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After a really hectic week last week working, recording chatty lasses and winning my award, I just knew I was going to crash and burn this week!. During a heavy week I tend to run on adrenaline and I always come down from my high with a bang once i’m back to my usual lifestyle. I usually end up poorly and exhausted but this time  I was ready !!! Nurse Gill had me armed with her secret weapon, the ”Vitamin Infusion” IV drip!!!

”YOUR BEST JUST GOT BETTER” Enhanced intravenous hydration for the nation ( hell yeah )

How does it work?

Vitamin infusion is a scientifically formulated intravenous rehydration solution for the effective treatment of moderate to severe dehydration.

 Vitamin infusion works by replacing fluid, electrolytes and vitamins lost due to heavy sweating, heat illness, vomiting, diarrhea, excess alcohol consumption and more.

 Vitamin infusion products are widely used in hospitals and by healthcare professionals worldwide.

I visited Central Healthcare in Newcastle which is very easy to get to and very close to the centre for life. I had the ”fitamin” drip, this is the most common drip for a ”pick me up”. There are other drips that help with different symptoms but nurse Gill can help you decide which is best. The drip is priced at £227.00 per infusion. Frequency of infusion varies per person, some have monthly or 3 monthly. Others just have now and then for a boost like me. This treatment is common for people with an illness or who are going through gastric bypass surgery.

The treatment took around an hour but it was very relaxing. I am fine with needles so I was not worried. Firstly nurse Gill went through all the consent forms with me and explained the procedure. Then I was made comfortable on the bed and the needle was inserted into the vein, very gently might I add. I was given fluids first to hydrate me and then the bag was changed to the actual vitamin drip. It had a strong smell, medicine like. It felt cold going in but was never once uncomfortable in any way. Nurse Gill and I chatted, she is a lovely lady who really puts you at ease. I took a few selfies as you do and caught up on my blog while the bright yellow vitamin filled cocktail went through my veins.

That afternoon/evening I felt tired but that was to be expected. The next day I had a hugely intense training session at work and all my ”cheeky” staff commented on how they were going to have a whip round every month and buy me a vitamin infusion because I was really ”happy” today . I’m sure I am happy everyday but apparently not ha ha. I did feel more energised, less sluggish and ready to take on the world but this was nothing compared to the following day. Wednesday, 2 days after my drip I was awake and up at 6am, which was not intentional and un heard of in my house. I did try to fight it and sleep in longer but my body had other ideas. I went to work and after work had two really important meetings back to back. I did not finish and get back home until 9.30pm that evening. Id been on the go for over 15 hrs but still felt full of fuel. I can only put this down to the drip as like I said earlier, I literally crash and burn. I would highly recommend this treatment if you too feel you need a boost, maybe you have a physical challenge coming up or maybe you have been poorly.

To book this treatment or to find out more you can call: 0191 222 0100 or visit

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OK so when I was told Victoria’s Secrets models all use this product before they catwalk I just had to try it. So I might not have a body like a Victoria’s Secret model but ”hell” do I want sheen on skin like them!!! This soy milk and honey whipped luxurious body butter is

  • Luxuriously scented
  • Light on the skin, but rich in 24-hour hydration
  • Decadently air-whipped for instant penetration to restore, protect, and soften skin
  • Quickly absorbed to deliver deep moisturization
  • No parabens, glycols or silicones

This British weather is really affecting my skin at the minute, glorious warm sunshine one minute and snowing the next. My limbs get dry from the elements, shaving and my obsession with fake tan!. This body butter is scrumptious in every way. It smells delicious, so much so that I’ve been quite tempted to try eat it, I resisted you will be relieved to know. It absorbs fast and is none greasy, however it does leave that amazing model sheen on the skin. My skin feels smooth and well nourished. So using this product we might not look like a Victoria’s Secret Model but we will feel like one with our soft silky smooth skin.

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I have been using Aveda hair care since I visited the lovely Lisa in House of Fraser Intu Metro Centre.

Aveda do a complimentary scalp and hair analysis in store where they use a little hand held device to magnify the hair follicle and scalp. By doing this they can make sure you get the right products to suit your hair type. I was unaware I had a dry scalp until I had this done. I knew my hair was damaged after over processing and it was fascinating seeing the images on the device and comparing them with the ”normal” images.

Lisa recommended I go for the damage remedy shampoo and conditioner as well as the daily hair repair. I also got the beautifying oil for my scalp, dry remedy oil for daily moisturizing of the hair and the shampure dry shampoo for all the days in between.

My hair has felt amazing and I have had lots of compliments on the condition and shine. I love how the range contains no nasty’s. The dry shampoo is great as it is not an aerosol so does not go everywhere and it smells divine. The daily oil is ideal to use as a finishing product but it doubles up as a treatment for the hair and the hair repair is also a heat resistant product. If you have problems with your barnet I recommend you go visit the girls at the Aveda counter at House of Fraser Intu Metro Centre. Mention Tried and Tested and you will be well looked after.

Aveda are also currently running some special offers for Tried and Tested members which are:

If you Spend £25 or more on Aveda in HOF Metro Centre and mention Tried and Tested you receive a FREE facial to redeem at your leisure. Offer ends 30th April 2015


You can get a back and shoulder massage for only £15 (which all proceeds go to water aid) this is an ideal way to try a brand or product you have never tried before…be quick as appointments are limited and offer ends 30th April 2015

Discover Aveda

the art and science of pure flower and plant essences is the core of aveda. our beauty products are alive with the life force of plants, and contain pure essential oils. our solutions are so powerful we call them purescriptions™. while we specialize in hair care, we offer other plant-based products—skin care, makeup, pure-fume™, aromas and lifestyle—that are all professionally developed, clinically tested, and go to exceptional lengths to be respectful of the earth. our professional network, nearly 8,000 salons and spas worldwide, shares our commitment. ever since a hairdresser founded aveda in 1978, our products have been harvested with respect for the earth, in harmony with the web of life.

aveda: connecting beauty, environment and well-being.

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Most Stylish Blogger 2016 (what a title!)

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Well what can I say!!!!, I did it, I won Most Stylish Blogger 2016 and to say I was shocked was an understatement. Tried and Tested came from an idea of a private Facebook group for myself and my girlfriends to share beauty tips and glory products. Now, little over a year later I have nearly 17,000 female followers on the group who all share the same passion and I have helped many local businesses thrive by advertising products or services they offer within the beauty/health/fashion industry. I give my members something back by negotiating exclusive discounts and deals for members. I love Tried and Tested and love seeing my members offer advice to others, it is a really lovely group of women supporting each other. I like how it is interactive and everyone can offer a product recommendation or an opinion rather than just me. I don’t claim to know it all nor have I tried everything (although i’m getting close ha ha). I just like to help where I can and recommend good services that I have experienced. To get this award was mind blowing and just makes all the hard work worth while. After a little health blip in 2015 I told myself I was going to create memories and lots of them. This is one of them memories, and I want to thank all my tried and tested members, family and friends for all the support and for voting for me. This would have not been possible with out you and i’m truly grateful. Thanks so much xxxxx

If you would like to collaborate with Tried and Tested please email: [email protected]

Dress supplied by Designer Fit

Hair done by Show Beauty House of Fraser Intu Metro Centre

Make up done by Sophie Dobson MUA

Nails and Tan by The Beauty Room Stanley


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Chatty Lasses is Back!!!

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So everyone #chattylasses series 2 is currently on you T.V. boxes every Tuesday night 7.30pm on Made in Tyne and Wear. It is also repeated throughout the week. Think of it as a local Loose women but better obviously ha! Katie, Susan and myself have a great relationship, great banter and are the perfect trio for the show.

Sky: 117

Freeview: 7

Virgin media: 159

Online and catch up : here

This week we have been recording series 3 and we have had so much fun in the process. We have had some truly inspiring guests talking crafts, charity, relationships, ageing and so much more! Even Mr Guthrie made an appearance to get his revenge, thankfully he was tame!

Make sure you tune it to series 2 currently on air and make sure you don’t miss series 3 in the coming weeks, please feel free to tweet using the #chattylasses and get involved!

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I suffer dermatitis on my hands and the cold weather makes them so sore, dry and the skin cracks. The wonderful staff at Kiehls recommended I try this hand salve and I haven’t been disappointed. I use it several times a day and it is never far from me. It has a wonderful menthol eucalyptus smell which is perfect for men or women. Its is not greasy and the thick, rich cream melts in leaving hands feeling relieved and protected. If you suffer dry sore hands then this is a handbag must!!!

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Yesterday I experienced the most amazing Decleor Hot Stone Massage courtesy of the beautiful Zoe. Many people are unaware that House Of Fraser Intu Metro Centre offers many ”in house” beauty treatments alongside selling all the top beauty products. Decleor goes one better, and offers more of a spa feel with their treatments. Within the tranquility of the treatment room and the comfort of the bed, the whole world is instantly placed on mute. The warmth of the stones and relaxing music had me fighting sleep, so not to miss the massage. The oil smelt divine and my skin was silky soft the next day after leaving the essential oils to work while I slept that evening. The treatment was a full 60 minutes of pure bliss and just what I needed. This would be a great treatment to give as a gift or to just treat yourself after a hard day shopping within the Metro Centre. I have a great EXCLUSIVE offer for TRIED AND TESTED members only until the end of April. Pop over to the group to take advantage of the offer and thank me later! xx

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Girls on Tried and Tested are always asking for an eyelash serum to help with damage, growth or thickness of the lashes. My lashes were damaged after wearing eyelash extensions. Now, there are lots of branded lash serums on the market and they all help to an extent, but in general nothing works quite as well as a prescription strength product does it?. After meeting Dr Land he recommended I started using a prescription strength lash serum. I am not going to lie, I am not the best at remembering to apply every evening before bed but I have been dipping in and out of using it and have seen a vast improvement. The picture I am displaying of my lashes is of the completely natural lash, no mascara and no tint. These baby’s rival daisy cow’s lashes with mascara and MUA’s always ask ”are they real”. As this is a medicine you need to follow the instructions carefully. You only need a tiny amount on the brush and you need to take care not to get it into the eye, be sure just to lightly brush along the lash. You can order this private prescription product from Novellus Aesthetics here at a cost of £65.00

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*Thanks to Dr Land I was given these collagen shots to try!. I’m always skeptical about these types of ”drinks” because a.) they usually taste like utter ”crap” and b.) you never seem to notice a difference when using them unlike a cream or lotion. Well let me tell you from the off, they certainly don’t taste like crap which is refreshing and they actually taste pleasant, like blackcurrant. I was having one shot before bed every night along side my normal skincare regime. I noticed my skin, hair and nails were in much better condition. I get very dry skin on my body as I wear a lot of self tan but this product really hydrated my skin from the inside out. I also suffer pains in my knees due to arthritis but this seemed to have eased the pain and the only thing I done differently was hit the shots. My hair was thicker and more shiny and my nails were growing like grass which is was a pain as I was back for a gel manicure more regular than normal . Since I stopped using the shots over a month ago my dry skin on my body has returned. I recommend to try this product if you have any  skin conditions or feel your skin needs a boost. This product has great online reviews and all the details can be found below. If you would like to purchase this product please order through Novellus Asthetics a stockist. Rejuvenated collagen shots are £40 for a months supply


Rejuvenated – Collagen Shots – 30 Servings

Drink your way to a more youthful and glowing complexion with Rejuvenated’s Collagen Shots!
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New anti-ageing collagen drink, formulated by an Olympic worthy development team, claims to smooth away wrinkles form the inside out!

One serving of Rejuvenated’s ‘Collagen Shots’ provides you with 10,000mgs of marine extract collagen – that’s equal to between 20 to 30 typical collagen tablets a day! The fruit flavored drink consists of 100% natural marine collagen and acai berry which helps reduce premature ageing for just £1 a day!

After the age of 25, the body begins to lose its ability to create new collagen, reducing by 1.5% a year and by the age of 45 collagen levels can have reduced by as much as 30%. The visible effects of this collagen reduction are the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and dry skin, which we know too well are associated directly with ageing. With statistics like this, is it is no wonder that no anti-aging system can be effective without an adequate supply of collagen!

True skin health starts deep within and supplementing collagen levels with Collagen Shots will improve elasticity and help to give a more youthful appearance.

10,000 mgs marine collagen, hyaluronic acid, acai berry super antioxidant, combined with vitamin B3, B5, C with zinc and copper.

Boost levels of peptide rich amino acids and improve the skin’s tone and texture with Collagen Shots active ingredients. Reduce the appearance of tell tale signs of ageing.


Celebrity Makeup artist Daniel Sandler says:
“Taking care of your skin starts from within, and I’ve found Collagen Shots so effective in helping my skin appear smoother, younger and softer. I apply topical moisturisers every day, but use less than before as my skin is in such fantastic condition thanks to this miracle powder.”

10 grams (10,000 mgs) of collagen per serving, take once per day (mild berry-flavour)

To get the best benefits from Collagen Shots take daily, ideally half an hour before going to sleep at night, this is when cells are renewing. Alternatively have on an empty stomach either first thing in the morning or before a meal.

Put one scoop in a glass and fill with 200 – 250ml of water (or preferred beverage), whisk with a fork, allow a minute for collagen to dissolve – whisk again and drink.
You could use a small blender or shaker for mixing.
Caution: Not suitable for people with fish or shell fish allergy

Marine Collagen: Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and supports skin health and its elasticity, taking it as a drink is the perfect way to supplement diminishing levels as we get older. If you are deficient in iron or vitamin C you would take a supplement so this is the perfect way to improve your skin but take a look at the added benefits with our Super Hero Collagen Shots. Collagen contains many amino acids (proteins) and each one has it’s own fantastic benefits, read here for more information on the top 15.

Açaí Berry: A super food with over 19 amino acids itself, including essential fatty acids for skin health and vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E. Açaí Berry was our antioxidant of choice as it has shown to be key in improving arterial health, allowing for better blood supply to skin cells. It is high in essential fatty acids ad antioxidant properties.

Hyaluronic Acid: Hyaluronic acid (HA)has often been called the fountain of youth, it can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water and provides a cushion filler between the cells. Scientific studies have shown that Hyaluronic acid improves skin hydration and helps to stimulate the production of collagen. It has several other key properties, playing a key part in joint health, supporting the vitreous fluid in the eyes and helping in the reduction gum disease

Vitamin B3 (Niacin): Vitamin B3 is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and lipids in the body and is required to produce energy. Niacin actually reduces ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides and increases ‘good’ cholesterol. It can help in the battle against heart disease.

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid): Vitamin B5 is water soluble and is essential to synthesise coenzyme-A and helps to release energy from the food we eat. It is also key for production of red blood cells and affects hormones from the adrenal gland

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine, is required for balancing hormone changes in women, assisting the immune system and the growth of new cells. It helps in metabolism and with good skin health which is one of the reasons we included it in Collagen Shots and is known to help with depression and helps to balance sodium and potassium levels.

Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid): Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that protects the body against oxidative stress. Vitamin C plays a significant role in the healing of wounds and helps to fight off infections. It is believed that vitamin C widens the arteries helping to prevent high blood pressure and heart disease. Good levels of the vitamin help to lower cholesterol levels and traditionally it was used to prevent scurvy. It is involved in the production of Collagen and in the effectiveness of Collagen Shots

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