Friday, 30 October 2015

Spotlight on Clarins Super Restorative Remodelling Serum

For those who need some help to knock back the years, Clarins Super Restorative Remodelling Serum (£80) may prove to be your friend in a bottle. It does help mature skin look smoother and, according to my tester, did make her jowls appear lifted.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Spotlight on Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (£25) has with been a best-seller for a while. It now has a sister, Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream. This promises not only to hydrate but also to strengthen and repair the skin's barrier, which according to Clinique, will make it less vulnerable to problems such as environmental aggressors, stress, allergies and irritation. 

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream has been formulated with a cocktail of ingredients which the company has called the “sensational six”. 

The Barrier Strengthening Complex comprises sunflower seed cake, barley extract and cucumber fruit extract all which help to bolster the skin’s moisture barrier so it is in a better position to ward off any attacks. 

Forming the Moisture Complex are hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water, aiding the skin to cling on to moisture, glycerine, another humectant and dimethicone, a silicone-based moisturising agent which has a silky feel.

If you like the original DDML and want something richer then this is a good bet. 

By Daralyn Danns

Monday, 26 October 2015

A day in Oslo

Wrapped in natural beauty, Oslo, sitting at the head of the Oslo Fjord, bristles with drama. Norway’s capital city is not only encircled by hills and forests, it is brimming with world-class museums, and galleries. With the ambience of a village and the sophistication of a cosmopolitan metropolis, Oslo is an intoxicating mix of bucolic and culture.

Arriving on the Saga Sapphire, Oslo was the first port of call on my seven-day Nordic Delights Cruise ( When time is of the essence you want to ensure that you make the most of your few hours in port.

This is a city which is easy to get around. A walk along the harbour taking in the ships had me hooked from the moment I first went ashore

The city of Oslo and the Opera House
Nancy Bundt -
© Innovation Norway  

One of the stars of the show is the architectural masterpiece that is the Opera House, designed with a white sloping marble roof. Passing the Nobel Peace Centre, I headed up to the royal palace and on to the Vigeland Sculpture Park, home to over 200 of Gustav Vigeland sculptures. If you like modern art you will want to go to the National Gallery to see a version of Edward Munch’s The Scream.

During the middle of the 19th century, Norway and Sweden were one kingdom, ruled by Karl Johan, after whom the main street of Oslo is named. The country separated from Sweden in 1905. The now capital of Norway, after being called Christiania which was later spelled Kristiania, in 1925, reverted back to Oslo, the name of the original Medieval town.

I made the most of a Saturday afternoon stroll, window shopping and mingling with the good looking and friendly locals while taking in the scenery.

It was almost time to head back to the ship, but I did manage to fit in a quick trip to the Akershus Fortress built cica 1299. The Norwegian Resistance Museum is also here.

I would have liked to have visited the Viking Ships Museum and the nearby Kon Tiki Museum, where the original Kon Tiki raft, vessels and artefacts from the explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s expeditions are on show.  A good enough reason to go back.

By Daralyn Danns

Getting there

Saga Sapphire

Saga Sapphire has a similar cruise departing Dover June 23 2016
prices from £1,663pp for 7 nights (Including optional travel insurance or a discount of £40, if not required)

Price includes:
All meals on board, including 24-hour room service
  • A choice of table wines at lunch and dinner
  • All on-board gratuities
  • Entertainment and activities
  • Welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if not required
  • All port taxes and visas
  • UK mainland travel service to and from Dover
Ports of call include:
Stavanger, Norway
Flåm, Norway
Olden, Norway
Bergen, Norway

To book visit or call 0800 50 50 30