Monday, 25 September 2017

Giveaway #4 with Bodhi & Birch

I've got an amazing giveaway for you to celebrate my blog's 6th birthday. One of my very lucky readers will win bodhi & birch's latest launch (1st October) Bath & Shower Oil Collection (worth £30) and Body Oils Mini Collection (worth £20). Thanks so much to Elijah Choo for collaborating with this lovely prize for one of my readers.

See my review of the body oils* HERE

The new Bath & Shower Oils Collection contains:

Renewing Rosa Verde - Rose, Lime, Geranium & Frankincense
Relaxing Jasmin de Lune - Jasmine, High Altitude Lavender & Vetiver
Reviving La Botanica - Lemon, Eucalyptus, Rosemary & Juniper Berry

I can honestly say they all smell glorious (Elijah very kindly gifted me my own set). So far I've tried Jasmin de Lune (and it's gorgeous).

Entry is via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Sunday, 24 September 2017

September Empties

I'm not going to use up anything else this month so here are my empties:

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist 15ml - I'm a huge fan of this rose scented mist. See my review HERE. I've got several of these minis in my stash but I'd buy again.

Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Cream 40ml - which is the lushest rose scented cream ever! I've used it a few times and find it deeply moisturising. Would buy again.

Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Hand Cream 30ml - I'm using up too many rosey things this month! A rich and deeply nourishing hand cream. I just cracked open a new one.

Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer 15ml - I'm a huge fan of this product and have bought it loads. See my review HERE. This will be replenished!

Rosalena Goodness & Tonic Face Mist 15ml - gorgeous to use and I'll pick it up again at some point. See my review HERE.

JOIK Energising Bath Salts with Grapefruit, Orange & Lemon Essential Oils 500g* - these were fantastic and great value for money. See my review HERE. I'll definitely buy them when my stash reduces a bit.

mio double buff dual action enzyme exfoliator 50ml - this was lovely to use with just the right amount of scrubbiness. Would maybe buy when my stash reduces a bit.

Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil 55ml - which is one of my favourite Aromatherapy Associates products. See my review HERE. This one was a gift from my friend Julie but I'm sure I'll buy it again.

Diptyque Philosykos EdT 12ml - which is one of my favourite fig scents. Will buy it again for sure.

Elemis Revitalise-Me Bath & Shower Gel 30ml - it was nice to re-visit Elemis! Apex Hotels offer Elemis minis in their rooms which were a real treat. I'd maybe buy full size.

Olverum Bath Oil 15ml - I love this bath oil. See my review HERE. I've got a few of these minis in my stash but I'd buy this full size.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer in Geranium & Neroli 40ml - I'm a huge fan of the product but prefer the unscented original version. Already cracked open a new one.

John Masters Organics Lavender, Rose, Geranium & Ylang Ylang Soap 42g* - I've used this lovely soap several times. Would buy again.

Various Stop the Water 6ml samples - White Sage Shower Gel, White Sage Body Lotion, Lavender, Sandalwood Shampoo & Conditioner. These seemed quite nice although I sometimes find it hard to tell if I'm going to like something from a small sachet.

Herbfarmacy Body Oil samples x 2 - which seemed lovely. Would probably buy full size.

Corinne Taylor Balance Himalayan Bath Salts** which came in August's Skin Organics Beauty Box. I'm already a huge fan of the brand and it's likely that I'll buy them again.

You Dirty Scrub Mint & Eucalyptus Bath Salts 100g - these smelt glorious! I did find they clumped a bit together in the bath but that didn't spoil the enjoyment. I'd maybe buy again.

Dr Alkaitis Organic Ageless Facial Elixir vial - again a teeny sample. It seemed nice but just not enough to get a feel for the product.

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel 5ml - huge fan of this product and the brand. See my review HERE. I've got a full size of this awaiting opening!

Phaedon Coton Egyptien EdT sample vial - I love that Bloom Perfumery offer a fantastic sample service with most at £2 for a 1ml vial. I have totally fallen for this beautiful fresh perfume and of course now want full-size!

What have you been using up this month?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Zing Organics: Eco Marine Algae Facial Cleansing Masque & Giveaway #3

this is my pot - the giveaway winner will get their own brand new one!

As you'll know I'm a huge, huge, huge fan of Zing Organics. I received a pot of the fabulous Eco Marine Algae Facial Cleansing Masque (25g - £24.50) in the September Zing Lover's Subscription Club box. See my review of the box HERE.

This masque is just so good (and one of my favourite products of '17) and because of that one of my readers can win one over on twitter today - it's giveaway #3 of my 6th blog birthday giveaways.  

But if you aren't a lucky winner you can get £5 off with code BBMASQUE

The masque smells of the deeply of the sea and seashore (the scent just blew me away - before I tried it on my skin - just WOW).

Zing Organics sourced a seaweed extract with "demonstrable collagen boosting function devoid of toxins often associated with seaweeds. Additionally, they've sourced another mineral and vitamin rich, toxin and allergen free seaweed extract to provide an authentic and compelling scent of the sea".

"We use carbon neutral Italian Cylindrotheca Fusiformis Extract to deliver the active function and add a trace of French Fuscous Vesiculosis Extract to impart the fabulous 'smell of the sea' - a brisk salty and mossy aroma which transports you instantly to a walk on a deserted pristine Atlantic beach!"

The masque is lovingly handcrafted (only 4 products are made per batch!!)

It plumps, softens, soothes and nourishes the face and neck and contains 97% Certified Organic ingredients. My skin just loves this beautiful mask - it looks healthy, moisturised and super glowy!

"The Ritual: Take one eighth of a teaspoonful of masque from jar using a wooden spoon provided, and melt between palms and then extend to fingertips. In upward sweeping movements apply the balm lightly over decolletage, neck and face. Leave on one full minute. Meantime prepare very warm flannel (not boiling) by dipping in very hot water. Hold the flannel over a sink dripping an inch or so from neck and face, allowing steam to build up. Then once the flannel has cooled somewhat, dab the face, neck and decolletage lightly with the flannel to remove excess stickiness. At all times we encourage mindful inhalation of the stunning aroma of Bracing Marine Seaweed, Spiritual Scottish Highland Pine and Inspiring Lavender as an important part of the nurturing ritual. Your skin will feel as soft as a baby's bottom! The aroma and skincare function of the product is orientated towards both sexes and the funky branding has this widespread appeal in mind". 

Ingredients: Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Beeswax, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triclyceride (natural coconut and glycerine derived dispersing agent for active Cylindrotheca Fusiformis Marine Extract), Cylindrotheca Fusiformis Extract, Fuscus Vesiculosis Extract, Organic Essential Oil of Scottish Highland Pine, Organic Essential Oil of French Lavender.

There are around 30 applications per jar and the packaging is recyclable. 

Please head over to my Twitter to enter the competition! Good luck!

Friday, 22 September 2017

Blog Tour: Cold Blood - Detective Erika Foster #5 by Robert Bryndza

I'm on the Blog Tour today for Cold Blood - Detective Erika Foster #5 by Robert Bryndza*. It's an absolutely fantastic read.

"She fell in love with a killer, now she’s one too.

The suitcase was badly rusted, and took Erika several attempts, but it yielded and sagged open as she unzipped it. Nothing could prepare her for what she would find inside…

When a battered suitcase containing the dismembered body of a young man washes up on the shore of the river Thames, Detective Erika Foster is shocked. She’s worked on some terrifying cases but never seen anything like this before. 

As Erika and her team set to work, she makes the link with another victim – the body of a young woman dumped in an identical suitcase two weeks ago. 

Erika quickly realises she’s on the trail of a serial killer who’s already made their next move. Yet just as Erika starts to make headway with the investigation, she is the victim of a brutal attack. 

But nothing will stop Erika. As the body count rises, the twin daughters of her colleague Commander Marsh are abducted, and the stakes are higher than ever before. Can Erika save the lives of two innocent children before it’s too late? She’s running out of time and about to make a disturbing discovery…there’s more than one killer".

My thoughts?

I just couldn't put the book down and raced through it desperate to know what would happen. I think it's the best one yet! I'm a huge fan of Erika and was keen to see where the story would take her both professionally and personally.

A suitcase is washed up on the shore along by the River Thames. Inside is a badly beaten dismembered body. A similar case is uncovered and the team realise they must be linked. The race is on to find the killer..

In her line of duty Erika is attacked - is this connected with the murder cases mounting up? The killers make it personal when the take those Commander Marsh holds dear and the race is on to find them before it's too late..

Fast paced, un-put-downable and with twisty storylines. I absolutely loved it! (although in the next book I'd like to see some personal happiness for Erika). It was also great to catch up again with well loved characters such as Moss and briefly Peterson.

You can see the others taking part in the blog tour below:

*complimentary e-book sent for review via Netgalley

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Shopping my Stash #92

These are the products I've been reaching for:

I just adore everything by Zing Organics. This travel friendly solid perfume is just gorgeous. It's scented with French Bourbon, Geranium & May Chang and is aromatic and uplifting. See my review HERE.

A new find is BetterYou B12 Daily Oral Spray. I was looking for something to give me a lift. It restores energy, aids concentration and memory and combats tiredness and fatigue. I'm really impressed with how it makes me feel more alive and I'll be buying the spray again.

I'm a huge Antipodes fan and I'm finding coming into autumn my lips and hands are needing some more TLC. See my review of Deliverance Kowhai Flower Hand Cream HERE and the Lip Balm with Lime Leaf & Cocoa Butter* HERE.

Aster & Bay's Dry Shampoo (4oz - £26)** is one of the best I've used. It was perfected over a six month period and is formulated with kaolin clay, rice starch, cassava root powder and organic tea tree oil.

The dry shampoo is easy to use and soaks up any oils and grease, volumises and I find I need to wash my hair less. To use: shake a small amount of product onto your hand (or apply directly to your parting). Apply to the roots massaging the powder into the hair until it disappears.

What have you been reaching for lately?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

The Method, Stockbridge - Haeckels Made of Margate

The Method in Stockbridge, Edinburgh is a gorgeous lifestyle, beauty and therapy store (there's an online shop too so if you don't live near enough you can still get a shopping fix!) which sell a beautiful range of beauty products (some of which I've only seen online before), home and lifestyle items and they also offer a range of treatments which you can see HERE

I was super excited as they are a stockist of Haeckels Made of Margate which has been on my wishlist like forever! I picked up two items on my first visit Haeckels Incense Cones (£16) and Meraki Green Seaweed Soap (£8).

I chose Bog Myrtle cones as they were the scent which appealed to me most! It thrives in harsh and hard to reach conditions - think the top of a steep coastal path or on coastline cliffs. It's great to use as a midge repellent and the aroma is said to be alike of cloves. It's spicy, smokey with a hint of floral.

To use: light the end of the cone letting it burn for 15 seconds before blowing the ember until it's red hot. Place "in the heart of your home in either a hallway or landing to allow the fragrant smoke to disperse". The lid or a pretty saucer is ideal to burn the cones. Each one will burn for about 15 minutes and the scent will last 2-4 hours in a medium sized room.

There are other scents available which you can see HERE. What's your favourite product from the brand?

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box: September - Revive

I reviewed the Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box* for August. It's theme was Self Care - see my review HERE. As I thought the box was so good I quickly signed up! The box costs £21 plus £3.95 p&p. Some of the brands included in the box also offer money off codes which is always welcome!

September's theme is Revive and here's what's inside:

Eeek! Again this month there are three new to me brands!

First up is the fabulous looking Alexa Sky Botanicals Cactus Fruit Eye Serum (10ml - £23) which helps with dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. I'm looking forward to trying this! (expect a review in a few weeks).

From JUN-i there is a Hair Oil (£14.99) which is exclusive to Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box and can be used as a deep hair treatment overnight. Again, can't wait to try!

The final new to me brand this month is from Lilian Jones and is a Lavender Shampoo Bar which is free from SLS and SLES. It's worth £3.

I'm a huge fan of Blue Labelle and nestled inside the box is their Light & Balancing Facial Oil (30ml - £16.50) which I've tried before. See my review HERE.

I just love Awake Organics. Their Aura Clean Deodorant travel size (£3.99) is one of the best I've used. See my review HERE. This one's getting popped in my travel bag.

The final item in the box is from Nathalie Bond Organics and is their Organic Rose & Patchouli Bath Salts (60ml - £7.99) which I have also tried before (I found a little nearly empty jar lurking in the back of the cupboard which I received in a beauty box a while ago). It's really beautiful and I'm going to enjoy re-visiting.

It's a fabulous box again this month. Did you pick one up? What are your thoughts on the contents?

Monday, 18 September 2017

Giveaway #2 - Love Lula: Walden Natural Perfumes

As you'll know I'm celebrating my blog's 6th birthday this month and have 6 fantastic giveaways for my readers (you can see my #1 giveaway HERE) For my second giveaway I've got a 15ml purse spray of Walden Natural Perfume in best selling and award winning 'A Little Star Dust' to giveaway to one of my UK readers. It's worth £18 and has notes of Ylang Ylang, Iris and Jasmine with creamy Amyris and Tonka Bean. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Love Lula Beauty Box: September 2017

I picked my September Love Lula Beauty Box* up at the Post Office yesterday morning. It's an absolutely fantastic one this month and worth £50! Sign up for your monthly box HERE.


I just love everything! Inside is:

Walden Natural Perfume Gift Set (which is worth £30!) - inside you will find the whole Walden range in 5ml bottles. This is a great way to test all the scents out. See my reviews HEREHERE and HERE. The gift set is such a good addition to this month's box!

From Esse Probiotic Skincare we have a 10ml travel/try-me size of their fabulous Gel Cleanser. See my review HERE. This is getting popped in my travel bag.

I simply adore Balm Balm's Beauty Balm (60ml - £16.50) and was delighted to see a full size pot this month. I recently reviewed it - see HERE. So pleased to now have a full size pot!

From JOIK there is a mouthwatering white chocolate bath truffle. I've used these before and they are a delight! See my review HERE

The final item is a sachet sample set from Kimberly Sayer which is the perfect try me set or for holidays (these will also be going in my travel bag) - Light Cleansing Lotion, Gentle Facial Cleanser, Restore Anti-Ageing Cream and Tangerine & Calendula Healing Light Night Cream.

Such an amazing box this month. What are your thoughts to the contents?

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

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Scienea Superfruit Serum Review & Giveaway #1 - it's over!

I've been testing out Scienea's Superfruit Serum (20ml - £30)* and I can honestly say it's fantastic. The range is new and from industry experts Amphora Aromatics.

The serum (which comes boxed) is suitable for all skin types. It smoothes out wrinkles, plumping, nourishing, healing blemishes and minimising age spots. Two years of research and development (along with love and care) went into formulating and creating the serum which contains skin loving natural ingredients.

"Clinically proven to enhance skin's density and firmness and to visibly reduce the wrinkled appearance of skin, including 'crows feet'. Starts working from the first application to help fight the signs of ageing and restore a youthful complexion".

To use: cleanse and tone the face before applying a few drops of serum with your fingertips and massage onto the skin. 

Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Squalene, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil , Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil, Camelina Sativa (Camelina) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Borago officinalis (Starflower) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil , Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride , Opuntia Ficus Indica (Prickly Pear) Seed Oil, Spilanthes Acmella (Spilanthes) Flower Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Green Rooibos) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Black Tea) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil , Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Fruit Oil, Backhousia Citriodora (Lemon Myrtle) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Martinii (Palmarosa) Oil , Tocopherol, Limonene, Linalool, Geraniol, Citral, Citronellol

It's a really beautiful serum which smells delicious and is stuffed full of good things for the skin. Scienea have very kindly collaborated to offer one of my readers their own Superfruit Serum* - all you need to do follow the rafflecopter instructions below. Good luck! (this is a worldwide giveaway)

Oh and this is a giveaway for my blog's 6th birthday this month! So expect a few lovely collaborations upcoming!


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Zing Organics: Zing Lover's Subscription Club

As you'll know I'm a huge Zing Organics fan.  

See my recent reviews HERE and HERE. I recently blogged about their newish monthly subscription box - see HERE. I'd fancied signing up last month but with holidays just didn't get round to it and so I couldn't resist September's box!

Sign up and pay £29.50 a month including p&p. Each box is worth £50 or more. See HERE for more info.

September's theme is is Woods and includes a treasure from the forest floor (I got these cute little fir cones on their own little twig).

The Eco Marine Algae Facial Cleansing Masque (25g - £24.50) is simply exquisite and smells of the sea. I've only used it once but already I love it. It deeply nourishes the skin leaving it plumped, radiant and smooth. Expect a full review soon! This one's a keeper!

Eastern Promise Solid Cologne in Spiritual Frankincense & Sandalwood (5g - £24.50) this unisex scent is made with 100% Certified Organic ingredients and has a balsamic/woody scent. I've tried the solid scents before (French Bourbon, Geranium & May Chang) and loved it.

A Limited Collection Miniature Amber Glass Candle in "Forest" which is Piercing Siberian Fig with Bourbon Geranium. Burn time is 10 hours. Looking forward to burning this!

What an amazing box of goodies which also come with a gift card (as if you could bear to gift it!)  Is this subscription something you'd sign up for? If you do, you won't be disappointed!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Love Lula: Jane Scrivner Skin Drink Frankincense Hydrating Mist & Rose Gold Ultimate Facial Serum

I've recently been testing out Jane Scrivner's fabulous Nourishing Cleanser Luxury Cleansing Balm* (expect a review of this soon). As I'd been very impressed with how effective and luxurious it was I was keen to try more from the range.

I've totally fallen for the gorgeous Skin Drink Frankincense Hydrating Mist (100ml - £19*) and Rose Gold Ultimate Facial Serum (30ml - £33)*.

Jane has spent 24 years working in skincare and therapy, learning, training and instructing and has travelled the world while doing so. When she came home to Stratford-upon-Avon she decided to create her own skincare line.

Skin Drink Frankincense Hydrating Mist* is just fantastic and one of the best toning mists I've used. It tones, hydrates, regenerates, freshens, is restorative and can be used for fixing make up too.

The blend is mixed and bottled by hand and contains Organic High Altitude Lavender hydrosol, Organic French Apothecary Rose hydrosol and Frankincense essential oil.

To use: shake before use, spray 2-3 pumps over skin (avoiding eyes) before massaging the liquid in.

Rose Gold Ultimate Facial Serum* smells deeply of Bulgarian Rose Otto. It really is incredible and a real treat for the skin and senses. It's best suited to sensitive and mature skin types. It contains Jojoba oil which helps to promote the production of collagen and elastin. The serum balances, tones, soothes, nourishes and can help with broken capilliaries.

To use: apply a single pump to fingertips before massaging onto the face and neck. 

What's your favourite Jane Scrivner product?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program (I added £2 to make this selection). All thoughts are genuine and my post contains 2 affiliate links.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Natura Siberica Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing

Nature's Dream, is a leading supplier of health, wellbeing and beauty products to the UK and Irish retail markets and Natura Siberica is one of their finds (I've used their Oblepikha Hand Cream before).

The formulations are based on traditional remedies from the ancient Siberian tribes with wild harvested ingredients sourced on the unspoilt landscapes. The brand works with local tribes which brings positive changes to their lives.

I've been testing out the fabulous Northern Soap for Deep Facial Cleansing (100ml - £12)* which isn't as scary as it looks!  It's also an award winner having won the Beauty Challenger Awards at Beyond Beauty 2014 in Paris.

The soap contains highly absorbent activated charcoal which draws out impurities, binds dirt, bacteria and excess oils to the surface and leaves the skin feeling super clean, smooth and flawless. It's enriched with powerful and unique wild harvested berries and herbs formulated to a traditional ancient recipe.

The soap rejuvenates, regenerates, softens, tones and nourishes the skin while firming and detoxifying - it really does it all!

To use: wet the sponge and apply the soap to dry skin, avoiding the eyes and lips. Massage and then rinse with warm water. Use once or twice a week.

My thoughts?

I love how clean my skin feels after use. The soap is very gentle, slightly foaming and leaves the skin feeling comfortable and clean but never tight. I'll definitely be adding this as a long-term addition to my skincare regime.

You can pick yours up at selected M&S Stores from today.


Sunday, 10 September 2017

YOU Beauty Box: The CEW Awards Edit

I was sad to learn that September is the last month of YBB (after four years). They are joining forces with Latest in Beauty. Sad times. I did love my little £6.95 box! I was happy I'd re-joined this month as the choices for September were fabby.

I picked:

The Beauty Kitchen Seahorse Plankton 5 Minute Miracle Mask (60ml and worth £14.99!). It smells beautiful and I'm looking forward to trying it. Expect a review soon!

My second pick was Yes To Coconut Ultra Moisture Conditioner for Dry Hair (280ml - £5.99).

The extras: Weleda Jardin de Vie Grenade perfume sample vial and Aussie 3 minute miracle reconstructor deep treatment sachet.

What did you pick?

Saturday, 9 September 2017

New In: Micheline Arcier Aromatherapie Harmonie Dream Drops

Launching today are the fabulous Harmonie Dream Drops* from Micheline Arcier Aromatherapie. I'm a huge fan of the brand - see my reviews (Skincare and Bodycare).

The Harmonie Dream Drops (£19 - 15ml boxed)* are the latest edition to the award winning calming blend (also available in the same scent is a bath oil, body oil, bath & shower crystals and sleep therapy gift set). The drops are best used when you need to relax and unwind. Use before bed to ensure a restful sleep. 

To use: massage one or two drops onto pulse point and chest, inhaling deeply. Anxiety and tension are eased and you are left feeling perfectly relaxed.

The blend is Camomile, Petitgrain and Ylang Ylang and like every Micheline Arcier product exquisite. Camomile helps calm and relax, Petitgrain soothes and revives while Ylang Ylang soothes the cares of the day away and gives the blend and exotic edge.

It's perfect to have beside your bed, in your handbag or even desk drawer! And an ideal gift or stocking filler for a sleep deprived friend.

As with all Micheline Arcier Aromatherapie products it's been made with love and care and is the perfect companion to a good night's sleep.


Friday, 8 September 2017

Herbfarmacy Organic September Starter Box

Although not a newcomer to green and organic beauty and also Herbfarmacy I couldn't resist their starter box for #OrganicSeptember. It's stuffed full of gorgeous products (some I've tried before and some new ones!) It's an absolute bargain - costing only £16 plus P&P. It's the perfect box for someone just starting out on their green and organic journey.

The products are nestled inside a plain reusable box (which I'll definitely find a use for!). 

WOW! Inside you'll find:

Nourish Face Cream 20ml (£10) a fragrance free moisturiser which is suitable for all skin types. This feels rich and nourishing and will be great to use coming into Autumn (it's a new try for me!)

Mallow Beauty Balm 20ml (£13.50) a deeply nourishing balm which I already adore! See my review HERE.

Rose & Echinacea Toner 25ml (£7) which is gently astringent, refreshing and cooling. I'm looking forward to trying this (another new try).

Lip Conditioner 4.5ml (£5) with Marshmallow and Vanilla. I've had the pleasure of trying this nourishing lip balm before.

Also inside are a selection of samples (which cost 75p each - see them HERE):

Skin Rescue Balm which helps dry and itchy skin, Enriching Hand Cream which protects and restores (I've tried this before) and Refining Cleanser which cleans and smooths the skin.

There is a voucher included for 15% off your next online purchase.

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

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Fighting Fifty Travel Essentials Beauty Bag 2017

I've never bought one of Tracey's (Fighting Fifty) Limited Edition Beauty Bags before. Nicola flagged it up on her Facebook Group (Beauty Q&A Insider Tips) and at a total bargainous £20 including UK P&P (Travel Essentials Beauty Bag 2017) just had to be mine! (it's now sold out). The contents are worth over £100.


It's absolutely jam packed!  Here's what's inside (fuller reviews will follow). The products are inside a PVC Airport friendly bag and I received a digital leaflet explaining the products as well as prior to purchase watching the YouTube video (

Alpha-H Essential Cleansing Balm 30ml (this is a new product and has a gorgeous rosy scent)

BetterYou Magnesium Oil Goodnight Spray 15ml - which I'm excited to try!

Dermovia Lace Your Face Calming Chamomile Facial Mask - I've tried one of these masks before and loved it.

Exuviance Bionic Body Polish Masque 10g (a brand I've not heard of)

Goldfaden MD Brightening Elixir 7ml (brightening...yes please)

Kiss the Moon Love Night Cream for Hands (sample size) - see my review HERE.

Lash Perfect Lift Off Eye Makeup Remover 15ml - a decent size, again looking forward to trying.

Merci Handy Hand Cleansing Gel 30ml - happy to have these in my desk drawer.

NeoStra Retinol+NAG Complex 2ml (not heard of this brand)

REN Oat & Bay Conditioning Shampoo 50ml - a decent size from a great brand.

REN Pro Vitamin Conditioner 50ml - again, great travel size.

Tribitor 3-Phase Carbohydrate Blocker 5 x 4.5g sachets (not sure how I feel about these)

Ultrasun Face Anti-Ageing Sun Protection SPF50+ 25ml - a brand I'm happy to use. This is a great travel/handbag size.

Did you pick a beauty bag up?

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Sukin Purifying Body Scrub

I've been aware of Australian brand, Sukin for a while but up to now haven't tried any of their products. I'm also currently testing out their fabulous Oil Balancing Purifying Gel Cleanser with Charcoal* - expect a review soon!

The brand was launch in Melbourne in 2007 and is an affordable and effective range. The products are free from parabens, SLS, synthetic colours and fragrances, propylene glycol, petrochemicals, EDTA and Triethanolamine.

I've been testing out their Purifying Body Scrub (200ml - £9.95)* and I can honestly say it's one of my favourite body scrubs. It contains micro particles of bamboo extracts and ground walnut shells which give the creamy scrub a definitely "scrubbiness". Rosehip, Jojoba and Sesame oils deeply nourish while Aloe Vera and Chamomile soothe and refreshes the skin.

To use: massage onto damp skin in the shower twice a week.

Have you used this scrub? What's your favourite Sukin product?