Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Love Lula: Beauty Balm's Beauty Box

Love Lula stock so many brands I haven't tried yet that I decided to pick some new to me brands this month. I decided to create a beauty box which I'd love to receive (it's a lot harder than it looks to select a good mix and stay within budget!) There is one brand I've included which I've tried before - cult brand Dr Hauschka (but not the sample I picked). I can't wait to try everything so expect reviews soon!

Without further ado here's my picks (which works out at £50.05):

I've been wanting to try one of Ere Perez's Lipsticks for ages! I chose shade Surprise (4.5g - £17)* to put in my box. It's a really lush hot pink matte which I can't wait to try.

Next up is NEW IN: Rio Rosa Mosqueta Rosehip Discovery Set (£9.95)* which includes 3 trial sizes - Cream Cleanser (20ml), Rosehip Seed Oil (5ml) and Anti-ageing Day & Night Cream (20ml). The range is 100% natural and organic and made with pure Chilean Rosehip Seed Oil.

Alchemy Oils have been on my radar for a while but I've just not got round to trying them. The new travel size (30ml - £8) is the perfect try-me size or great for holidays. I selected their Grapefruit Hair Remedy* which deeply conditions and treats the hair. It can also be used for styling and flyaways - I love a multi-use product.

Staying on hair GK Natural Creations Silky Avocado Shampoo Bar with Rhasoul Clay & Silk (95g - £4.50)* jumped out at me (I also like the look of the rest of the range). I'm always looking for the perfect shampoo and this bar is suitable for normal, oily and fine hair.

I'm a huge bar of soap fan - so one had to sneak its way in! Trevarno is a brand which I've meant to try but just haven't yet. Their Organic Rose & Jojoba Soap (£4)* I chose can be used on both the face and body and smells divine.

My final full size pick is Bia Beauty Skincare Lime Pie Lip Balm (7ml - £3.60)* which smells limey and zesty. It's presented in a cute little tin which is perfect to pop in a pocket or handbag. It deeply nourishes the lips and I love it!

A trial size* from Dr Hauschka rounds up my box - Moor Lavender Calming Bath Essence (10ml - £3)* which calms and soothes both the body and mind.

What do you think of my choices this month? Are there any items there you'd like to try?

*products sent to me as a member of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. My post contains affiliate links. I chose the products listed (and I can't wait to test them all out!)

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Océopin La Poudre de Graines de Pin Maritime

Way back in 2013 I tried Océopin's L'huile de Graines de Pin Maritime* (Review) which I found absolutely fantastic!

I've been testing out their La Poudre de Graines de Pin Maritime (sample size). Full size costs £14 for 100g which you can buy at Sujet de Vert. Products are 100% natural and certified by EcoCert.

The product is finely crushed maritime pine seeds which has a slightly woody scent. Blend a spoonful with your shower gel for a natural body scrub. Use once or twice a week for a gentle exfoliating scrub.

The scrub helps to encourages skin renewal and helps to encourage the absorption of active ingredients of products used aftewards. It really is an enjoyable product to use.

See the range of products Suject de Vert stocks HERE

Monday, 5 December 2016

Dr Botanicals: Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil & Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque

Dr Botanicals is a new to me brand which is based in London. They combine oils and plant extracts with traditional thinking and the latest science and I can honestly say I'm really impressed with the products I've tried. The range is made with 100% natural ingredients that are free from harmful preservatives including parabens.

I've been testing out two new products from the brand - Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil* (30ml - £101) and Advanced Purifying Overnight Masque* (50ml - £101). Readers of my blog can get a huge 70% off this with code CHRISTMASDB until the end of the year.

The Facial Oil absorbs instantly leaving the skin feeling nourished and moisturised. It has a light citrus scent which is pleasant. Active ingredients include Blackcurrant Seed oil which moisturises, nourishes and strengthens skin, Wild Plum blend heals, is full of antioxidants and helps fight signs of ageing. Sea minerals mimic compositions found within the skin which work to remineralise and improve vitality of skin cells.

It's great for dry and mature skin types. Apply a few drops in a circular motion to the face and neck twice a day.

The Overnight Masque is a real treat for the skin and soothes, lifts and regenerates the skin while you sleep. Active ingredients include Papaya which is rich in minerals and Vitamin C which regenerates and boosts radiance. Jojoba oil enhances suppleness and elasticity while Sweet Almond oil soothes, softens and nourishes the skin.

Apply a thin layer to the skin before bed. Wake up to bright and nourished skin by morning.

I've been really impressed with the two products I've tried. I definitely want to try more from the range. Have you used any Dr Botanicals products before?

See the website HERE.


Sunday, 4 December 2016

My Picks: Christmas Gift Guide

Here's my top picks for gifting:

Beatitude Comfort Luxury Aromatherapy Candle** (30cl - £34) is total luxury. See my review HERE.

From Dermalogica I love their body buffing set** (£15.50) see my review HERE.

Love Lula have loads of amazing gifts. I've selected a couple from there. First up, the super luxe Christoper Courtney London Rescue & Shine Luxury Hair Massage Candle* (228ml - £39.95). See my thoughts HERE.

Next, from Balm Balm is this fantastic set which is great value for money. You can see my review of the Indulgent Organic Gift Set* (£39) HERE. This set includes perfume, body oil, body balm and a mini bath & shower oil.

Green People have some great gifts. This little Joyful set** is gorgeous (£19.95). See my review HERE.

I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of Imelda's book which I bought before launch (which comes with some free trial size samples!) You can buy it direct from Content Beauty or from Amazon.

From Kjaer Weis there is this gorgeous Lipstick a Deux set with a nude and bright (£72) pick yours up at Naturisimo.

Also from Naturisimo is this amazing Weleda Luxury Chest of Goodness (£30.95) which is stuffed full of products - 15 in total!

What's on your Christmas wishlist?

*received as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Latest in Beauty: Beauty Guru Subscription Box

Latest in Beauty have recently had a make-over and during Black Friday they were offering 30% off their site. I couldn't resist of course and signed up to their new subscription service. See more details HERE. I signed up to their "Beauty Guru" monthly box (9 items) which costs £18 including p&p (although on Black Friday it was £12.60 which is totally bargainous!)

Inside the black "Latest in Beauty" branded bag (reverse side "Be Confident, Be Kind, Be Beautiful") are my picks:

I chose 4 hair care items from Living Proof - healthy hair 5-in-1 styling treatment (60ml), no frizz nourishing styling cream (30ml), prime style extender (30ml) and full thickening cream (15ml) - I'm looking forward to trying these out!

Staying on hair I also picked Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray (75ml) which I love. It's great to use as a dry shampoo but also for adding oompf to any style.

I'm a huge fan of ila-spa and couldn't resist a mini pot of their bath salts for cleansing (which I've used before and love).

I'm not sure if the Illamasqua Precision Ink in Abyss (3ml) (Gloss Black) is for me or if I'll gift it yet but it's a great pick!

I tried REN's Flash Hydro-Boost (10ml) recently and loved it - both the product and how plumped and radiant it made my skin feel and look.

My final item is Dongbaek Camellia Essence 3ml by Korean company Erborian. I've not tried much from their range so looking forward to testing it out.

Have you picked anything up from Latest in Beauty recently? What do you think of their new look?

Friday, 2 December 2016

Kimberly Sayer: Gentle Almond & Lavender Organic Face Scrub

I'm a huge fan of Kimberly Sayer's Ultra-Light Organic Facial Moisturiser SPF30 but I've not tried much else from the range. When I was recently sent her Gentle Almond & Lavender Organic Face Scrub (60ml - £21.60)* I couldn't wait to try it.

Presented in a glass pot the scrub is a feast for the skin and senses (it smells gorgeous). Suitable for all skin types the scrub is very gentle with a trio of organic exfoliating grains - almond meal, jojoba bead and oat beta glucan.

Shea butter nourishes while essential oils of ylang ylang, orange and lavender and almond aroma make this scrub a real luxe treat.

To use: you only need a tiny amount, place in the palm of your hand with a few drops of water. Massage onto the skin in circular motions before rinsing. I used a damp warm muslin cloth to remove. Can be used 2-3 times a week or everyday.

Skin is left radiant, soft and renewed. I absolutely adore this product and will be looking at trying other products in the range.

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger programme. All thoughts are genuine and true and my post contains one affiliate link.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Advent Calendars

I've been extremely lucky this year. My hubby treated me to the Liberty Advent Calendar, I bought the You Beauty Box one and my friends Magi and Derek on Tuesday night surprised me with a Yankee Candle one - I'm not going to bore you all with a post everyday - instead I'll do a weekly roundup.

Day 1 - Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme 40ml - I've used this several times before and it's a lovely hand cream. Perfect for winter. Looking forward to trying this again!

From YOU Beauty Box Advent Calendar on day 1 I got one of my favourite cleansers from Aurelia Probiotic Skincare - Miracle Cleanser 30ml with a Bamboo Muslin Cloth which is presented in a little velvet drawstring bag (which is a nice touch) - see my review HERE.

The Yankee Candle Advent Calendar contains tea lights and a votive and today I got a Candy Cane Lane tealight which has a sweet minty aroma.

Are you opening an Advent Calendar today?

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Review: Fentimans Mixers 500ml

I've been testing out Fentimans new 500ml size mixers* (£1.80 from Waitrose) which are perfect for sharing. I've found that you get 4 or 5 drinks per bottle. See my thoughts on their Sparkling Lime & Jasmine* HERE.

Their Naturally Light Tonic Water* is botanically brewed and made with 30% fewer calories than the normal version and makes a delicious G&T! The Premium Indian Tonic Water* is blended with herbal infusions and lemongrass extract which makes for a unique and refreshing G&T.

Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water* is made with ruby red grapefruit which makes a delicious tart, zesty and slightly sweet tonic. Perfect mixed with your favourite gin or vodka. I love this one!

Rose Lemonade* is an all-time favourite of mine which is made with lemons and pure rose otto oil. Deliciously floral it's perfect on it's own or mixed with gin, vodka or bourbon. Ginger Beer with muddled Lime* has a firey kick. It's made with aromatic ginger and natural botanicals. Serve with vodka and a wedge of lime for the perfect Moscow Mule cocktail.

What's your favourite Fentimans mixer?


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

November Books

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

Dark Water by Robert Bryndza (Detective Erika Foster #3)* - Erika Foster is now based at Bromley Police Station in the Projects Team. They are investigating a major narcotics case and they receive a tip off that drugs will be found at a disused quarry nearby.

The team discover the drugs and the skeleton of a young girl. Erika is determined to be allowed to lead on the murder case and hand picks her team bringing back friends from her previous station.

It is quickly uncovered that the body is that of Jessica Collins who went missing 26 years ago. The original detective on the unsolved case wants to help Erika and does so with tragic consequences.  Erika looks into the Collins family history and discovers more than she bargained for.

A fast paced story which I couldn't put down. Roll on the next in the series!

Blood Lines DI Kim Stone #5 by Angela Marsons* -  A middle class woman is found in her car, dead with a single stab wound. It is initially thought it was a robbery gone wrong but nothing has been stolen. When a second victim is found they know that the cases must be linked.

Kim and her team need to find the murderer as quickly as possible..Fast paced and thrilling I found the book hard to put down. Highly recommend.

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn - TV Presenter Allis Hagtorn is involved in a scandal and leaves her partner, her job and her life to take a job as housekeeper/gardener to Sigurd Bagge, a moody silent man who lives in an isolated cottage. His wife is away and he's unsure when she'll be back.

I found the characters slightly strange but found the book a compulsive and un-put-downable read which was tense, chilling and gripping. It has an ending I didn't see coming and I'm still thinking about the book long after I finished it. Would recommend.

Crash Land by Doug Johnstone* - Finn Sullivan is leaving Orkney after a visit to his grandmother Ingrid. He's returning to Dundee and his girlfriend Amy.

At Kirkwall Airport in the departures lounge he intervenes when an oil man starts harassing a beautiful older woman. Maddie Pierce is running away from something or someone and Finn is captivated by her. They while away the time waiting for the fog to lift and to be able to board over a few G&Ts.

The oil worker tries again and Finn sees red and gets into a mid-air fight. The plane is turned around much to Maddie's dismay. The aftermath of the crash is fast paced with many twists and turns. I really enjoyed the story set against a backdrop of Orkney. Would recommend.

Reunions by Chris Porsz with words by Jo Riley - this is an absolutely fascinating book. Chris took photos of people in Peterborough in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. He decided to track them down and of those he could he took a photo of them in the present day in the same spot (where possible) the original photo was taken. An absolutely stunning book. Highly recommend.

What have you been reading this month?

*copies from Netgalley

Monday, 28 November 2016

November: Lately I've been Loving

The arrival of my Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar. I had lots of stresses regarding delivery and customer services weren't the best.  It is lovely but it will be my one and only online order from Liberty. The calendar itself is beautiful and the contents super luxe. Roll on 1st December!

My Love Me Beauty picks from The #Nightfall Edit included a second Kat Von D lipstick mini (1.2g). I absolutely love the shade magick - so wearable! My other picks were two Caudalie Hand Creams (each 30ml) and Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm (25ml). I also adore that make up bag it's so cute! 

Get £21 worth of credit if you use my code SANDR174.

My gin baubles arrived from Pickering's Gin each one is filled with 50ml of gin! Can't wait until I get my Christmas tree! (if they last that long!)

I swithered about getting the recent Cult Goody Bag - buying 3 Christmas presents softened the blow a bit! As ever the goody bag is jam packed full of beautiful things to try.

This book called Reunions by Chris Porsz is one of the most amazing things! He took photos in the 70s, 80s, and 90s in Peterborough and revisits the locations and people and takes the photo again in the current day. It's a must read. Every picture really does tell a story..pick yours up HERE.

I won tickets on a twitter competition to Edinburgh Foodies Festival - thanks again My Little Black Book! We had a great time sampling delicious food and drinks - some things which caught my eye (and tastebuds) - Narcissus FlowersLoch Ness GinMademoiselle Macaron (the rose ones are my favourite!) and Aelder Elixir. Roll on the summer one!

I've been testing out two new perfumes* from Ancienne Ambiance which are absolutely gorgeous - Colonia IX EdP which is a woody oriental and Colonia VIII EdP which is sweet/woody. Expect a full review shortly - I absolutely love both of them.

What have you been loving this month?


Sunday, 27 November 2016

The Perfume Society: Precious Perfumes Discovery Box

It's been a while since I bought a Perfume Society Discovery Box. Precious Perfumes Discovery Box costs £17.50 for non-members and £12.50 for members plus P&P. But.... they are currently offering free P&P as a Black Friday Deal which ends on Monday at 10.00am. Use code "thankyou". 

Pick yours up HERE.

Inside is:

Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream EdP 1.5ml which is a CHYPRE FLORAL. It has top notes of Joy accord (lemon, peach, black pepper, saffron, mandarin & bergamot) with a heart of Fleurotic accord (tuberose, jasmine, patchouli, frankincense, lily of the valley, orange flower, rose, magnolia) with base notes of Psycho active accord (fire tree, Iso E super, hedione, ambroxan, precious woods, cistus, amber, musks). I rather like this one!

Miller Harris Etui Noir EdP 2ml (which I've tried before and love!) and is from the LEATHER family and has top notes of bergamot, tangerine, elemi gum with a heart of Moroccan iris butter, incense, cashmere wood and a base of Indonesian patchouli, Haitian vetiver, leather, amber, birch and labdanum.

From Maison Francis Kurkdjian we have Baccarat Rouge 540 EdP 2ml which is from the FLORIENTAL fragrance family which has top notes of jasmine and saffron, a heart of amberwood and base notes of fir, resin and cedar. The perfume began as an exclusive commission for French crystal house Baccarat who wanted to offer a limited run of 250 flacons to honour their 250th anniversary.

Bvlgari's Rose Goldea EdP 1.5ml is from the FLORAL family and is deeply rosey and floral. It has top notes of pomegranate, musk, rose and bergamot with a heart of damask rose, jasmine, peony and peach and base notes of musk, olibanum, sandalwood and vanilla. Love this one!

Nejma 7 EdP 1.5ml is from the GOURMAND family. This is a perfume house I've never heard of before. It's extremely mouthwatering!  With top notes of pink grapefruit, green mandarin and Calabrian citrus a heart of neroli flower, cacao and coconut with a base of oudh, white musk and patchouli. Again, love this one!

Versace Eros Pour Femme EdT 5ml is from the FLORAL FRUITY family and has top notes of lemon, mandarin, raspberry, white currant with a heart of jasmine, freesia, magnolia and orange blossom with base notes of patchouli, exotic woods, ambrox and musk. This is really beautiful - it's fresh and fruity with a floral heart. Love the cute little bottle too.

I've already had the pleasure of trying latest launch from Beaufort London. Fathom V EdP 2ml (in Bloom Perfumery's October Sample Pack) which is from the FOUGERE family and has top notes of earth, green leaves, aquatic notes, a heart of cumin, lily and black pepper with base notes of vetiver, moss and salt. Huge fan of this brand and love this.

From Ormonde Jayne we have Tsarina EdP 2ml which is from the FLORIENTAL fragrance family. It has top notes of mandarin, bergamot, coriander and cassis with a heart of hedoine, freesia, jasmine, sambac, iris and suede with base notes of sandalwood, cedar, vanilla bean, labdanum and musk. This is beautiful with spicy, rich and warm woody and slightly sweet notes. Simply stunning!

The final perfume in the box is Hermes Galop D'Hermes Pure Perfume 4ml which is from the FLORIENTAL family. It has notes of quince, rose, saffron and leather. Again, I love this one!

Extras as always are fab!

We have a 30ml bottle of Molton Brown's newest launch Rosa Absolute Bath & Shower Gel. I've been itching to try this so I'm delighted to find a small bottle in the box. It has notes of blackcurrant, geranium, Italian rose and patchouli.

And a full size bottle of Nails Inc Electric Avenue polish which is perfect for party nails and worth £15!

I'm absolutely delighted with the contents of the box. Did you pick one up or will you?

Saturday, 26 November 2016

November Empties

I'm not going to use anything else up this month. So here's my November empties:

Jo Malone Grapefruit Bath Oil 250ml - I received this as a present from hubby a good few birthdays ago! Lovely to use and I'd defintely like to try again. Maybe in a different scent. Made for a luxurious soak.

bodhi & birch Sicilian Rose Body Oil 100ml* - the trio of body oils are the latest launch from bodhi & birch and this oil is simply divine. See my review HERE. This beautiful oil will definitely be replenished!

Green People Joyful Body Wash 100ml* - with fab uplifting scent this body wash gently cleanses and leaves the skin delicately scented. LOVE! See my review HERE.

2 x 10ml MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion - one of my favourite bath products. See my review HERE. I always have this in my stash and recently cracked open a new bottle.

Schmidt's Bergamot & Lime Deodorant 92g - this is a staple for me as it just works! Got a new one ready to use. See my review HERE. As long as it's still easy to get in the UK I'll keep buying.

YTTP Age Prevention Cleanser trial size - see my review HERE. It's definitely one I'd consider buying.

Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak 53ml - this is a nice bath soak. Once my stash reduces a bit I'd buy.

Lush Salted Coconut Hand Scrub 130g - loved this. I also used it as a body scrub. Would repurchase. See my review HERE.

Balm Balm Neroli Floral Water Hydrosol 100ml* - which was gorgeous to use and I'll buy it when my stash reduces a bit. See my review HERE.

Rossi Uvema Rose & Rosemary Face Toning Mist 100ml* - this was lovely to use and lasted ages. See my review HERE. Again, I've got a load of toners on the go so I wouldn't buy just now.

Willow Organic Vitamin & Bamboo Exfoliating Body Wash Blissful Peace Rose & Oud 50ml* - the scent of this body wash is gorgeous and it makes for pampering treat. See my review HERE. When my stash reduces a bit I'll buy full size.

Ruth Romano Lemongrass Hand Wash 250ml - love this! It has an uplifting scent and is gorgeous! See my review HERE. I've got another one in my stash to use.

Carol Joy London Collagen Eye Mask x 1* - a real luxe treat which firms and brightens the eye area. See my review HERE.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 5g - I used to use this years ago so it was nice to try it out again. I've got a stash of balms to use but I'd consider buying it again at some point.

Sachajuan Overnight Hair Repair sachet - I got a couple of uses out of this sachet and it was nice to use. Can't say I noticed much difference to the look or feel of my hair though.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Cleansing & Make Up Remover Gel 15ml - loved this honey scented cleansing gel. Full size is on the wishlist.

Bamford Rose Camomile & Lemon Hand & Body Lotion 3ml - this was a super luxe hand cream with a simply divine scent. Would love this full size.

AnnMarie Skincare Anti-Aging Serum sample* - this range is beautiful. See my review HERE. My serum stash is huge but I'd maybe buy this in the future.

Myroo Starflower & Orange Blossom Facial Cleanser sample & Starflower & Orange Blossom Skin Boost Facial Serum sample. Loved both of these minis. See my review HERE and HERE. I'll buy when my stash reduces a bit as these were lovely to re-visit.

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo 7.4ml sachet - this gave me 2 uses and I remember why I loved it so much. Full size on the wishlist!

What have you been using up this month?


Friday, 25 November 2016

SAMAYA: Kapha Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil

I'm a huge, huge fan of the beautiful SAMAYA brand having absolutely adored their Kapha Anti-Ageing Cream* which I tried recently. See my review HERE (it's one of my favourite new tries this year!)

The anti-ageing treatment oil (30ml - £79)* which while not cheap is one of the nicest oils I've used for ages. Made with a concentrated blend of Ayurvedic botanicals and clinically proven active anti-ageing ingredients the oil targets ageing skin.

A blend of Ashwagahdha, Sandalwood, Vetivert and Frankincense give the oil it's uniquely beautiful scent which I enjoyed while using the anti-ageing cream. The oils absorbs quicky leaving the skin looking radiant and younger.

To use: apply a few drops to the skin after cleansing.

My sample pot of Pitta Hydrating Cleanser* was also really enjoyed. The whole range is just fabulous. This nourishing cleanser is made with Ayurvedic botanicals such as Jasmine, Neem, Lotus, Turmeric, Saffron, Shatavari and Gota Kola. The cleanser melts easily onto the skin, removing make up and impurities and leaving the skin feeling hydrated, fresh and clean.

Simply love this beautiful brand. Find out what your dosha is HERE.


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Fairfield Gardens: Raspberry Rose Lip Balm

Latest launch from Fairfield Gardens is the very luscious Raspberry Rose Lip Balm 4.25g (£3.98)*. See my thoughts on their Spearmint & Fennel and Rosemary & Lemon Balm Lip Balms HERE.

The balms are scented with natural aromas and pure essential oils along with organic Beeswax, plant oils and botanical extracts. 80% of ingredients are grown or manufactured in the UK, the lip balms are suitable for vegetarians, cruelty free and eco-friendly. They are made by Lillian, a small British business owner. #buylocal

Their Orange Lip Balm won the Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards in 2014 for Best Lip Balm and they were commended in 2014 in the FreeFrom Skincare Awards.

Raspberry Rose Lip Balm* is sweetly fruity with a hint of floral and is a lovely combination. Raspberry seed oil is high in antioxidant Vitamin A & E and packed full of Essential Fatty Acids which nourish, hydrate and care for the lips.

Also available is Lip Balm Trio Gift Set (3 x 4.25g) - £10.49 which contains Orange, Rosemary & Lemon Balm and Spearmint & Fennel. This would make a great small gift or stocking filler. See more details HERE.

Remember you can get 15% off until the end of the month in Love Lula's Black Friday Sale with code FRIDAY.

*The lip balm was sent to me as a member of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Bloom Perfumery: Yearly Sample Pack: November 2016: Exploring Cashmeran

My November Bloom Perfumery Sample Pack arrived the other day. This month the theme is Exploring Cashmeran.

"Cashmeran is a slightly unusual but incredibly distinctive ingredient that is widely used in perfumery - both for the way it smells and they way it exalts and affects a blend. Also called musk indanone, Cashmeran is a lot of the time referred to as blond woods by perfumers because it has a very velvetine and rich quality to it; but it also smells sharp, woody and clean. It's essentially a spicy musky woody note".

Grossmith Floral Veil EdP (50ml - £170, 1ml - £5) with top notes of cassis, green leaves and lemon, a heart of geranium, rose, tuberose, vanilla and ylang ylang with a base of amber, cashmeran and musk.

Praline de Santal by Parfumerie Generale EdP (100ml - £117.50, 50ml - £81.50, 1ml - £2) the cashmeran helps the hazelnut to sit at the top of the scent. With top notes of hazelnut, a heart of cedar and heliotrope with a base of cashmeran, musk and sandalwood.

Angela Ciampagna Ducalis EdP (100ml - £160, 50ml - £95, 1ml - £5) which is one of my favourites from this month's selection. It has top notes of nutmeg, geranium and salt accord, a heart of rose, may-lily, cyclamen, ylang ylang, acacia and cedarwood with a base of sandalwood, rosewood, leather, amber, musk and vanilla.

Parfumerie Generale's PG10.1 Bouquet Massai EdP (100ml - £117.50, 50ml - £81.50, 1ml - £2) cashmeran helps the floral notes fuse with the gourmand-ish fruitier notes. With notes of peony, magnolia, karo karounde, coffee, cashmeran, sandalwood, tolu balm and fruity notes. I like this one too.

From Olfactive Studio we have Lumiere Blanche EdP (100ml - £108, 50ml - £74, 1ml - £2) which is gorgeous! With woody notes and spices. With top notes of cardamon, cinnamon and star anise, a heart of almond, cashmere musks and iris with a base of cedar, sandalwood, tonka beans and white musk it cocoons and comforts. Love this one.

The final perfume this month is Just Landed: Arquiste ELLA EdP (100ml - £135, 1ml - £2) which is floral, leather and spicy. With notes of cannon ball tree flower, angelica root, carrot seed, Turkish rose, jasmine absolute, cardamon absolute, black buckwheat honey, ambergris, patchouli, civet, vetiver, cigarette smoke and chypre accord. This is a very heady scent which is growing on me!

What do you think of this month's picks?

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Evolve Organic Beauty: Liquid Crystal 2-in-1 Micellic Cleanser

I've been testing out Evolve Organic Beauty's Liquid Crystal 2-in-1 Micellic Cleanser (30ml - £7)* and it's absolutely fantastic! 

The products are hand made in small batches using natural and organic oils, butters and natural superfoods. Products are Vegan and packaging recyclable. See my thoughts on their Satin Leg Gloss & Hyaluronic Serum 200 HERE and their Tropical Blossom Body Butter, Body Polish and Gentle Cleansing Melt HERE.

Latest launch Liquid Crystal 2-in-1 Micellic Cleanser* cleanses and tones the skin. It's suitable for all skin types and has a rosewater scent. Micellar encapsulated micro capsules lift and remove dirt and Hyaluronic Acid locks water back into the skin.

To use: apply to a cotton pad before wiping over the face and eyes (no sting or tightness!). I tend to use as a pre-cleanse or on non make up days.

I've been enjoying using the cleanser as it has a pleasant scent, cleans and removes impurities, doesn't sting the eyes and leaves the skin feeling comfortable, hydrated and clean. Love!


Monday, 21 November 2016

Love Lula Beauty Box: November 2016

Love Lula's November Beauty Box* is fabulous! It's stuffed full of great products and worth £50 this month! Sign up HERE.

Inside you'll find:

MOA's amazing Fortifying Green Bath Potion in the new 10ml shot size (£2.75). I'm a huge fan of this product. Great for aches, pains and when you've got the flu. This size is great for try me/travel. See my review HERE.

From Humble Natural Beauty there is a Sweet Pea & Verbena Hand Cream (75ml - £8). This is a beautiful range. I've tried some of the products before so I'm happy to see a product from this brand in the box.

There is a full size pot of PHB Ethical Beauty's Skin Brighten Gel with Neroli & Immortelle (120ml - £13.75) which is a new to me product. It can be used on both the body and face. Looking forward to testing it out!

Ooh! Oils of Heaven Argan Moisture Retention Facial Oil (15ml - £9.50) which is a new travel size. I've got huge love for this oil. See my review HERE.

The final item is Madara's SOS Hydra Moisture & Radiance Mask (12.5ml - £15) a deeply nourishing mask which can be wiped-off or left on for deep hydration. Again, looking forward to trying!

As ever there is a code for 20% off any of the items in the box - which is great if you fall in love with anything (think I'll be stocking up on my favourite MOA!)

A brilliant box this month. What did you think of the contents?

Remember you can get 15% off at LOVE LULA with code FRIDAY until the end of November (beauty box subscriptions, items already on sale and gift vouchers are exempt)

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. All my thoughts are genuine and my post contains some affiliate links.