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:

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

Good luck! x

 

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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The Crème De La Crème In Baby Skincare And Your Chance To Win It!

“Little Butterfly London is Britain’s first luxury organic-certified baby skincare range, promising the purest and gentlest care for exquisite baby skin.”

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Already a huge fan of the organic Nappy Cream, I was delighted when Little Butterfly London got in touch to see if I’d like to sample more from their luxury collection. Every product is made with only the finest, natural ingredients to protect and nurture a new borns skin. Little Butterfly London has been created by a mother who shares our passion for wanting only the very best for our babies.

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I don’t like to put too many products on to my babies delicate skin, but for bath time, soothing baby massages and a little moisturiser to keep my baby as comfortable as possible, I have now been totally converted to the organic collection by Little Butterfly London. Here is what I think of the products I have tried…

Floating On Clouds Bedtime Bathmilk, £25.50

If it was good enough for Cleopatra!? This lotion is made using buttermilk with various other extracts of goodness including cucumber seed oil and avocado oil. All I know is, it smells divine and she seems happy enough bathing in it!

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IMG_1321Anastasia in her new Babymoov Aquasoft Bath Support, it makes baby bathing very easy!

Fall Into Dreams Mother & Baby Massage Oil, £29

After a bath, I love to give Anastasia a soothing massage, she seems so content and relaxed whilst enjoying her full body rub! This oil nourishes, protects, heals and hydrates the skin with it’s magical concoction of natural ingredients. It also offers soothing support to those with eczema. It is lightly fragranced and absorbs quickly into her skin.

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Soft As Moonlight Nappy Change Cream, £25.50

This is such a rich moisturiser, it looks almost like a mousse but absorbs leaving a light oil on the skin. As the hero product of the collection, it promises to deeply nourish delicate skin and protect and heal any areas prone to irritation. I only apply this in the morning for her first nappy change and so far, she hasn’t shown any signs of redness or discomfort.

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It is worth mentioning that whilst all of these products have been created using only natural ingredients, they have all been approved and are highly recommended by healthcare professionals.

I have been so impressed with this range that I have worked with Little Butterfly London to put together this prize draw to WIN 1 of 3 Nappy Change Creams! Anything from this beautiful brand makes a wonderful gift so if you don’t have a newborn of your own, enter for someone who does!

Remember as usual, each way will count as a new entry!

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The 3 lucky winners will be notified on Wednesday 22nd July! 

In the mean time, check out the rest of their luxury collection here!

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Post Baby Pampering

9 months of pregnancy can really take its toll on your body. Your hair, your skin, your nails, even your teeth can be effected by the new hormones circulating your body and it’s rarely for the better! So now that baby is here, I intend to give myself a weekly once-over with all of these luxury products to help repair and recover my tired body from the outside in! From oil pulling to body polishing check out my top luxury items for a DIY pamper session…

Redken Diamond Oil Shampoo, £11.05 at Hairtrade.com

Starting from the top – head straight to Hairtrade.com and browse their huge collection of luxury haircare at very affordable prices. I needed something pretty heavy duty for my dry hair so a luxury daily wash and weekly deep mask treatment was my best bet at bringing some life back into it!

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Redken Diamond Oil Deep Facets, £18.10 at Hairtrade.com

If you have the time, leave this on towel dried hair for up to 15 minutes before rinsing away, the results are instant!

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Elemis Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Serum, £99

This really is the serum of all serums… To be applied before moisturiser, it will stimulate cell renewal and give you a glowing complexion within days of use. It promises to reduce fine lines but as I have only been using this for a few days I can’t comment on this, I can however tell you that my skin tone looks more even and certainly has a noticeably healthier feel!

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ESPA Skincare Exfoliating Body Polish, £32

This is a seriously luxurious body polish. I apply this to damp skin when I get out of the shower and then jump back in to wash it all off. Takes no time at all and the results are amazing! It’s a very gentle exfoliator but leaves your skin feeling incredibly smooth.

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ESPA Skincare Naturally Radiant Gradual Tan, £34

And for a real treat, once my body is polished and moisturised, I add a touch of ESPA’s latest product – the Gradual Tan. No awful fake tan smell and certainly no streaks. It’s very mild and can be applied daily to build up a natural looking tan, but for a healthy glow – I’ll apply to body and face once a week. Just remember to wash your hands after 🙂

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Elemis Jasmine and Rose, Hand and Nail Cream, £18

I keep a quality hand cream on me at all times. My hands and cuticles get so dry these days, I’m not sure if it’s another post pregnancy effect or just the weather – but this gorgeous cream has certainly improved them.

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Cocowhite Assorted Flavours, £19.99

Now I haven’t actually tried these yet, but from extensive research these seem like the best in their field so are on my ‘things to get’ list! You’ve probably heard all about the teeth whitening benefits from oil pulling, but actually, it is the health benefits to your mouth that interest me most with this ancient remedy. Swishing the oil around your mouth actually pulls all toxins including bacteria and plaque from your teeth and gums to make them much healthier all round.  Will let you know how I get on 🙂

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Mothering Sunday is a day to take time out of our busy schedules and appreciate all of the lovely things that our mums do for us.  It is a day for her to sleep in, relax in a hot bath and enjoy a lunch that she didn’t have to cook! To make her day even more special, here are some gorgeous gifts that I think any mum would be delighted to receive on her special day as way of saying thanks 🙂

Hurley Burley Personalised Key Ring £29.50

A beautiful soft leather heart key ring with a sterling silver charm that can be personalised with a message just for Mum. Available in a selection of colours but I know my mum would love it in red to match the roof on her little car!

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ESPA Mum To Be Collection £78

Ok so it is a little pricey but hey, mums are worth it right? This beautiful collection consists of the Nourishing Shower Cream, Smooth and Firm Body Butter and Nourishing Body Oil, all of which feel simply divine to apply and are recommended during pregnancy and shortly after. You can read a full review of these products here.

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ESPA are actually giving one of these luxury collections away on their official site – click here to enter! 

Bloom & Wild Flower Subscription £50

A subscription for flowers? Genius! What a wonderful way to treat your mum month after month so that she doesn’t forget how lovely she is! From a single bunch to a years subscription, you can choose from a selection of flowers and opt to have them hand tied or laid loose in a beautiful box. The collections are so beautiful and your mum will receive a different bouquet each time. The price above is an example of a 3 month subscription.

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Nanshy Masterful Collection Make up Brush Set £49.95

This is a truly brilliant collection of professional make up brushes and would make the ultimate gift for a mum into make up! I can’t rate the quality of these brushes enough, they are a real luxury to use and it is also worth mentioning that these brushes are vegan and 100% cruelty free with the PETA seal of approval and a huge thumbs up from me.

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Smythson Stationery, £35 

Totally fell in love with this little notepad. No description needed.

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