Nivea DNAge Cell Renewal | Tough Love For The Eyes

Normally I stick to brands such as Clinique but I decided to stop being so prissy and test the whole water. I'd heard good things about Nivea DNAge Eye Cream and while I don't normally veer towards the Nivea brand I decided to throw caution to the wind and purchase a little pot. 

I just ordered the small 15ml pot from Ebay which only cost £3.50 - bargain. The packaging stated that it contains folic acid to reduce wrinkles and puffiness, I've never really considered folic acid products outside of being pregnant but what the hell eh. 

The cream is quite fluid so you need to get your dab on pretty quickly. I've been applying it twice a day for the last three weeks and while I've not noticed any major changes I can definitely say it soothes tired eyes. I'm not sure if I'd notice major differences even with the best product in the world as I've only got crows feet and delicate fine lines, however it may be stopping more from popping up - who knows really. 

I do know that the delicate eye area does need hydrating more so than the rest of the face, fine lines can appear when your skin gets dehydrated and I don't care to test out that theory if I'm being honest. I'd recommend this for those looking to add another step into their skincare regime. I doubt it would do much for those who have more visible wrinkles and crows feet as it's too fluid, if they'd made it with a thicker formula or even thinned it out to a serum then it would be fantastic but I suppose you get what you pay for don't you. 

The little pot surprisingly lasts a while, it's not scented at all and if you fancy getting your mitts on your own pot you can get it from the normal stores such as Boots and Superdrug

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The Body Shop | Love Etc... Collection

The Body Shop quotes Love Etc... as being: 

'Our irresistible fragrance in a lasting Eau de parfum. A heart-stopping fusion of jasmine, vanilla and sandalwood notes

I know some people found it a bit too in your face but I instantly fell in love (excuse the pun) for this fragrance. I love perfume but had found most were starting to smell the same. I went on a bit of a perfume journey trying to find new and amazing indie and artisan perfumes; I did find some amazing creators on Etsy and of course, BPAL and Possets. 

I vowed I would never go back to commercial perfumes but stumbled upon Love Etc... by mistake while reading a glossy magazine. Pulling back the sniffy tab I was curious as the design looked different for a Body Shop fragrance, I admit I am complete and utterly weak when it comes to packaging. 

Swiping the page over my wrists I was hooked. I'm not even joking when I say I put down that magazine and headed straight to The Body Shop website and ordered the 30 ml sized bottle. Stupidly I now realise I should have ordered the 50 ml as it costs £18 where as the 30 ml is £14 *palms head*

It arrived in around five days and after sniffing it once again I had an 'ah' moment, you know the one you get when smelling something that's so incredible - This scent really felt like it belonged to me, it wasn't overpowering and I suppose I can only describe it as being womanly, sexy and confident but with a delicacy to it that makes the notes seem really smooth. It could definitely be worn both during the day and at night. 

They say that if you apply a perfume and then it smells really strong on you that it's not the scent for you personally. Apparently, it's due to how the notes sit with your body chemistry. This worked really well for me as it dissipated quite quickly but didn't disappear. Every time I took off my jacket or cardigan I got lovely hits of fragrance just reminding me that yup I still smelled awesome. 

Since purchasing the 30 ml, I've since added the body butter and lovely little solid perfume in a heart tin container. Hubster loves this scent so much that he now happily gives me massages with the body butter without grumbling. Win-win all around eh. 

This scent definitely makes me feel happy, calm and grounded as well as confident. I definitely get affected by what I wear and yes that also includes my perfume and make-up. I was asked by a few friends and some work colleagues what scent I was wearing which never happens normally, it definitely gives you a boost of confidence when people are asking you what it is that you've got on doesn't it?

My bottles due to run out soon, I've worn it every day for the last seven months. £14 for seven months perfume usage is amazing isn't it. If you're not a fan of perfumes then I would recommend the body butter or body lotion to test out the scent. It also layers really nicely with the rest of the collection. 

You can pick up these products both in-store and online at The Body Shop website here.

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First Post || A Welcoming A To Z

I have been racking my brains on how to start off this blog, I'm not someone who likes to talk primarily about myself so the easiest way I could say 'hi this is me and welcome to my blog' is to do it via an A-Z of Sweet Elyse. I have seen others do this on other blogs so hope that you enjoy the post as much as I've enjoyed writing it.

A Age. Currently, I'm twenty-eight but feel so much older, in a good way, though. 

BBeauty. I love beauty products and can spend hours procrastinating reading beauty blogs. I'm not hugely into the theatrical make-up, I'm more of an improving what nature gave me gal.  

C | Cake. Can't get enough of the sweet stuff and if I had my own way I would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

DDrawing. I love drawing. It's one of those things where you can't remember when you started but know you have been doing it and enjoying for as long as I've been able to. 

E Eye colour is green although my eyes go black or grey when I'm angry and they go really bright green when I have a migraine, strange but true. 

FFlowers. my favourites are lilies, gerberas and lilacs. As I get older I find I'm more interested in wildflowers such as snowdrops, lilacs and daisies.

GGlitter! I cannot get enough of the sparkly bits of happiness.  

HHometown is Fife in Scotland. I love it here and cannot imagine ever wanting to stay anywhere else. 

IInk. I do have tattoo's and would love more. I have a really bad tattoo where the tattooist actually split the skin, therefore, slitting my wrist which took 12 months to heal. The scar is quite bad and really thin. *boo* I also have an anchor on the top of my foot with a ribbon round it.

JJob. I currently work full time for a building society. The particular Building society I work for makes the role enjoyable. I have worked for a bank before and hated it! vowing to never go back into financial based employment. My real job in my eyes is being a mummy. It doesn't pay the greatest but is the most rewarding thing I've EVER done and will do. 

KKarma and Kindness are something I really believe in and feel that society is losing touch off the ability to be nice for no reason at all. I believe in doing something selfless every single day and have seen the benefits of it in regards to karma. 

LLearning. I am a big learner and love to continually learn new things. I am slightly geeky in that way and continually find I know the answers to the most random questions. I am the go-to girl for random answers. Yay, to learning. 

MMarried. I have been married now for over eight years. 2016 Edit: We are now separated. 

NNostalgia. I am nostalgic and don't know if that's something that comes with being a mummy and getting older. Even my husband is becoming nostalgic too. Does anyone remember the moon dreamers, Green sleeves, when penny sweets were a penny and when trolls were cool and dummy necklaces where the 'it' thing???? me then? 

PPatchwork and Pilates. Patchwork is another one of my loves. I started off learning patchwork before I ventured into quilting, there's nothing more delightful than seeing a patchwork creation. Pilates is a great way to stop my muscles seizing, I also do yoga too and find low impact exercise is the only way I can get fit these days. 

QQuilting. I absolutely love quilting and although I'm a newbie I can see this as a craft I will continue well into old age. 

RReading. I love to read and have read so many books in the last year and a half that I simply can't keep count. I feel that there are so many wonderful books whereas when I was younger there tended to be only a few major novels out at any one time. My favourite authors are Stephenie Meyer, LJ Smith, C.C Hunter, Carrie Jones, Sophie Kinsella, Jane Costello, Chloe Neill and Rachel Caine. (that's not even scratching the surface of my favourites)

SSons. I have three boys aged three, five and six. I know it's cliche but they really are my world. 

TThrifting. I am a huge thrifter and scrimper. If I can get it for free or do it for free or cheaply then I'm in. Currently, I participate in a long list of survey sites, review sites and mystery shopping sites which have allowed me to near enough cover Christmas for free. *yay* for thrifting. 

UUnderwear. I hate it!! I feel so constricted and cannot wait to get in the house so I can take it off and go 'aaaaagh' Although I completely cannot live without my fluffy socks and feel gross when I don't have them on. 

VVW Camper vans and Vampires. Cannot get enough of these and we plan to travel the UK in one when I get old enough to retire. Also, I love all things vampire, such as Twilight, Vampire diaries, True Blood and a host of other vampishly good tv and books. 

WWolves. I love wolves and they have to be my most favourite animal ever. When people ask what animal you would be if you came back I always want to be a wolf. Intelligent, primal and family orientated. I believe I have the instincts of a wolf especially when it comes to my little cubs.

Z Zzzzz's. Sleeping is something that I'm too good at and can get in up to 15 hours of interrupted sleep if I am left alone. I need sleep more than anyone else I know due to having a variety of health problems such as fibromyalgia, CFS and other things. 

So that's the nearly complete A-Z of me Sweet Elyse, What would your A-Z be? Post your A-Z post links below. 

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