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Natural Skincare Review

Today I will be reviewing locally produced natural skincare products. The range below ‘Skinvelop’ is carefully developed with completely natural ingredients and handmade in Scotland by Jean at Bespoke Therapies & Skincare.

As you can see from the images, I have been using a Cleanser (white bottle), Eye Balm (blue bottle) and a Moisturiser (silver bottle) and for the purposes of this Natural Skincare post I will review them in this order 🙂

The ‘Skinvelop’ Cleanser is an essential product and acts as a makeup remover and a great cleanser for removing all dirt even after your makeup has been taken off. This particular cleanser is so kind to the skin, gently melting your makeup off with only a small amount of cleansing cream on a damp cotton pad or muslin cloth. This is what I love about natural skincare as because of all the quality ingredients used to make it, a small amount of cream goes a long, long way which means your getting a lot more for your money!

Jean’s ‘Skinvelop’ Cleanser is a winner for heavy eye makeup too!

Eye makeup, as we all know, is a nightmare to remove – it is especially hard to get ALL the mascara & eye-liner off without rubbing your eyes so vigorously that your eyes start stinging like mad ! This cleanser is a winner for taking it off as it dissolves all your sturdy eye makeup with concentrated naturally active essential oils which means once you apply the cleanser to your face and eyes, it will gently melt it with no need to begin the ‘scrape off ‘ !

TIP: For easier eye makeup removal, always wet a cotton pad or ball and place it on your closed eye for 10 seconds to soak the eye completely before using the cleanser.

Moving on to Jean’s Eye Therapy…..

The Eye Balm/Serum is a delightful little product which helps to remove dark circles, redness and puffiness from the eyes.

I have noticed a significant difference in my eyes after using this product for only a week ! The dark areas around my eye – especially at the corners of my eye (from over-use of black eye-liner I presume) have lightened which I am very happy about. A lot of young people by-pass an Eye Balm or Serum as it is thought that this type of product is only used by mature women who want to reduce wrinkles around the eyes but I say as woman in her 20’s that prevention is key and a natural ingredient eye cream can only aid the youthfulness of your skin around the eyes so the sooner you start the better the results as you get older !

Lastly, Jean’s luxurious ‘Daily Moisture Boost’….

Jean’s ‘Moisture Boost‘ is not only a deep face moisturiser that leaves your skin feeling refreshed & fully hydrated but also is packed with vitamins & essential oils to give your skin that extra boost throughout the day.

This is quite a light moisturiser so if you’re looking for a product that’s heavy in texture for use before bed then you’re best to use a balm for this purpose. For day-time use into evening this moisturiser is perfect as you can apply it, massage it into your skin and it travels down into the layers of your skin for deep hydration and doesn’t leave a greasy, unpleasant shiny glow on your skin.

So the ‘Daily Moisture Boost’ is a great moisturiser for woman on-the-go and gives skin the much needed support of vitamins and essential oils to keep it plump and hydrated through the day.

All in all, this natural skincare range is fantastic value for money and will go a long, long way considering the amount of carefully selected quality natural ingredients inside. So a big THANK YOU to Jean for developing such an affordable natural range ! …..If you wish to view the full natural ‘Skinvelop’ range then please visit Jean’s website at Bespoke Therapies & Skincare.

Remember – the big brands you buy in Boots, Superdrug etc probably spend about 50p or less in total on (chemical/toxin) ingredients in each of their skincare products and then sell each product on for on average £5 – that’s a lot of money for rubbish ingredients !

Be Beautiful, Be Natural….


LubyLou x


Natural Skincare

‘Skinvelop ‘ – A New Natural Skincare Range

I recently was given some natural cosmetics & natural skincare beauty products to try by my friend Jean who makes them herself at Bespoke Therapies & Skincare. Jean has broken the mould by deciding not to take the easy route of using cheap chemical ingredients for her beauty products, that all department & chain stores supply like Boots, Superdrug and The Body Shop, her ‘Skinvelop’ ingredients are carefully picked and sourced by their natural quality and poured into each bottle by hand.

Natural Cosmetics Boutique | Cleanser and Makeup Remover

Cleanser and Makeup Remover

I will be reviewing this Cleanser along with a review on Jean’s ‘Skinvelop’ Daily Moisture Boost and Eye Cream later this week!

Be Beautiful… Be Natural,



Easy steps to Healthy Eating

I was recently asked by a friend to help her lose weight for a big event she had coming up in a few weeks….

So I gave her this quick but effective healthy eating plan for her to go by, she has been doing really well so far and lost a fantastic 8lbs in a week – so I thought I would share it with you !

I used to get so fed up with toast and butter in the mornings and had never really enjoyed jam or any other spreads on toast so would have a debate when I woke whether to have tasteless toast or sugary plain cereal…(yes EVERY cereal except wheatabix and shredded wheat are full of sugar, sucrose,fructose all the same)

I also knew porridge was good for you but could never quite stomach it but then when I mixed a probiotic yoghurt through it …everything changed ! …and my mornings became bright and beautiful again 🙂

Breakfast: You need a Yeo Valley probiotic yoghurt, porridge oats and Linwood’s linseed mix (crushed seeds and nuts – total goodness !)-pics of these items are at the bottom of this post…

Add water or milk to porridge oats (if possible leave overnight or leave standing in the morning for 10 minutes to expand the oats)
Pop in the microwave or on the hob and cook for a few minutes.
Once porridge is ready , get Linseed mix …take a tblspn and pour onto porridge bowl.
Get Yeo Valley yoghurt…take 2 tblspns and mix both yoghurt and linseed mix up in the porridge.


To give you a boost in the morning, you can add fruit to the porridge- I adviseberries i.e. raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or blackberries, as these types of fruit are slow releasing energy fruits which are good for balancing blood sugar levels.. Yeay !

Natural Cosmetics Boutique | Porridge Oats

Porridge Oats

Natural Cosmetics Boutique | Linseed Mix

Linseed Mix

Natural Cosmetics Boutique | Probiotic Yoghurt

Probiotic Yoghurt

Lunch can be a variety of things but the main aim is to eat both protein to feed your body and starch to feed your energy.
Protein is either FISH, CHICKEN or EGGS- don’t be put off by eggs as these are the cheapest and easiest way to get the protein you need so take on a different mind
Set and start thinking eggs are fantastic because they are !

So your choices for lunch are Tuna mayo, Egg mayo, Chicken salad, Coronation chicken (any chicken!) and fish- any variations of the 3 proteins Egg, Chicken, Fish really ! When it comes to egg you can have Scrambled, Boiled, Poached, Sunny-side up, or Egg mayo, the world is your oyster !

Use low fat mayonnaise obviously, you may say ‘Mayonnaise is fattening’ but it isn’t compared to having a packet of crisps ! If you’re conscious of this then just put a tiny amount into your egg or tuna, just enough to make it moist or choose or option that doesn’t require mayonnaise.

For lunch, the one thing you need to stick to is putting your chosen
protein on Wholemeal Bread, white bread should no longer be in your bread-bin as the only way to successful healthy eating is Wholemeal EVERYTHING – bread, pasta and brown rice… we will cover brown pasta & rice in the dinner section.

This healthy eating plan is designed to keep you feeling full through the day so you don’t end up having temptations to eat a chocolate or cake snack. I believe this ‘keeping full’ approach is the way to sustaining a healthy eating diet as if you start a diet and feel starved within a few days then you won’t continue it for very long and end up going back to your old habits. Although when we say ‘keeping full’ we don’t mean eat a huge portion to last you till your next meal – the idea is to eat smaller portions regularly so you may need to have a healthy snack between meals such as a probiotic yoghurt (as seen in the photo), a salad, or a low sugar content fruit such as a green apple or any type of berry, stay away from high sugar content fruits such as bananas and grapes.


Dinner-time is time to get creative and you have a free reign on this as long as you have 1 part protein, 1 part starch and as much veg as you can eat (ideally 2part veg !) – we mean ‘part’ in the sense of your plate portion so a quarter of your plate should be protein, a quarter starch and a half plate of veg.


Fresh Fish -Salmon, Trout, Cod etc

Fresh Chicken

Fresh Pork

Occasionally Red Meat – Fresh Beef Steak

Starch –

Brown Rice

Brown Pasta

Red/Sweet Potato

Veg –

ANY ! Aim to have some dark green colours though like Broccoli and Spinach as these contain especially good levels of vitamins & minerals your body needs.


Have a few spoonfuls of a probiotic yoghurt or a slice of wholemeal toast with butter. Yeo Valley now do a fantastic range of flavours including ‘passion fruit’ which we highly recommend you try 🙂

Feel free to leave a comment or private mail me for extra or more detailed information, I will be more than happy to help in a more personal sense as every body is different …..

Love Eating !


LubyLou x