Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Carmine - February

I received my Carmine box yesterday.  I am loving it.  Included is 3 full size products!

Balance Me Rose Otto Body Wash 125ml - I already love this product having received it as a magazine freebie before. Smells of Turkish Delight.  Gently foaming and sulphate free.

STEAMCREAM - Steam infused skincare 75g - I'd read about this cream before but have never tried it.  Can be used top to toe and packed with natural ingredients - oatmeal infusion, orange flower water, almond oil, lavender oil and other essential oils, jojoba oil and cocoa butter. It's quite strongly scented with lavender so not sure if I'll use it on my face but be a great product to take on holiday. Looking forward to trying this out.  Packaged in limited edition aluminium tin.  Very cute - I got Capri.

Andrea Fullerton Nail Varnish 5.5ml - in shade Matthew. This and the ones above are full size products.

White Glo Extra-Strength Whitening Toothpaste 24g - was pleased to see something different in the box - looking forward to trying this out.

Diego Dalla Palma The Lipstick - I got shade 47 a frosted coral shade - be good with a tan!  Nice product, felt nice on the lips and I'm keen to try some of the other colours - there are 20 shades.

Also included is an extra a sample vial of Yardley Peony EDT - quite nice fresh and floral.  Not sure I'd buy it but nice extra.

A great box. I am really pleased with the contents this month x

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

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February Books

The promise is a follow on from Belle.  The book begins in 1914.  Belle is married to Jimmy who runs a pub with his uncle and Belle makes her own hats and owns a hat shop.  With war looming Jimmy signs up and Belle volunteers to help the wounded.  She goes to France to become an ambulance driver.  She meets up with Etienne who features largely in her life in Belle.  Really believable characters, I couldn't wait to find out what happens.  Won't be to everyone's taste but really easy book to get lost in.  Although I do recommend reading Belle first. You can buy this book here.

Hotel K: The Shocking Inside Story of Bali's most notorious Jail by Kathryn Bonella.  "It's walls touch paradise: sparkling oceans, surf beaches and palm trees on one side, while on the other its a dark, bizarre and truly frightening underworld of sex, drugs, violence and squalor".

Absolutely fascinating (and sometimes scary) read.  You find out about life inside Hotel K.  The book follows the inmates and their everyday lives.  You can buy this book here.

Cage of Bones - Tania Carver - A building awaits demolition and two workmen go to look over the building.  They find a cage made of bones with a child within.  DI Phil Brennan and psychologist Marina Esposito have uncovered a killer who has been killing for 30 years.  With twists and turns an easy reading book. See the book here.  From the authors of The Surrogate and The Creeper - if you've not read these you should read them first as Phil and Marina feature in them.

Me Before You - Jojo Moyes - I loved this book - you definitely need your tissues!  The story follows Lou who works in a cafe and lives at home with her family, goes out with Patrick and hasn't ever left the small town where she lives.  She loses her job and finds one looking after Will who was in a motorcycle accident and is now paralysed from the chest down.  The story follows how their friendship grows and how Will helps Lou grow as a person.  Don't want to say too much about the storyline but I was sad when I finished this book!  You can buy the book here.

What have you been reading?

Monday, 27 February 2012

February Empties

Here are my February empties!

Jo Malone Red Roses Bath Oil 30ml - This was in the Christmas gift from hubby.  Absolutely gorgeous.  Would definitely buy again or drop hints!

Gatineau Gentle Cleansing Lotion for Eyes 250ml - I got this as a gift.  Was nice and gentle but not effective at removing stubborn make up - not one I'd purchase.

Clinique Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 - Shade 03 - loved this, great colour and light coverage.  Lasted for ages, would re-purchase.

L'Occitane Shea Hand Cream 10ml - one of the best hand creams on the market will definitely re-purchase (in fact I've got a full size ready to use).

Jo Malone English Pear & Freesia Body Creme 15ml - pure luxury, was part of my Christmas gift mentioned above.  Would like to try it in Lime, Basil & Mandarin scent.

Lavera Bath Sea Salt Sachet 80g - Vervain & Lime - zingy and fresh.  Would re-purchase.

Elemis Skin Nourishing Milk Bath 125ml - another I love and would re-purchase.

Creme de la Mer The Eye Concentrate 3ml - pure luxe!  Would love to purchase this!

NEOM Bath Oils x 2 single use - gorgeous! Love bath oils will probably re-purchase.

West Labs Himalayan Bath Salts - single use sachet - from Carmine.  Didn't really think much of these.  Wouldn't buy.

L'Occitane Cherry Princess Body Gel 8ml sachet - got this as a freebie with purchase - loved it so much have bought the full size.

Klorane Brightening Cream Condition 10ml sachet - freebie.  Ok product but hated the smell.  Wouldn't buy.

This Works No Wrinkles Extreme Moisturiser 3ml - love this aromatherapy scented moisturiser.  Will purchase at some point.

Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser 100ml - gorgeous, beautifully scented product.  Love this! Have got a replacement one I received in my subscribers gift.

Cor - The Silver Soap 10g - Great product, really easy to use and very effective.  Will re-purchase.

Bamford Geranium Bath Oil 2 x 30ml - love this bath oil, so relaxing! Have a good wee supply from Beauty Box Swaps.

Imperial Leather Chamomile Hand Wash 300ml - okay product, didn't love the scent so probably wouldn't re-purchase.

Elemental Herbology - 4 x sachets from Latest in Beauty - Facial Glow Radiant Peel, Cool & Clear Cleanser and Oil Free Facial Hydrator and 2 x 0.5g sachets SUPER Bright Eyed Flawless Eye Cream - I raved about these products here.  I would definitely purchase all of them.

TIME Face Cream - Ok product which I enjoyed using but wouldn't purchase.

Tropic Body Smooth Refreshing Polish - mini pot from my Best of Boudoir Box.  Quite a nice product but I found the scent quite artificial so wouldn't buy.

Simple Invigorating Shower Gel 250ml - my favourite cheapie shower gel.  Great to wake you up in the morning.  Have already bought a couple more when they were on offer in Semi-Chem.

Lush Butterball - quite liked this bath bomb but there are others I prefer so wouldn't re-purchase.

Dior Capture R60/80 Smoothing Eye Cream 2ml - lovely product, loved using and would maybe purchase.

Klorane Chamomile Shampoo - 25ml - a freebie, good results but hated the scent.  Wouldn't purchase.

Nivea Pure & Natural Body Lotion 250ml - my favourite cheap body lotion.  Does exactly what it says it will and smells great.  I've got one hidden away which I got from ASDA for £2. (I'll get it out when my massive body lotion stash reduces!)

Burt's Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser 20ml - I bought this after reading a magazine review.  Nice product with exfoliating beads.  Enjoyed using would maybe re-purchase.

Prada Candy Shower Gel 75ml - this was in my Christmas gift set.  Lovely good quality shower gel but expensive full size - would probably save my money to buy another bottle of perfume.

L'Occitane Ultra Rich shower Cream 75ml - lovely product, gently scented and very moisturising.  Will probably buy full size at some point.

L'Occitane Essential Face Water 30ml - love this.  Have since bought the full size.

Essential Care Organic Rose Moisturiser 1.5ml sachet - from Amarya.  I loved this.  Scented with rose and can be used around the eye area.  Have already  bought a mini 15ml size.

Sisley Sisleya Global Anti-Age Cream 5ml - so love this product.  From Latest in Beauty YOU box.  I'll never be buying as it costs a fortune but so lovely to use.

Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Body Cream 85g - I picked a set of four up in the sales after Christmas.  This is the first one.  I love it.  Really rich and sweet.  I am adding this one to my wish list!

Macademia Healing Oil Treatment 10ml - love this, got one more from swaps.  Would buy.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil 10ml - loved this would purchase full size from Feel Unique box.

Age Defiance Wipes  - 2 packs for £1 at Poundland.  Great value and non-sting.

KUSMI Detox Tea - delicious! (got three extra tins via swaps)

What have you been using up this month?

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Lipstick Fridays Blog Sale

I had some credit in my paypal account so bought this from Lipstick Friday's blog sale.  I do love Bath & Body Works.  We used to have a shop here and I was in it just about every day!

I got this Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Trio - Triple Moisture Body Cream (226g), Anti-Bac Moisturising Hand Lotion and Anti-Bac Hand Gel 29ml.  You can see Lipstick Fridays blog sale here.  Check out her blog too - its fab!

I paid £5 for all plus P&P and love all the products! x

p.s. oops another body lotion!

Saturday, 25 February 2012

No7 £5 Money Off Voucher

Boots No7 £5 off voucher promotion is running until 25 March.  I picked up Beautiful Skin Energising Mask.  The normally retails at £12.50 for 75ml.

Suitable for all skin types.  This is a peel off mask - one of my favourite types! It's got a light, fresh floral scent.  Use once or twice a week for fresh and bright skin.  Looking forward to trying this out as I've not tried this particular mask before (and yes, I broke my spending ban - only lasted a week!) I'll do a review once I  try it out.

Do you think you'll get anything during the promotion?  

Friday, 24 February 2012

Joliebox - February

A long wait for this box as there was no January box.  Packaged slightly differently in a black drawstring bag with "Joliebox" logo on it and then packaged in the box as normal.  Not sure what I will do with all the bags I'll collect!

I'd seen a few spoilers and wasn't too impressed with the box but now I've got it I am quite pleased with it.

Here are the contents:

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain in Forever Pink - "multi-purpose stain which adjusts its colour to your mood and temperature".  Love this! Pretty pink shade and very moisturising.

Macademia Deep Repair Masque - 30ml sachet - "ultra-conditioning hair masque will rebuild damaged hair for improved shine & elasticity".  Love the brand so looking forward to trying this out.  Reckon I'll get 2-3 uses.  

TAAJ Himalaya Micellar Water 100ml - a make up remover for face and eyes.  Can't wait to try this out.  This is the reason I like the boxes as I get to try brands I have never heard of.  I'd never have found Leonor Greyl if it hadn't been for Boudoir Prive!  Check out my Leonor Greyl posts here and here.

KIMIA Rejuvenating Facial System sample - facial oil and hydro activator.  Tried this before a few times via free samples (Love Lula/Naturisimo) so wish I'd got the alternative RMK cleansing oil scented with mint & Damascus Rose.

Lavera Basis Sensitive Organic Hand Cream 20ml - got this in Latest in Beauty box.  Not too excited by this, its an okay hand cream but there are others I prefer.

I am quite happy with this box, love seeing new brands and different products from brands I know and love.  I think I'll be keeping this subscription! 

What are your thoughts?  Did you love the box or hate it?

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Parcel from America

One of the American girls on Beauty Box Swaps said she'd be happy to send products to the UK (I paid via paypal).  I was hoping the parcel would be here in time for my Valentine Giveaway - alas not!  I'd asked for two of the Revlon ColourBurst Lip Butters in Berry Smoothie - one of which I'm posting to Evelyn to try out.  The other colour I got is Gumdrop - a really pale pink.  I am loving them, they are so moisturising - can't wait for them to hit the shelves here on 3rd March!  I think I want every shade. (I'll try and get the camera to give me a swatch photo but its easy to find a photo of the shades if you search on Google).

I also asked for some Bath & Body Works.  I asked for surprise products and was sent 2 x 88ml mini bottles of Country Chic shower gel and White Citrus Body Lotion.  

p.s. I'd bought these before my spending ban! x

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Pai Geranium & Thistle Combination Skin Cream 30ml

I received this 80% organic face cream in Pai's monthly prize draw for newsletter subscribers which you can read about here.

Packaged in a glass bottle with pump top.  This cream is lightly scented with geranium and thistle.  It really suits my combination skin, has a light texture and is easily absorbed. Balances redness and reduces pores.  It mattifies instantly so you can put make up on straight away.  Also great for sensitive skin types.  Retails at £24 for 30ml.  I'll definitely purchase it at some point.

You can see the website here.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Mystery Box - Beauty Products from Hong Kong

I recently took part in a mystery swap with Maria who swaps on beauty box swaps on Facebook.  She brought me back all these goodies from her holiday in Hong Kong.  I paid £10 including postage.  Look also at the very cute little notes about what everything is and how to use them.  Love it!

Here is what I got:

4 x assorted paper face masks - the interesting sounding "bird's nest collagen mask" is not available in the UK.  Looking forward to trying these out - they look really good.

Under Eye Masks - 2 packs - for hydrating and reducing dark circles.  In the pink packet there are 3 pairs and in the foil packet 1 pair.  I've used a similar product from Estee Lauder before.  Looking forward to trying as I suffer from dark circles.

Face Wash - a hydrating gel cleanser - I can never have enough cleansers, looking forward to trying this one out.

A beautiful eyeshadow palette in gorgeous sparkly shades - sorry my photo doesn't do it justice.  Really pretty shades.

Oil Clear Blotting Paper - I always shine in my t-zone so looking forward to trying these out.

Peel Gel - a gentle gel which removes dead skin cells.  Maria recommends using once a week.  To use, cleanse and then pat skin dry (but not completely dry) apply kidney bean size of gel over the face avoiding eyes and lips and rub in a circular motion.  White bits will start to appear - and this is dead skin! eek!  Rinse and then apply a moisture/hydrating mask or moisturiser.

The final item is wrapped in orange tissue paper and is a winter warmer the Asian way!  It is unrefined black cane sugar with a hint of ginger.  Add the whole piece to a mug of hot water, stir and enjoy!  Sounds yummy.

I am really pleased with all the contents of the box and all the trouble Maria went to.  I'll let you know how I get on with all the products. x

Monday, 20 February 2012

What's in my Make Up Bag

I've not done one of these posts before but love seeing what's in someone's make up bag.

My bag is from L'Occitane it was part of a free gift.

I don't carry the primer or the large size BareMinerals (I've got a small one of this).

My current primer is Lancome Effet Miracle which I am really enjoying using but I'm not sure I'd buy it again as it is expensive at £26 for 15ml.

I am using BareMinerals Light Foundation (carry about a travel size pot and brush) and BareMinerals Tinted Hydrating Mineral Veil.

I have also been using the Estee Lauder Daywear BB Cream 5ml sample bought from Latest in Beauty. It's really nice but expensive at £32 for 30ml.

On my cheeks I am using Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pale Pink.

On eyes, BareMinerals eyecolour in Vanilla Sugar and Renew, YSL Waterproof Eyeliner in Black or Purple (or Green, not shown) and Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara in Black.

Armani Lip Liner and Top Ford Lipstick in Indian Rose or Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon.  I also carry two atomizers with Chanel Sycomore and Tom Ford Santal Blush.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Sanctuary Softening Thermal Sugar Polish - Relax

This scrub is available from Boots.  It contains organic sugar and crushed walnuts - an effective scrub having quite gritty pieces rather than being too smooth although it is quite runny. This is in the same scent as Warming Body Oils (which I loved).

I don’t like the scent so much in the scrub but this could be because I am using it in the morning rather than at night - I tend to prefer baths to showers in the evening.  It contains relaxing oils of Vetivert (helps calm the mind), Cedarwood (give clarity) and Labdanum (relaxation).

Wet skin and rub in the polish using circular motions.  The warming sensation  is really nice!

Spa like treatment at a fraction of the cost.  Leaves skin super soft and smooth.  Retails at £8.25.  Also can be purchased in 3 for 2 deals.

Have you tried this scrub? What's your favourite? I'm always on the look out for new body scrubs to try.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Lanolips 101 Ointment

I first tried Lanolips 101 Ointment via the Latest in Beauty YOU box where a 1g sample sachet was included. Love it.

Lanolips creator, Kirsten Carriol used to spend holidays on her grandparents sheep farm in South Australia as a child.  Lanolin is a natural substance taken from just shorn sheep wool.  Lanolips uses 100% pure grade Lanolin and the ointment contains 100% naturally derived ingredients and is fragrance and colour free.

It has loads of uses - as a glossy lip balm, for cuticles, dry skin areas etc. The balm is quite thick so I tend to rub a small amount on my fingertips before applying to lips.  Retails at £11.22 at Boots.

Have you tried this product? 

US Magazines - Allure/Marie Claire

I've three US magazines I'm finished with.  If you'd like one and you live in the UK please comment below which one you'd like and I'll post it out to you.  Please leave your email address so I can contact you for your mailing address.  First come first served.

Allure - December & February issues

Marie Claire - January issue (this is a bit dog eared!) x

Friday, 17 February 2012

Beauty Bible Testing - My Buy Again Products - Part 1

Out of my first batch of products these are the ones I would buy again.  I still have testing to do for the rest (shampoo & conditioner, cleanser, anti-ageing serum and neck cream - a longer period was set for testing these). You can see all the products I got here.

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks (pale pink) - Loved the colour and texture, how easy it was to apply and how well it lasted and the fact you could use it on lips too.  This pot will last for ages as I've barely made a dent in it - would purchase.  Retails at £18 for 11ml.

Clinique Chubby Stick - Mega Melon - absolutely love this lip product, super moisturising and leaves lips with a beautiful hint of colour.  Retails at £16 for 2g.

Avene Eau Thermal Avene Gentle Purifying Scrub - amazing and effective product, gentle gel scrub, could be used on wet/dry skin.  Soft floral scent.  Felt like it was being really kind to the skin but also removing dead skin cells.  I also love the Thermal Water Spray from this brand.  Retails at £9.50 for 50ml.

The ones I wouldn't purchase are -

W7 Flirty Eyes False Lash Effect Mascara Black (£1.99) and Nuture Protect Day Cream SPF15 (£9.95).

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Body Lotion Spending Ban!

I've put myself on a body lotion/butter/oil spending ban (and all other beauty products apart from Carmine, She Said Beauty and Joliebox.  Amarya (I have until September as I paid this for a year) and any essentials I may need).

I was a bit cheeky yesterday and bought L'Occitane Cherry Princess Silky Body Gel - like I need another body lotion - when you see the photo below! A limited edition scented with cherries and floral notes - (I recently received a free sample instore and fell in love).  Its got a light silky texture and melts into the skin leaving the skin delicately scented.  There is an extra-special Limited Edition set available containing 50ml EDT, 250ml Shower Cream, 75ml  Body Gel and 30ml Hand Cream all for £39.  You can see the set here.

Below are the body products I want to use up this year.  I have nearly finished the Neutrogena Body OilNivea lotion and Elemis Pro-Collagen Body Cream.

Other half doesn't understand why I need so many! I do like a choice (plus I have a few more hidden away - oops).  This post was inspired by The Bristol Beauty Blog and Cosmetic Cravings.

What beauty products do you have too many of?

Wednesday, 15 February 2012


I took a half day from work today and trawled the shops picking up a few freebies on the way.

Grazia magazine are offering a VIP make up consultation at Armani counters.  You get sample pots of Luminous Silk Foundation, Fluid Sheer, Blushing Fabric and a 2ml Eyes to Kill Excess Mascara in black. 

Also on the back cover of Grazia you can pick up a 2ml sample size of NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser at SpaceNK.

In Crabtree & Evelyn I got a mini sample pot of Avocado, Olive Oil & Basil Body Lotion.

p.s. I went for my Carmine Benito Brow Threading - It was agony!  My eyebrows were red for hours - but I am pleased with the results.

Beyond Organic Skincare Top to Toe Anti-Ageing Body Butter - Review

I was approached by award winning Beyond Organic Skincare to review their Organic Body Butter Top to Toe.  They sent me a tester pot which you can see below with enough product to last a couple of weeks.

Certified Organic with 98% organic ingredients and 2% natural ingredients.  The company was founded in 2005 and is based on a small Cornish farm near Falmouth.

The products are natural, Fair Trade, not tested on animals, suitable for vegetarians, low carbon footprint and the packaging is recycled and recyclable.

If you are in the area you are welcome to drop by during opening hours Monday - Friday.  I was in Cornwall last summer wish I'd visited!

You can find out more about the company and range of products available here.  

The body butter is balm like in texture and scented with Alpine Rose & Vanilla.  I expected it to be a bit more strongly scented but it has a natural scent due to the butter being made with herbal and botanical infusions rather than perfumes.  The scent has grown on me over use.  I have also been using it on my face at night - it is deeply nurturing and moisturising - it truly is a top-to-toe product - great for holidays/weekends away due to its multi-purpose use for face and body.

Retails at £39.65 for 200ml - this size pot would last for ages.  It's definitely a product I will purchase at some point as I love its deep moisturising properties, how soft it leaves my skin and the natural ingredients used.

On my wish list are Organic Detoxifying Cleanser and the Travel Pack for weekends away and holidays. The chocolate lip balm sound pretty yummy too. x

ingredients: Top to Toe
sunflower oil containing chamomile, shea butter, sunflower oil containing marigold, olive oil, macademia, olive oil containing vanilla, beeswax, Alpine Rose active, rosemary antioxidant, Vitamin E

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Diptyque Eau Rose Roll On

Happy Valentines Day!

I had a voucher for Harvey Nichols and decided to treat myself to something.  I was thinking something along the lines of an eye shadow or lipstick but I came across Diptyque Eau Rose 20 ml roll on at the SpaceNK counter.
I adore rose scents as I think I’ve mentioned before.  The scent retails at £30 for 20ml or £60 for 100ml.  Although I am guessing if this becomes one of my favourite scents its more economical to buy the larger size.  There is also a limited edition candle.
It’s gorgeous!  With top notes of bergamot, blackcurrant and Lychee and middle notes of damask and centifolia roses ending on notes of musk, cedar and honey.  The rose notes last and last (although I did re-apply a few times during the course of the day).
It comes boxed and encased in a black velvet pouch – would also make an amazing gift.
I asked if I could have a sample (SpaceNK usually give a sample(s) with purchase if you ask) and was given – 2ml mini tube NARS Pro-Prime Pore Refining Primer and a 2ml tube NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser in Light2 Alaska - not tried either of these products.

Have you used this scent?  

Monday, 13 February 2012

February Wants

Here are my February wants -

Bourjois Smile Enhancing Gloss £8.99 - read about it here.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy.

Miller Harris Single Note Oil in Rose Absolute.

Givenchy Mr Radiant.

SUPER Lush Lips Conditioning Balm.

Tom Ford Beauty Eye Colour Quad

I can wish! x

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Just Be Anti-Ageing Facial

I recently went for a Just Be Anti-Ageing Facial.  A luxurious treatment which uses a range of products created by Gail Bryden the founder of Just Be.

The treatment starts by being asked a few questions about your skin and how it feels at the moment.  You then choose your oil (for the neck and shoulder massage - pure bliss!) and your toner out of a choice of two.

I chose Just be Happy (a blend of pink grapefruit, Lime and Bergamot Essential Oils with Coconut Oil) and Just be Toned Refreshing Toner (with basil and chamomile Essential Oils).

The treatment room is gorgeous!  Very restful and tranquil bringing a feeling of calm (the bed is heated - so easy to drop off!)

Just before the treatment you get to smell your oil inhaling deeply for feelings of calm and relaxation.

The facial starts with a double deep cleanse using Just be Cleansed - a rich, nourishing balm cleanser scented with geranium, bourbon and petigrain - I own this already and can highly recommend it especially for removing waterproof mascara.  It is removed with a warm cloth.

Your skin is then misted with your chosen toner.

Next, a pressure point massage using Just be Hydrated, a hydrating serum.  The massage stimulates circulation and helps to eliminate toxins and plump up skin.  

An amazing neck & shoulder massage follows using the Just Be Happy Oil chosen earlier and finally the facial is finished with Just be Radiant Treatment Oil and Just Be Soft Lip Balm. 

My skin glowed and looked so healthy after this treatment.  It costs £45 for 45 minutes.  Gail also does various massage treatments.  You can read more about these here.  I am tempted by the Hawaiian style Lomi Lomi massage next!

Check out the online shop for all the products used in my facial. There are also gorgeous treatment candles which when melted can be poured directly onto the skin for massage and amazing body butters.  You can see the shop here.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Weleda Body Oil - Lavender

Weleda products are made from plant, nut and seed oils which help to nourish the skin and promote a sense of wellbeing.  Very relaxing and pampering.

"our luxurious oils penetrate deep into your skin helping improve your skin's health while pleasing your all of your senses"

The bottle is quite plain - a bit like a medicine bottle!

Great product for stress relieving after a hard day either for use either in the bath or for massage or use on wet skin in the shower and then rinse.  Calming for use just before bed.  Retails at £9.95 for 100ml.  This is a close second to my favourite bath oil Bamford Geranium Bath Oil.

Friday, 10 February 2012

Valentine Giveaway - Winner

Congratulations to Jade at JetleyMess who won my Valentines Giveaway

(Jade, I have emailed you for your address)

Thanks to everyone who reads my blog - I do appreciate it :)


Simple Invigorating Shower Gel 250ml

I first came across this shower gel when it was reviewed by The Gloss Goss.  I normally pick it up in Poundland, if they've got it instore or Semi-Chem (recently bought in Semi-Chem 2 for £2 instead of £1.79 each).

It's my favourite cheapie shower gel.  It's a fresh and minty wake up call in the morning and I'd highly recommend.  Kind to skin and great for everyday use. (and that one to the left is going into my February empties shortly!)

What's your favourite bargain shower gel?

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Clinique Bonus Time - Debenhams

Noticed in the Metro this morning that Debenhams have a Clinique bonus time running from 9 - 25 February, yours with the purchase of two or more items, one to be skincare.

Included is trial sizes of -

Rinse off foaming cleanser - Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief - All about Eyes - Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion - High Impact Mascara in Black - Lip Palette Quad with brush - High Impact Lip Colour in Extreme Pink and Rosette, Buttershine Lipstick in Pinkaboo and Different Lipstick in a Different Grape also included is a cute make up bag.

I'm tempted...

L'Occitane One Minute Hand Scrub 200ml

This product retails at £12.50 for 100ml.  I bought this in a special pack with 150ml Shea Butter Hand Cream for £25.
My hands are so dry at the moment I need all the help I can get!  The scrub has been formulated to give you soft and moisturised hands in one minute.  The scrub contains brown sugar, 10% shea butter, sweet almond and grapeseed oils.

Stir before use to thoroughly mix the oil and sugar and then use a small blob on dry hands and rub in as if you were washing your hands. Rinse and pat dry.  Nicely scented and definitely makes hands feel less dry.  

No.7 also do a similar product (Revitalising Hand Saviour) which is just as nice and retails at £11 for 75ml (although I tend to buy when Boots are doing their £5 off vouchers).

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Amarya - February

I received my Amarya box today - its fab!

Included is:

Happiness Travel Candle by NEOM 75g (burn time 20 hours).  This particular scent hasn't even launched yet!  It is gorgeous - scented with white neroli, mimosa and lemon and retails at £13.

A full size Zoya nail polish in Kendal worth £10.  Really pretty shade.

15ml tube Essential Care Organic Avocado Replenishing Cream for dry/mature skin.  Full size 50ml retails at £18 and a 1.5ml sachet of Essential Care Organic Rose Moisturiser for all skin types (and you can use as an eye cream).

I am pleased with the box this month - great value for a tenner.  What are your thoughts?