Sunday, 21 October 2018

Love Lula: ZOJO Beauty Elixirs: The BIKINI BODY Formula

I've been testing out ZOJO Beauty Elixirs The BIKINI BODY Formula (£17 - 35g - 7 days worth)*. I can honestly say it's fantastic (I love the packaging too!) It has easily become a morning ritual and I'm excited to try others from the range too - GORGEOUS* and SUPERGREENS (expect reviews soon!)

I've never personally found a supplement which suits my lifestyle or I take regularly. The ZOJO Beauty Elixirs are easy to fit into your daily life. Formulated with organically grown adaptogens, potent plants and superfoods and 100% organic. They also taste great and are easy to blend into juice, milk or smoothies.

ZOJO say "introduce this beauty elixir into your daily diet and you'll be able to unveil your body with real confidence".

It'll improve your metabolism, support your digestive system, speed up fat burning, increase collagen production, decrease your appetite and regulate blood sugar levels. 

I think I'd need to take the supplement for a longer period of time to see huge differences but I'm impressed with the improvements in my gut health and overall vitality.

Mix 5g of powder into your chosen liquid and enjoy! 

Have you tried ZOJO Beauty Elixirs yet?

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

Friday, 19 October 2018

New In: Kiss the Moon Pure Essential Oil Soap

I've had the real pleasure of trying Kiss the Moon's latest launch Pure Essential Oil Soap*. This weekend is their 4th Birthday - Many Happy Returns! There's 25% off this weekend so now's the time to grab your soaps and other necessities! (£6.75 instead of £9 - I may be stocking up!)

I was sent GLOW Pure Essential Oil Soap with Orange & Geranium 100g*. I love how beautifully wrapped the soaps are and they'd make the perfect small gift if you can bear to part with them! I love that they are wrapped in compostable glassine paper too. 

The soaps are made by hand in England using traditional methods and contain no artificial colours, perfumes or preservatives.  I've found the one I tested to be a totally luxurious treat, it smells glorious, lathers well and leaves the skin delicately scented and nourished.

To use: massage onto wet skin, lather and rinse.

Pick yours up HERE.


Thursday, 18 October 2018

Review: Yellow Gorse

I recently came across Yellow Gorse, a beautiful handcrafted range of luscious products handmade in small batches in Dorset formulated with ethical, vegan, natural and nourishing ingredients and of course I couldn't resist a small purchase! 

The packaging is exquisite and all recyclable or reusable and carefully put together. I picked 3 products:

Chai Tea Scrub (£3.50 - 45g) is almost good enough to eat! With a rich and aromatic scent the scrub is a joy to use. This invigorating scrub is perfect to use in the morning for a wake up call. With just the right amount of "scrubbiness" and a delectable scent of rosemary, orange, ginger grass and cinnamon.

To use: dampen scrub with warm water before massaging it onto the skin.

Frankincense/Bergamot Calm Balm (£4.80 - 20g) is presented in a vintage style tin and can be used to de-stress and calm on the go. The uplifting and relaxing balm contains frankincense which helps to slow down breathing, bergamot which eases stress with a drop of calming lavender. Nourishing botanical oils, butters and beeswax soften and feed the skin.

To use: apply as needed on temples and wrists throughout the day.

The third item I selected is Chamomile & Calendula Sleep Balm (£6.80 - 15ml) which is formulated with soothing roman chamomile, calming & healing azulene and calendula and safflower oils to aid sleep and nourish the skin while sleeping. It's got a beautiful gentle and calming scent. 

To use: apply to pulse points, hands, bottoms of the feet and face and neck.

The products are simply exquisite, have been carefully and lovingly formulated and I can't wait to try more from the RANGE.

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Review: Casa Mencarelli

I've had the real pleasure of trying Casa Mencarelli which is certified organic by the Soil Association. The range is created and formulated by founder Lucia. She personally developed multiple chemical sensitivity and started to make her own organic range.

Formulated with clean and organic ingredients the range will care for and nourish your skin leaving it looking glowy and healthy. Ingredients are inspired by the founder's childhood in Italy include Olive Oil, Tomato Seed Oil, Lemon, Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil, Honey and Green Clay Powder to name a few. The products have a "natural" and "earthy" type scent.

SICILIA Lemon & Clay Face Mask & Scrub (12g - £8, 80g - £25)* the smaller of size of which came in my August Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box (it was my first try of this gorgeous brand). 

Formulated with pure Sicilian Green Clay and Lemon Peel Powder the mask/scrub will gently remove dead skin cells, impurities and leave your skin looking glowy and cared for.

To use: to activate the mask mix 1-2 tsp of powder with a teaspoon of mineral water or Honey & Orange Toner to make a paste. Apply to the skin leaving on for up to 10 minutes before rinsing.

SOLE E MARE Sea Buckthorn Serum (15ml - £18, 100ml - £65)* and is one of my favourites from the range.  The serum is very rich in anti-oxidants such as Beta Carotene, Vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids Omegas 3, 5, 6, 7 and 9 which help to repair and regenerate.

Deeply nourishing the serum hydrates, plumps out fine lines and wrinkles and increases collagen production. Soothing and repairing it will help to restore suppleness and radiance.

To use: rub a pump between your palms before pressing it onto your face and neck.

ACQUA DI MIELE Honey & Orange Toner (15ml - £8, 100ml - £30)* which instantly refreshes the skin. Formulated with Organic Orange Blossom hydrosol and fine Italian Organic honey. It has a sweet floral scent.

To use: apply to a cotton pad, sweeping over the face and neck (avoiding the eye area).

CREMA DI POMODORO Nourishing Tomato Night Cream & Cleanser (15ml - £15, 60ml - £45)* as you'll know I love a multi-purpose product and this one can be used as a night cream or cleanser.  It'll hydrate, protect and nourish. Rich in anti-oxidants, essential fatty acids, vitamins and carotenes, lycopene and phytosterols. 

To use: as a cream cleanser with a warmed wet cloth to remove make up and daily grime or as a rich and nourishing night cream. 

It has a fruity, earthy and herbal aroma. Wake up with beautiful soft skin!

The final item in the range I've been trying out is their BELLISSIMA BALM Sea Buckthorn Balm (15ml - £15, 60ml - £45) which is perfect if your skin needs a little bit more nourishment. Ideal for dry, mature and sensitive skin types (it's also great for knees, elbows and feet). It's packed full of good things for the skin making it ideal if your skin needs some TLC.

To use: apply a small amount to cleansed face and neck. Can also be used for other dry skin areas, as a lip balm or moisturising mask.

I love that the whole range is available is smaller sizes which are great for try me or for holidays. Pick yours up HERE. I've been so impressed with this beautiful new brand.  Have your  tried any products from Casa Mencarelli? If so, what are your favourites?


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Sandwick Bay Candles: Subscription Corner: October: Toasted Marshmallow

The monthly subscription by Sandwick Bay Candles has been on my radar for a while - this month I took the plunge and signed up! (it costs £22 a month including a beautiful personalised gift box and postage & packing and you can cancel at anytime). Sign up HERE.

As this month was my first one I got a lovely and unexpected welcome gift - a candle wick trimmer (I've always wanted one of these!) You also get a very informative note regarding your subscription and the goodies inside.

As well as your candle you get an extra treat and this month it's a s'more from Katy Cloud Marshmallows and yes it was delicious as well as being the perfect complement to this month's toasted marshmallow candle.

The 100% natural soy wax candle is presented in a glass jar with label and it smells glorious - sweet, creamy and almost edible!  The candles are hand made with love and care by founder Megan in Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides. You can see my previous review of their Chai Latte Candle HERE.

I think this subscription makes a nice change from beauty and I can't wait to see what next month brings!

Monday, 15 October 2018

Love Lula: Neal's Yard Remedies: Prepare for Bed Night Time Gift

I'm always excited when I see Christmas gifts arriving at Love Lula. This month as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program I picked up my first gift set - Neal's Yard Remedies Prepare for Bed Night Time Gift (£12.50)*.

The gift set comes in a pretty recyclable cardboard box and the products inside are generously wrapped in tissue (there's also a sheet of tissue nestled inside to wrap the box - which I think is a nice touch).

Inside is:

Remedies to Roll for Relaxation 9ml
Goodnight Pillow Mist 8ml

Ingredients are sustainable, ethical and fair trade and the organic English Lavender was selected with expert advice from the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew and is especially grown for Neal's Yard Remedies in Hampshire. 

Remedies to Roll for Relaxation is a pocket friendly roll on aromatherapy blend which help to relax your body and mind before bed. It can also be used throughout the day to ease stress and tension. Blended with Lavender, Bergamot & Frankincense to soothe and relax.

To use: roll onto temples and wrists breathing in the calming scent.

Goodnight Pillow Mist is an award winning sleep aid which will improve your sleep from first use. Formulated with organic Lavender, Vetiver and Mandarin essential oils it will promote a feeling of calm and relaxation.

To use: spritz 1-3 times around the bedroom just before bed and lightly over your pillow.

I think this duo is fab. I suffer from stress and anxiety and have found myself to be more relaxed. It's a great treat to yourself, a gorgeous secret santa gift or Christmas gift.

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. My post contains 1 affilate link.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

ILA Try Me Box

I'm a sucker for try-me sizes and samples and couldn't resist Ila Spa's new Try Me Box (£28) which is stuffed full of a range of products to sample. I did have issues receiving my box however (I ordered on 1 October and it didn't arrive until the 12th). The couriers, DHL were very supportive however.

It's really a lovely selection and great for holidays/weekends away too.

ila Hyrdrolat Toner for Hydrating Skin 30mlila Cleansing Milk for Natural Beauty 30ml (REVIEW)

ila Body Cream for Vital Energy 50g (this is a new try)

ila Cleansing Bath Salts 50g (I've used these before and loved them)

Both of these products are new to me:

ila mini fragrant candle for higher energy (which has an orange blossom scent - I'm looking forward to lighting this!) and three ila incense sticks for aroma, purity or peace.

The final items in the try me box is a selection of samples, mainly of products I haven't tried before: 

Day Cream for Glowing Radiance 2ml, Face Oil for Glowing Radiance 2ml (REVIEW), Body Oil for Vital Energy 4ml, Body Oil for Inner Peace 4ml, Night Cream for Renewed Recovery 2ml, Eye Serum for Renewed Recovery 2ml, Body Cream for Vital Energy 4mlGold Cellular Age-Restore Face Serum 2ml and Gold Cellular Age-Restore Cleanser 2ml.

It's a great set which gives the customer a real flavour of ILA (oh and I love the samples I got free with my order!)

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Sisley Beauty Subscription: Sun Never Sets

My Sisley Beauty Subscription arrived the other day. This month the theme is "Sun Never Sets" and Sisley says "Even with Autumn well on it's way, don't give up on a luminous glow". October's picks will provide radiance and shine throughout the month.

Inside this month is:

Sisleya Essential Skin Care Lotion 15ml
Sisleya L'Integral Anti-Age 5ml
Hair Rituel Revitalising Straightening Shampoo 8ml
Sisleya Le Teint 3R Peach 1.5ml
Soir D'Orient EdP 1.4ml

I'll share my thoughts as I use them up (in empties posts). Sign up for £35 for 6 months or £70 for 12 HERE.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Love Lula: Beauty Box: October 2018

It's always an exciting day when my Love Lula Beauty Box* arrives. This month it's worth £54.

I'm absolutely obsessed with charcoal in beauty products at the moment (so good for my shiny t-zone) and inside is a luxury trial size 12.5ml of Madara's new Charcoal & Mud Repair Mask which will purify, remove impurities and pollution build up. I'm looking forward to trying this! Also from Madara is a trio of 2ml sample sachets - Anti-Pollution CC Cream SPF15 in Light Beige and Medium Beige and Age Defying Sunscreen SPF30 - again I'm looking forward to trying these.

From Lyonsleaf is a 30ml pot of their fab Beauty Balm (REVIEW) it'll be nice to revisit. Also included is one of their 100% Cotton Muslin Cloths.

The final item is a full size Body & Massage Oil from Kathleen Natural, 100ml of their Tranquil Fields Body & Massage Oil which is scented with Lavender, Frankincense, and Vanilla. Edit: this is glorious. I tried it last night and am totally in love!

I'm excited to try everything and will have reviews up shortly. What are your thoughts on this month's beauty box?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program, all thoughts are genuine.

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Guiltless Skin: Nourish Organic Body Oil with Citrus Fruits

I've been testing out Guiltless Skin's gorgeous Nourish Organic Body Oil with Citrus Fruits (£26 - 100ml)* which is made with certified organic oils and is plant based, Vegan and cruelty free.

Formulated with skin loving oils including Pomegranate Seed (regenerating and promotes elasticity), Pumpkin Seed (high in Zinc, helps to firm, tone and tighten) Walnut (for soft and supple skin) and Camelina Seed (rich in Omegas 3 & 6 and helps improve elasticity) and the body oil is infused with zesty organic Bergamot and Sweet Orange Essential Oils. 

To use: massage a few drops (recyclable pump action bottle) onto damp or dry skin in circular motions.

My thoughts? I absolutely love this rich and luxurious dry oil which deeply hydrates the skin leaving it delicately scented and nourished - it's truly beautiful! Pick yours up HERE.

See my previous Guiltless Skin review HERE.

*sent to me for review (I love it!)

Monday, 8 October 2018

Love Lula: Pierre de Plaisir Scrubbing Stone for Body

I've been testing out Pierre de Plaisir Scrubbing Stone for Body (£12.99 - 90g)* which is a unique and innovative exfoliator which you use wet with your shower gel for soft and smooth skin. The stone is handmade of natural ingredients and can be used on the body, feet, hands, knees and elbows.

To use: 2-3 times a week depending on type and sensitivity of your skin. Use wet with soap or shower gel. Lather soap or shower gel over the skin before massaging the wet stone over the skin (scrubbing intensity can be varied depending on the area). Thighs, Calves, Buttocks, Feet - Standard Scrubbing and Face, Back, Shoulders, Chest, Hands and Stomach should be soft scrubbing.

I've found my skin is definitely smoother and softer but I haven't noticed any improvement in my cellulite, for instance. I'll definitely keep using it and let you know if I see an improved difference over time.

Have you used one of the scrubbing stones for Face or Body?

*sent to me as part of the love lula accredited blogger program. My post contains one affiliate link

Sunday, 7 October 2018

MONO Naturoils Review

I've had the real pleasure to try two of MONO Naturoils best-selling products - their Tranquility Blue Tansy Balm (£42 - 15ml)* and a sample of Serenity Blue Tansy Facial Oil (5ml - £14, 20ml - £49)*. Both product are exquisite, effective and good for the skin and soul (and I can't wait to try more from the range).

Tranquility Blue Tansy Balm is suitable for normal, dry, combo, mature, irritated and sensitive skin types. It's a super luxe product and a little goes a long way (and look at it's beautiful blue colour - it's the little things which make the heart sing!) The scent is relaxing, calming, fruity and earthy and the balm will melt on contact with warm skin making it easy to massage lightly onto the skin.

Formulated with anti-inflammatory and calming Blue Tansy, relaxing German Chamomile and Andiroba, cooling and moisturising Babassu, Capuacu helps to fight free radicals while Camellia rejuvenates, moisturising and strengthening Murumura along with healing and soothing Calendula, Mafura and Yarrow.

It'll penetrate all the skin's layers healing and nourishing and encouraging regeneration and elasticity. It plumps, moisturises, softens and leaves the skin looking glowy.  The balm is infused with the soothing vibrational energy of aquamarine.

Depending on handcrafted batches the balm can be lighter sea green to teal to deeper blue. Violet glass jars help to block out harmful rays.

To use: warm a small amount on the fingertips before massaging onto clean skin.

Serenity Blue Tansy Facial Oil is suitable for all skin types. It'll nourish, protect and moisturise the skin. Supercharged with powerful anti-inflammatories which will keep the skin calm and radiant.  Lines and wrinkles are softened, skin tone and texture is improved, skin is plumped and nourished and the mind is relaxed and calm.

The scent can vary depending on batch and time of year - but it should be sweet, earthy and herbaceous, maybe fruity and zesty. Again, the product is infused with the crystal energy of Aquamarine.

Formulated with Passionfruit which nourishes, rejuvenates and hydrates, glow inducing Camellia, healing and anti-inflammatory Calendula, Olive Squalane improves elasticity and regenerates, Sweet Almond nourishes, moisturises and protects, anti-inflammatory Andiroba, soothing Blue Tansy and calming German Chamomile.

To use: use at night after cleansing. Warm 2 - 4 drops in palm and massage onto the face and neck.

A nice touch is that you can request a sample with your order - more companies should do this!

What's your favourite product from MONO Naturoils?


Saturday, 6 October 2018

Naturisimo: Vegan Discovery Box

You'll know how I love Naturisimo's Discovery boxes so couldn't resist their latest one - Vegan Discovery Box (worth £50) and costing £17.95 including p&p.

It's absolutely jam packed!

And for a closer look..

Inside is 11 travel and sample sizes:

From Pacifica, a brand I've been liking quite a lot recently is 29ml of their Tuscan Blood Orange Body Butter which smells glorious, almost mouthwatering. I'm looking forward to trying this.

From old favourite Bamford (used to get this a lot in Latest in Beauty boxes) is 100ml of their Geranium, Lavender & Peppermint Body Lotion.

New to me from A'kin is Hydrating Mist Toner 30ml which is a great travel size, I'll be packing this for my next trip.

I'm a huge fan of Briogeo Hair Care and am looking forward to trying Don't Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask 29ml.

From Juice Beauty we have a trial size (5ml) of their Stem Cellular CC Cream in Desert Glow. It's a broad spectrum SPF30 sunscreen which melts onto the skin and has a delicious citrus scent. Desert Glow is for fair-medium skin tones.

I've loved all the meow meow tweet products I've tried so far and this Coconut Cacao Vegan Lip Balm 7g has an almost edible scent and feels really nourishing on the lips (you can also use it on hands and body).

From Green People we have a 10ml size of their Vita Min Fix 24hr Cream which I'm sure I've used before and my skin loved.

From COOLA there is a SPF30 unscented Matte Tinted Moisturiser in Natural Beige 5ml which I'll pack in my holiday bag also.

There's a 5g pot of natural deo balm from the Natural Deodorant Co in Lemon Geranium which smells lush. Looking forward to testing this out.

From Nourish there's a 5ml sachet of their Probiotic Multi-Mineral Repair Mask with Damask Rose & Lavender which is a perfect pamper treat.

The final item is a sachet (0.17oz) of GLOW Inner Beauty Powder from The Beauty Chef which can be blended into water or a smoothie.

It's a great box. Did you pick one up?

Friday, 5 October 2018

Blog Tour: Tell Nobody - DI Lottie Parker #5 by Patricia Gibney

Today I'm on the blog tour for the fabulous Tell Nobody - DI Lottie Parker #5 by Patricia Gibney*. I just adore this series (and Lottie).

The boy’s body was so white it was almost transparent. But that’s not what caused the nausea to rise up her throat. He was so young. His body was unmarked, surrounded by a halo of plucked wildflowers. 

One hot summer evening, eleven-year-old  Mikey Driscoll  is on the way home from playing with friends. Two days later, his body is discovered on a bed of wildflowers by some local teenagers. 

The case is assigned to  Detective Lottie Parker  and this time it’s personal. The victim was a close friend of her son,  Sean , from the run-down Munbally estate on the other side of town. Sean tells his mother Mikey was behaving normally before he died, but Lottie can’t help but feel that her son is keeping something from her… 

Then days later, another boy is found dead, surrounded by wild flowers next to beautiful Ladystown Lake. 

On the hunt for a twisted individual with a terrifying calling card, Lottie must uncover the web of secrets within Mikey’s circle of friends. Someone is hiding something but who are they protecting and can Lottie find out before it’s too late? Lottie is desperate to catch the killer before he strikes again because this time her own child could be in terrible danger… 

If you love Karin Slaughter, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Abbott, you’ll love the latest heart-stopping thriller from Patricia Gibney. Tell Nobody will keep you guessing until the very last page.  

My thoughts?

I devoured this fast paced read over two days and when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it!

The body of eleven year old Mikey Driscoll is found by local teenagers. Lottie Parker and the team are immediately on the case. Days later another local boy is found in similar circumstances also surrounded by wild flowers and the team are afraid they have may have a serial killer in their midst.

The team need to quickly find out who is killing these young boys and why. A newborn baby is also found dead by Lottie’s son Sean and his friend Barry.

I liked how things are developing between Lottie and Boyd. Kirby and Gilly also seem to be becoming romantically involved. There is also a stranger from America asking about Lottie who may someone connected with her past.

At home Lottie is counting the days till their new house is ready. Her mother Rose, while generously opening her home to them is seriously doing her head in. She can’t wait to have her own space again.

A late teens girl arrives at the garda station covered in blood and indicating she killed someone. Is she connected to the death of Mikey or what? As ever the pain that is Superintendent MacMahon is still trying to bring Lottie down.

A fast paced and thrilling read with some real heartache within its pages and a killer I never suspected! Brilliant!

*complimentary copy from the publisher via Netgalley

Thursday, 4 October 2018

AA Skincare: Lavender Gel - Calming Multipurpose Gel

I've been testing out AA Skincare's Lavender Calming Multipurpose Gel 50ml (£6.96)* which is soothing and antiseptic and helps to relieve skin irritations.

As ever it's an effective and very affordable product coming in a pump action bottle - you know how much I love a multi-use product!

The clear aromatic gel (it has a gentle lavender scent) cools and hydrates and absorbs quickly calming and soothing irritated skin. It's great also for cuts, bruises, bites, stings, as a cooling aftersun gel, to soothe a headache (apply to temples) and as a make up remover! It's the one you want to pack for your holidays for sure!

Formulated with healing and repairing comfrey, uplifting and balancing rose geranium, moisturising and healing calendula and soothing and calming lavender. Gingseng is anti-ageing and skin firming while Honey softens and nourishes.

To use: apply where needed as and when required massaging a small amount onto the skin.

What's your favourite product by AA Skincare?