The Exclusive Community Page – Autumn 2012

Hello Exclusive members! If you’re reading this then it’s most likely that you’re already signed up to the Newsletter, but if you’ve wandered on over by mistake, then you can get signed up by popping your email into the box below. The last newsletter went out on the 29th of October 2012 and the next will be just before Christmas, so depending on when you’re joining, you might not get a newsletter for a while. I have plans to make them more frequent, but…you know how it is.

This is a community page to be used for questions and comments arising from the Autumn 2012 newsletter. There will be a new one with each edition, just so that comment threads don’t get too long. Feel free to chat, recommend books, discuss whatever you like (usual courtesy to others and language rules apply, please!) and I shall keep popping in to answer any questions.

Ruth x


  1. October 28, 2012 / 12:37 pm

    Just read the email – Love it again :)

    Re: Fitness – I have been following the Tone It Up girls routines (you can find them on YouTube, I am sure you have already heard of them!), they have a website & an app too. (Side note – how cool would an AMR app be?!) I have been following the routines for 2 months now & feel more toned, fitter, stronger & have more energy! And you can fit them in around your schedule!

    Hope that Mr Bear feels better soon! xx

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 2:17 pm

      Thanks Jayne, I really need to look into the Tone It Up – lots of people have mentioned it to me! xxx

  2. MishLP
    October 28, 2012 / 2:33 pm

    Hi Ruth, I was reading your news letter this week in particular your piece on high street beauty struck a cord. For several years I have been using Jan Marini for several years and I’m very happy with my skin. However recently, not least due to the price, I’ve been wondering is this worth it? It’s give steps and sometimes I wonder would I get the same results with a product with less steps which is cheaper too? It’s difficult to trust results in magazines as I’m not sure they’re impartial. Can you help? Many thanks
    Michelle :-)

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 10:24 pm

      I’ve heard VERY good things about that range but never tried. I think it’s all down to what works for you and whether you can afford it – I’ve heard really good things about it. Which steps do you have? xx

      • MishLP
        October 28, 2012 / 11:26 pm

        Hi, thanks for responding so soon. I use all five steps which includes cleanse, serum, bioclear

  3. October 28, 2012 / 2:43 pm

    Hi Ruth Love the newsletter and another great generous Pai offer.Wishing Mr Bear well soon. It’s horrible when they are poorly. My little Alfie (Birman) was very ill a few years ago and even if he has one day where he’s off his food I become a hysterical Cat mother!
    Best Wishes Suz

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 10:22 pm

      Ha! That describes me exactly. I actually cheered when he did a poo on Friday.. x

  4. Louisa
    October 28, 2012 / 3:28 pm

    Thanks for the newsletter, Ruth :) Hope Mr Bear gets better soon and nothing sinister is going on xx

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 10:22 pm

      Thanks Louisa x

  5. Ali
    October 28, 2012 / 3:40 pm

    Hello Ruth all my best wishes to Mr Bear. Don’t know if you have tried Klorane eye makeup remover Gel? I think it’s even better than the liquid, really good at removing eye liner. X

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 10:22 pm

      YES! I kind of like not having to do anything other than “swipe” with this one though! xx

  6. Madii
    October 28, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    On Thursday we had to put down our 18 year old cat :( He came to Poland with us all the way from Australia, had a fun and interesting life! Unfortunately he got really ill, started smelling awful so we took him to the vet and it turned out he had a hole that went from his gum to practically his skull and it was rotting… so he was living with a rotting head… God poor thing, he’s not in pain anymore :(

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 10:21 pm

      On no! I’m so sorry – I think I remember you mentioning him before? Poor thing xx

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 10:21 pm

      Thank you! xx

  7. johanna
    October 28, 2012 / 4:26 pm

    Hi Ruth, thank you again for the newsletter!! with respect to Mr Bear, I hope he feels much better soon-I have a ragdoll cat-she also had some constipation/intestinal issues, however, they stopped once i started brushing/massaging her belly regularly and fed her different food- Royal Canin Sensitive-I am not sure if this helps at all, but thought I may as well share :-) all the best !!

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 10:20 pm

      He refuses the Sensitive! He’s eating normally, just not letting it out the other end. He’ll explode soon… x

  8. Sue
    October 28, 2012 / 6:51 pm

    Sorry that poor Mr Bear is ill- xxx to both of you

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks Sue! x

  9. PatriciaB
    October 28, 2012 / 8:12 pm

    So sorry that Mr. Bear is sick :( I hope he gets better. Btw, I didn’t know that your shopping website got hacked. What %$&[email protected]#! whoever did it.

    On the positivies: LOVED this edition. We all know you work hard. And you deserve everything that you have. You didn’t have to explain yourself – why you shop for expensive things sometimes. That’s the reason why you have the fans that you do aside from your other obvious talents – people that review expensive things make life a lot whole easier for us because when we DO have the money to shop for something a little bit more expensive – we know what to get because you’ve reviewed them! So thank you so so very much and for putting so much effort into these newsletters. Much love! xoxo

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 10:20 pm

      Thanks, that’s great feedback! xx

  10. October 28, 2012 / 8:40 pm

    Super pleased to see the Autumn newsletter in my inbox when I got home from work this evening. You’ve been unbelievably busy lately and with poor Mr Bear unwell, you’ve no need to apologize for anything. I didn’t know about the Keep Calm and Shop site until now. I’m looking forward to following that when its ready.

    Here’s to Mr Bear’s quick recovery. And take care of you.

    Ali x

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 10:19 pm

      I’ll keep you updated! x

  11. October 28, 2012 / 8:46 pm

    Oh I do so hope Mr. Bear feels better soon! I have trouble handling sick pets, puts me in a tizzy, seeing them so sad and all. :(
    Great job on the newsletter. Thanks so much for all the hard work and loved the great recommendations, especially the mascara and perfume. xx

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 10:19 pm

      Yes, it’s a horrible feeling! Glad you liked the newsletter Upa x

  12. Anita
    October 28, 2012 / 9:21 pm

    Thanks for the newsletter, Ruth! Sending love to Mr. Bear for a quick recovery.

    • RuthCrilly
      October 28, 2012 / 10:19 pm

      Thanks Anita xx

  13. Sihouette
    October 28, 2012 / 11:48 pm

    Dear Ruth,

    what a great newsletter!
    I’ve been desperately waiting for it, already enjoyed the last one so much!

    So we both wrote our MA thesis at the same time, wow! I know what you’ve been through! During that time I started Yoga again, it really helps me to calm down, find my inner balance again and get new energy. So I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do! Have you started yet?

    The Effaclar Duo and the Pai offer sound great, thanks for that!

    As for special treats: I was thinking about getting the Chanel quad in Prélude (for finishing the thesis :-) ). Do you or anyone else here have any experience with it? Quality etc.? The neutral colours are tempting, but I hope it’s not too shimmery. (Haven’t tried it in a shop yet)

    Last but not least: Get well soon, Mr. Bear!

    Love and cheers,

  14. samantha
    October 28, 2012 / 11:51 pm

    just received my first newsletter! i loved it and i always appreciate your reviews and recommendations. and i agree with a fellow commenter – never apologize for enjoying gorgeous luxury items. when i’m done school and working full time, i will be enjoying more of those items too! great job, love reading your stuff!

  15. zoe 'amr addict' pyrah
    October 29, 2012 / 7:06 am

    Ruth, you’re the best! Don’t apologise you can do no wrong in our eyes, were all very faithful to you. You don’t have to try and be wonder woman and do a million things at once. I don’t think any of your fans will mind if you took a couple days leave to recharge (as much as I love checking my email, logging onto my Twitter and youtube to find your latest inspiring piece of work.)
    Get well soon Mr bear!
    Zoe xxx

  16. Nicolek
    October 29, 2012 / 7:25 am

    Hi Ruth sorry to hear mr bear is ill. My little girl had a similar problem and was very, very sick. we now keep little pots of cat grass throughout the house as she is an indoor cat and it has helped tremendously.
    My first newsletter also and I love it !
    Kisses for mr bear x x x
    Cheers Nicole

  17. maria bent
    October 29, 2012 / 7:49 am

    Dear Ruth,
    Thanks for the autumn newsletter, it was even more interesting than the first one. I was sorry to hear about Mr. Bear’s health problem and sincerely hope that he gets better soon.
    If i may mention a book, just a note to remind everyone that the Booker Prize winner was Hilary Mantel (again) with “Bring up the bodies”, a sequal to “Wolf Hall” and a good read if you like historical novels and are interested in Cromwell/the Tudors.
    All the best. x

  18. maria bent
    October 29, 2012 / 8:04 am

    Sorry, “sequel”.

  19. Hannah
    October 29, 2012 / 12:37 pm

    I am not the only one who started the Shred in bare feet then! Luckily I did not have such aches as you but as soon as the trainers went on I realised what a muppet I had been. It really works if you can keep the motivation up. I couldn’t unfortunately, but may try it again as my arms and shoulders got so defined!
    Just wanted you to know that I bought the Avene Ystheal eye cream that you recommended in a few vids and I really like it. It has replaced my old Olay Total Effects one and I am loving it. Thanks for the recommendation.

    Swimming in winter sucks – do home vids instead. I just bought an old school aerobics step (but you could use big books) so I can do step routines while watching t.v. Much nicer!

    Please do some more vids on how you stay in shape Ruth. I am currently dieting to get off the baby weight which should have come off 18 months ago. I am on the wagon while I get going which is hard as I love wine :( and could do with some motivation. You have such a gorgeous figure and in your 30’s so it would be great to keep hearing about how you maintain your size. It is easy when you are 21 but gets harder each year.

    Keep up the good work

  20. RuthCrilly
    October 29, 2012 / 11:03 pm

    Code for Pai, for anyone who has signed up but not yet received their newsletter, is BODYBEAUTIFUL. x

  21. Kitty
    October 29, 2012 / 11:43 pm

    Hi Ruth,
    Great newsletter. I hope Mr Bear recovers soon! Also I found out about Pai from your website. I’ve been using their products for nearly half a year now and they are perfect: thank you for writing about them!

  22. Anna
    October 30, 2012 / 12:00 pm

    Hi Ruth,

    the La Roche-Posay Moisturizer and the Olay Elixir sound really nice! I’m dealing with clocked pores since two weeks. I think my Self-tanner or the Dior Nude Foundation caused this (hopefully not the foundation because I love it so much; did you have problems with it?). Would you recommend the Moisturizer for dry and sensitive (argh) skin? I’m 25….
    Love your newsletter, everything you do and most important: you. I always trust you and love you view on things. xxx Anna

    • RuthCrilly
      October 30, 2012 / 9:59 pm

      God, I hope not the Dior, I love it to bits! Which self-tanner is it? I’m not sure on the Efflacar for sensitive…you’d have to patch test.. x

      • Anna
        October 31, 2012 / 8:32 am

        The Académie Bronze Express gel. I tried both (self-tanner and Dior) at the same time. Never a good idea…Now I have to wait until the clocked pores are gone and have to test one after the other (though I really want that it was not the Dior Foundation). Thanks; I will patch test first. I’m really searching for a product that will clear my skin. Some of those clocked white pores are gone after a week but there are a few that never won’t (and I’m using the Alpha H every other night and the Cleanse& Polish to remove my makeup)…
        Hope Mr Bear is better now! xxx Anna

      • Anna
        October 31, 2012 / 8:35 am

        Ups my reply isn’t visible:(

  23. Syd
    October 31, 2012 / 11:29 am

    Hello Ruth! The newsletter was a good read. Hope Mr Bear is on the way to recovery.In the high street beauty buys, you mention Loreal Super Liner as a good one. I’v been on the hunt for a matt jet black liner for ages! Just wanted to know if the Loreal one is matt. Would you say it is good for precise lines?

  24. Sally
    October 31, 2012 / 9:33 pm

    Hey Ruth, just wondering what the Pai code (bodybeautiful) is for?
    And since it’s the first time I’m posting, I wanted to say this is such a wonderful blog, I’ve only come across it recently and I’m so thrilled because it’s absolutely fab, especially for uni students like me :) I love it xx

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