Saturday, 16 February 2019

Review: 001 Skincare CRYO-FLASH FACIAL SET

*I was very kindly gifted this award winning Cryo-Flash Facial Set (£134)* to try and review. You can get 20% off your order with "Sandra20". You'll know I'm a huge fan of 001 Skincare having also loved other products from the range. 

See my reviews HEREHERE and HERE.

Inside the beautifully packaged box you get two products - your CRYO-Press and Alpha Glow Flash Facial 50ml.

The CRYO-Press should be stored in the freezer (in the bag provided). The Ice-Treatment enhances blood circulation, pumps oxygen to the epidermis, eliminates toxins, tightens, tones and energises the skin smoothing out signs of fatigue and stress.  Skin is firmed, fine lines and wrinkles are reduced, skin's tone is evened out and it's left looking rejuvenated and glowy.

To use: the frozen roller can be used alone or alongside Alpha-Glow Fresh Facial which is included in the set. Use the roller back and forth, up and down and out to the side working around your facial contours for an uplifting and cooling massage. If you use more pressure with the upward motion the muscles will be lifted while rolling down sends the toxin build up in the face towards the centre of the body where they can be detoxified.  I've found it easy to use and my skin feels perked up and instantly uplifted.

If using with the Alpha-Glow Fresh Facial apply the serum prior to using the roller.  Founder and creator, Ada Ooi says it's "the one serum you'll ever need". It took four years to research and formulate and is packed with 9 hardworking ingredients which will tackle skin ageing and concerns such as loss of moisture, collagen depletion, inflammation and skin tone. It's also multi-use - use it as a serum, a primer or a mask. 

The serum which has a gently floral rosy scent can be used AM/PM as a serum, a primer before applying make up and as a mask overnight.

I've been so impressed with both products which work so well together. My skin looks healthy, hydrated, radiant and refreshed.  Have you tried 001 Skincare's CRYO-Press?

*complimentary products and my post contains 2 affiliate links 

Friday, 15 February 2019

Naturisimo: Wanderlust Discovery Box

I can never resist one of Naturisimo's Discovery Boxes, and the latest one "Wanderlust" is just amazing. It's worth £95 and includes 8 trial sizes and costs only £17.95 with free delivery. There are still some left if you are interested!

Inside you will find:

Tata Hydrating Floral Mask, 7.5ml: A skin-quenching hydration mask with 1,000 sizes of hyaluronic acid that instantly replenish moisture for unparalleled hydration. 

Kjaer Weis Beautiful Oil, 4ml: A nourishing, luxurious elixir that awakens skin's natural luminosity and deeply hydrates to transform your skin. 

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Thirst Quenching Serum, 10ml: This high potency serum captures and diffuses water deep within the skin to restore its moisture balance and leave it feeling soft and supple. 

Swell Ultimate Protect & Renew Serum
, 30ml: A silicone-free styling sensation that banishes frizz and gives hair a sleek, hydrated and picture-of-health appearance. 

Madara Time Miracle Ultimate Facelift Day Cream
, 2ml: An organic day cream that deeply hydrates skin and has been proven to reduce wrinkle depth by 26% within 1 hour. 

Madara Time Miracle Total Renewal Night Cream, 2ml: A luxurious anti-ageing night cream that continues to work overnight to rebuild dermal collagen, elastin fibres and activate cell processes, revealing younger looking skin. 

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, 29ml: An intensive, hydrating treatment that cares for and soothes the hair, whilst restoring essential moisture and enhancing hair's strength.

Mauli Rituals Supreme Skin Face Serum
, 7.5ml: A deeply hydrating elixir of precious active ingredients formulated to repair, rejuvenate and nourish to minimise fine lines and leave skin glowing with health.

A few of these products I've tried before but being a sucker for some new to me products (especially ones which are normally out my price range like the Kjaer Weis) so I just had to pick the box up. Do you think you'll pick one up? Or have you already?

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Beauty Pie: Month #2

You can see what I chose last month HERE. This month I wanted to try Great Skin Foundation in a different shade and picked 300 Beige with neutral undertone (30ml - members price - £6.40 - Typical price £30). I like this and 150 Fair with yellow undertone. They are slightly different but both work on my skin. I like the build-able long-lasting coverage and shades.

My second pick was a product raved about by India Knight in her column for Style. Super Retinol Anti-Ageing Hand Treatment (75ml - members price - £6.53 - typical price £40) which is an overnight anti-ageing hand cream and will help reduce lines, age spots, uneven pigmentation, brighten as well as moisturise. (You have to use SPF the next day after using Retinol). It's early days yet so I'll review it soon.

My third pick was from a new range at Beauty Pie Qi Energy Ginseng Root & Ginger Super Glow Serum (50ml - members price - £8.88 - typical price £50) which will leave you with glowing skin. I've only used this a couple of times so far so expect a review once I've had the chance to give it a good enough shot.

My membership this month worked like this £10 membership+£6.40+£8.88+£6.53 plus p&p £3.36 = £35.17.

Are you a Beauty Pie Member? Do you have any recommendations?

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Love Lula: JOIK Primavera Soy Wax Scented Candle 145g

I was very kindly gifted* this candle as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. I've previously tried one of JOIK's other candles (Hot Chocolate*). See my review HERE.

I chose Primavera Soy Wax Scented Candle (145g - £13.50)* as I thought it would evoke a feeling of spring and longer days. I also love the uplifting blue shade of the natural wax. The candles are lovely and great value with a burn time of approximately 30hrs. The glass jar is recyclable or re-usable and the wax used is from renewable natural resources. 

The scent is "a fresh and gentle aroma of spring flowers gently veiled by citrus notes resting on a base of precious woods".

The scent very gently scents the room (it might work better in a smaller room than one with high ceilings like mine) but it is nice to use and definitely has a fresh "spring" floral scent.

What's your favourite candle by JOIK?

*free product sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. My post contains one affiliate link.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Beauty Kitchen - Miniature Heroes - Sustainable Beauty Celebrations

I was very excited to find this fabulous reduced item in Holland & Barrett which was marked down to £12 from £30 and so, I quickly snapped it up. I'm a huge Beauty Kitchen and mini products fan (12 x 6ml) so I am totally delighted! There are also some final sale clearances on the website if you want to take a look.

Inside the recyclable tube is...all this...

The pot size is 6ml making them the perfect try me/for holidays/weekends away (and the pots are reusable too).

Karine Jackson - The Protector Multi-Purpose Primer which will tame flyaways, smooth and protect from daily brushing, UVA/UVB rays, daily pollution and damage. To use: Use as as mask before washing, apply before blow drying or use to tame flayaways. I'm looking forward to trying this and I'll let you know my thoughts in an empties post. This is a new to me product.

Mineral Shield Daily Primer SPF30 - I recently tried this via a Triyit campaign and I loved it. It gives the skin SPF protection from UVA/UVB rays and daily pollution is 100% natural and fragrance free. To use: apply after your skincare regime but before foundation. Apply a small amount to the face before applying make up. This is a handy size for travel or popping in your make up bag.

Free From Wonder Balm - which nourishes dry lips, dry patches, flyaways, cuticles. To use: apply as often as needed to hydrate and nourish.

Men's Skincare Balm Solo - which I'll give to hubby to test out. It can be used as a cleanser, pre-shave cleanser, moisturiser, mask or problem skin balm. The balm contains activated charcoal which will draw out grease, grime and impurities from the skin. To use: as a cleanser/pre-shave cleanser: apply a small amount onto your face and neck before rinsing. As a moisturiser: apply to problem areas or as a mask: apply to dry skin, leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing.

A trio from the Abyssinian Oil range: Night Halo Sleep Mask - which was another Triyit review product (and was lovely to use). To use: Use overnight when you are sleeping and wake up with radiant and nourished skin.  Handbag Beauty Balm - a multi-use balm which can be used as a cleanser, mask, make-up primer, highlighter or as a balm for dry skin areas, cuticles and flyaways. To use: apply a small amount of balm applying sparingly before removing or massaging in.  Facial Moisture Cream - a fragrance free cream which will nourish and hydrate the skin and neck. To use: apply a small amount to the fingertips and massage onto the skin after cleansing. Can be used AM and PM.

The remainder of the pots are from the best selling Seahorse Plankton range. Beauty Boosting BB Cream - (which looks a bit dark in the pot!). I've not actually tried this out yet but it'll smooth out your skin tone and soothe problem skin. To use: apply after your facial oil but before your make up to tint and even out your skin tone as well as helping protect from environmental damage. I'm already a huge fan of 5 Minute Miracle Mask (see my review of it and the Everlasting Radiance Moisturiser*HERE.

Brilliance Hand & Nail Cream - a rich but quickly absorbing cream which smells gorgeous. To use: apply morning and evening for youthful and hydrated hands. Everlasting Radiance Moisturiser - which helps to prolong a youthful appearance. To use: apply a small amount daily to the face and neck. Eye Life & Lumination Serum - which I've used before. You only need the smallest amount so this little pot will last a while. The lightweight serum absorbs quickly and smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles, plumping the eye area and nourishing. To use: smooth a small amount around the eye area concentrating on crow's feet and dark circles.

Have you used any of these items? What are your favourites from Beauty Kitchen?

*I was gifted the Everlasting Radiance Moisturiser which featured in my earlier review. I bought the Miniature Heroes Kit myself.

Saturday, 9 February 2019

Valentines Day Treats

Here's some of my top picks for Valentines Day (products marked with * I've kindly been gifted):

These chocolate hearts (come in a box with dark & milk varieties £5) from Cocoa Et Co available from Sainsbury's and are delicious (as well as pretty!)

From new to me Scottish perfume brand which is founded by a mum and her two daughters - Flaya Rose Perfume which is gorgeous! Prices start from £12 for 10ml. This is the perfect romantic rose scent and is exquisite! (expect a full review + giveaway soon!) I picked up my bottle in Jan de Vries, in Edinburgh's West End but you can also buy online.

Staying on the rose theme from The Rose Tree I'm currently trying their stunning Rollerball in Rose & Ylang Ylang* (£13.50 for 10ml) which is simply divine.  The scent is truly exquisite, uplifting and calming too. Roll onto your pulse points or a small amount to your palms and breathe in the beautiful aromatherapy scent. A full review will follow.

From RMS Beauty their gorgeous Wild with Desire Mini Lipstick Set (£33 for 5 mini lipsticks*). This set is simply stunning. With highly pigmented long lasting moisturising shades in an array of colours that any beauty lover would be very pleased to be gifted. Again, a review will follow.

Gin Galore by Sean Murphy* is the perfect informative gift for any gin lover. It's a great read and I've thoroughly enjoyed dipping into it and have added a few new gins to my wishlist. Another thoughtful gift alongside would be a bottle of one of the gins featured in the book or the promise of selecting one after the book is read! Again, a review will follow in my book round-up.

Content Beauty & Wellbeing Gift Card for the pleasure of choosing some skincare/beauty bits at leisure. 

Are any of these on your Valentines Day wishlist? Or do you wish for them?

*gifted. My post contains one affiliate link

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Love Lula: Dr Hauschka Skincare Kit: Pure & Fine Collection

I've been testing out this fab Pure & Fine Skincare Kit* by Dr Hauschka which is a great try me or for holidays and fantastic value at £19. I received this set for free as a member of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program.

Inside the recyclable packaging are 6 trial sizes, which apart from the Clarifying Clay Mask should last a few weeks.

I've tried a few of these products before (when Love Lula was Amarya I received a Kit in September 2012 - see HERE). It was definitely nice to re-visit and to try a few new products.

Cleansing Cream 10ml - this is a mild cleanser which is formulated with sweet almond meal (gives it a gentle exfoliating action). It's suitable for all skin types and is really gentle. It'll exfoliate, balance and revitalise the skin. To use: moisten face, mix a small amount in your palm with a drop or two of water to form a paste. Press onto the skin rolling up and away in wave like motions starting in the centre of the forehead and working outwards. Repeat this action 2-3 times before rinsing.

I quite liked this cleansing cream (it's more of a treatment as you can't use it over the eye area). It does take a bit of practice to use it correctly, but once mastered the skin is left feeling clean, fresh and nourished.

Clarifying Toner 10ml - which regulates oily, combo skins and outbreaks. It'll soothe, tone, calm, refine pores, regulate oil and heal and has a herbal scent. To use: spritz onto the skin or apply with a cotton pad.

This is really nice to use (I've got an oily t-zone and am prone to congestion). It's one I'd buy full size.

Melissa Day Cream 5ml - which is perfect for combination skin types. It regulates oily patches while nourishing normal/dry patches. It'll reduce shine and redness, soothing and balancing while mattifying. To use: after cleansing and toning apply to face, neck and decollete with a gentle pressing motion.

I really enjoyed using this herbal scented cream which I found perfect for my combo skin. I'll buy this full size as it does exactly what it says it will.

Clarifying Steam Bath 10ml - which is perfect to use before one of the face masks to open pores, soften blackheads and clear the skin of impurities. To use: once or twice a week dilute 2tsp with 1pt water in a large bowl of steaming water. Place a towel over head and shoulders and steam the skin for 5-10 minutes.

It had been years since I'd steamed my face (probably in my teens). I really enjoyed it and will incorporate it into my skincare regime.

Revitalising Mask 5ml - which is a rich cream with a herbal scent. It'll even and tone leaving you with glowy and radiant skin. To use: apply a generous amount to cleansed & toned skin (can also be used around the eye area), neck and decollete. Leave 20 minutes and remove with a warmed damp cloth.

I loved both the masks and would buy them both full size.

Clarifying Clay Mask 10ml (sachet) - is absolutely fantastic! The medicinal clay will deeply cleanse and refine. It clarifies, minimising large pores and deeply cleaning the skin.  To use: once or twice a week blend 1-2 heaped tsps and mix with water or hydrosol to form a paste before smoothing onto the face and neck (avoiding eyes). It does dry hard and can be quite tingly (but this is normal). Remove after 3-5mins

My skin feels incredible, soft and smooth, less shiny and revitalised. Absolutely love.

Have you tried any of the products in this Dr Hauschka Kit?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. My post contains 2 affiliate links and my thoughts are genuine - I absolutely loved trying this skincare kit.

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Giveaway: Guiltless Skin: Nourish Organic Body Oil with Citrus Fruits

This beautiful Nourish Organic Body Oil with Citrus Fruits* (£22) from Guiltless Skin featured in my Top Products of 2018 see HERE and read my review HERE (please note the body oil contains walnut oil).

It's such a gorgeous product and Rupa, the founder is very kindly offering one of my readers their very own bottle. The packaging recently changed and is simple yet slick and up-to-date. All you need to do to get your mitts on one is enter using the rafflecopter below (UK only). Good luck!

*giveaway prize very generously supplied by Guiltless Skin

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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Clockface Beauty: Hand & Cuticle Oil Roll On Frankincense & Rose Otto

I received this lush Hand & Cuticle Oil Roll On (10ml) in my January Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box. This is a fairly new to me brand, having tried their very luxurious Enhanced Recovery Body Oil Spray with Clary Sage & Geranium in my December box. The roll on retails at £12.50.

The products are hand crafted by a mother and daughter team, Karen and Sarah. Read about the founders, HERE.

I can quite honestly say the Hand & Cuticle Oil is fantastic (and yes, I'm wanting full size soon!) It's a truly wonderful product which deeply nourishes the hands and cuticles and smells divine. It's easy to use and a handy size to pop in your handbag or pocket. 

The hydrating and soothing blend is designed to nourish the driest hands and cuticles leaving the skin and nails soft, smooth and supple. It's formulated with eight oils and Vitamin E to rejuvenate and care for hardworking hands.

The scent is truly beautiful, relaxing, rosy and calming and it was one of my favourite items in my Regenerate box.

To use: roll over cuticles before rubbing into the nails or apply a small amount to your palm before rubbing your hands together (as you would do with hand cream) paying particular attention to nails and dry skin areas.

Pick yours up HERE.

Monday, 4 February 2019

Content Beauty x Psychologies Real Beauty & Wellbeing Awards Box A

Way back when this box launched last year I really wanted it. It's a collaboration (there's a box B too) with Psychologies Magazine (and their Award winners for 2018) with profits from sales of the collections going to WEN - Women's Environmental Network. I was chuffed to bits to pick it up for £65 in the sale as it's such a blooming bargain! (was £80) and the contents are worth over £180 (if I could afford it, I'd buy it again..!) These boxes are only available while stocks last.

And for a closer look..

I'm already such a fan of these two - Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts 100g which are worth £10 (review) and Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil 9ml (£11) (this one and Inner Strength are my favs from the range). 

Nourish Radiance Rejuvenating Peptide Serum 30ml Full Size (worth £22) which will plump up the skin while adding a much needed shot of nourishment.

You'll know I'm a Beauty Kubes fan having reviewed their Normal/Dry Kubes HERE. I'm looking forward to trying these ones which are suitable to use for Shampoo and as a Body Wash and come in at £8.50 for 27 cubes.

I tried MV Organics last year when I was a Beauty Shortlist Judge so I was very pleased to see their Organic Rose Plus Booster (8ml) nestling inside the box. It's a beautiful product which I took on my recent weekend away. Expect a review soon!

I've always wanted to try more from TWELVE Beauty (I've tried a few face care samples before) and inside is their Hyaluroil Lip Treatment (10ml - £28 Full Size). I'm trying this just now and loving it. Expect a review soon.

The Organic Pharmacy Rose Rose Balm 10g (£28) is a lush pot of rosy goodness. I've used it so far on cuticles, as a hand balm and for flyaways. Just. Love. 

Wunderworkshop Turmeric CBD Oil 2ml which slightly intrigues me - I'll definitely give it a try and NEOM's fabulous Happiness Travel Size Candle (75g - £16) which is an exquisite blend of neroli, mimosa and lemon.

2 x pukka tea bags along with Wild Nutrition KSM-66 Ashwagandha Plus (£19.50) which will support the body through challenging times like anxiety and stress as well as helping with memory, immunity, sports endurance and recovery. 

Nude by Nature Radiance Powder Loose Foundation 2g and Inika Certified Organic Liquid Eyeliner - Black - Full Size (£19).

Tropic Skincare Clarifying Hair Wash 50ml which I reviewed HERE.

Alexandra Soveral Angel Balm Cleanser & Cloth 15ml (£19) which is truly lush! Expect a review soon!

As I'd spent over £20 I could pick three sachet samples -

I think it's an incredible box and I'm so glad I picked it up! Did you buy one?

Friday, 1 February 2019

Review: Dafna's Personal Skincare Active Mist

I've been thoroughly enjoying trying Dafna's Personal Skincare Active Mist (100ml - £38)*. In fact, every Dafna's product I try I love. See my previous reviews HEREHEREHERE & HERE - I just love this gorgeous brand!

The Active Mist* is 100% Natural and Vegan and is suitable for dry, sensitive and normal skin types and is presented in a black spritzer bottle and boxed.

The mist brightens and refreshes the skin (smells incredible and is a pleasure to use).  Formulated with MelaCare which is a mix of oils from three medical plants (Camellia japonica, Oxalis triangularis and Eremanthus erythropappus) which are known for their anti-inflammatory, soothing and antioxidant properties. 

The skin is left looking comfortably, glowy and hydrated. Also inside are Calendula, which calms and repairs, Figs Juice which hydrates, comforts and cools along with Geranium & Sweet Orange essential oils which balance, reduce anxiety and tension and soothe.

To use: mist over clean face and neck, breathing in deeply to benefit from the gloriously calming & uplifting aroma. Can be used throughout the day for a burst of aromatic freshness. It would also be great to take on holiday to use on sun-parched skins.

It's absolutely beautiful and my skin's been loving it and as with every Dafna Personal Skincare product it does exactly what it says it will. Have you tried the Active Mist?


Thursday, 31 January 2019

January Book Round-Up

Here's what I've been reading in January:

Vox by Christina Dalcher - Dr Jean McClellan is married with four children, one of them a girl. With the election of a new Government, women and girls are no longer allowed to work, own a passport, read or write and are limited to speaking 100 words per day. If they go over this the band on their wrist emits a strong electric shock.

They are now homemakers with no freedom. Jean is a leading doctor in her field and finds it frustrating to have to obey her husband and even her sons!  She's called in to help the President's brother after a skiing accident (and is allowed her band removed for the period) and finds that others are a equally as frustrated as her and have formed resistance. It's a fast paced read (which although made me mad) I enjoyed.

When I had a Little Sister by Catherine Simpson* - a moving memoir about the life and death of Catherine's younger sister. It's published next week so will share my review in my February book round-up.

The Second Wife by Sheryl Browne*oh wow I just loved this fast paced and thrilling page turner! Nicola and Rebecca have been best friends for years. They may not see each other often but are always there for each other. When Richard, Nicola's husband whom she met and married quickly phones her to tell her she's committed suicide Rebecca can't believe it. Although she knows Nicola has had a tormented past she doesn't believe she'd kill herself...

Rebecca gets to know Richard and his scheming daughter Olivia planning to get to the bottom of what drove Nicola to take her own life. She finds herself falling for Richard and believes he can't have done anything wrong but as she delves deeper she finds things that shock her to her core... A brilliant, brilliant novel which I just loved.

The Familiars by Stacey Halls* - which isn't out until early February. I'll include my review in my February round-up.

Betsy & Lilibet by Sophie Duffy - oh I just loved this sweet tale. Betsy Sunshine is born on the same day as Queen Elizabeth. Betsy, is an Undertaker's daughter and born into a family with no sons (her sister Marge is an airhead only interested in boys and beauty) and so it's Betsy who carries on the trade. 

We follow Betsy (and Lilibet is woven into the story too with Betsy actually meeting her several times) through her life, up and downs, loves and heartaches. She reflects back over her life which is a social history of some of the most poignant moments which have happened over her life and also in ours.  It's an absolutely stunning novel which I absolutely adored (it also makes my top books of '19).

Call me Star Girl by Louise Beech** - an amazing read which isn't published until April. I'll share my thoughts with you then.

The Hidden by Mary Chamberlain* - this is published in early February and is brilliant (I know already it makes my books of 2019). I'll share my review in my February book round-up.

Bitter Edge DI Kelly Porter Book Four by Rachel Lynch* - which is also published early next month and again, I'll share my review in my February round-up. I just love Kelly Porter!

The Good Friend by Jo Baldwin** - I'm taking part in the Blog Tour on 1st March so I'll share my review then.

Dead Memories DI Kim Stone #10 by Angela Marsons* - which is truly gripping! It's not published until 22nd February so I'll share my review in my February round-up.

From last month (was awaiting publication):

Blackberry & Wild Rose by Sonia Velton* - I just loved this exquisite read. The story is set in the late Eighteenth Century at that time of the Huguenot silk weavers in Spitalfields in London's east end.

Sarah Kemp on arriving in London is tricked into becoming a whore in a brothel. Esther Thorel comes across her being mistreated and pays off her debts for her to become her maid. Sarah although slightly grateful is jealous of her employee and when the situation presents itself has no qualms in telling Esther's husband untruths and half-lies about her.... which leads to devastating consequences.

Esther has dreams and ambitions of her own to design the silk. Her husband quickly puts her down and says no. She goes behind his back with the help of his journeyman, Bisby who weaves her beautiful "blackberry & wild rose" design. Bisby's feelings for Esther grow although he knows it can go nowhere.. A richly drawn historical novel which I devoured.

What have you been reading this month?

*complimentary copy from the publisher via netgalley
**complimentary copy from the publisher