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Nivea

I’m honoured to be working with NIVEA, one of my all-time favourite skincare brands, reviewing their NIVEA Q10 anti-aging collection and also appearing in their latest campaign film with my kids.

I use their products day and night as part of my skincare routine before applying make up and once I’ve cleansed. They even came with me on my recent holiday to Jamaica and I applied their products on the plane journeys.

Although I’m yet to have wrinkles and fine lines (crosses fingers it lasts), I’ve noticed the dark circles under my eyes thanks to my sleep raiders, have definitely diminished since I’ve started using them, and my skin is generally more even and most importantly (and no easy feat with sensitive skin) loves this range, leaving my face nourished, soft and clean…

For those not in the know (Where’ve you been people!) here’s some info on NIVEA-it was created in 1911 (wow) making it one of the most recognised and trusted skin and beauty care brands in the world, pure without parabens or nasties and ideal for sensitive and delicate skin. Check out the timeline below.

NIVEA

It was a great honour to be asked to feature in the film below with bloggers from the UK and Europe, NIVEA selected to represent their brand (I’m officially a NIVEA woman now).

…It was actually my Dad, George, who first introduced me to NIVEA, the round shiny navy tub that sat on my mother’s dressing table, that signature silver foil that covered the thick, white cream beneath, was always used by him (and still is today), my Mum too- a distinct and happy memory of my childhood and a simple message too, to always look after my skin.

For those who read my blog know, family means everything to me, my large extended family whom are Greek and English, living both here and abroad, my husband Peter, and the 2 most important people in my life, very own children: my sons, Oliver and Xander are my absolute ‘reasons to smile’, the theme of this campaign.

The concept of the film is based on research NIVEA conducted which found that, ‘the simple act of smiling takes an average of two years off a person’s age’. How amazing is that?

Smile and laugh more, people, it’s good for your soul and stops aging in its tracks.

My Grandma Vikentia, my father’s Mum, whom I’ve mentioned before, lived until 96 without a single wrinkle.

A worrier yes (she said her job was to worry about her family) but such a happy, strong woman, always laughing, smiling and so content, with a mostly vegetarian Mediterranean diet and great genes. A winning combination.

She would always tell me how much I looked like her as a girl and how similar we are personality-wise.

I miss her everyday and like she did with my brother and I, and later my own children, kissing our photos by her bed as we were separated by oceans, I now kiss her picture by mine…

Making this film was a joy, shooting at my parents’ house before a Sunday lunch there, I read favourite fairytales to my boys, the Brothers Grimm storybook book was the one my own Mum read to my brother and I as kids, and is kept at her house.

reading

One of the most wonderful parts of parenting for me is being able to pass down my own childhood memories and rituals to my kids, reliving my own youth and sharing what made me happy as a child from books to kids’ films and TV, as well as retracing my own steps in parks and on holidays I loved.

As always, while I read to my boys, we laughed lots, the boys argued over who would turn over the pages (as they always do) as my husband Peter, this family’s very own in house production company, filmed us.

You can watch the full, uncut version here too if you like:

The beauty of my husband working with me on filmed and photographic projects, particularly with my kids, means we’re always so relaxed. It’s quick and fun. My boys, as I did at their age, really love being in front of the camera.

I used to beg my Dad to hire VHS cameras as a kid and would pretend I was Kylie Minogue and my brother was Wogan interviewing me.  It’s clearly in the blood.

We’re a fun-loving, pretty loud (bar my husband Peter!) family, who are tactile and happy. We love life and live it to the full, and these kids of mine give me real purpose, and unflinching confidence and ambition to do my very best in life and make it the happiest I can for them and for all of us.

Thank you NIVEA for giving me the chance to share what makes me smile.

…Excitingly, NIVEA are hosting a competition on their Facebook Page as part of #makemesmile where you can win a Q10 product hamper (what a smile-maker if I ever saw one).

Simply submit what makes you smile with confidence HERE with the hashtag #makesmesmile for your chance to win.

Good luck

V

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77 Responses

  1. Jenni - Odd Socks and Lollipops

    A great brand, and well done you.
    And how fab is it that smiling makes you look younger – I shall have to smile more!
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  2. Ashley Beolens

    As a psoriasis sufferer Nivia has in the past been like a god send to me, easing the soreness of an attack.
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  3. John Adams

    Great video – aren’t your boys naturals in front of the lens? If Nivea ever does a similar campaign with the Nivea Men range, I’m here! Look forward to seeing you later. #BrilliantBlogPosts
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  4. Jenny

    Congrats for being the face of Nivea, a lovely video of you all! 🙂 x
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    • honestmum

      Hehe Jenny, I wish I was the face of NIVEA, one of 6 women for their latest campaign, one day-dream big hey, thank you xx

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  5. Kelly

    That is awesome you are a Nivea Woman!! Well done on that, but also using Nivea for most of your life. No wonder you don’t have any lines or wrinkles. xo #brillblogposts
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  6. Ali

    That’s such a sweet memory of you and your brother playing with the vhs. Your grandma sounds amazing, no wrinkles! I’m sure it is the Mediterranean diet that helps,. I love the smell of Nivea, it reminds me of my nanny. Fab videos too, you’re flying at the moment! #brilliantblogposts
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling Ali, your words mean a lot, isn’t it amazing how many memories and what history NIVEA has x

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  7. Elizabeth (Wander Mum)

    Thats a great campaign video Nivea is running. Congrats on being an ambassador. Lovely video of you and your children #brilliantblogposts
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  8. Lucy at Occupation:(m)other

    Lovely theme for a campaign and so gorgeous that you could do it all with your family. I had no idea Nivea had been going since 1911, good fact. And I particularly like that you made your brother be Wogan and interview you, that’s a great image!
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  9. Fionnuala

    Such a classic brand. You can definitely rely on them for quality and results.
    #brilliantblogposts
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  10. Gemma Capocci

    What a great campaign to be involved in! Nivea is a classic and one you can always rely on their products to deliver good results. I have always been lazy when it comes to my skin, but it’s good to have a handful of essential products that will keep your skin going and save you on those seriously sleep deprived days! x
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  11. Lucy @ bottlefor2

    What a wonderful campaign to be involved in. So nice you can link it to your family too. Your Grandma had no wrinkles at 96! BLIMEY!
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  12. Mrs Tubbs

    My mum swore by Nivea and old school Ulay. It’s great that these brands are still there and as good as ever.

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  13. Isabella @ Fairies & Pirates

    The video is lovely. It’s funny what you said about your Dad introducing you to Nivea, it was the same here. My Dad is 74 now and all he’s ever used is the classic, old school Nivea in the dark navy aluminium tub, to this day, and his skin is amazing. And my Grandma did the same before him. Nivea has been such a big part of peoples’ skincare for generations, and even though I use different products and brands over the years, I do always revert to Nivea in between. Hopefully, we’ll manage to keep wrinkles at bay for a lot longer! 🙂 x #BrilliantBlogposts
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    • honestmum

      Yay, love this comment so much and the fact that it’s the men in our lives that introduced NIVEA to us, it’s a brand that truly speaks to both men and women and is still as good today as it always was. Thanks for your comments, really touched me x

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  14. Orana

    I loved the image with the nivea tin timeline! I used to love peeling the silver paper on top, trying not to make a mess. My aunt liked to leave the silver paper and it would always get all messy in there! jajaja

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  15. Michelle (@AFamilyChatter)

    Fabulous! Congratulations on being a ‘Nivea Woman’!! I loved your video especially when you had to explain you were talking to the camera! 🙂 x
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  16. Life Loving

    I’m definitely going to smile even more if it makes you look younger! Congrats on a fab opportunity.
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  17. mummy tries

    Oh I love that Vicki – two years off a person’s age just by smiling 🙂 gorgeous post xx
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  18. Catie: An imperfect mum

    My nana used Nivea every day. One of my most vivid memories is the navy blue pot of Nivea that always smelt so wonderful. She was totally beautiful and glamorous & had the softest skin until her last breathe this March at age 93. I love Nivea.
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  19. Random Musings

    What a fantastic opportunity, congratulations! Loved the video of you and the boys:) Thanks for hosting #brillblogposts
    Debbie
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  20. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows

    If Thailand, ‘land of smiles’ and baby faces is anything to go by I’d definitely agree with that finding.

    #brilliantblogposts
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  21. Silly Mummy

    Looks like lots of fun filming with your kids! Will have to check out the Nivea – definitely need dark circle help! #brilliantblogposts
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  22. Joann Woolley

    You are just beautiful! No wonder they asked you to be in this film ; ) Love that they captured you reading to your kids – that is what makes me smile too. I can’t believe your grandma had no wrinkles at 94!
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    • honestmum

      Thank you so much Joann, it was such an honour to work with a brand I’ve always loved, blogging is truly brilliant. I know my Grandma was a beautiful lady inside and out xx

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  23. Emma's Mamma

    I love Nivea too! And that video of you and your boys is adorable! x #brilliantblogposts
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  24. K's Mum

    I have sensitive skin and the only moisturizer I use on my face is Nevea. It is very true, smiling does take away the years from ones face. 🙂 #brilliantblogposts

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  25. Attachment Mummy

    That smell is so evocative of my grandmother, everyone has a Nivea memory!
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  26. Mummy Fever

    Love their products – I had a great aunt who lived until 96 and she swore by Nivea – her skin was amazing ! #brilliantblogposts
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  27. Jacqui (Mummy's Little Monkey)

    That iconic smell!!!! Instantly transports me back to being five or six years old, and pinching the Nivea Creme from Mum’s vanity because I wanted to be a grown up. xxx
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  28. Kellie Kearney

    Huge fan of Nivea, have used their stuff forever! Brilliant model for a fab brand!
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  29. Mama and More aka Zaz

    That little blue tub is part of my travel essentials, and it is so wonderful to see a brand with such heritage continuing to move with the times while retaining its legacy and integrity as a brand! Such a rare thing! So delighted to see that they have chosen fabulous real women to represent them in their videos, and you are such a camera natural, as are those adorable boys of yours! Love your family and love you darling, beautiful evocative and informative post xxx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much sweetpea, your comment means a lot, an incredible brand to collaborate with and one that means so much to my family and I as we’ve always used their products, thanks for your touching words, love you too x

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  30. Catherine @ Not Dressed As Lamb

    Vicki I’m so honoured to have featured in this video with you!! I was wondering if you were going to publish your film…? (My embarrassing bongo-playing skills are up on my blog!) I’d love to see your film of you reading with the boys in full 🙂

    Catherine x
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    • honestmum

      Hey gorgeous, you too, we are representing the UK baby! Can we share our whole films, ooh would love that, will contact them, off to check yours out too (you are so cool with your bongos), hope we get to meet up soon x

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  31. Mirka Moore @Kahanka

    Looks like we have the same memories. Even in the old communist Czechoslovakia we loved Nivea, and I still remember as a kid watching my dad getting some cream from under the tin and spreading after shaving his face… this brings tears to my eyes as you know he is no longer with us. My mum still uses only NIVIA!!! Well done on working with this fabulous brand xxx
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  32. Kiran

    I love that you are a Nivea girl – they’ve chosen a brilliant model! Well done gorgeous xx

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  33. Debbie Skerten

    Lovely blog and such a wonderful video of you and the children. I’ve been using Nivea since 1979 and I still love it to this day. I’m 52 and so far, I’ve managed to keep the wrinkles at bay too x

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