Annabel and I often get asked to review new products. We are happy to do this but only ever feature the best of the best as our integrity is of the highest importance to us. We have been lucky enough to attract many new readers recently and so I thought it was a good time to remind everyone that we also occasionally use affiliate links. This means that if you choose to make a purchase via Annabel & Grace you are, on occasion, helping to support this free magazine. The referral commissions we receive go towards the running costs of this site. We could not exist without these small payments, so thank you in advance.
A refreshing drink on the go
Snazzy or what. These upmarket bottles from Integrity keep their contents Hot for 12 hours, Cold for 24 and – as their blurb puts it – are Cool 4 Ever! Made in the spa town of Malvern in the UK, they are made from double sided stainless steel. There are stylish six designs to choose from, each in a range of colours. 25cm tall, 500ml capacity. I have been filling mine with my favourite coffee (a double espresso and Oatly Barista milk – super creamy) and taking it on my daily walk so I can stop halfway to sip a hot drink and admire the view). £14.99, they have a lifetime guarantee and are available HERE
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… and a refreshing antioxidant drink for your skin
I am still very much enjoying using my Temple Spa Truffle cream every day and so was excited when I heard they’ve added a new product, Truffle De-Light, a hydra-gel moisturiser. Don’t let the slightly corny name put you off… it feels fabulous on your skin because it’s lightweight, absorbs quickly and the fragrance is divine. Goes without saying that it’s packed with luxurious and efficacious ingredients – amino acids, minerals, truffle of course and rose quartz to name a few.
Temple Spa will gift you your choice of cleanser and toner for free when you buy Truffle De-Light Radiance. (Offer available until end April 2021) MORE INFO
Snuggle up for a good night’s sleep
Having recently moved house, I am often to be found trawling the internet in search of random items – a shower enclosure, china fingerplate, a decent plumber – and the item I would like to tell you about now, a wool duvet. Once you have slept under one of these, it is hard to consider any other type. They are flatter and adapt to each person’s body temperature – a life saver if you sleep with someone who either grabs the duvet or flings it off. If you’d like to support a UK brand like I did, you need look no further than Devon Duvets. When mine arrived, it came with a small bag of fresh lavender and a handwritten card explaining that Gloria made it. In these days of mass production, that made me smile and feel a teeny bit special. I paid £155 for a king size all-year round duvet and I couldn’t be more pleased with it. Available at John Lewis. FIND OUT MORE
Although artificial flowers have come on leaps and bounds over recent years, I still prefer orchids as you simply cannot tell real from fake. Well, if you buy from OKA or Bloom that is. Expensive but a one-off cost and always a delight to look at as you enter a room.
Embracing your curves
This recommendation is from Annabel: I love shape wear as I am fairly shapeless. Also by the time you hit your 60s it is highly likely that you need a bit of assistance in that area. However shapewear can be very restricting and unpleasant to wear. I have nightmares remembering the time I wore a well-known brand under a dress to a party and the wrestle I had in the bathroom to get it off raised my body temperature so high I was scarlet when I came out. Never again. Then Yummie offered to send me some High Waist shaping briefs and a 2-way shaping tank. Firstly the tank has Outlast® Technology which regulates your body temperature, neither too hot or too cold. It is reversible so you can wear it as a scoop or v-neck which is so clever. The tank is on the lower end of the shaping scale but is honestly quite enough to smooth those lumps and bumps. The briefs target your middle giving you shaping and yes they really do that without digging in. I have been wearing both of them all day and had quite forgotten I had them on. No more muffin top for me – I now love my new tummy by Yummie. MORE INFO
A heavenly low sugar treat
Have you ever tried dairy-free chocolate? We have found some that is aptly named – Pure Heavenly – and it is totally delicious. It comes in numerous flavours and just might be a brilliant present for any vegans in your life. Though tbh if you are a chocolate lover as we are then you will love this brand. It is free from dairy, soy, gluten, palm oil, wheat and GMO ingredients and less than 2% sugar. So could be considered healthy chocolate!! We are all for that! SHOP NOW
An all natural, Ayurvedic skincare range
As we all have different skincare requirements, I thought you might also like to know about an all natural, Ayurvedic range called Urban Veda. In particular, their Reviving range which is beneficial for all skin types, especially tired/mature complexions. As the company explains “The Reviving range draws on the never ending properties of Rose to cool inflammation and reset hydration levels, rejuvenating skin. Alongside rose damask flower water, rosehip, and evening primrose, it also also heavily features an exotic Indian ingredient called Arjuna which causes the skin to naturally plump up. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and brings life back into mature skin.” Multi-award winning Urban Veda products are backed up by a strong sustainability policy for all their vegan formulations. And a whole host of glowing 5* reviews. BROWSE THEIR WEBSITE
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NOTE: INTEGRITY, YUMMIE, TEMPLE SPA, URBAN VEDA & PURE HEAVENLY products were press samples.