beauty & wellness blog

Welcome, Beautiful, to the Simply Skin Beauty Blog where you'll find a little bit of my heart as I share with you stories that have moved me, chats with customers that have lead me to aha moments, and just ponderings from my heart about beauty and the beauty industry. I hope you enjoy what you find. Viv xx

today was a tough day

Today I struggled with myself, with my business, with life.

And rather than hide away and pretend to everyone around me that life's going just fine, I decided to show up and be honest with myself and with you. Because we can't expect that every day will be great. Some days are challenging - that's just life.

look at yourself as a colour

"Look at yourself as a colour.
You may not be everyone's favourite.
But one day you'll meet someone who
needs you to complete their picture"

What a #beautyfullquote for today.

I always wonder on a Wednesday morning what quote will pass by me, catch my eye and capture my heart that day and I have yet to be disappointed.

love letter from my customer

I received a love-letter the other day from one of my beautiful and amazing customers.

I call it a love-letter, others might call it a product review. But to me it was a love-letter because my customer took the time to write from her heart. And it truly brightened my day.

And I'd love to share some of it with you. Not to boost. But to honour my customer and publicly say "thank you... you mean the world to me."

And once you read what she has written you'll know why I feel so blessed to have customers like her.

do you only see thorns?

"Some people could be given an entire field of roses and only see the thorns in it. Others could be given a single weed and see the wildflower in it. Perception is a key component to gratitude. And gratitude a key component to joy" ~ Amy Weatherly

I wonder... which person are you? Do you only see the thorns, or do you see the wildflowers? Or do you see both, depending on the situation?

I know, for me, I have a tendency to see the thorns when the situation is personal or self-created whereas I tend to focus on the beautiful wildflowers in everything else around me.

The Natural Facelift (A Study in Marketing)

What if I told you: "I've created a product that would give you a facelift without botox, without fillers, without surgery or any other invasive procedure".

What if I told you: "I’ve surveyed this product on a number of women and 90% of them were elated – with a percentage of them saying they saw an improvement".

And what if I told you: "The secret ingredient in the product comes from the leaf of a tree native to the high Himalayan region of Nepal and that the Sherpas chew on this leaf every single day".

What if I told you: "This product is soon to be the hottest reverse-aging product on the shelves and will shortly be featured in beauty magazines".

What would you think? Be honest…

How Will You Weather the Storm?

"Life's not about how you survived the storm, it's about how you danced in the rain."

What a beautiful quote and it really means a lot to me.

Because when you run your own business, you could say you truly weather the storm. You rely on people to find you, to trust you and then to love you, your products, your ethics, before they even consider becoming your customer and buying from you, not once but on a regular basis, so you can pay your bills at the end of each month...

Bunny Initiative (video)

Sometimes lightbulb moments come instantly, sometimes they take a little more time to develop... but when they do, your eyes light up and your heart sings coz you know that you're hitting on something truly special.

And that's exactly what happened to me with the Simply Skin Bunny Initiative. I had this deep down desire to make a real positive impact in this world with my products.

"I Love You"

Recently I read the book "Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends on It" by Kamal Ravikant.... seriously... one of THE best books I've read in a very long time (and it's only 57 pages!) If you haven't read it yet, please do so. It really is transformative.

I've since moved onto another book about animal communication and read a paragraph that totally supports the whole concept of saying "I love you" (to yourself, to someone else, to your pet).

"Hey Beautiful" (video)

Have you noticed that when I write a post, email or similar, I start with "Hey Beautiful"?

Tell me... how does that make you feel?

The reason I ask is that I receive regular feedback on this: some women love it, some women loathe it. It's a bit like Marmite...

But do you know the reason I use these words when chatting to my customers? Because I do actually use these words consciously and purposely. If you don't know the reason, watch the video below. I think you'll be surprised at the thought process and meaning behind these two words.

How to Apply a Facial Serum (video)

A facial serum is a carefully chosen blend of oils and essential oils, deemed the best for your skin-type. In essence it's a powerhouse of nature and a product I, personally, could not live without.

Unlike facial creams and moisturisers, a facial serum does not contain any water so all you're getting is the very best that nature provides and you need only apply it once a day to lock in moisture, nourish your skin, and keep it hydrated.

Check out the video below to find out how I apply my serum every morning.

It's National Fragrance Week!

What better time to share a tale or two about fragrances and scents, and about memories based on scents.

And what better time to share the concept behind each Simply Skin collection.

Our sense of smell is an important sense, which we often take for granted. The reason this sense is so important is that it can alert us to danger such as a fire or gas leak, or ‘off’ and rotting food.

But there’s much more to our sense of smell than being a warning signal.

It wasn't always Femininity & Sensuality

Simply Skin… celebrating your femininity and sensuality. That’s the focus of my brand nowadays but I wasn’t always about celebrating my own femininity and sensuality.

When I was growing up and in school, I struggled. I was never accepted by the cool gang. I was never the girl the boys would chase after or show interest in. I was never confident in simply being a girl, comfortable in my own skin. It was a challenge. And on top of that I was bullied, even in Primary School. Nothing serious, nothing like the type of cyber-bullying you hear kids having to live with nowadays. But nonetheless I was bullied and it really impacted my confidence.

Do You Know Your Cruelty-Free Brands?

I thought I'd pop in and share an experience I had recently when I was looking to buy a bottle of perfume.

Some time ago I was in hospital and one of the morning nurses wore a perfume that I simply fell in love with - it was sweet and vanilla-y and exactly the kind I love. So I asked her the brand and perfume name and she kindly shared it with me.

Recently while visiting family, I dropped into a local department store in search of this perfume. By this stage I had forgotten the name but was pretty sure I could remember the brand. It didn't take long to find it and I was all ready for buying it when a thought came into my head: "I wonder if this brand is cruelty-free?"

Gender-Neutral Beauty Products

What do you think about the new trend of gender-neutral beauty products? The claim is that they're all about celebrating the individual, not the gender.

But how do you feel about that?

Gender neutrality is a well-debated subject, especially when it comes to children. There's no more "pink for the girls and blue for the boys"... and I get that.

But as we grow older and are comfortable with who we are, do we really want to use products that are available to everyone, regardless of gender?

Allergens and Me

What is an Allergen and why should I be bothered?

An allergen is a substance that can cause an allergic reaction, especially in someone who is sensitive or intolerant to it.

Allergens that tend to have the most potential for creating an allergic reaction are found in fragrances.

The Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety (SCCS) published a factsheet explaining that up to 3% of the European population have an allergy resulting from fragrance ingredients.

Why Should I Use Oil On My Skin?

I get asked all the time by customers why they should use oil on their skin.

Many customers are afraid that oil may cause blocked pores which could lead to pimples and acne.

And others believe oils should be avoided, like some fats in our diet, as they are bad for us.

I want to highlight the importance of using oils on your skin by listing a few of their benefits, below.


Oils - Urban Myths

There are many Urban Myths surrounding the use of oils on your skin, especially in relation to facial oils.

I'm here to smash through those Urban Myths and show you how important and beneficial oils are for your skin.


New Organic Ingredients

If you've read my article: "Why Use Organic Skincare Ingredients?" you'll already know that I'm a huge advocate of using as many organic ingredients as possible in a skincare product.

And, so, I'm always researching new quality suppliers of organic ingredients and every day my goal is to upgrade the natural ingredients I use in your products to organic ingredients.

I'm delighted to say that this summer (2017) I have upgraded  two natural oils used in the Simply Skin Facial Serums to their certified organic equivalent.


Body Butter - The Facts

When it comes to moisturisers, body butters tend to be the least popular choice for most women so I decided to run a survey to find out why body butters are not as popular as I would have expected.

And the primary reason I discovered was that women just don't know what a true body butter is and, therefore, do not understand how it can benefit the skin.

Why Use Organic Skincare Ingredients?

I get asked all the time by customers why I think they should buy skincare products which contain organic ingredients.

Is it really worth paying 2 or 3 times the price (at least) for such a product?

Plain and simple, my answer is yes. Read on to find out why.

The Organic Farmer

Why have I decided to go that extra mile and incorporate organic ingredients wherever possible?

The answer is very simple:

I believe in supporting farmers who have chosen to follow the more difficult and costly, yet ethical and environmentally-friendly route; farmers who have chosen to grow their crops organically.


There's been a lot of talk on the news for a while about Microbeads, how they are damaging the environment, and the ethical responsibilities that skincare companies should conform to.

But many skincare consumers are still confused and don't know if their favourite skincare brand is using Microbeads or not.

I hope to help shed some light on this issue so you feel more confident when you're out shopping.