object (what I mean by that guys is that you can’t put a price on love) then head straight to Burberry for the classic cashmere scarf. For those extra brownie points you can get complimentary personalisation on the edge of the scarf! This is super soft and this heritage check will never go out of fashion.

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Gucci bag, £560

Oh I love this. I have had my eyes on it for AGES. The perfect mini cross-body bag to take you through day to night. Just big enough for your phone, lip gloss and cards, what more do you need!?

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Kikki K Mindfulness Journal, £21

If you have a friend in to her personal development you must check out the Kikki K stationary, they do the most fabulous collection of inspirational journals and diaries. Mindfulness is a focus of mine in 2017 and I would love this in my stocking this Christmas!

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Jo Malone Lime, Basil and Mandarin Home Candle, £42

This is my favourite Jo Malone scent. It’s an extravagance not many of us would buy ourselves but there is nothing nicer than snuggling on the sofa and enjoying the gorgeous glow of a candle. All Jo Malone gifts are so beautifully packaged and this is the perfect gift for that £50 Secret Santa!

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Christmas Gift Guide for Kids 2016

Christmas ads are in full swing on TV, the Quality Streets are on offer in Sainsbury’s and the kids are already counting down the sleeps until the big day. Like it or not, iiiiitttt’ssss CHRIIIIISTMAS!!!!! I actually love this time of year, it can’t come early enough as far as I’m concerned, but with Savannah’s birthday just the week before, it does mean I need to start getting organised early doors if I am to enjoy the festive time!  This starts with the kids… I have 3 daughters aged 5, 3 and 19 months, there should be something from this little lot to keep them happy!

Tea Cup Play Cafe, GLTC £148

The only time all my girls get on is when they are in character! If they are just Scarlett and Savannah they can barely stand being in the same room as one another, but as soon as you give them a couple of fantasy names they are the best of friends! So, as you can imagine – I really encourage role play… I love this little cafe play set, and the best bit is whilst one is behind the counter, there are 2 stools to sit on so Anastasia can finally get involved in their games! Great Little Trading Company currently have a big sale on so check it out quick!

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Micro Trike, £69.95

We often go for long walks around Virginia Waters, Scarlett on her bike, Savannah on her scooter and Anastasia is currently stuck in the buggy. Well now she can be one of the big girls with the new Micro Trike! It has an extendable handle and is incredibly easy to manoeuvre. She’s going to love the freedom of feeling like she is riding a bike 🙂

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Bernie’s Number Bus, GLTC £25.60

It’s an oldie but a goodie. I have yet to meet a child that doesn’t love this bus, whatever age they are they just can’t resist sitting the little people on the bus and giving it a ride around the lounge floor. This is a perfect gift for very little people and will become a toy passed down to the future generations. L2340_BERNIE_BUS_SIDE1.jpg

Cinderella Dream dolls house, Kidcraft, Tesco Direct £154.99

OMG. Savannah is going to seriously lose her calm when she sees this Cinderella dolls house, just look at it!!! Even I can’t wait to get it set up! This is actually Savannah’s birthday present, she loves nothing more than playing with little princess figurines so there actually couldn’t be a better present out there for her! Kidcraft do a huge selection of giant dolls houses, I’d advise shopping around online for the best deals!

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Leaf it to Me Bath and Body set for Kids, £39

As you may know by now, I am very pro ‘safe’ products and since being introduced to the vegan friendly brand Arbonne I am very conscious of the ingredients in products and the effects they have on our health. I will never again use anything that includes SLS or Parabens on my families skin and as part of the Christmas range, Arbonne have introduced a bath and body set formulated for kids and designed for them to be able to apply themselves, the girls are going to feel very grown up receiving these in their stockings!

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Princess Poppy Troll, Tesco Direct, £47.49

So I suspect this is going to be the ‘impossible to get’ present of 2016, fortunately Scarlett hasn’t spotted it yet and I intend to keep it this way! She loved the movie so we have found some miniatures for the girls stockings but my advice to you is if you want this for Christmas day, register for notifications when it comes in to stock ASAP!!

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I love this gift, honestly I debated putting it on my own Christmas wish list… You download the free app on your phone and using the selfie stick you can create your own music videos singing in to the mic! AMAZING!!! For just under £16 I think this makes a fabulous stocking filler for all the little pop stars in your lives 🙂

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Boden Bunny Slippers

There’s nothing nicer than new sleepwear for Christmas, so whilst the kids will get some little goodies on Christmas eve including chocolates and nighties, I’m going to save these gorgeous little bunny slippers for Christmas morning. Boden have a sale on right now and have a beautiful collection of nightwear.

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Fancy Dress, George at Asda

We have all been stung by the Disney Store prices at one point or another, but since I discovered George at Asda I will never look anywhere else for the girls fancy dress. The quality is just amazing and the details are better than any other I have seen but what is really amazing is the affordable price. Scarlett is after Rey from Star Wars and Savannah who believes she is a real life princess just needs Aurora to complete her collection.

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 Lego Friends Roller Coaster, John Lewis £71

Scarlett is really into Lego all of a sudden and it’s really lovely to have a hobby that she can do with Daddy for some quality one on one time, this set should keep them busy for a while!

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The Fairy Reward Box, £35

I think this is such a great take on the standard rewards chart (which had little effect on my girls…). With this beautiful little fairy house comes 20 small wooden stars, every time your child does something good they get to put a star in the house, once the house is filled with stars – the “fairy” replaces the stars with a reward! They do several designs including a gorgeous Pirate treasure chest. They come with a free personalisation and are currently on sale!

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Cuddlebug, £34.99

This is such a cute little stocking filler. These bath towels are made from the finest bamboo fibres so are super soft and the girls are going to love wrapping up in them after their baths. And hey, whatever encourages them to have a bath is good with me!

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My Journey With Arbonne!

Something rather exciting happened to me last month and I wanted to share this with you and also apologise for being MIA on the blogoshere these past few months. Hopefully this will explain why…

I, like many other mums, gave up my career to start a family. I loved my job in Digital Marketing managing some of the most high profile brands in the world and was truly gutted the day I handed in my notice. But the truth is, going back to the office hours and long commute to London meant missing out on precious time with my daughter and when a choice of the 2 had to be made, family obviously won. I have dabbled in many things since having Scarlett, from events management, digital marketing consulting, feature writing, even modelling! I had accepted that my time to relaunch my career properly would be when the girls were grown up. It turns out this is not something I have to wait for any longer…

I am now proud to say I am a Network Marketing Professional, back in the luxury beauty business and work alongside the most incredible team of inspirational and motivational people that make me raise my game every day. I have never before been a part of something this exciting!

5 months ago I said yes to this opportunity and I have never looked back. I actually wrote the basics of what this business involves in an earlier post Network Marketing: What’s it all about? I wrote this in my first month of setting up this business so had no idea of all the other immeasurable benefits this business offered. The personal development that comes with it surprises me every day. This business has given me so much confidence to meet new people and I can talk with complete conviction and passion when it comes to my work. I have been presenting power points for over 10 years back in the corporate world, and honestly I dreaded every single one of them. But now I am presenting to rooms full of like minded people and love every second of it. I am talking about something that matters to me and I hope that what I am saying will matter to them. My approach to work is so different now, I want to help people and have no agenda in doing so. I am learning every day and becoming a better version of myself in the process.

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Here I am presenting my ‘story to Area Manager’ at a multi region training event.

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This was taken at a recent training event, myself and Kate were awarded gifts as recognition for our achievements. Kate was Global Sales Director for an oil and gas company and is one of the newest members of my team and already a District Manager in qualification.

Last month, less than 5 months in to starting this business I celebrated my second promotion and broke records in our Region in doing so. I am now an Area Manager and Independent Consultant for Arbonne!

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Celebrating with my friend Hannah, a Solicitor specialising in family law and a District Manager for Arbonne. We both promoted in the same month!

I had so much support from the guys in my team and just as I am with them, they were rooting for me to achieve my goals. My wonderful sponsor Nina treated me to this beautiful gift for a job well done and I have been contacted by consultants around the world congratulating me or seeking advice which I genuinely love to give back.

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Not a diamond in site and yet still one of my most precious items of jewellery!

The next step is the one most recognised in the business, it’s Regional Vice President and that’s when you get the white Mercedes. I am so close I can smell it!

Network Marketing is a credible and reputable business endorsed by some of the top entrepreneurs in the world – Richard Branson for one! Every networking brand has a different approach, and whilst not all are an approach I would partake in, I support this industry whole heartedly and respect all brands that choose to sell through this platform.

When I joined this business 5 people close to me saw the potential and joined with me. Between us, we have 6 promotions and have grown the team to 30 professional men and women. This number will be even higher before the month is out! I can not believe how quickly this is growing, and can’t begin to convey in a blog post just how exciting this is! We are already making our plans for our trip to Vegas in April to attend the annual conference where over 22,000 consultants meet from around the world in a bid to succeed and grow our business.

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Celebratory dinner with these two network marketing legends, Regional Vice President Nina Alexander and National Vice President Ella Harper!

The best bit about this is watching the people you have introduced succeed. I couldnt believe this to be true when I first joined, but I get it now. Watching my friends and my sisters grow their business and love this as much as me is what keeps me going. Being able to offer the ultimate work life balance is what this business is all about. When you take in to account the cost of childcare and travel, just 5 months in I am already earning more than if I had gone back to work at Directors level! I haven’t needed 1 minute additional childcare to start this business, most of my “meetings” are carried out over play dates or lunches at pizza express with the kids, and monthly training and team strategy meetings can be accessed via zoom in the evenings once the children are in bed.

It’s wonderful being back in the driving seat of my career and contributing financially to the household once more, I wake up grateful every day for the life that I am now living and would like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to my family, my friends and especially to my husband for supporting me every step of the way. xx

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2016

Whilst you can’t go wrong with a pair of socks and a bar of whole nut, if you fancy something a little different this Father’s Day – check out some of my ideas below!

Amazon Fire TV Stick, £34.99

There is nothing quite like getting stuck in to a good box set. Settling in to an episode of House of Cards once the kids are in bed is our new ‘going out’! With this little gizmo, you have access to over 50,000 popular movies and TV shows available to buy or rent as well as over 4,200 channels, apps and games. And if dad has Amazon Prime, he has unlimited access to Prime Video – a catalogue of over 15,000 shows and movies available on-demand. This is a very big gift in a very dinky package! 

 

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Pacapod Prescott Changing Bag, £115

A favourite with the celebrity Daddies, the Prescott satchel has been spotted on Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Hemsworth. This gift is sure to be a hit for a stylish ‘hands on’ dad this Father’s Day. As with all of the Pacapod bags, it hits all the practical baby boxes without sacrificing on style and even has a hidden padded laptop section so is also great for commutes or off duty days out.

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Go Ape Experience from £33

I have heard such great things about the Go Ape experience, it just sounds perfect for families or couples – I have actually booked for Paul and I to do this for our day date next month! Children as young as six can monkey around on Tree Top Junior, while older children can fly through the sky on a zip wire, race through the forest on a Segway or swing through the trees like Tarzan on the Tree Top Adventure. What a great Father’s Day out – it certainly beats staying indoors all morning slaving over his favourite lunch!  

There are 29 Go Ape adventures around the country – find your nearest course here! 

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RE9 Advanced For Men Set from £24

This is the ultimate in Mens skincare. Only launched in April it is already a best seller and has had unbelievable press coverage. The anti-ageing results are visible within 4 weeks (usually much, much sooner) but the smooth experience of using the products will be enjoyed immediately! As with the entire Arbonne range, the products are vegan friendly and totally botanical. If the Dad in your life takes care of his skin – this is the gift for him!

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Red Letter Day, Indoor Sky Diving Experience, £100

I recently did this with my husband and 4 year old daughter, it was AWESOME! Such a fun afternoon out as a family. You’ll be given full training on how to compose yourself and what to expect ahead of the flight, and will have the support (and peace of mind!) of a flying expert in the wind tunnel with you. If heights aren’t your thing, this is a great way to experience the sensation of sky diving. This gift will certainly have the wow factor this Father’s Day! Check out the full range of experiences on offer at Red Letter Day here.

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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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Fighting 30…

Do you ever have those moments of realisation that you aren’t quite as young as you feel!? Well these moments are coming around all too frequently for me… And it’s not like you’d expect, being a wife and mother of two, no, the real test is when you can no longer relate to Hollyoaks, you fantasise about being on X Factor then realise you’d be in the oldest category and you no longer understand what your teenage nieces and nephews are talking about on Facebook… De.Press.Ing. Anyway, you might wonder where I am headed with this one, but basically, I’m on a mission to stay looking young(ish).

Hitting 30 this year, my skincare regime needs to be turned up a notch so I have been on a skincare mission the past couple of weeks sampling, trialing and reviewing various products to find my perfect match.  Prevention is the best cure when it comes to ageing skin, stay out of the sun and start anti wrinkle cream at 21, but who does that? We all know you look better with a tan and what 21 yr old plans ahead for wrinkly skin!? All we can do now is find the best lotions and potions that will delay the ageing process further… Here are some of the products I’ve tried and would recommend!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

I know I have mentioned this before as a favourite, but I just love this product and it is now an absolute essential to my daily routine. I am always impressed at how well the muslin wipes away any traces of make up and leaves my skin feeling smooth. But what I love the most is how reasonably priced Liz Earle products are which means you can be really generous when applying!

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Liz Earle Gentle Face Exfoliator

This product is gentle enough for use everyday, not that you would need to exfoliate daily but it just feels so nice that you actually want to! Unlike other exfoliators that I have used on my face, you aren’t left with bright red blotches from all the brutal scrubbing, it is so creamy but still leaves you with the feeling of refreshing skin and a glowing appearance.

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Elemis Nourishing Shower Cream

It’s such a treat using luxury shower gels and creams! I am normally a ‘whatever is on offer’ kinda gal when it comes to shower gels leaving the posh stuff for special occasions (you know the ones that even require the shaving of the legs), but this is such a gorgeous product I have been converted and will spoil myself every shower time from now on! The rich cream lathers in to a thick foam and smells gorgeous. This was a product actually recommended to me by a follower of this blog, if there are any products that you love I would really be interested in finding out about them!

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Arbonne RE9 Firming Cream

Not a brand I have heard of before because it’s not a product you can pick up easily! It’s sold direct or through Arbonne representatives and is not cheap… But this body cream is great, despite it looking more like clotted cream and in its rather dated tub, it moisturises beautifully and a little really does go a long way! I am such a sceptic of creams actually having the power to noticeably firm skin on your body, but as far as moisturising goes – this is lovely! I also sampled their face serum and moisturiser from the RE9 range which is specifically formulated for ageing skin, but I am perhaps not quite ready for products like these… The creams are seriously concentrated so I feel may work better on slightly more mature skin, my mum is very happy about this as the products are now headed her way!

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Jo Malone Vitamin E Eye Creme

This is a beautiful product… again, it is pretty pricy but should last you a long time! It is so smooth and feels really refreshing on your eyes. Perhaps a nice treat to ask for this Mother’s Day? This is the only Jo Malone product I have sampled and I am really impressed, but looking at the other reviews from the Vitamin E range I can quite believe that these really are miracle products!

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I would really love to hear what your ‘Can’t live without’ skincare or beauty products are, please let me know in the comments below!!