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  1. Mothers Day Gift Ideas 2017 Natural Hydrating & Toning Face Kit by AA Skinc

    Treat your Mum's skin to the natural goodness of frankincense and rose essential oils

    It’s nearly that time of the year again where we treat our lovely Mum’s, or indeed ourselves if we are a mummy!  Pop Sunday 26th March 2017 into your diary now so you don’t forget.  If you’re a natural beauty fan like me, then this gorgeous natural beauty kit from AA Skincare should be top of your prezzie list.  Featuring frankincense and rose amongst its 20 natural ingredients, it will hydrate and tone skin leaving it refreshed, rejuvenated and soothed.

    AA Skincare kindly gifted a kit to me and I can’t wait to get stuck in!  The kit contains three complementing products to satisfy your entire facial skincare routine: cleansing face gel, toner and moisturising face cream.  Just the word ‘gel’ conjures up feelings of skin being instantly cooled, soothed and refreshed – perfect timing as we head into the warmer summer months.  Soothing lavender oil will aid this sensation whilst antioxidant-rich argan oil will nourish the skin and anti-inflammatory comfrey will promote calmness.

    The director of AA Skincare, Woody Evans, says: “Rose Damascena brings calming and fortifying qualities, combined with soothing Frankincense - highly regarded for its ability to soothe and prevent fine lines, small wrinkles and other signs of ageing.  Our new Hydrating & Toning Face Kit is perfect for rehydrating skin prior to moisturising in the morning or evening.”

    Sounds great!  Is it just me or does turning into a mum suddenly age you a lot faster?  Or perhaps it’s because I’m in my 30s now, but I notice more and more wrinkles and lines every day.  I smile and the lines stay there even when I’m no longer smiling.  Eek!  Any oil which helps to soothe and prevent fine lines and wrinkles is welcome in my skincare routine.  Frankincense is a highly regarded anti-ageing oil which can help to lift and tone the skin as well as protect skin cells.  Yes please!

    Mothers Day Gift Ideas 2017 Natural Hydrating & Toning Face Kit by AA Skincare Lylia Rose Beauty Blog 

    Need more convincing?  Here are some more benefits of these wonderful AA products:

    • Recyclable packaging
    • No parabens, artificial ingredients or nasties
    • Only natural and safe ingredients
    • Easy to absorb and non greasy
    • Anti oxidant and vitamin rich ingredients
    • Competitively priced

    I’m quite amazed the price for the kit is just £21.50.  It comes wrapped in tissue paper within a gorgeous sleek ivory pillow box – perfectly gift wrapped ready to hand over to your Mum (or yourself!).  For three high quality, natural skincare products this is a really great price.

    Visit to view their huge collection of natural beauty products including this highly affordable luxury natural skincare kit.

    You may also be interested in my AA Skincare Natural Shower Gel Review 


  2. lighting trends youll love 2017 lylia rose uk lifestyle home interiors blog

    Lighting really wasn’t something I ever gave much thought to until I had my own property.  Sure, I liked mood lighting, but a basic five pound lamp or dimmer switch did the trick.  Fairy lights were also wrapped around my bed headboard in my early 20s – see I was way ahead of the latest hygge trend!  Now I’ve bought my own house (yippee) and want to truly make it my own, lighting is something I’ve been giving a lot of thought to.  It’s also something that I’ve been taking my time over as I want to get it right.  We’ve been doing up our new home for almost three years and the lights are something we’re just starting to think about.  We need to replace the hall lights, playroom lights and the most fun to create – the dining table lighting. 

    We purchased a rustic farmhouse table with enough seating for eight.  We kept our old four wooden seats and added a bench.  The room is painted white with just a clock and wooden star on the wall.  There are two floor plants in pots.  It’s simple, spacious and minimal – just how I like it.  But it needs that ‘something else’ which is where the lighting comes in.  We’ve been throwing ideas about and thought we were set on some low hanging copper pendants we found.  However, I’ve thrown a spanner in the works as I think something more natural (bamboo, wicker, wood) will complement our style and the rest of the house much more.  So it’s back to the drawing board.

    There are some great lighting trends set to continue this year, so hopefully I can draw some inspiration and make a decision.  Here are 3 of my favourite lighting trends of 2017:

    lighting trends youll love 2017 lylia rose uk lifestyle home interiors blog


    I really love these Artemide Unterlinden hanging lamps from Lampcommerce.  Metals are going to be on trend in 2017, but not just polished shiny metal, also rustic aged worn metals.  Keep an eye out for soft gold tones ready to complement the neutral grey palettes many homeowners are opting for nowadays.  Copper is also sticking around, but watch out for nickel shades popping up everywhere.

    lighting trends youll love 2017 lylia rose uk lifestyle home interiors blog

    Edison bulbs

    I have been a big fan of these for a few years and noticed them popping up more and more, even in our local hardware store!  There’s something so nostalgic about Edison bulbs.  I almost want to go back in time and see them in their original form every time I see a modern one!   The best thing about these bulbs is they can be combined with so many other lighting trends.  Use them for low hanging pendants to peek out of the bottom, or through see through glass shades to really show them off.  Stay eco friendly with LED Edison bulbs and cut your electric costs.

    lighting trends youll love 2017 lylia rose uk lifestyle home interiors blog


    The open metalwork lighting trend with geometric frames is set to continue into 2017; hexaganol, triangular and even spherical designs.  Team these shades with Edison bulbs to add an artistic centrepiece to any room.  Geometric isn’t all about metal though - wooden and natural materials in edgy symmetrical designs are big news too.

    If these don’t float your boat watch out for chandeliers, clean cut designs, smart bulbs and more in 2017. The lighting trend is certainly eclectic this year, with a style to suit every taste.


  3. Zil Nature Review: Natural Facial Oils Lylia Rose UK Lifestyle Beauty Blog

    As I start typing this blog post I am also simultaneously rubbing my face.  I’m not totally weird, I just want to double check a week of using Zil Nature’s natural facial oils has done what I think and I’m not imagining things.  Yep, they have.  As expected, with natural high quality organic essential oils, my face is super-duper soft - softer than ever in fact.   Luckily no one can see me right now stroking my face as I look rather strange, but I’m actually amazed at how soft my skin feels!

    This is the best thing about using good natural oils on your skin.  It makes the skin look so good you don’t even need any moisturiser.  It’s so satisfying going to bed and waking up with skin which appears younger and already supple without the need of any additional creams.

    Zil Nature kindly sent me a sample of their Refreshing Oil for Oily Skin (helping to keep acne at bay too) and Rejuvenating Oil with Anti-Ageing Ingredients (a blend of no less than 20 oils).  Both smell incredible.  They remind me of my mums Christmas cake!  The scents are full of spices and warming notes.  They smell delicious making it even more satisfying massaging the oil over my face.

    If you have dry or sensitive skin there’s a third option - Moisturising Oil for Dry Skin.  It contains wild rose, carrot seed and avocado oils to name but a few.

    A little goes a long way.  This is another great thing about using facial oils.  You don’t need a big dollop.  Oh no.  Just a couple of drops and away you go.  Even the dinkiest bottle will last forever. I always make the mistake of thinking I don’t have enough as a couple of drops seem too tiny, but don’t make the same mistake!  You’ll be way too greased up and wasting these precious potions. 

    Seriously – a few drops will surprisingly spread all over the face once you start working them in to the skin.

    To use simply give the bottle a good shake, apply a FEW drops to fingertips and massage over clean skin.  Sit back, enjoy the aroma and let the oils work their magic; brighter, smoother, fresher, younger, scrumptious skin.  I apply mine before bed, but you can use in the morning also if you like, right under your make up.

    Need more convincing to try a natural facial oil?  Here’s what they promise:

    • (and also amazing for you)

    Almost all the ingredients are organic and from essential oils.  No nasty chemicals or horrible synthetic ingredients in sight.  These oils are derived from nature and your skin will thank you for it.  I am a huge advocate for natural, organic, healthy, as nature intended type skin care and these oils did not disappoint.  At only £7-£10 apiece, they are also very affordable.

    Have you ever tried natural facial oils?  What did you think?

    Visit Zil Nature here:

    Zil Nature Review: Natural Facial Oils Lylia Rose UK Lifestyle Beauty Blog

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