Weekend Read 31 October 2020

Weekend Read 31 October 2020

As I welcome you to another Weekend Read, it has come to pass that the majority of emails I am now receiving are about the theme of the week.  Mostly they are non-product related, but more about the life and times of who and what we are.  So arise all you Springsteen fans, it was a joy to share our Bruce experiences last weekend.  This is what we need to be doing, for our shared sanity, on any number of subjects.  I completely understand that running parallel we have a responsibility to help look after your health and wellbeing, but there is so much else to share, so let’s make a pact to continue to do this.  And we’ll take it as it comes.

But for now here I come with the Saturday lead treat.  I’ve done this treat before.  And I’m about to do it again because I will not allow our faces to inexorably slide south.  Of all the skincare supplements, this is the most crucial.  In my ever-so-humble opinion.

It is of course Hyaluronic Acid, so when you buy Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength (it’s all about the therapeutic dose), you will also receive the travel size.  I suppose I should really stop writing about travel size products because none of us are travelling, but it serves a purpose and that purpose is that you will receive an additional two weeks supply (15 capsules), which is worth £17.50.  This is a Saturday only offer, it is bound to go mad and it will end at midnight GMT tonight (Saturday 31 October) or while stocks last.  You will need to click on the link below to qualify, so may I suggest you do this sooner rather than later.  With respect.  Always with respect.
Hyaluronic Acid Capsules High Strength Treat £35; VH Editorial: Hyaluronic Acid: The Anti-Ageing Nutrient?

Let’s do Temple Spa.  They have several new products, so I think I will spread them out over the coming weeks, although you can of course have a sneak preview if you go to the Temple Spa brand page, linked below.   This week I will do two of the new products.  They are both beauty tools and I have to say that I am extraordinarily drawn to any product that will help take down the incessant puff under my eyes.  It’s my own fault, I sit in front of my computer for far too long, so I was always going to jump around in excitement when I saw the two words ‘Eye Therapist’.

Basically these rather brilliant eye massagers are designed to help microcirculation, improve muscle tone and help reduce facial tension.  Because I like to multi-purpose, I also run them across my forehead in moments of need.  And with the need to get our new website live, let me tell you there is an awful lot of need needed right now.  The story is far from cute, but with my eyes wide open, let’s just move on as I tell you that I think the world and its friend needs the Eye Therapist.  Love me, love my Therapist.  For £10.
Temple SpaEye Therapist by Temple Spa £10 for One Pair (Mine live in the fridge)

Clean Up Your Act is a dual-function cleansing brush.  With 8000 sonic pulsations per minute, it will deliver a customised cleansing experience and, according to Temple Spa, will triple the benefits of your cleanser as it deeply purges pores to remove 99.5% of dirt, make-up, impurities and excess oil.  That’s the first action.  The second action is that it has a rejuvenation function that sends low frequency sonic waves deep into your skin, encouraging cell regeneration.  Temple Spa say it’s smart.  I say that I like making waves.  It pleases me.  No end.
Clean Up Your Act by Temple Spa £50

A few weeks ago I wrote about Tonic Health’s High Dose Vitamin Drink.  I literally blinked and they had all gone, despite having a very high volume of stock.  They are of course back in stock now, but I have a feeling the same thing could well happen when I tell you that Tonic Health have just released a new product.  This time it’s their Night Time Immunity Drink.  And quite honestly, anything that helps to relax us, which this does, is good with me.

Using Valerian, Chamomile and Montmorency Cherry Powder for relaxation, this warming drink comes with a high dose of scientifically proven nutrients to help support your immune system.  These are Vitamin C, Zinc and Magnesium.  As with the original Vitamin Drink, this should be used as an adjunct to sleep and immunity supplementation, although of course it can be used as a stand-alone.

It is recommended that you take one sachet in the evening, about an hour before bed.  If you are an over-the-top person (like me), you can mix both sachets together.  I’ll See You In My Dreams.  Bruce: Track 12.
Night Time Immunity Drink £7.99 for Seven Sachets; High Dose Vitamin Drink £6.99 for Ten Sachets both by Tonic Health

Just a quick word about Vitamin D.  By way of an update, researchers from Queen Mary University of London, have launched a new clinical trial to investigate whether taking Vitamin D could protect people from Covid-19.  The trial will run for six months and involves more than 5000 people to find out whether a ‘test-and-treat’ approach to correcting people’s Vitamin D deficiency during the winter months will reduce the risk and/or severity of Covid-19.  Led by Professor Adrian Martineau, we will be watching this closely and report its findings as they come.
DLux 3000 Spray £7.95 for 15 ml

Once upon a time, a very long time ago, Shabir devised a regimen for post-nasal drip.  Not the most glamorous of health concerns, but nevertheless a tremendously common one and after a sudden rush of emails on the subject, I feel that I need to replicate it once more.  So here it is and it features Marshmallow Capsules, Plantago Tincture and Ivy Thyme Complex.  In all their glory.
VH Editorial: The Post-Nasal Drip RegimenMarshmallow Capsules £4.70 for 30 Capsules; Plantago Tincture £10.50 for 50 ml; Ivy Thyme Complex £10.50 for 50 ml

It occurs to me that it is not only immunity that needs boosting, our brains need boosting too.  I am sure that I am not alone when I tell you that there are days when my attention, focus and memory go on the missing list, most especially if the subject happens to be our new website, which I’d rather not talk about.  It has been traumatic, so please be gentle with me when we launch it.  But I digress because actually I want to talk about the importance of nootropics, which are formulated primarily to help improve memory and cognitive function.

By definition a true nootropic must be able to enhance memory, together with the ability to assimilate and process information; they need to protect the brain tissues from chemicals and toxins; they also need to help brain function at times of extreme stress (like right now) and they cannot display any side effects.  Dark chocolate is often referred to as a nootropic food, which kind of made me happy, but then Shabir told me I would have to eat a very high volume for a sustained period of time.  Perhaps not the best idea.  A better idea would be to let Shabir give you the lowdown on nootropics.  And he does.  On the article listed below.
VH Editorial: Nootropics For Sharper Brain FunctionLimitless Plus £32 For 60 Capsules

Endometriosis affects around 1.5 million in the UK and between 30 to 50% of those may experience infertility according to the charity Endometriosis UK.  In this week’s Health Notes Sarah explains the longstanding problem of getting effective treatment for endometriosis with expert advice from consultant gynaecologist, Mr Michael Dooley.  And you know how I keep writing about standing as one on this platform, let me tell you that I love, adore and respect Michael Dooley.  We have all known each other for the longest time.  And he is on my list of those I would trust with my life.  And the list is not that long.
Endometriosis – Mapping A Path To Treatment by Sarah Stacey

Time for the midway weekend treat, although heaven knows how long I will be able to keep these up for.  But that’s my problem, not yours as I tell you that we have a limited volume of The Probiotic Concentrate (10 ml) by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare at a rather special price.  So whilst stock lasts, and I don’t know how long that will be, we have reduced the price from £38 to £19.  I am pretty rubbish with maths, but even I can work out that we have cut the price in half.

I suppose I had better tell you about the product.  It might help.  The Probiotic Concentrate has been formulated to help supercharge your skincare routine, helping to target pigmentation, loss of elasticity, hormonal breakouts, dullness and polluted skin.  And that’s a wrap.  From me.  To you.  With love.
The Probiotic Concentrate by Aurelia Probiotic Skincare £19 for 10 ml (Normal Price £38 for 10 ml)

I think most of you know that we believe Ginger Capsules to be a powerful solution to those who suffer from migraines and severe headaches.  Commonly Ginger has been used as a digestive remedy, as an anti-inflammatory for joint pain and for the prevention of travel sickness.  It is interesting to note that in a study, Ginger was found to help reduce the severity of migraine attacks within two hours.

This compared favourably with a group of drugs called triptans, which are often prescribed for the same purpose, but without any of the side effects associated with these drugs.  You may wish to discover more.  Read all about it in the article linked below.
VH Editorial: Ginger For Treating MigrainesLamberts Ginger Capsules £9.95 for 60 Capsules

Do you mind if I talk about the Healing Patches again.  With thanks to Lesley Thomas of The Times, they have made yet another appearance in the press and my little heart is singing with joy.  I will also share a secret with you.  If anybody upsets or hurts me, then I write their name on a patch and stick it on my skin around the heart area.  I’m not saying it will mend a broken heart, but I believe in creative visualisation rather a lot.  Name your patch.  And sleep in it.  In a deliberate kind of way.
Healing Patches by Ross J. Barr £15 For Five Patches

And if we are talking about joy, then I will continue by telling you that not a lot makes me happier than bringing a niche product to market.  And for that product to achieve immediate success.  I am so done with faceless corporations and the games they play, or attempt to play, so I won’t hold back when I say that our collective support of niche brands and products means the world to me.  In this instance, I am of course talking here about the Japanese Cleansing Cloud.  On that note I will abdicate to the Beauty Bible girls, who have written their own words.  Nothing more needed.
Fab Find Of The Week: Japanese Cleansing CloudJapanese Cleansing Cloud £12 for 100 grams

I need a crystal ball.  Badly.  Everything I thought I knew went flying out the window last week when I got our stock levels all wrong on quite a few products.  My apologies, I told you my brain was missing earlier, well it would appear to have gone completely out of kilter as we had wait lists on Cracked Heel Treatment Balm, Truthtabs and Altitude Bath Soak.  I think they are mostly now back in stock.  Sorry.
Cracked Heel Treatment Balm by Margaret Dabbs £18 for 30 ml; Truthtabs One Month Supply £4.50; Altitude Bath Soak by de Mamiel £42 for 400 grams

And it’s now time for the Saturday only treat.  And that treat is Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (5 ml) by This Works.  So with every order placed today (Saturday 31 October) for £25 and over (excluding p&p), we will automatically include Deep Sleep Pillow Spray with your order.  As ever, this will not show up on your order confirmation or invoice and it is only available whilst stocks last.  Not too sure if we will get to the end of today, but I hope that I’ve got this one right.  I have a need to live.

A few more things to say.  My continued love and respect to those of you who continue to share your experiences about all forms of bullying.  I am far from finished writing about this subject, most especially as the incidences of all forms of mental health are so prevalent at the moment.  I know there are many who are not ready to share as the pain is so deeply embedded.  I understand, because it took me three years to write about my own experiences.  We can only be ready when we are ready.  And I am here.  For the moment when.

On a happier note, I absolutely shrieked with laughter when I read an email from a customer who was not receiving the Weekend Read.  She thought I had run off with a toy-boy and had given up writing.  The thing is that if, for whatever reason, you don’t receive the WR, then we put it live on our site every Saturday morning at 7.45 am, so you can read it there.

And on the subject of toy-boys, I just need you to understand that Shabir would never qualify.  I mean he is only two years younger than me and aside from that we wouldn’t last for more than a couple of days if we lived together as we support different football clubs.  And they are both North London clubs.

I’m telling you war would break out.  And I would put my foot through the television if his stupid club scored a goal.  Actually, I have to be a bit careful with my Shabir stories in case he gets the hump as I need him to finish formulating the next Fulvic product for me.  Ending this right now.

With that said, all that remains is for me to thank you for your continued loyalty and support.

And finally, with so much love to Nigella whose beautiful book, Cook, Eat, Repeat, got published on Thursday.  With a triumphant Toasted Marshmallow and Rhubarb Cake.
Cook, Eat, Repeat by Nigella Lawson

Have a restful weekend.

Gill x


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