Sunday, 22 September 2019

*Love Lula: Clockface Beauty Massage Oil with Vetiver & Patchouli

*productsample sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. I'm a huge fan of Clockface Beauty's Hand & Cuticle Oil Roll on with Frankincense & Rose Otto (REVIEW) so knew I'd be in for a treat with their Massage Oil with Vetiver & Patchouli* (£25 - 30ml) which is a warming and comforting blend. It is definitely in the "treat yourself" category. 

The massage oil comes in a dropper bottle inside a fairly large cardboard box (I'd ditch the box).  The oil can be used for massage, as a body oil or as a bath oil (I do love a multi-use product!). It's expertly and lovingly blended to help aid rest, relaxation and recovery and is a formulation of 7 natural and organic essential oils.  Vetiver, Patchouli and Lavender promote healing and wellbeing for both the body and mind and it really is a luxurious treat for the skin and senses.

It's suitable for all skin types, contains 100% natural ingredients, is 99% organic. It does contain Sweet Almond Oil so isn't suitable for those with a nut allergy. 

To use - for massage, as a body oil or adding a few drops to your bath water.

I've really enjoyed using this luxurious massage oil which smells heavenly, melts instantly onto the skin, nourishing and nurturing it. What are your favourites from Clockface Beauty?

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Naturisimo: Beautifully Organic Discovery Box

I missed the last Naturisimo Discovery Box due to being on holiday so instantly snatched up the latest one (which is now out of stock). It's worth £102 and costed £17.95 so I knew I'd definitely have to pick it up.

The two items inside the box which really piqued my interest was absolution La Brume Systemique Face Mist, 125ml (which is worth £31!) The second, is Dr Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil, 30ml (which always has been a brand out of my price range). I'm so looking forward to trying this pair - reviews to come!

Also inside is:

Green People Vita Min Fix 24 Hour Cream, 30ml
Evolve Superfood Shine Shampoo, 50ml
Dr Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk, 10ml
Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil, 5ml
Bamford Refining Exfoliator, 3ml
Bamford Balancing Tonic, 3ml
Odylique Avocado 24 Hour Replenishing Cream, 1.5ml
Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm, 15g

Did you pick a box up?

Thursday, 19 September 2019

*Laidbare In Safe Hands Sunflower Hand Cream

#productsample I received Laidbare's In Safe Hands Sunflower Hand Cream* (50ml - £6.99) in my August* Love Lula Beauty Box (my post contains one affiliate link, and as ever my review is honest).

I've tried products from this lovely, quirky, affordable and effective UK brand before - my all time favourite being their delectable Butter Me Up which is an absolute luscious treat for the body (jasmine scented). See my review HERE.

The hand cream is intensely nourishing and perfect to use on dry hardworking hands as it absorbs instantly leaving the hand and nails feeling cared for and comfortable (and never greasy). The hand cream has a pleasant slightly herbal scent. 

Formulated with nourishing Shea Butter, moisturising Sunflower oil with strengthening and rejuvenating Vitamin C. To use: as often as required (you can also use it on your feet too - as you'll know I love a multi-use product!) 

What are your favourites from the brand?

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

*Laouta: Dark Resin All Natural Soy Wax Wood Wick Candle

*sent to me free of charge as a Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program member. All thoughts are genuine (there are no affiliate links). I've been trying Laouta's newest launch - their All Natural Soy Wax Wood Wick Candle in Dark Resin (£25 - 200g)* which is made with 100% Eco Soy Wax.

The candle comes presented in a recyclable box and the candle within is in a rustic handmade ceramic pot with a wooden wick which gives a nice crackling noise when burning. (there is a circle on the pot above the Laouta branding which I'm not sure is meant to be there or not! For me it spoils the look of the candle). The rim also has some black marks on it which for me, would make it a no-no for gifting.

The candle does look nice when burning.

I didn't find that there was much a throw with the scent (nor, for me did it smell of dark resin). The scent was more citrus/floral - I was expecting amber, patchouli and woods - so that's disappointing too. I also found it tunnelled rather than burning smoothly.

So, in summary unfortunately the candle is not for me - I prefer ones with a huge throw (and which smell of the scent you are expecting). I do however love Laouta's Beach Body Oil* and Repair Hair Oil* (see my review HERE). What's your favourites from the brand?

Monday, 16 September 2019

UpCircle Beauty: You Brew-ty Pamper Kit + Chai Soap Double Trouble

UpCircle Beauty formerly known at Optait (I loved their Coffee Body Scrub with Peppermint, and I'm relived to see it's still there!) have had a revamp and name change (and I'm loving the new packaging and name!)

I recently bought You Brew-ty Pamper Kit (£5.99) which is the perfect try me size/for travel and Chai Soap Double Trouble (which is currently reduced from £13.98 to £9.99).

Inside the pamper kit is sample sizes of the Body Scrubs, the Face Scrubs and the Face Serum (8g x Body Scrub - Peppermint, Lemongrass & Tangerine, 8g x Face Scrub - Floral, Herbal, Citrus plus 2ml sachet of Organic Face Serum).

Obviously I adore the Peppermint Body Scrub but the star of the pack was for me the new Award Winning Organic Face Serum with Coffee Oil which gave my skin a beautiful nourishing glow! Full size is of course on the wishlist!

The soaps are creamy, spicy and gently exfoliating (and did I say, their scents are incredible - chai and herbal tea springs to mind - they are of course made with residual chai spices) The soaps are long lasting and keep their shape, are 100% natural and suitable for use on the face and body.

I've been loving what I've recently tried. What are your favourites from UpCircle Beauty?

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Shopping my Stash #108

*productsamples Here's what I've been reaching for:

I ventured into the Japanfusion Skincare line in my last Beauty Pie order. I picked the much-raved Japanfusion Pure Transforming Cleanser (100ml - typical price £25, members pay £5.86). I'm enjoying it a lot - my skin feels really clean and comfortable after use - a review will be forthcoming. If you are interested you can sign up to Beauty Pie getting your first month free (worth £10) HERE.

Spotted on instagram is new to me brand Wild Natural Deodorant. I picked up their Lemon+Thyme deodorant (£10) which I'm really enjoying using - again, a review will be forthcoming!

My husband gifted me the much longed for and lusted Tom Daxon 13 Vial Complete Collection for my birthday this year. You can see my review HERE. They were all gorgeous to try but the two which made my heart really sing were Resin Sacra & Sicilian Wood (both of which are on my wishlist for full sizes!)

*I was very kindly sent two of NAKIN's products recently for review. I've been putting their Natural Anti-Ageing Eye Cream (15ml - £18) through its paces and been thoroughly enjoying it. Again, a review is forthcoming.

I totally fell head-over-heels for lovely award winning *BRUNS Products, a range of which I tested out and judged as a Beauty Shortlist Judge last year. You can see which products I adored which won awards HERE. I totally loved BRUN's Award Winning Tangy Mint Harsuffle (200ml - SEK279 - approx £24) which tames frizz, smoothes and protects the hair pre/post blow drying and which has a glorious minty scent. I definitely want to explore this brand more!

My final item is Neom's Scent to Sleep Nourish, Breath & Sleep Hand Balm which I picked up in a double set with the Day variety HERE. I love using this luscious rich balm before bed to calm and relax.

What have you been reaching for this week?

Saturday, 14 September 2019

*Love Lula Beauty Box: September 2019

*productsample Love Lula's September Beauty Box is worth £65 and contains a range of products I'm looking forward to using (some of which, I've used before!) As ever there's a code for a very generous discount of 25% for any of the brands in the box.

Inside this month are 4 full sizes!

From Madara there is their Infusion Vert Body Cream (200ml - £17) which is a lovely addition to this month's box.  It's got a beautiful lemon/herbal scent. I reviewed the matching hand cream* and body oil* HERE - I loved them so I'm looking forward to testing out the body cream.

I've tried Kathleen Natural's Tranquil Fields Bubble Bath (150ml - £18) before in last September's Skin Organic's Clean Beauty Box. I absolutely adore the matching Body Oil.

I'm still on the lookout for the perfect natural mascara so was over-the-moon to see Emani Vegan Cosmetics Soy Mascara in Midnight (10ml - £18) nestling in the box this month. It acts as both a mascara and lash treatment and I'm looking forward to trying it out.

From Balm Balm is their newest launch, Little Miracle Cleanser (30ml - £12) which I'm looking forward to testing out (I love affordable and effective Balm Balm). This nourishing cleanser will make short work of make up and daily grime leaving the skin feeling clean and comfortable.

The final item (in this great box) is a sachet of Urban Veda's Rose+Botanics Reviving Body Wash 10ml (which you can find in the sample selection for 25p - you can choose up to 5 samples (minimal charge) with a £10+ order.

Are you a subscriber? What are your thoughts on the contents this month?

Friday, 13 September 2019

Latest in Beauty: Balance - The Night-Time Edit

I couldn't resist Latest in Beauty's Balance - The Night-Time Edit box (which cost £33 for monthly members, £38 for non-members) in collaboration with Balance. The box is worth over £145! The product which initially caught my eye was Jurlique's new Limited Edition, Fragrant Rose Hand Cream (100ml - £29), a glorious and indulgent rosy cream - review to come!  

There are also 15 other items nestled within.  Pick yours up HERE (while stocks last).  There are of course some items which are not to my taste (and these will be passed on).

It's absolutely packed full!

From pukka is a box of their Night Time Organic Herbal Tea (20 tea bags - £2.59) which is a blend of organic oat flower, lime flower and lavender to help you unwind before bed. Happy to give these a try!

From Puressentiel there's a trial size spray (20ml) of their Rest & Relax Air Spray which calms and relaxes before bed. It contains 12 essential oils to comfort and calm. It's got a gorgeous lavender based aroma.

I've used Tisserand's effective Sleep Better Pulse Point roll-on before (10ml - £6.25) and found it to be a useful aid to ease restful sleep. 

I adore Dr Teal's and have used their super soothing Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Soothe & Sleep with Lavender before (1lb bag).  You can buy at Boots & Superdrug.

Huge fan of both This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray (mini) (there's also a code for 15% off you next purchase) and Weleda's Lavender Relaxing Body Oil (10ml).

I'm already a fan of Patchology and inside is their Down Time Moodpatch Eye Gel (single use - £3.20) which help to soothe and smooth the undereye area.

From Dr Botanicals is their Pomegranate Sleeping Mask (30ml - £9.90) which I've used before. It'll hydrate and nourish your skin while you sleep.

I'd just been talking about taking more magnesium so these Link Nutrition Magnesium Food Based Mineral Natural Health Supplements (£15.95 for 30 capsules) couldn't have come at a better time. The supplement encourages relaxation and regulates the body's stress response system. They also offer a 15% off your next purchase code.

I'm already a fan of Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm and inside is a 15g pot (£12). It's a one-pot-wonder suitable for all skin types enriched with provitamin A, Vitamin E and rosehip seed oil. It'll nourish and make the skin glow (they also offer a code for £10 off if you spend £30).

There's a 30 day free trial of Calm App with over 100 guided meditations, sleep stories and music to reduce stress and anxiety, calming the mind and body before sleep.

From Guinot their is a 15ml of the Gommage Biologic Exfoliating Gel which gently exfoliates the skin activating cellular regeneration.

And the star of the box - Jurlique's Limited Edition Fragrant Rose Hand Cream (100ml - £29) which is divine. Jurlique are offering 15% off your next purchase.

Moving on to the final items in the box..

I simply adore the self-heating eye masks from Spacemasks and was super pleased to see one in the box. There's also a hair mask from L'Oreal - Botanicals Fresh Care Arnica Repairing Mask (£2.99) and GLOV Make up Remover ECO (a re-usable make up removing glove).

It's a great box and review will follow for some of the items. Did you pick one up?

Thursday, 12 September 2019

*Live in the Light - AnnMarie Gianni Palo Santo Body Butter

*productsample I was very kindly sent a full size pot of one of the most exquisite body care product I've ever used by Live in the Light recently - AnnMarie Gianni Palo Santo Body Butter (200ml - £69.50) which truly is heaven in a jar! It's decadent, rich and luxurious and almost good enough to eat!

The Body Butter is formulated with Shea and Cocoa butters which soften and nourish, kukui and macadamia moisturise while hand selected essential oils of palo santo, cardamon, vetiver, nutmeg and pink peppercorn give the butter it's glorious and exotic scent - it really is incredible and unlike anything I've used before.

The texture of the body butter is meltingly thick and luscious and it absorbs instantly onto warm skin. It's truly a seriously pampering treat for the body and soul - it helps the body and mind to relax and unwind. 

To use: apply a small amount with your fingertips massaging until the body butter is absorbed.

As you'll probably have guessed I'm totally in love with it! And of course has a place in my top products of '19. Pick yours up HERE.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box: Organic September: September 2019

The Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box has gone bi-monthly and it was a real treat to receive September's box on Monday which is entitled "Organic September" (£25 plus p&p). Sign up HERE. I love the new branded boxes too.

Inside this month are 5 product (3 I've tried before, with 2 new ones). Terre Verdi's FranchouliPom Nourishing Face Serum (30ml - £38) is an expertly formulated and blended treat for all skin types. See my review HERE. I finished this ages ago so it'll be nice to try it out again.

From Casa Mencarelli we have a (15ml - £15) pot of their Award Winning Crema Di Pomodoro Tomato Night Cream & Cleanser which I reviewed HERE.

The final item this month which I've tried before is Botanicals Hands & Nails Replenishing Oil (10ml - £14) which I reviewed HERE (I'm kind of pleased to have this back in my stash as it's been so long since I've used it!)

The final two items in the box are new to me brands - Lovegrove Essentials and Verdant Alchemy (both of which I'd previously been eyeing up!) From Lovegrove Essentials is a mini toning mist (£4) and from Verdant Alchemy a pack of glorious Drift Off Bath Salts (I actually fell asleep in the bath on Monday night!) which are packed with essential oils of lavender, mandarin, patchouli and vetiver. These are worth £12 (100g).

Are you a subscriber? What are your thoughts on the goodies inside which are certified by The Soil Association for Organic September?

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

*NorthburN: Rebalance Luxury Bathing Salts & Room Spray

*ProductSamples I've had the real pleasure of trying latest scent launch at NorthburN in the form of their luxurious Luxury Bathing Salts (from £5) and their Room Spray (£10) in Rebalance - a gorgeous essential oil blend of Geranium, Neroli and Ylang. I've tried the Award winning luxury bathing salts (wonderful) before and you can see my review HERE.

Rebalance is uplifting as well as calming and soothing - it really is an exquisite scent. I like to use the room spray in my bedroom and hall to scent and refresh.

The Luxury Bathing Salts are dreamy (and such good value for money, they'd make an excellent small gift or secret santa present). Made with a blend of Pink Himalayan Salt, Cocoa Butter and a blend of essential oils - they really have the wow factor and are one of my all time favourite bath time treats.

You can also pick up Rebalance in candles and as a reed diffuser. Also check out Gift of the Month while stocks last.

What are your must-haves from NorthburN?

Monday, 9 September 2019

Papier: Mid Year/Academic Diary: Beauty Balm's Blog Planner

My blog planner ran out last month and having discovered Papier stocked mid year/academic diaries thought it would be the perfect planner (runs July 19 - June 20).  They also offer personalisation which is included in the cost (£21.99 plus p&p). Service was super quick and friendly and there are loads of designs to choose from (You can sign up to the newsletter for 15% off your first order).

Isn't it pretty!

Inside is monthly planning which is perfect for day-to-day planning at a glance (I wrote in my July blog posts).

There's also a handy section each month for monthly goals, to-do list, important dates and wish list.

There are also proper diary pages as well as lined, plain, dot and square pages (ideal for doodling or writing blog posts).

I'm absolutely thrilled with my new planner - it makes me smile every time I look at it. Pick yours up HERE.

Sunday, 8 September 2019

*Blue Tea Box: Tea Subscription

#productsample Blue Tea Box is a newish subscription on the block. I was delighted to try and review one of their Surprise Boxes as I'm a huge tea lover.

The teas are rare and single origin (loose leaf) from around the world. They are ethically sourced and freshly hand packed, letterbox friendly and come in Black, Herbal, Fruit, Green, and Connoisseur and you can chose what you like/don't like when it comes to taste.

The Blue Tea Box is suited to your needs - pick the teas according to your taste plus the frequency you'd like. You can also pause your subscription (for holidays etc). You can read more about the subscription process HERE.

I was very kindly sent a 3 x 45g (135g in total) subscription (surprise box, based on my taste preferences) which normally costs £12.99 a month (you'll get 54-108 cups of tea from this - you can use the leaves twice). The other option is a 75g single bag choice which costs £6.99 (30-60 cups). Each tea come with a useful information card.

Inside my letterbox friendly box was:

GREEN: Kaika Cherry Sencha which is from the Hunan Province in China. It has a subtle hint of roses and cherry and has floral and fruity taste. It's recommended to use 1tsp per cup and to brew for 1-3 minutes. This is delicious and perfect to drink any time during the day. This was one of my favourites.

BLACK: Twenty Four Seven which is from India and Kenya. The finest leaves are cut to produce a strong brew (this is a delicious full flavoured tea - and my favourite). A blend of Indian Assam and Kenyan Black teas. Use 1tsp per cup and brew for 4 minutes. Best enjoyed - any time of the day.

HERBAL: Herbal Detox Tisane is blended in Bath and is a blend of nettle tops, rooibos, chamomile flowers, mint leaves, ginger root, fennel, licquorice root, sage and peppermint. It's caffeine free and will help aid digestion and improve general health. Use 1tsp per cup and brew for 3-5 minutes. I found this tea to be delicious with fresh minty and herbal flavours!

It's the perfect gift for any tea lover (dare I say it, it'd make the perfect Christmas gift!) Find out more HERE. Huge thanks to Blue Tea Box for the sample box.

Saturday, 7 September 2019

*Awareness Organics: Rejuvenating Radiance Serum & Gua Sha

#productsample I've been trying Awareness Organic's Rejuvenating Radiance Serum (HK $690 - approx £71.62 for 15ml). Also available is 5ml (HK $259 - approx £26.88).

Founder, Stella (a Formula Botanica graduate) has created a very special product. The serum is formulated with carefully researched skin loving oils. Stella is a Lupus Warrior who has been fighting the disease for nearly 20 years understands how to calm inflamed skin using botanical ingredients. Awareness Organics also give back - 1% of sales to coolearth

Such gorgeous packaging! The serum box is embedded with mixed herb seeds which you can plant in a pot and watch them grow! Miron glass is used to protect the product from sunlight and help to prolong its life.  Stella also sent me a heart-shaped Jade Gua Sha Facial Tool (HKD $125 - £13) which can be used alone or along with the serum to help uplift and revitalise the skin which makes caring for your skin into a real daily ritual.

Rejuvenating Radiance Serum is an absolute joy to use (and the scent is beautiful). It's carefully formulated with Prickly Pear Seed Oil and Maracuja oils which help tighten the pores. The serum is rich in antioxidants and Linoleic Acid which protects and heals. Rosehip Seed and Argan oils rejuvenate and make the skin glow. Essential oils of Lavender, Bergamot, Rose Geranium and Jasmine uplift and calm as well as giving the serum a glorious scent.

To use: apply a few drops to your fingertips AM and PM massaging over face, neck and decolletage until absorbed. Can be used in conjunction with the gua sha.

Have you tried Awareness Organic's Rejuvenating Radiance Serum yet?