Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Latest Buys: Beauty Pie, Sunday Rain, Balm Balm, Pukka, Grazia, Latest in Beauty

Here's some of my recent purchases:

Beauty Pie's latest launch Super Healthy Skin Nourishing Body Wash which is a delight. It's got the same scent as their Nourishing Body Polish and Deluxe Moisture Body Creme. Use my LINK to get your first month's membership free (each month you pay your membership fee+members price products+p&p). This Body wash has a typical price of £25 - members pay £6.95. It's a HUGE 450ml too.

I spotted Vegan Sunday Rain in my local gift shop (it was in the Children's section, so didn't give it too much thought!) I then spotted Jane at British Beauty Blogger reviewing it and I realised it was for adults! So I dashed round and picked up their lush Exfoliating Cubes in fruity Watermelon (£4.95) and Watermelon Bubble Bath (£4.95). They both smell of juicy watermelon and sunny summer days - Lush!

Love Lula have some very generous pre-Christmas offers on - with one of them being 40% off Balm Balm with code BALMBALM40. I picked up some favourite Organic Essential Oils.

Pukka Christmas Calendar with 24 different tea bags to be enjoyed each day on the run up to Christmas. I picked this up at Waitrose for a tenner. I'm looking forward to this one.

A Grazia Advent Calendar! I picked this little beauty up from Latest in Beauty during their Halloween sale with 20% off. I have sneaked a couple of days products out for early use!

What have you been buying lately?

Tuesday, 12 November 2019

*Love Lula: Balmonds Intensive Facial Oil

*productsample I received Balmond's Intensive Facial Oil (30ml - £22) (formerly purepotions, isn't the re-brand lovely) in *October's Love Lula Beauty Box.  It's a real luxe treat for both the skin and senses.

It's a lush blend of skin loving oils chosen for their rejuvenating properties and made with the highest quality plant based ingredients. It's suitable for all skin types, all ages and Vegans.

The Intensive Facial Oil is formulated with a high proportion of pure rosehip oil, UK sourced cold pressed organic sunflower and calendula oils. It's scented with a deliciously lovely blend of lavender, palmarosa and Roman chamomile essential oils.

To use: it can be used on the face or body, it's ideal as a overnight treatment to deeply nourish and care for the skin (it's also perfect for stretch marks). You only need a few drops for nourished and calmed skin.

The range is free from parabens, petrochemicals, perfumes and it's perfect for dry or sensitive skin. Their bath & body oil is currently available as a Latest in Beauty pick.

Monday, 11 November 2019

*Love Lula Christmas: Lavera Sweet Moments Gift Set

*productsample sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. I love watching all the Christmas Gift Sets coming in Love Lula. This Lavera Set - Sweet Moments Gift Set costs £15.95 and includes two full size products making the set great value for money.

I was excited for the Limited Edition Christmas Scent - Sweet Plums & Vanilla but was left a little bit disappointed as there's just a whisper of scent - I don't really get much fruits at all and only a tiny bit of vanilla.  The products however are nice to use.

The body wash gently cleanses the skin leaving it feeling clean and comfortable while the body lotion absorbs instantly leaving the skin feeling nourished and hydrated.  What are your favourites from the brand?

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Beauty Pie Review: Month #11

Here are my picks for month #11 from Beauty Pie. Remember you can get your first month free (worth £10 - See HERE) (with members cost for products+postage on top). I'm currently on the £15 a month membership which enables me to buy up to £150's worth a month (I don't always spend it, and it can roll over to the next again month). I'm saving some for the Christmas goodies!

This month I've made two orders:

I absolutely love Jeju Skincare and my dry winter skin is loving Jeju Daily AM/PM Moisture Superinfusion (Typical Price - £70 - members pay £8.87). This has been repackaged but is still the same lovely formula. A review to come!  

My second pick is my first Future Lipstick Luxe Shine in one of the new shades - Dusky Rose (my lips but better type of shade). This is worth £25 and members pay £6.28). This is a really pretty shade, feels nice on the lips and smells of marshmallows - definitely want to explore more of the shades!

My third pick this month is the brand-new, just-out Super Healthy Skin Nourishing Body Wash (Typical Price £25 - members pay £6.95). This is a huge 450ml which will last for ages! (I'm currently using Nuxe's which is a 400ml size and has lasted 7 months so far (I haven't been using it solely tho!) It has the same exquisite scent as the Body Polish (REVIEW) and the Body Creme (REVIEW). I know I'm going to love it. Review to come.

What are your top picks from Beauty Pie?

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box: Sleep Retreat: November 2019

The Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box went bi-monthly after the July Box which means you'll now get a box in January, March, May, July, September and November). So something to look forward to when January is long, you're skint and it's cold!

November's box "Sleep Retreat" is absolutely fantastic and one of my favourite boxes this year. Nestled inside are 3 new to me brands (yes, really!). And now for a closer look...

WOW just WOW!

From new to me brand, Lunar & Lux we have their Mama Moon Botanical Candle (£8.99) which apart from looking exquisite smells glorious. It's scented with Lavender and chamomile and contains a rose crystal quartz which has been charged and cleansed with sage under the full moon. I'm looking forward to burning it (I also love the crackly wooden wick!)

From yet another new to me brand Haoma (squeals) we have a handmade bar of Lavender Soap (£8). I love the minimal packaging too. You can use this on hands, body and face. A review will be forthcoming. It smells glorious.

The final new-to-me brand is NISKAMA which is handcrafted in Cornwall in small batches. Inside is their Dry Skin Relief Body Balm with Lavender and Ylang Ylang 50g (£6.50). It's packed full of nourishing butters and oils and delicately scented with lavender and ylang ylang. It's gorgeous!

I've used these gorgeous Bath Salts for Inner Peace by ila spa many times. Inside is 200g bag which is worth £20. These take bathing to another level. Stress and anxiety is gone and in its place is calmness and serenity. I'm grateful to have them back in my stash!

Last, but no means least is Ezape Naturals newest launch their Ylang Ylang & Lavender Body Oil 50ml (£13). I've got one of these I bought, one from another beauty box and now this one! It's a lush blend of skin loving oils scented with Ylang Ylang and Lavender. It's perfect for my very dry winter skin. A review to come!

Are you a Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box subscriber? What are your thoughts on the contents this month?

Friday, 8 November 2019

Latest in Beauty: Ecooking Cleansing Gel

This Ecooking Cleansing Gel (50ml) which I received as a Latest in Beauty pick is absolutely fantastic (each month I'm stocking up on another, until they run out that is!) I'd heard of the brand previously but until now, hadn't tried anything - I definitely want to explore it more.

The brand was initially made at founder, Tina's kitchen table, for herself and friends before launching in 2015 in Denmark.  The range is everyday luxury, is natural and organic, paraben free and Vegan. 

It's my to-go-to in my morning shower for an instant refresh with cooling cucumber and aloe vera. It also melts dirt, impurities and make-up, balancing and hydrating while gently cleansing. 

What favourites have you discovered as a Latest in Beauty pick?

Thursday, 7 November 2019

*D’ALCHÉMY Spectacular Hand Therapy & Age Defying Body Cream

*productsamples I'm a huge fan of D’ALCHÉMY Skincare having previously loved their *Age Cancellation Booster Travel Pack for oily/mixed skin types. I've also reviewed their lush Essential Body Balm mini HEREI was recently sent a gorgeously wrapped box of goodies* which I've loved using. 

Inside my parcel:

I'd tried a sachet sample of *Spectacular Hand Therapy 30ml (£29) so knew my dry hands loved it. It comes packaged in a recyclable box and the hand cream is in an easy to use tube. I love the simple and sleek packaging.

The Hand Therapy, which has a cream/gel type texture absorbs almost instantly onto dry hands and has a delectable citrus type scent (mandarin, grapefruit, sandalwood, vanilla). Hands are left feeling deeply hydrated, silky smooth and smelling gorgeous! It's formulated with lots of skin loving ingredients including beautiful scented oils and hydrosols and is quite honestly one of the best hand creams I've ever used. 

*Age Defying Body Cream (100ml - £47.90) is a luxuriously rich cream which is a joy to use. Creamy and nourishing it is perfect to use after your bath or shower for nourished, toned and delicately scented skin. It's perfect for mature, dry, dehydrated and sensitive skins and is scented with vanilla and lavender - just great to slather on after your bedtime bath or shower. 

I've totally fallen head-over-heels for these products and this brand. What are your must-haves?

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Miller Harris Perfumer: Perfume Samples

Miller Harris are currently offering 3 x 2ml EdP boxed samples for a tenner including p&p (and a 10% code for a full size bottle) which is a great way to try before you buy.

My first two picks were two of their brand new perfumes - Secret Gardenia, a lush and heady creamy floral which is beautiful. It has head notes of Bergamot, Yuzu, Aqual and Nashi Pear, a heart of Gardenia, Jasmin abs, Ylang Ylang and Violet with a lasting impressions of Driftwood, Creamy Sandalwood, Cedarwood and Musk.

Also a delight is Sublime Blossom, a bouquet of peach flowers and neroli blooms. It has head notes of Bergamot, Lemon, Sweet Orange and Neroli. With a heart of Jasmine abs, Orange Blossom abs, Freesia, Privet Flower, Honeysuckle and Ylang Ylang with lasting impressions of Sandalwood, Ambergris, Driftwood, Sweet Musks and Vanilla.

And you know the drill, I now want both of these full size!

My third pick was DANCE amongst the Lace which captures the freshness and unique scent of cow parsley also known as Queen Anne's Lace. It has a bright and breezy freshness with a base of vetiver and moss. With head notes of Red berries, Cardamon, Spearmint, Peppermint, Lime and Verbena, heart notes of Bergamot, Fennel, Angelica, Geranium Bourbon and Blackcurrant with lasting impressions of Vetiver, Sandalwood, Moss, Musk and Myrrh Resin.

See my reviews:

Citron Citron HERE
Rose Silence HERE

I'm also a huge fan of: Vetiver InsolentLumière DoréeViolet Ida and Peau Santal.

What are your favourites from Miller Harris?

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Naturisimo Christmas Wishlist

Naturisimo's Christmas Store landed the other day and after excitedly checking it all out these are the ones on my Christmas Wishlist:
Aromatherapy Associates Serene Sleep Collection (worth £51) costing £39 - I love the look of the green velvet pouch! Inside you'll find a 250ml Relax Body Wash, 10ml Deep Relax Rollerball and 9ml Light Relax Bath & Shower Oil. 

NEOM Beauty Sleep in a Box £28 which includes Perfect Night's Sleep Face Oil 5ml, Perfect Night's Sleep Pillow Mist 5ml and a Tranquility Scented Eye Mask. I need all the help I can get to get a perfect night's sleep.

Jane Iredale's 12 days of Clean Beauty £69.95 looks epic! Inside you'll find deluxe minis including Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain, LipDrink Lip Balm, PureLash Extender & Conditioner and HandDrink Hand Cream to name a few. The box is worth £129.

Oskia The Cracker £14 contains a 5.5ml mini of their Restoration Oil.

New from Rahua this year is their Customisable Daily Hair Care Kit £40 inside you'll find their hair care mini size - 8 x 22ml.

NEOM's Scents of Wellbeing £45 inside are 3 x 75g candles in Christmas wish (mandarin, cinnamon, tonka bean), Perfect Peace (pine, myrrh, lime) and Precious moments (vetivert, black pepper and ginger).

What's on your Naturisimo wishlist?

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Shopping My Stash #109

It's been a while since I last shopped my stash (I'll be doing this a lot more as from January as I'm going to really limit my spending). I'll be keeping my Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box however (although this is every 2 months now) and my Beauty Pie (but trying not to buy every month). As ever, products marked * I've been given free for review.

And so, here's what I've been reaching for:

From Beauty Pie I've been loving their Wondergloss Lip Oil in Nude Nectar (typical price £26 - members pay £4.82). Sign up to get your first month free using my LINK. The Lip Oil gives a barely there your lips but better look, with a slightly glossy sheen and it feels nice on the lips (my only negative is I'm not keen on the scent).

From *nk naturals we have their Autumn Season Oil which I was gifted as part of a set of all the seasons. It's absolutely fantastic and my skin's loving it. A review is forthcoming of the set (fabulous).

I adore Jo by Jo Loves which my friend Julie very kindly gifted me for my birthday in April. It's simply stunning. See my review HERE. I love it's uplifting fruity and minty notes with a woody and vetiver base. Just perfect.

I first discovered Cocorosa Beauty in my February Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box and fell head over heels for their gorgeous Egyptian Neroli Cleansing Oil which I rushed out and bought full size of.  It really is a luxurious treat for the skin and senses (and scented with glorious neroli which I love).

My final item is from Nioxin is their 3D Intensive Density Defend for Coloured Hair which was recommended as a treatment by my hairdresser. The foam strengthens and I've found it has improved the frizzy bits my hair is plagued with as well as helping to retain colour.  I'm pretty impressed with this as it does what it says on the tin!

What have you been reaching for lately?

Thursday, 31 October 2019

October Book Round-Up

Here's what I've been reading in October. And yes, I'm still behind on my Goodreads challenge, oh well! *copies from the Publisher via Netgalley/direct from the Publisher.

*Blood Rites (DI Kelly Porter #6) by Rachel Lynch - A young woman is found naked and mute at an ancient stone circle by a local man and his family. While DI Kelly Porter and the Team look into it the girl disappears and the case unfortunately is put on the backburner.

We also watch Kelly's personal life develop with the loveable Johnny, excitement about their forthcoming sailing trip, her new relationship with her dad, developing a relationship with Johnny's daughter while still missing her mum and being estranged from her sister.  She's also receiving disturbing letters from someone evil whom she put away on a previous case - she doesn't know how they know so much about the case she's investigating now...

Kelly and the Team are investigating the murder of a local woman and as they delve further it seems that the death is linked to Pagan rituals and witchcraft with the murderer having left a specific mark on her body. There is another death which seems to be connected (it's totally grisly - I was having nightmares about it!) and a tragic accident involving someone close to Johnny.

It's an absolutely brilliant read which I totally devoured in a couple of sittings. Roll on the next one.

Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid -  this is a quick read. Carrie find out that her husband is having an affair with David's wife and feels it's in his interest to know about it, thinking they can support each other.

What follows is a conversation in letter form in which they open up to each other and they actually also meet in person! I loved the very unexpected twist! Would recommend.

*Broken Souls (DI Lottie Parker #7) by Patricia Gibney - Cara Dunne, a jilted bride is found hanged wearing her wedding dress. Later that day, bride-to-be, Fiona Heffernan seems to have jumped to her death from the roof of the nursing home where she worked leaving behind her young daughter, Lily. Lily, the love of her life whom she'd never have left...

DI Lottie Parker and the Team need to find out if these woman have committed suicide and why, and if not, who murdered them and why. They also need to find Lily. Her father, Fiona's ex is breathing down their neck along with Lottie's pain of a boss..

Boyd seems to be hiding something and it's worrying Lottie. He says he's fine but she knows better. It's niggling her and she won't rest until she finds out. She's got the usual ups-and-downs with the kids, her mother and half brother - who seems intent on worming his way into their lives which displeases her a lot.

The race is on to find the killer and there are some surprising twists and turns along the way with other storylines weaved in which come clearer as you read on. As ever, a brilliant story. There is something left hanging however which will hopefully become clearer in the next book.

Talk to Me by Roseanne Beck - I came across this easy reading novel quite by accident on Amazon. Austin's car accident has ruined his life. He's had to give up the job he loves and the home he's restoring. He moves away from his friends and all that he knows.

Laura is missing her brother Steven who killed himself. They were best friends as well as business partners. She ends up meeting Austin when over visiting her aunt as he's her next door neighbour. They become buddies and she finds out he's got a special gift which enables her to hear from Steven on the other side...

She thinks its safer for all concerned if they remain friends although there's definite sparks flying. I loved watching their romance blossom. A funny and heartwarming read which I really enjoyed.

Inside Broadmoor by Jonathan Levi & Emma French - I found this book fascinating (I also watched the TV programme a while back about Broadmoor). It opened as an asylum for the criminally insane in 1863 and has housed some famous patients including Peter Sutcliffe, Jack the Ripper, Charles Bronson and Ronnie Kray.

The story isn't really about them but touches more on the history of Broadmoor, interviews with the staff and patients, an overview of the admissions procedure and the wards and what it's like to be a patient there as well as thoughts about leaving the old building behind for the new build next door. An interesting read.

*Eden Interrupted by Beverley Harvey - I did find it nice to be back in Eden Hill having loved Seeking Eden which I read in November '17

90s rock star, Ben Wilde and his wife Lisa return from honeymoon and their romantic bubble bursts when they have to babysit her mother after she has an accident. Ben also finds out he's going on tour again and is worried about how Lisa will take this. 

Lisa befriends her neighbour Rosemary, who seems really down to earth and whose husband, Nigel works away a lot. It's her that visits Nigel's mum who has dementia and we find she really cares about her, a lot more than her son does! They also have a little daughter, Iris. 

Divorced mum, Chloe takes over the coffee shop and her son Jake forms a friendship with a local girl who has a very attractive single dad! New to Eden Hill, but not the series, are Jan and Martin Bevan who are going through life changes. Martin seems to have a lot of time for Jake, which helps to keep him on the straight and narrow.  

I loved how all the stories intertwine and it was always just one more chapter! The book reads so easily and I was totally engrossed in their lives! So recommend.

My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams - I found the story of con artist, Anna Delvey absolutely fascinating and read the book in a couple of days. Vanity Fair photo editor, Rachel DeLoache Williams's new friend Anna is a wealthy German Heiress and is fun to be around. She's also very generous paying for Rachel to enjoy dinners at Le Coucou, drinks at 11 Howard Library Bar and regular workout sessions with a celeb Personal Trainer.

Anna proposes an all-expenses paid trip to Marrakech staying at the 5* La Mamounia Hotel. They have a fabulously luxurious trip and things start to go wrong when Anna's credit card fails and Rachel finds herself footing the bill for the luxury stay... you can feel the tension and worry on Rachel's part!

Back in New York Anna has still not paid her back and Rachel discovers that Anna has left unpaid bills wherever she goes... I felt Rachel left things drag on too long before she takes matters into her own hands and approach the authorities. It's a fabulous read, which left me open mouthed at times but which I couldn't put down. 

*The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown - I found this a fascinating and interesting read. Dr Amanda Brown left a cosy set up as a local GP in a practice she set up to work firstly at a Young Offenders' Institution, then Wormwood Scrubs and then to HMP Bronzefield, a prison for women where she currently works.

We hear about the people she treats, the violence, drugs, suicides, attempted suicides, self-harm etc. The real people with their very real stories. There are plenty of laugh out loud moments which are interspersed with sadness as well as hope. She's an absolute inspiration and I loved reading her story. Would recommend.

*A Bit of a Stretch - The Diaries of a Prisoner by Chris Atkins - this book isn't published until next year so I'll share my review then. I will however say I found it absolutely fascinating, interesting, funny in bits, scary, eye-opening and well worth a read. 

What have you been reading this month?

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

October: Lately I've Been Loving

If it's marked * I've receive a product complimentary. Here's what I've been loving in October:

*I'm currently testing out nknaturals new Season Oils kit which is fantastic. Expect a review very soon.

Picking up these gorgeous cards from Sarah at Eyeshoot Photography. The cards are beautiful and the packaging exquisite.

Enjoying the gorgeous Violet Ida EdP by Miller Harris which was inspired by Graham Greene's book Brighton Rock. It's powdery, sweet and floral and unlike anything in my perfume collection. See my Instagram post HERE.  A full review is to come!

Picking up a copy of Oh Magazine (formerly Oh Comely) at Pics & Ink. I love these lifestyle mags and find them a really nice occasional treat. Postage (£2 per mag) is super quick and there's a great range of titles available.

We've been enjoying a simple recipe from Delicious magazine - figs with blue cheese, wrapped in parma ham with a splash of balsamic vinegar and white wine before being baked in the oven and served with crusty bread (pic is before they are baked). They are truly delicious!

*I've fallen head-over-heels for this gorgeous Lucky Cloud Skincare Restore Candle which is refreshing, uplifting and helps to fill your room with delicious herbal notes. See my review HERE.

What have you been loving this month?