Wild Rose and Angels

Products 1

Mugler Angel Eau de Parfum: Scents: sweet, patchouli, warm spicy, cocoa, caramel and woody. I received this as an incredibly tiny sample that you somehow had to pull out in order to smell it. You couldn’t even get it on the skin! What’s the point of a sample like that? I also broke mine whilst trying to open it so was really cross with it. As far as I can tell, it smells really sweet and sickly and is probably one for the younger woman who doesn’t mind when people around her start fainting, LOL! Definitely NOT one for the office – though on the other hand it depends who you work with … You can find it at Amazon for £36.02 for 25ml.

Tesco Nail Polish Remover: I’ve had this for years and only rediscovered it in the cupboard recently. It’s perfectly okay though not the best nail polish remover I’ve used. I was happy to finish it up though – but be warned, it’s not great at getting the glitter polish off, even if you do use the kitchen foil trick! You can get it at Tesco for £1.25 for 250ml, so a real bargain.

Imperial Leather Sherbet Lemon Shower CreamRefresh your skin with this zesty sherbet lemon shower cream leaving you feeling clean, revived and smelling great. I started off really liking this one as the lemon scent is the perfect balance between sweet and sharp – but I must admit I got a bit bored with it so won’t buy it again. However, if you’re a lemon freak, this is the one for you! It costs £1.00 for 250ml at Boots.

L’Oreal Velvety-Soft Toner: Specially adapted for dry and sensitive skin.Thoroughly cleansed, your skin feels soothed, skin is more supple, softer and brighter, and it feels comfortable and less taut. I didn’t really get on with this one, I have to say, and in the end I threw it away as I just couldn’t bear using it any more. It just feels slimy on my face and left a curious film on my skin that I didn’t take to. I know loads of people like it though, so I’m probably the exception that proves the rule! You can get it at Amazon for £7.48 for 200ml.

Max Factor FaceFinity Compact Foundation in Porcelain (01)A pressed powder which combines the comfort of use with the properties of a liquid foundation, giving you the desired smooth coverage and a satin finish. The Perma-Wear technology provides all-day fade resistant colour and flawless coverage that lasts up to 8 hours. This compact contains SPF 15 which helps to protect your skin from the sun rays. I love this compact and always take it to work with me – I need to touch up a couple of times during the day so it definitely doesn’t last 8 hours, but then again, what does? It gives great coverage and reduces the appearance of redness and scarring. The only problem is that it doesn’t last long and it breaks up easily which is a SERIOUS pain. However, it’s still the best touch-up compact I’ve found for day use. It costs £9.74 for 10g at Amazon which is a ridiculous price, but I still buy it because it’s just so good.

Vanilla Flower Air Purifier Concentrate: this came with my Amos Air Purifier which is just brilliant for helping my breathing at night, and I do really like this scent. I put two or three drops into the water holder every couple of nights and it works like a dream. You can get the whole caboodle at Amazon for £19.99 which is a great bargain for a good night’s sleep without the snorting and gagging, LOL!

Products 2

Simply Supplements Menapol Plus Capsules: An invigorating herbal complex that may help to ease women through the uncomfortable transitional period of the menopause. Each MenapolTM Plus EasyGest capsule provides: Red Clover, Liquorice Extract, Dandelion Root, Acai Berry, Soya Isoflavones, Chamomile Extract, Cranberry Extract and Siberian Ginseng. These are really very good – I take one each night and it keeps menopausal and post-menopausal symptoms very much at bay. Even when hot flushes come, they’re much shorter and less dramatic than they used to be, so that’s a definite result! They cost £12.15 for 120 capsules which is a pretty decent price, to my mind.

Baylis & Harding Wild Rose & Raspberry Leaf Cleansing Hand Wash: a luxurious, scented hand wash and fragranced with exotic jasmine and fruity raspberry. It is made with gentle notes of wild rose for a fresh light fragrance. I really liked this one and it’s also very gentle on the hands, which is fabulous. The only problem for me is the enormous size of the pot as it just doesn’t fit on my basin very well. If only they made a smaller size, I’d buy it, but I’m not repurchasing this large one again. I will have to find my subtle rose fix elsewhere! You can buy it at Amazon for £2.15 for 500ml, so a decent price too.

MiaRoma Sweet Almond OilA natural, cold pressed oil with a neutral aroma that provides the perfect base for you to create your own blend of aromatherapy oils to suit your mood. The softening and nourishing effects of sweet almond oil mean it can be used alone as a face or body oil. This oil is totally fabulous for my face and I use it morning and evening just after my toner. I also smear a small quantity on spots and it really helps to heal them very quickly. Result! It costs £7.69 for 200ml at Holland and Barrett, and they’re also running a Buy One Get One Half Price offer at the moment so this is well worth popping into your shopping basket!

HRI Clear Complexion Tablets: Treats skin problems from within; it is used for the symptomatic relief of minor skin conditions such as spots, pimples, blemishes, mild acne and mild eczema; this gentle complementary medicine contains natural active herbs. Contains burdock root.  I use this product regularly and it definitely keeps my skin problems under control. One tablet in the morning and one at night seems to suit me just fine. They cost £5.98 for a pack of 60 at Amazon and I have already restocked them.

Montagne de Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Pac: Dead Sea Mud draws out impurities and opens blocked pores to give clean, soft skin in a refreshing mud pack; anti stress relief for normal, oily and T-Zone skin; a relaxing ultra deep pore cleanser with Sea Kelp nutrients; contains aromatherapy anti stress oils. I really love the light blue colour of this mud pack – it’s fun! The light scent is also very pleasant and it feels very soothing on my face. I would definitely restock this one at some point though I have loads of these masks at the moment and need to use them up! You can easily make it last for two face packs as there’s loads in the sachet. It costs £1.00 for a 20mg pack at Boots.

Have a beautiful week!

Anne Brooke: Biblical Fiction UK


Gold Lady and Grapefruit


I never would have bought the Imperial Leather Sweet Vanilla and Cherry Blossom Foamburst Body Wash as I thought (weirdly) the look of it was way too masculine and I couldn’t work out who it was aimed at. I mean what’s with all the spooky black background? Seriously odd. It was only because I came across a blogger who was raving about it and said how much both she and her husband loved it that I decided to give this one a go. This luxurious body wash transforms from a smooth gel into an abundance of rich, creamy lather that glides across your skin like silk. Benefits: Immerse yourself in a delicious heavenly fragrance with this sumptuous vanilla and cherry blossom body wash. Leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth after just one wash. Our expertly crafted blend delivers a unique fragrance burst and a lather so rich and silky it can also be used for shaving. I’m glad I bought it, because I must say I absolutely LOVE it. The smell is glorious – like immersing yourself in the best ever cherry pie and it somehow feels very Christmassy too. As with all Imperial Leather products, the foam is fabulous and you only need one small squirt for your whole body – bliss! I will definitely be picking this one up again very soon. You can find it at Superdrug for £3.15 for 200ml, but they’re doing a 2 for £5 offer at the moment.

I must admit that when I bought it online, I thought the Body Shop Pink Grapefruit Body Butter was going to be a much larger tub so when it arrived it was fairly disappointing. I’m no good with measurements, as you can tell! This rich and creamy Body Butter is a feast for the skin. It melts straight in to leave skin feeling soft and smooth. It contains Community Trade cocoa butter and has a zingy grapefruit scent. 

  • Body moisturiser
  • Lightly moisturises (24hr hydration)
  • Nourishes skin
  • For normal to dry skin
  • Skin is left feeling softer, and suppler
  • Easily absorbed
  • Refreshing, zesty scent

However, I enjoyed the product a lot more than I thought I would – the smell is great and not too harsh, and it rubs in very easily. The only issues are the size and the price – it’s £6 for 50ml, so you don’t get much bang for your buck. A shame really …

The Olay Regenerist 3 Point Day Cream was sent as a sample, and left me fairly cold actually. Olay Regenerist 3 Point day Cream with SPF30 provides fast anti-ageing results on face, neck and décolletage. From the first use, its lightweight, non-greasy texture leaves skin brighter, hydrated and protected from the ageing effects of sun damage. After 5 days skin feels firmer. Firms and helps protect from damaging UV rays SPF 30 protection in a lightweight prestigious feel. Hydrates skin and regenerates for a youthful look. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Exfoliates, smoothens and brightens. The trouble is that it’s just so lightweight that I didn’t feel it was doing me any good at all – like putting absolutely nothing on my face. I do at least like to feel it’s making some kind of difference, LOL! However, if you like things being that invisible, maybe this is the one for you? You can get it at Boots for £19.99 for 50ml, but they are having a one-third discount on Olay products at the moment.


The Tesco Lens Wipes are my go-to product for cleaning my glasses and sunglasses. For spectacles, cameras and optical devices: quick drying, smear free and individually wrapped. I only actually clean them once a week but I really should do them more – I’m just too lazy! I would say these ones do leave some smears but they vanish very quickly so there’s no need to scrub at them. They cost £1.25 for 26 wipes, so not too bad at all.

I tried the Mario Badescu Facial Spray, as so many beauty bloggers were recommending it. A refreshing & hydrating facial mist. Features a gentle & non-irritating formula. Contains fragrant Herbal Extracts & Rosewater to provide a boost of moisture. Instantly soothes tight, dehydrated skin. Leaves skin refreshed & comfortable. Perfect for all skin types. Can also be used on dry hair. To use: mist on face, neck & hair as needed. Also great for setting makeup. This one is fine and the rose smell is nice, but I wouldn’t say I was wowed by it at all. I think there are better and cheaper rosewater sprays on the market. You can buy this one at Amazon for £10.66 for 120ml.

The Milton Lloyd Gold Lady Parfum de Toilette is one of my reliable day-time/work scents and I already have a spare to use now I’ve finished one. The notes are:

  • Citrus, Fruity
  • Jasmin Lily Rose
  • Caramel – Musk
  • Oriental-Fruity

For me, it’s pleasantly floral with a slight spicy kick that I love. You can get it at Amazon for £2.95 for 50ml, so a real and worthwhile bargain!

I’ve got loads of the Montagne Jeunesse Aloe Vera Blemish Mud Masks and they’re fairly good at clearing up the skin. The attributes are:

  • Special mud blend of Aloe Vera, Willow, Rosemary and WitchHazel
  • For Clear, Clean & Refreshed skin

The trouble is that the smell is starting to annoy me a bit so I have tended recently to approach it with a slight groan. It does the job fairly well, but I’m opting for one of my other blemish masks when the need arises these days. I’m hoping this is just a blip as I do have lots left, LOL! You can buy it at Amazon for £1.98 per 20ml mask, and this will last you at least two sessions.

Finally, I’ve been using the Nyx Dark Circle Concealer in the Fair shade for a while now. A serious solution for one of beauty’s most challenging problems! No fancy names – just a product that can be counted on to do the job. The product glides on without looking thick or obvious. Coconut oil provides intensive moisture and ensures no caking. The subtle hint of orange counteracts the appearance of dark circles while natural skin-toned pigments work in unison to provide the ultimate coverage. It blends in well – but I don’t think it does the job as well as other products to be honest – though my eyes do need a lot of help! I was also annoyed by the way it caked up in the pot as I was coming to the end of it, which was very irritating. I kept putting caked pieces of the concealer onto my face and having to wipe it off and start again, grrr! So, while it’s been an interesting experience, I won’t be bothering again. You can buy it at Boots for £6.50 for a 2.9g pot, and it lasts a good while.

Happy Sunday!

Anne Brooke Books 

A Tale of Two Nappy Creams

It’s taken me a while to cotton on to the new nappy cream beauty secret, and I have Mrs Strawberry Blonde (https://mrsstrawberryblonde.wordpress.com) to thank for the realisation – thank you, Mrs SB! The rest of you probably know this already but, if you don’t, then nappy cream is absolutely ideal for clearing up spots and acne, and soothing blemishes.

That said, my journey towards Spot-Free Heaven has proved a little tricky as the first product I picked up to try was Weleda Calendula Nappy Change Cream:

Calendula nappy change cream

I tried – oh, how I tried! – and at first it actually seemed to be doing some good. I don’t wear it as a mask at all as I understand that doing so ends up making the skin worse – so I’ve just been putting it on my spots. Like all nappy creams (apparently) it doesn’t sink into the skin without some persuasion – but oh the smell is really truly horrid, I have to warn you! Those of you born and brought up in the countryside will no doubt remember well the terrible and distinctive smell a dying bird caught in the wall of an old house makes. The smell of Calendula is very much like this, but distilled and sweeter. Yuk! Honestly, I have no idea how the poor babies cope. I gave up on this one in the end.

Determined to have another go, I turned to the truly wonderful Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream – for nappy rash, eczema, surface wounds, sunburn, minor burns, acne, and chilblains.


Now this one is the Real McCoy for me! I’m telling you my skin gave a sigh of relief the moment I put it onto my skin – though actually after the Weleda one, anything would be a relief! – and it’s been sorting my spots out pretty darn well ever since. Today, I think I even  looked presentable in public, hurrah! The smell is light, pleasant and somehow reassuring, and it also melts into the skin a little easier too – though not as well as non-nappy creams of course.

So, I’m ditching the Weleda one and putting all my hope into Sudocrem – thank you once more, Mrs SB!

Anne Brooke



The horror of your children: a letter to a friend

Dear X

Apologies for the tone of this letter but, as a middle-aged woman who is absolutely delighted to be child-free, I think I’m entitled to a rant every now and again.

I’d just like to let you know that if I say I don’t like children, then please have the grace to accept that statement without belittling it, or me. I have good reasons. Don’t tell me I’ll change or I’m weird or it would have been different if I had ever had my own. I accept you having a family (and talking about it endlessly too even though I do find it a very dull subject) and don’t ask you to change – so why should you do it to me?

In addition, if you invite me for a day out so we can catch up with each other, don’t also invite your family to join us, especially if said family are bringing children, without telling me that this is what you are doing and giving me a chance to reschedule.

I really don’t like being startled by the unexpected appearance of your brood and actually think it’s quite rude of you to do this. When you come to visit me, I don’t invite my neighbours round to join in without telling you, do I? Have some courtesy and think it through first please.

Otherwise, the inevitable will happen, and (a) I will be made to feel most uncomfortable, and (b) one of the arriving children will say something incredibly rude and hurtful to me about the way I look (you know perfectly well the problems I have with my skin and how cruel children can be), which you for some reason do not defend, and the child will curiously go unpunished. It’s no wonder then that I dislike children so much – who, to be honest, could blame me?

Which in the end means that I have to leave quickly so I can have a cry without you seeing or knowing, and the day – which had up until that time been very pleasant indeed – is now irredeemably spoilt.

If you value our friendship at all, please keep your children either away from me or under control. Also, an apology would be nice, but I won’t wait up.

Thank you.


The Joy of Savlon

Savlon antiseptic cream

Yes, I know it’s maybe a tad dull, but honestly – even at my age – I always have a tube of Savlon Antiseptic Cream (in my view, the Savlon Healing Gel isn’t so good …) in my bathroom cabinet. It’s marketed as being great for cuts and grazes, but it’s also incredibly good with spots, and I use it regularly on mine. It gets them under control quicker than most ‘official’ spot remedies I’ve tried, and so makes them much easier to conceal under a good quality make-up while they go away.

I wouldn’t leave home without this!

Anne Brooke Books

Una Brennan Super Facialist Probiotic Range

Superfacialist Probiotic

I’ve been having additional trouble with my skin lately and I think I’m probably making it worse by panicking and trying lots of extra products to try and solve the problems – I read yesterday that this doesn’t help at all, so I’ve decided to concentrate on keeping things simple. However, when shopping at Boots Online, I saw the Super Facialist Probiotic Skin Recovery Day Cream by Una Brennan and popped it into my basket. The price wasn’t bad, and actually the product itself is really quite good. In fact, it’s the only thing my skin doesn’t seem to object to at the moment and it feels lovely when I smooth it on. It’s also calming things down which is fabulous.

So I’m going to carry on using it and go easy on the other stuff and see what happens. I’d like to try the Overnight Skin Recovery Cream as well but I’ve nothing else to buy at Boots at the moment, and I hate ordering just one product online. However, if I’m actually near a real-life Boots at some point, I’ll definitely pick one up – but nothing else, in order to give my poor skin a chance!

Anne Brooke Books