Thursday, 23 February 2017

Elemental Herbology Trial Sizes

I've been testing out some try-me size products from Elemental Herbology which you can buy at Naturisimo.  The range "combines high performance, bio-active ingredients with sophisticated technologies and exquisite plant oils". The range helps with ageing skin and is free from synthetic fragrances, colours, mineral oils, sulphates and parabens.

Vital Cleanse Facial Cleanser 25ml* has a gel texture and I like to use it in my morning shower. It deeply but gently cleanses the skin while stimulating cell turnover, improving texture, radiance and vitality. The cleanser contains ingredients such as manuka honey, Organic sea buckthorn, green tea, grapefruit and papaya extract (it smells delicious).

To use: massage onto damp skin before removing with warm water.

Facial Souffle Overnight Cream 15ml* (this size retails at £9.50) the cream has a fluffy rich texture and deeply hydrates the skin. It will soothe, plump, nourish and repair.

To use: apply to the skin after cleansing waking up with dewy and plumped up skin.

Moisture Milk Facial Hydrator 15ml* this is an ultra-light moisturiser which is perfect for combination/oily skin types. It's also great to use in summer or in humid environments as it lightly nourishes the skin.

To use: apply to the skin in the morning for light moisturisation.

Facial Detox Purifying Mask 15ml* (worth £9.50) this mask is fantastic! It deeply cleanses and purifies the skin and is ideal for an oily T-zone. It helps to reduce sebum and helps to decongest the pores. The mask can be used regularly or as a target treatment for spots.

To use: apply to dry skin, leave on for 10 minutes before removing with a warmed damp muslin cloth. The mask dries on the skin but is never tight.

I've been really impressed with all the products. From the four I'd buy Vital Cleanse Facial Detox.

What's your favourite Elemental Herbology product?


Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Kiss the Moon: LOVE Night Cream for Hands

I knew I'd find it hard to resist Kiss the Moon's latest launch - LOVE - Night Cream for Hands (intro price £25 - 90g) which is an exquisite rose scented fluffy rich cream which you massage into your hands and nails just before bed - I can assure you it's every bit as good as it looks!

LOVE is a blend of Rose, Frankincense, Palmarosa and Ylang Ylang and it's richly fragrant and decadent.

The packaging is super luxe and is perfect for gifting (if you can bear to give it away!) 

Rich shea butter is whipped together with rosewater, LOVE fragrance and Vitamin A rich rosehip seed oil which deeply nourishes and helps to repair the skin overnight. Skin is smoother and softer and the cream can also help with wrinkles and age spots.

To use: massage into hands and cuticles before bed.

Have you tried LOVE Night Cream for Hands? What's your favourite Kiss the Moon product?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

ARgENTUM l'étoile infinie

ARgENTUM's founder Joy Isaacs used collodial silver to treat grazes, burns and scratches on her skin when she was growing up in South Africa. She, along with her friend Stephanie decided to create a special anti-ageing cream which repairs, fortifies, intensely nourishes, smoothes, helps to reduce lines and wrinkles and which leave the skin feeling soft and healthy. La potion infinie was created using Silver Hydrosol and DNA HP (marine based polymer).

I've been trying ARgENTUM's very fabulous l'etoile infinie (£82)* which is one of the most luxurious products I've tried. The elixir is super lightweight and absorbs instantly. Suitable for all skins and ages it's 100% natural and has 75% organic ingredients.

The elixir can be used alone but works best with the la potion infinie (and now the new le savon lune* (150g - £104) which I've just started using (I will be reviewing this shortly - it's gorgeous!)

Made with Organic non-comedogenic dry oils (Argan, Abyssinian, Kukui Nut and Vitamin E) which are ethically sourced and have powerful antioxidant properties. The elixir can help with skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and leaves the skin looking radiant and youthful.

To use: apply after la potion infinie or add a drop to the cream. Use AM and PM.

It's one of the most exquisite skincare products I've ever tried. I also love the simple but beautiful packaging. Check out the new le savon lune* below.

*complimentary - sent for review

Monday, 20 February 2017

Aster & Bay: Rosewater Mist

I was absolutely over-the-moon when I discovered Aster & Bay at Northern Ireland based Red Ruby Rouge (you can also buy direct from Aster & Bay, as they are now Edinburgh based).

The brand was founded by Erin Hammond in the USA. She studied Architectural Conservation at Edinburgh University and when she returned to the states began to study botany, plant folklore and herbal alchemy. The range is natural and made with the highest quality plant ingredients. The products are also unisex (as if you'd want to share!) and packaging is simple but beautiful and recyclable.

There are no preservatives in the products, no animal testing, no parabens or phthalates and ingredients are ethically sourced.

The Rosewater Mist (100ml - £25) is absolute heaven. You can use it on your face, hair or body and it smells divine. Scented with Bulgarian rose water which has been hydro-distilled as well as Ylang Ylang floral water. The blend calms, relaxes and replenishes both the body and mind.

Honeysuckle extract is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and has anti-oxidant properties which help to inhibit bacteria on the skin or scalp. Epsom Salt helps the skin hold onto it's own moisture as well as moisturising and detoxifying the skin. It also helps to add volume to the hair and remove oil build up. Himalayan Pink Salt hydrates and contains 80+ skin replenishing minerals.

To use: spritz onto the face after cleansing and before moisturising, spray onto damp roots before styling for rose scented beachy waves or to give the hair volume. Alternatively, spritz into the palm and mix a few drops of facial serum for a light and hydrating treatment.  The mist is also good to relieve sunburn or any skin irritations.

Have you used the Rosewater Mist? What's your favourite Aster & Bay product?

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Latest in Beauty: Le Fashion Fetish Beauty Box

The Le Fashion Fetish Beauty Box from Latest in Beauty is in collaboration with blogger Anna Shearer and features some of her favourite products (the box costs £60, although I bought it with a tenner off - thanks for the code LIB! And the box is now down to a bargainous £45!) I adore Tada & Toy earrings so that kind of swayed me!

So what's inside:

Tada & Toy Crescent Moon Studs
Chantecaille Bio-Lifting Cream 10ml
Rosalena Rock & Rose Radiance Boosting Face Oil 5ml
Maria Nila Luminous Colour Masque 250g
Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream 50ml
Smith & Cult Lip Gloss 5ml
OM Konjac Sponge
OM Pure Glow Cleanser 5ml
NIP+FAB Viper Venom Micro Blur 40ml
Skimono Mask
Nails Inc. 14ml Colville Mews
Strip Wax Bar Brow Wax (London)

My favourites:

Pick your box up (while stocks last) at Latest in Beauty.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Tropic Skincare: So Sleepy Collection

I've been testing out Tropic Skincare's So Sleepy Collection* (£10) which is a limited edition duo which helps you get the perfect night's sleep. The duo contains a 15ml Pillow Mist and a 5ml Temple Roll-On.

I recently reviewed their fabulous Super Greens Nutrient Boost Serum* so I had high hopes for the So Sleepy Collection*.

The duo are very effective in aiding a restful night's sleep.  Essential oils of Rosewood, Vanilla and Lavender soothe the mind, helping restless thoughts to be forgotten and to help you to sleep soundly and to awaken feeling refreshed and ready to go.

To use: Spray 2-3 pumps of the Pillow Mist on your pillow. Apply the roll-on to your temples and wrists just before bed.

The blend is really lovely and the duo really works. It is a Limited Edition duo so if you fancy it you should buy it now!

*complimentary - all thoughts are genuine - I love this duo!

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Love Lula: Seaweed Beauty

My choices for February were inspired by Faith Hogan's book Secrets we Keep. The book is an absolutely fantastic read set in Ireland. You can see my short review in my January Books roundup. The book features an old bathhouse which is brought back to life - if you like reading it's a must!

So here's my picks:

Mungo Murphy's Single Sea-Bag (£3.90)* - this intriguing product makes for a great detoxifying treat. Inside the bag is 60g of naturally dried seaweed (Laminaria digitata). It can be used twice and thereafter used as a scrub in the shower (before composting!)

To use: Place the sea-bag in a pot of kettle boiled water. Leave to simmer for 5-10 minutes before pouring the whole lot in the freshly drawn bath. The seaweed will then release its luxurious natural oils which are full of Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids and trace elements. The heat of the bathwater will open your pores and the benefits of the seaweed is absorbed by the skin.

The Sea Soap (£6.95)* smells deeply of the sea and seaweed and is such a treat!  The large chunk moisturises and nourishes the skin leaving it feel soft and scented with tangy sea salt.

To use: lather with water and use as a body or hand wash.

REN's Seaweed & Sage Body Wash (200ml - £15)* has a lovely herbal scent which is refreshing and reviving. The wash is formulated with toning seaweed extract and an invigorating blend of essential oils - Geranium, Cypress, Rosemary and Sage.

To use: massage over wet skin in the bath or shower.

The Seaweed Bath Company is a new brand to me. Hailing from Maine the company was created to find a better skincare solution for Adam who suffered from severe psoriasis and found that the soothing and detoxifying powers of seaweed calmed his skin. From the range I chose their Citrus Vanilla Body Cream 177ml - £16.99)* which deeply moisturises the skin. The cream has a sweet citrus vanilla scent which smells beautiful. Formulated with Organic bladderwrack seaweed which contains 65+ vitamins and minerals, antioxidant-rich blue green algae, antimicrobial neem oil, hydrating aloe, coconut, Hawaiian kukui and Olive oils.

To use: apply to the skin as often as needed.

My final pick is from PHB Ethical Beauty - Skin Refresh Gel with Seaweed & Mint (120ml - £13.75)* which has a beautiful invigorating and refreshing scent. It's a multi-use product (you know how much I love one of them!) and is good for heat rash, insect bites and tired feet as it soothes and refreshes. The gel can also be used on the face and body (and is great to use after sunbathing).

To use: massage into the skin and allow it to sink in.

What's your favourite beauty products containing seaweed?

*I received these products are part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. All thoughts are genuine and my post contains some affiliate links. I added £6.59 to my monthly allocation in order to enable me to try a range of products.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

TOSé Apothecary: French Clay & Lemongrass Detoxifying Body Scrub, Ylang Ylang & Macadamia Body Oil & Wild Rose, Frankincense & Myrrh Facial Serum

Back in December I tried my first TOSé Apothecary product - Vanilla & Coffee Butter Lip Scrub* which you can read about HERE.

Abha recently sent me some other products in the range which I've been so impressed with - they are effective as well as gorgeous!

The French Clay & Lemongrass Detoxifying Body Scrub* comes in two sizes - large £25 and medium £15. It has an uplifting scent and is made with dead sea salt crystals and detoxifying french clay. The scrub is scented with Lemongrass and Lime and has the perfect amount of scrubbiness. It leaves the skin feeling smooth and nourished and the mind is uplifted.

To use: massage a small amount onto damp skin in the bath or shower before rinsing.

Ylang Ylang & Macadamia Body Oil* (£22 - 100ml) is a luxurious body oil which is scented with Ylang Ylang, Bergamot and Lavender which helps to restore inner balance and calm. The scent is also uplifting and is a real treat for the skin and the senses.

The blend is handcrafted using Macadamia, Hazelnut, Ricebran, Hemp Seed and Coconut oils which regenerate, nourish, balance, heal, soothes and protects.

To use: massage liberally onto the skin after your bath or shower.

Wild Rose, Frankincense & Myrrh Facial Serum* (£28 - 30ml) is one of the nicest and most effective serums I've used in a long time. It also has an incredibly lovely floral scent.

It revitalises, balances, regenerates, nourishes and restores the skin and is the "perfect blend for your skin to keep ageing troubles at bay". Formulated with Rosehip, Jojoba, Hazelnut, Lavender, Geranium, Rosemary, Frankincense, Myrrh and Vitamin E.

To use: at night-time warm 2-3 drops in your palm before gently massaging over the face and neck.

I've been so impressed with these products and find I can't recommend them highly enough. Have you used any products from TOSé Apothecary before?

*complimentary - although all my thoughts are genuine - I truly love these beautiful blends.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Love Lula Beauty Box - February 2017

My Love Lula Beauty Box* was waiting me yesterday on return from a night away (big thanks to the neighbour for taking it in!) This month the UK box (it contains nail polish) is worth £37.

So what's inside:

Madara Micellar Water (100ml worth £12) - I'm a huge fan of this micellar water and always have it in my stash. See my review HERE.

Maggie Anne Nail Polish in Jasper (another full size 11ml and worth £10.50). It's a 6 toxin-free gel effect nail polish with a glossy high shine. This is a natural beige shade and will suit all skin tones.

I'm a huge Ooh! Oils of Heaven fan (see my spotlight on them HERE). Included this month is new and exclusive to Love Lula - Natural Marula Oil 15ml (£9.50) which I can't wait to try!

From Greenfrog Botanic, a brand which I've heard of but not got round to trying yet is their Botanical Body Wash with Neroli & Lime (100ml and worth £3.90). It's made from organic soapberries and smells gorgeous.

The final item this month is cult classic Weleda's Skin Food in a handy 10ml travel size (£2.25). See my review HERE.

What are your thoughts on this month's box?

*I received February's Love Lula Beauty Box as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. All thoughts are genuine and my post contains some affiliate links.

Saturday, 11 February 2017


As you'll know I'm always on the lookout for new brands so when I spotted Australian brand ROHR REMEDY at LT Linens (only UK stockist) I excitedly chose the product which appealed to me the most - Desert Lime Body Moisturiser (£20 - 250ml).

LT Linens was founded by Laura, an ex-pat Scot living in New Zealand. She found it difficult to source mid-price good quality egyptian cotton bedding and duvet sets and sourced fair trade hand embroidered bed sheets from a commune in Vietnam as well as bedding from India and Portugal. She moved back to Scotland in 2014.

Laura also makes her own soy wax candles and diffusers - which look and sound gorgeous see HERE.

ROHR REMEDY products are formulated using Australian Bush medicines and dermatological science using wild harvested native plants. They are free from parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, propylene gylcol, sulphates, synthetic fragrances, bisphenol A (BPA), artificial colours, aluminium and silicones.

Packaging is luxe and recyclable and their are 8 essential products in the range (there are 4 available at LT Linens) - Australian wild flower deodorant, honey myrtle body wash, desert lime body moisturiser, lilly pilly & omega 3 face moisturiser, kakadu plum Vit C face serum, boab & rosehip with Vit E oil, gumbi gumbi lip balm and rosalina face cleanser.

Desert Lime Body Moisturiser contains desert lime extract which contains a high concentration of Vitamin C, Folate (a Vit B) and Vitamin E. It repairs and deeply moisturises the skin (it was traditionally used by Indigenous Australians for it's revitalising qualities). Giant kelp moisturises and softens. The scent is distinctly lime - mouthwatering and delicious. The moisturiser absorbs instantly and is a real luxe treat for the skin.

To use: apply daily to nourish and soften the skin.

And yes, I love this product and now want to try more from the RANGE. Have you used any products from ROHR REMEDY before?

Friday, 10 February 2017

Evolve Organic Beauty: Radiant Glow Mask

Evolve Organic Beauty's Radiant Glow Mask (£12 - 30ml) which I received as a free gift with order at Sujet de Vert is just gorgeous.

The mask honestly smells good enough to eat! A blend of raw Cacao powder and clay it revitalises and purifies the skin. Coconut granules buff the skin while Baobab Seed oil smoothes and nourishes and sugar granules turn the mask into a rich milk on contact with water. Omega 6 rejuvenates and helps with cellular repair while Sweet Almond oil nourishes. Organic Vanilla oil gives the mask it's delicious scent. It really is a luxe treat.

100% natural and 82% organic, cruelty free and suitable for vegans and packaging is simple but attractive and recyclable.

To use: using dry hands apply a thick layer to the skin. Leave 5 minutes before rinsing.

What's your favourite Evolve Organic Beauty product?

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Nourish Kale 3D Cleanse

I've been testing out Nourish's Kale 3D Cleanse (£25 - 100ml)* which is absolutely fantastic. The cleanser changes colour as the cleansing process takes place. When the skin has been thoroughly cleansed the product will change colour from white to pale green (WOW).

Kale extract helps to eliminate environmental stressors and protects the skin while Griffonia extract protects from UV damage. Algin hydrates and Rosemary extract purifies and cleanses.

Hyaluronic acid, probiotics and oxygenating extracts refresh the skin. Make up and daily grime are easily removed leaving the skin feeling comfortable and clean.

To use: massage onto damp skin adding a little water. The colour of the cleanser will change to green when the skin is cleansed. Rinse.

Suitable for all skin types and free from alcohol, parabens, TEA, DEA, phenoxyethanol, sulphates, mineral oils, PEGS and silicones.

Have you tried this cleanser?


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

MAKE Skincare

I've been testing out some products* from MAKE Skincare. Make Skincare was founded by Mary Temperley who creates all the exquisite products by hand in a converted barn in Somerset.  They are made with natural active ingredients - exotic oils, vitamins and plant extracts along with the purest essential oils and floral absolutes.

Packaging is an absolute joy (and made my heart sing!). Delivery is free on orders over £75 and £2.75 for orders under £75.  You can also add a gift box for an extra £2 (this comes free if you order 2 products or more). If you go for this option you'll find your products nestled in a black magnetic box with shredded tissue and rose petals (it's the little things..)

Mary sent me MAKE Face, Hands & Feet Gift Set II (£17.50)* and MAKE Lip Revive Lime, Lemon & Lavender Lip Balm (£4.75)*

Inside the gift set are minis (15ml) of Hands Replenish Pink Grapefruit Hand Cream, Face Smooth Intense Moistuiser with Hyaluronic Acid and Linden Blossom and Feet Revive Lime, Lemon and Lavender Foot Cream which are the perfect try me size, gift or for travel.

The products are truly gorgeous and a real treat for the skin and senses. My winter skin just lapped up the Face Smooth (which I'll be buying soon!) This day time moisturiser has a mousse like texture which melts onto the skin. It contains naturally active ingredients, Hyaluronic acid which plumps and moisturises, Linden Blossom helps to de-stress and tone. Other ingredients include Vitamins A, C and E, Apricot, Kiwi Seed and Macadamia oils along with Aloe Vera. The moisturiser has a honey floral scent.

Hands Replenish deeply nourishes the hands and nails. It's made with Jojoba and Avocado oils, Beeswax and Antioxidants and it contains Pink Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, Geranium and Rose Otto essential oils giving the cream a fruity floral scent.

Feet Revive is scented with Lime, Lemon and Lavender essential oils which are antiseptic and refreshing. Other ingredients include Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oils and Beeswax. The feet are left soft, smooth, moisturised and smelling sweetly.

Lip Revive is a newish launch and smells good enough to eat! Made with a blend of Lime, Lemon and Lavender essential oils, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E and Beeswax. The balm deeply nourishes and softens the lips and I've been reaching for it several times a day (I'm also a sucker for the pretty packaging).

As you'll know I try a lot of products but I just can't get enough of these gorgeous skin loving treats. I just love everything about them - effective, beautiful, fragrant, natural and such a treat for the skin - I just can't wait to try more from the range. 

Have you used anything from MAKE Skincare before? If so, what's your favourite products?


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Ermana Natural Skincare: Fresh Foot Balm with Peppermint & Patchouli

It's been a while since I've tried any Ermana Natural Skincare products (and the range has expanded since then). See my review of their Cleanse Balm* and Nurture Body Oil* HERE and an update post HERE.

I've recently been testing out their Fresh Foot Balm with Peppermint and Patchouli (60ml - £20)* which comes packaged in a recyclable jar and printed cardboard box. 

The foot balm is a real luxe treat for the feet (an area of the body often neglected!) Natural butters are hand blended in small batches with Sweet Almond oil and Beeswax and the balm is scented with Peppermint and Patchouli essential oils.

To use: warm a small amount between your fingertips before massaging over the feet, concentrating on dry and rough areas. You only need a tiny amount so this pot will last for ages.

It deeply nourishes, protects and softens (and smells glorious). It's the perfect product for getting your feet sandal ready! The balm would also be good to use after a day's sightseeing, shopping or exercise as it also cools and refreshes.

What's your favourite Ermana Natural Skincare product? Have you tried Fresh Foot Balm before?

And... keep your eyes peeled for my upcoming Ermana giveaway!


Monday, 6 February 2017

Blog Tour: Mary's the Name by Ross Sayers

I'm taking part in my very first blog tour today! You can see all the other bloggers taking part below:

Debut Author, Ross Sayer's book Mary's the Name was published by Cranachan Publishing on 30th January and you can buy your copy HERE. Ross's book launch took place last week in Stirling and was jam packed, people were turned away as it was so busy (!) and they ran out of books! You can read Sharon's (@sbairden) review of the evening HERE.

From the back of the book:

An eight-year-old girl and her granpa are on the run...

"When me and Granpa watched James Bond films, he told me not to be scared because people didn't have guns like that in Scotland. That must've been why the robbers used hammers".

Orphaned Mary lives with her granpa, but after he is mixed up in a robbery at the bookies where he works, they flee to the Isle of Skye. Gradually, Mary realises that her granpa is involved. And the robbers are coming after him - and their money.

Mary's quirky outlook on life, loss and her love of all things Elvis, will capture your hear. Full of witty Scots banter, Mary's the name will have you reaching for the hankies, first with laughter, then with tears".

My thoughts?

I absolutely loved this gem of a book told through Mary's eyes which is set in Stirling and Portree (I so loved re-visiting the Isle of Skye through Mary's eyes as I'd worked there one summer). Mary and her granpa are on the run although Mary believes she's on holiday and will be going back to school after the break.

Mary was quite a loner at school in Stirling having been dumped by someone who she thought was a friend so I was happy that she meets new friend Grace in Portree.

Her granpa is mixed up in a robbery at the bookies where he worked and the robbers will do almost anything to get their money back..and yes..that Elvis mask is weaved into the story!

Full of laugh out loud moments, Scottish banter and with a sprinkling of sadness. I just loved it and highly recommend. In fact, it's one of my favourite books of 2017.

Thanks to Cranachan Publishing for an advanced copy of the book