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  1. Product review: La potion infinie from Argentum Apothecary

    Review by Ceri Wheeldon It’s not often that I actually get excited about a skincare product – I have tried so many, but everything about this product felt special – and different. I came across it at a product demonstration evening – the packaging was absolutely exquisite- and the smell of the la potion infinie is absolutely gorgeous-  you have as though you have been transported to a spa just by smelling it! I started to use this at a time when I was extremely run down – and it was showing in my skin- which was looking extremely dull . From the first application I could feel an immediate soothing...
  2. Product Review : Color Wow Root Cover – colour grey roots in less than a minute

    Review by Ceri Wheeldon One of the most frequently asked questions about hair from readers is how to cover grey roots effectively in between regular visits to the hairdresser. There is a fabulously quick and easy way to solve the problem. Color Wow looks like a giant eye shadow, but is in fact a powder developed to cover hair roots. Not just for covering grey – there is also a version for covering darker roots for blondes.  When the hair is dry, you simply brush the powder along the parting with the flat brush provided and the roots are covered until you wash it out. I have tried hair ‘mascaras’ in the past, but colour wow was far easier to use – and less messy! Color Wow Root Cover comes in a variety of shades...
  3. Diamond Blend Review – Rejuvenating skincare – Diamond 24 hour moisturiser

    Review by Ceri Wheeldon I have tried a few products in this range and I LOVED them. I always look for products that do more than one thing and are a little different, so trying a product that has ingredients which has an immediate visible effect while also working on skin to improve long term skin health is a definite bonus. Diamond 24 hour moisturiser – 3 in 1 product. I liked the idea of a moisturiser which was equally effective both day and night – eliminating the need to buy two separate products. The moisturiser is extremely light and absorbed quickly into the skin. I had several extremely long travel days in a row – so I put the moisturiser to the test in less than ideal conditions – I often find...
  4. Product Review: Lulu’s Time Bomb Collagen Bomb Essential Skin Fuel

    Product Review by Ceri Wheeldon One of the primary causes of skin ageing is loss of collagen, leading to the skin becoming slack, less dense and wrinkles forming. Any product which addresses collagen loss has to be worth trying. Time Bomb Collagen Bomb is the newest in Lulu’s product range and addresses every issue associated with the loss of collagen. 2 ‘pumps’ of the product is all that’s required to cover the whole face. It has a rich consistency and the fact that it is peach coloured means that it has instant impact visually when applied, with skin looking less sallow. Skin looks and feels refreshed. I often try products by applying to the back of one hand, and comparing to the other. After a few days the skin on  the...
  5. Product Review: Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator with RepleniCell Hydration.

    Article by Ceri Wheeldon Whenever I look at the ingredients list of any skincare creams, the first on the list is always Aqua , which I know is just a clever way of distracting me from the realisation of how much I have just paid for a products which is primarily made of water!  It seems that in most products the water is there to simply house the active ingredients. In the latest of the Murad range, it seems they have found a way to turn the ‘aqua’ component into an active ingredient to boost hydration of the sin. The science was fairly lost on me when it was explained by Dr Murad himself, but what was said did make sense. In theory ALL of the ingredients in The Murad Pore...
  6. Video Product Review: Could the Shake Weight be the Answer to Banishing Bingo Wings?

    Review by Ceri Wheeldon Our upper arms can be a source of angst as we move beyond our 50s, and if, like me, you are not a great fan of the gym, then other options to tone upper arms effectively at home are always welcome! I have to say that my using the Shake Weight while watching TV has been a source of amusement to my other half – who has of course insisted on having a go too. So what is the Shake Weight and how does it work? Well, the Shake Weight looks like a normal small dumb-bell, but it works on the basis of ‘dynamic’ inertia. You follow a set of simple movements where you shake the weight according to the instructions using very small movements. I found it took a...
  7. Tried and Tested: Time Bomb Holiday in a Bottle Review

    Review by Ceri Wheeldon Time Bomb Holiday in a Bottle is a great product to give a ‘holiday glow’ to your face. I am one of those people who would normally be described as ‘pale and interesting’.  So pale and interesting that people are constantly asking if I am feeling unwell.  I have days when I am so pale that start to look blue! I have tried fake tans and moisturisers with inbuilt tanning but have never really liked the effect, and have always been a little concerned that I would turn out streaky- not a good look at all – especially over 50! Finally I have found something that does in fact give me a natural glow and some much needed colour, but looks...
  8. What are the best products for longer lashes and thicker brows as we age? Video review

     Article by Ceri Wheeldon As we get older our lashes tend to look shorter, and feel coarser, and our brows tend to thin. So are there are products in the market that can address this? Fortunately there are. There is a whole range of products to stimulate lash and brow growth – with various price points ranging from just a few pounds to some requiring a more significant investment. I’ve picked out a range to suit most budgets. Some I’ve tried myself and others have been tested by Fab after Fifty readers. Meanwhile, the lashes and brow product review video is featured below. If you have tried any of the products featured yourself, please add your comments below. Enjoy!     Lash Enhancers M2 Beaute £125 Rivitalash £75 EyeCandy xlr8 £19.99 Revitalash Eyelash conditioner...
  9. Can leggings help reduce cellulite? Proskins leggings tried and tested

    Review by Ceri Wheeldon As we prepare to get into our beachwear for the holiday season, every little helps! I don’t know about you, but I am always conscious of my bottom and thighs, and I have tried all sorts of lotions and potions in the past- with very little difference. A fresh approach was needed, especially as I was about to spend a long weekend  with French friends who appear never to have heard of dimpled skin. I decided to try out Proskins leggings to see if they would help smooth out lumps and bumps. Always a little sceptical about these things, I was pleasantly surprised to find that after just a couple of days of wearing they had a smoothing effect on my legs.  What was interesting was that my legs...
  10. Product Review: Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm and Iconic Youth Serum

    Review by Ceri Wheeldon Following the success the Merumaya eye cream in depuffing my eyes, I was looking forward to trying other products in the same range. Merumaya Cleansing Balm I love cleansing balms. For me, there is something incredibly relaxing about melting away your makeup along with your day last thing at night, especially if the balm smells good too (as this one does). I also like to think that I am doing something extra to treat my skin, as well as just removing makeup.  I liked the fact that the Merumaya cleansing balm comes in a tube, far easier than playing with pots and spatulas, and...
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