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Aloe Vera

We have all seen aloe vera used in a gel form to treat sunburn but what other skincare products can it be found in ?
Lets take a look…..

Julie Woodward, a Forever business owner told me “The Aloe Vera Company has been around for 40 years.”

Aloe Vera fields Texas

The Forever Aloe Vera fields are in Texas where they are the largest grower and manufacturer in the world.

The company produce 200 different products from health drinks, teas and vitamins to skincare products.



Julie has worked with the Forever products for 14 years and provided me with a huge selection of products to sample.
I chose 7 products that would allow me to give myself an indulgent mini facial. Although the products are from various Forever ranges, they are designed to complement each other.

My 7 Step Forever Facial Treatment

1. Cleanse – Sonya Refreshing Gel Cleanser
A thick gel that glides easily onto the skin requiring only a light touch. It has a refreshing smell and works itself into a lather on the skin. I found it to be an extremely effective cleanser and fabulous at removing face make-up.
2. Tone – Balancing Toner
I applied the toner to a damp cotton pad before wiping over my face and neck in an upwards direction. Having very little smell, it felt cooling and refreshing and was gentle on my skin. The toner left my skin very wet, so I used a tissue to blot off the excess. (Evaporation of toner can dry the skin out so always blot)
3. Exfoliate – Smoothing Exfoliator
I applied this fine textured scrub to my slightly dampened skin using circular movements, only a small amount was needed. On removal I was surprised to find that I didn’t have red cheeks which many other exfoliators leave me with. This fabulous exfoliator has just been awarded “Highly Commended” at the recent Beauty Awards
4. Mask – Forever Marine Mask
A cream formulation which I thinly applied over the face and neck. I felt a cooling and tightening sensation and was surprised to find that after 15 minutes the mask had set, it was then easily removed with a warm damp flannel. My skin was left feeling smooth and hydrated and my pores were refined. Some areas of my skin were left slightly pink, but they soon calmed down.
5. Serum – Sonya Aloe Nourishing Serum
A gel consistency that gave my skin an ultra-smooth finish. Initially after application a silky residue was left on my skin’s surface but after a few minutes this disappeared to leave a beautiful base which would be ideal to apply make-up over.
6. Eye Cream – Awakening Eye Cream
A white gel consistency which glides on smoothly with no dragging. Ideal for those who apply their eye cream with a gliding action rather than the recommended patting application technique.
7. Day Cream – Protecting Day Lotion
A cream-based product that has a great pump applicator on the tube rather than having to squeeze. After application, my skin felt hydrated and looked smooth. The day lotion also contains a SPF 20 sunscreen.
Over my 1-week trial of the Forever products I used the cleanser, toner, serum, eye cream and moisturiser twice a day and gave myself 2 facials.

My Results

My skin looked beautiful, smooth, glowing and youthful in fact I found myself going out without wearing make-up which is something I wouldn’t normally do.

My Favourite product

Sorry but unable to choose just one as I loved them all. However, if really pressed I absolutely loved the cleanser and exfoliator.

If you would like to know more about how to look after your skin, apply products correctly or give yourself, family and friends a facial our Bitesize Beauty Facial package is full of tips and tricks designed by professionals just for you.

The Forever Aloe Vera products and information are available by visiting

Wishing you fabulous facial skin always
Nina & Sharron

Is Charlotte Tilbury’s Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask really as good as people say?

Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask
Boasts – Expert facialist results in just 15 minutes.
Hydrates, lifts, reduces wrinkles, smooths and brightens.

Observing the 5 easy to follow instructions on the back of the “hygiene mask pouch”.
I unfolded the “Dry Sheet Mask” and applied the pink side to my pre-cleansed and toned skin.
The mask incorporated loops at the sides and bottom which slotted over my ears to hold in place.
Using my fingertips, I smoothed the mask to fit over my facial contours.
Once applied I gently massage over the top of the mask to activate it, then relax for 15 minutes.

A word of warning – I must recommend you apply the mask when you know you will be totally alone as my daughter was very upset by my appearance!

My Results – Wow !

A definite reduction of the fine lines across my forehead and at the sides of my eyes.                                                                                                                                    My skin looks plumped.
There is a wonderful fresh glow to my skin.
A moist residue is on the surface of my skin which when blotted with a tissue remains. I like the moist feeling, but some may not.

The mask has taken 7 years of development and features ingredients which are clinically proven* to reduce wrinkles, smooth and brighten, lift and hydrate your skin exactly where it needs it.
Contains vitamins, floral extracts, oils & butters and peptides which are delivered directly into the 3rd layer of the epidermis.
*Tested on 30 women with the mask been used 3 times over a 14-day period.

The mask has the texture of a dry baby wipe, once applied I felt a slight tingling and a warmth to my face.
On completion of the 15 minutes relax time, I carefully removed the mask and refolded it before resealing it in the “hygiene pouch”, ready to be used twice more.

So to confirm – the answer is YES this mask is as fabulous as people say!

3 Simple Steps to Cure Dry, Chapped Hands

3 Simple Steps to Cure Dry, Chapped Hands

Have the colder months taken their toll on your hands making them dry, dehydrated, lacking in softness and suppleness?

Why not treat them to a professional nourishing spa treatment!

1. Exfoliate

Benefits of exfoliaton:

  • Removes surface dead skin cells.
  • Increases blood circulation bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissues, helping to nourish and promote cell renewal.
  • Improves the colour of the skin.
  • Softens the skin.
  • Stimulates nail growth.

Method – dampen the hands with warm water, apply either a body or face scrub and work over the hands, around the sides of the nails and over the cuticles, pay particular attention to areas of dryness.

2. Rinse

Rinse off the exfoliator and dry the hands thoroughly, pay attention to the areas between the fingers.

3. Nourish

Benefits of nourishing the hands:

  • Softens the skin.
  • Adds a protective barrier.
  • Moisturising.
  • Helps prevent chapping of the skin.
  • The massage effects stimulate blood circulation and can stimulate nail growth.

Method – apply a nourishing hand cream and massage into both hands, pay attention to the skin around the nails, cuticles and areas of dryness.

Carry out the treatment once or twice a week.