Thursday, 26 February 2015

Cocoa Brown Tough Stuff Body Scrub - Review

Award winning Cocoa Brown TOUGH STUFF Body Scrub is a no-nonsense, 3-in-1 scrub that preps your skin for tanning, removes stubborn tan and is a fabulous exfoliating body treatment!

OH YES IT IS ..... It is perfect for the feet, ankles, knees, elbows and hands. This amazing exfoliating scrub is brilliant to prepare the skin for tanning, removing stubborn old tan and of course, leave your skin silky smooth.  Even though I am a big fan of Cocoa Brown 1 hour tan I have to admit I had not used Tough Stuff before so I was delighted when I received this product in my Into The West Blogger Network goodie bag earlier in the month.

You can use this scrub 2-4 times per week.  Apply it using long sweeping strokes backwards and forwards with the product on your skin. The faster you sweep, the deeper the exfoliation. Rinse TOUGH STUFF off when you have finished scrubbing.

Tough Stuff is nice and runny so it is also ok to use on dry skin achieving a deeper exfoliation but I prefer using it in the shower.  I find that it is a little more gentle on wet skin and can be used more frequently.  My Tip: For best results I always exfoliate the day before applying my tan.

After using this product and seeing first hand how amazing it is I am not surprised that Cocoa Brown sold four months of stock in two weeks. The popular body scrub can be bought for an RRP of €5.99 available in Cocoa Brown stockists nationwide, UK and available with worldwide shipping on

WINNER U Magazine Beauty Awards 2014 – ‘Best Exfoliator’

WINNER IMAGE Magazine Beauty Awards 2014 – ‘Best Body Scrub’

Cocoa Brown 1 Hour Tan - New Dark Shade - Review
New Cocoa Brown 1 HOUR TAN DARK is the latest innovative self-tanning product from Marissa Carter, developed as a direct result of customer demand for a darker version of the best-selling 1 HOUR TAN.  I am delighted with this product as I love a really intense tan, especially for going out at night or going to events.  I always feel more confident and glam with a tan.  

If your a busy bee and just don't have time for a spray tan or even the patients to wait for a tan to develop over night (and ruining your sheets) then you should give Cocoa Brown 1 hour tan a go.  Its so easy to apply, I just use a mitt and the luxurious mousse formulation just glides over the skin.  One of the best things about Cocoa Brown 1 hour tan is that it doesn't have the fake tan pong. 

For me I get best results when I prepare the skin for tan by exfoliating with Cocoa Brown TOUGH STUFF in the days leading up to your tan application and moisturising with CHOCOLATE WHIP Oil-Free Body Moisturiser.  It is a beautiful  light-weight, fast drying, non-sticky mousse giving rapid streak free results. Its accelerating ingredients helps it to develop quickly and depending on how dark you would like to be, can be showered off after:

Bronze: 1 HOUR, Chocolate: 2 HOURS, Intense: 3 HOURS

Before   |   After

 Cocoa Brown has unquestionably become Ireland's most popular tan and is now available in Boots, Superdrug ,Penneys/Primark and Tesco and there are different shades for different occasions! RRP €7.99/£7.99,   AND WAIT FOR IT...................

Irish Market Leader Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter ​Officially ​Launches Stateside!

Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter ​are​ delighted to announce that the multi-award winning tanning range has just launched in the U.S. The pretty-in-pink, award winning tanning range has been scooped up by Ricky’s NYC - an edgy, ultra hip chain of beauty super stores. With over 30 stores between New York and Miami, Ricky’s NYC plays host to a diverse, cult like following of clientele and has done for over twenty five years. YOU GUYS ARE GOING TO LOVE IT!!!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Dermalogica Microzone Facial at Purejoy Laser and AdvancedSkincare,Galway


Arrraghhhhhhhhhhhhh I'm bearing warts and all in this blog post.
After witnessing the results of my IMAGE 02 Lift facial last week at Purejoy I was more determined than ever to bring good skin back to the surface.  My skin was dehydrated and I had congestion around my nose but in particular around my chin. 
Joy recommended the Dermalogica Express or Microzone facial to address these areas.  This facial takes less than 30 minutes so it was ideal as I was able to fit in this treatment on my lunch hour.  Its perfect for those on the go as it includes a quick cleanse, exfoliation and mask.

The microzone treatment target specific issues such as breakouts, congestion and even the need for exfoliation on your skin. These Dermalogica treatments focus on the one concern you maybe having or can be a great maintenance treatment in-between your current Dermalogica treatment.


As you can see my skin badly needed a microfacial!!!  I intend to have a few more facials to bring my good skin back to the surface but I have to say I did notice an improvement even after this one treatment.  A Dermalogica Express or Microzone Treatment at Purejoy cost €45.

After a Dermalogica Microfacial each client of Purejoy leaves with this pack that contains a customised Dermalogica regimen as determined by your skin analysis. 

Your 3 steps to healthy skin:

1. Percleanse
I love the texture of this product, its nourishing Olive, Apricot and Kukui Nut oils cut through make-up, sunscreens and oil-based debris, readying them for easy removal. Dispense into dry hands and massage over dry face and eyes to dissolve surface oil and dirt. Concentrate on areas of congestion or stubborn debris.  Then add water to transform this hydrophilic (water-loving) formula into a milky emulsion that lifts debris from the skin’s surface, allowing your prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser to penetrate even further for professional cleansing results.

2. Skin Hydrating Booster

This is a super-saturated hydrating fluid concentrate to help revitalise dry, parched skin. Hyaluronic Acid, Panthenol, Glycolipids and nutrient-rich Algae extract help restore moisture balance and hydrate tissues to smooth skin, improve suppleness and minimize fine dryness lines. Squeeze 6 - 10 drops onto fingertips and massage gently over face and throat.

3. Skin Perfect Primer
This product is applied over your entire face and throat after your moisturiser.  It smooths away fine lines, brightens and primes for flawless skin, and to prep for make-up application. Its velvety silicones create an instantly smooth surface. Pearl powder and natural earth minerals provide a neutral tint to help balance tone and enhance luminosity.  This primer can be worn alone or underneath make-up to extend wear.
You don't have to put up with problem skin...
avail of the discounts Purejoy is offering
all Yummy Mummy readers

18 Mainguard Street, Galway

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Business Cards by Castle Print Galway

Despite living in a digital world, a business card can be critical to the development of your business. These small but effective tools are often handed to customers and can be a highly personalised form of marketing. A well-organised and aesthetically appealing business card can make a better impression than any website or social media account.

First Impressions Count

Business cards should be part of your self-introduction, they should contain all the vital contact information needed to capture your prospect’s attention and help you remain in their memories well after your initial meeting. Business cards can enhance your credibility and legitimacy and give your prospect a better sense of your professionalism. Always have business cards on you. Keep a few in your wallet!

A Direct Marketing Tool

Face-to-face communication coupled with a handshake is the most effective form of marketing. Business cards can go wherever you go! You never know when you’ll run into a potentially valuable customer, so you should always be prepared. By keeping a stack of business cards on-hand, you will always be ready to market your business when the opportunity arises. You may have a thousand cards, but that doesn't mean you need to use them all at one conference. A good rule of thumb is if you shook their hand after making a connection, hand off your card.

Build Your Brand

Business cards are a simple way to establish your brand, which in turn makes your business more easily recognised. A successful card should contain your company’s logo, advertising slogan and necessary contact information, including a phone number, website address and email where you can be easily reached.

One of the worst mistakes you can make is to misjudge the importance of a quality business card to brand identity and business development. It can act as your first impression and directly reflect how potential customers look at your business.

You can buy basic business cards for very cheap, but you may want to consider the message you're sending with cheap paper and print jobs. Think of how a nice magazine feels in your hands compared to a floppy tabloid. Regardless of what's inside, the magazine feels better and seems more professional.

Thats why I choose Castle Print - you can choose from a range of premium stocks and finishes including lamination, die cut and spot uv. They also offer customers a digital business card option, suitable for low quantities and a quick turnaround time.

I have to say I am thrilled to bits with my new business cards from Castle Print. They feel so smooth and the colours look so vibrant. At a cost of €95 + VAT for 1,000 business cards they are definately worth the money. (Note: design is extra). For me business cards are a must as I attend lots of blogger event and press days. It's vital to have a good quality business card to hand so you can make that all important connection!

With the right card, you're ready to network!