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DSC_6193_editedI’m the kind of person who takes pride in wrapping presents. I will go that extra mile and use double-sided sticky-tape as well as ribbons and bows and if I may be so bold to say, my present wrapping skills pretty sharp.

I do believe it’s not just what’s inside the package that counts but what’s on the outside too, which is why I was thrilled to learn about Wrap Me, a new online service that helps you create personalised wrapping paper.

All you do is log on and follow the simple on-screen instructions.  You can then handpick up to 30 images from your desktop or connect to your Facebook and Instagram accounts and the rest is magic.

I was kindly sent a sample of various shots from my Instagram account including the terrifying one of me looking like Sajid from East is East in my parka plus some flattering shots of my cat, Sonu.


It’s so quick and easy to do and such a fun and innovative idea, and you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to traipse through the shops and get elbowed by rude shoppers.


Prices start from £4.99 for a sheet including delivery but you can also order a roll of a length at either 1.8 (£9.99) or 3 metre (£14.99). Roughly a fiver it is a very reasonable price for something that is personalised and unique. I’m sure wrapping paper in shops like Paperchase cost a few pounds so why not go that extra mile and do something different this Christmas (or birthday because some people – ahem! Like Me – have birthdays in December).

Just remember, Wrap Me is not just for Christmas.

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Hello ladies, about a couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Helen aka Casual Beauty UK who is trialling the SmoothSkin Gold IPL device. As promised, here is Helen’s next part of the 12 week trial she is undergoing.


The advent of week three means that I am now a quarter of the way through the treatment to remove my unwanted facial hair with the SmoothSkin IPL. 

As I mentioned in my first post, using the device is simple and treatment of my problem areas takes less than 5 minutes, so I have absolutely no complaints there.

The only annoying thing about my treatment is having to remove any hair growth with a razor in between treatments.  The urge to get out the tweezers and start plucking those hairs out, is at times, too difficult to resist but I  have to tell myself over and over again ‘short term pain for long term gain’ and so far it’s working.

I can’t say that I’ve noticed any real difference in the amount of hairs in my problem areas but then I’ve only completed my third treatment so I am expecting a substantial difference as the weeks progress.

helen_casualbeautyukI will say one thing: my initial hesitation to use the  machine on areas of my face (other than my chin) has weakened and I did increase my treatment area last week to include my sideburns, upper lip and under arms. Hopefully, as well as a less hairy face, I  will also end up with the super smooth movie star armpits which have always eluded me!

Thanks, Helen! Looking forward to your next instalment in three weeks. SmoothSkin Gold IPL is available from Boots priced at £299. For more information on SmoothSkin Gold, visit