Friday, 31 January 2014

January: Lately I've been Loving

Here's what I'm loving this month:

I bought The Little Book of Lunch which is jam packed full of tasty lunch ideas. Only made one so far...the Spanish lunch which was simply yummy. 

I picked up this really cute mug recently (I love collecting pretty mugs). A bargain at a fiver and it holds loads of tea.

a beautiful world sent me a pot of Indie Lee's Calendula Eye Balm* - it is quite simply the best eye product I've ever used and a full review will be up next week.

I'm loving that I've got back into reading this month and even tried my first Kindle book (borrowed the Kindle off hubby).  I just finished The Killer Next Door by Alex Marwood on Tuesday, super creepy and I just didn't see the ending coming! You can see my review here.  Still on the fence whether I'd buy a kindle as I love real books too much!  Although in saying that I've got a kindle book on blogging for profit which I've just started...

Pukka 3 Cinnamon Tea is simply delicious! It is a blend of Indian, Indonesian and Vietnamese teas. it has a sweet and spicy taste.  I'd probably never have discovered it as I tend to stick to tea brands I know. Jen at Daisy Rose Beauty knows I love teas and sent me a selection of sachets at Christmas.  I'm now on my second box!

Apivita sent me (and some other lucky bloggers!) gorgeous goodies at Christmas - Euphoria Bath & Shower Gel, Body Milk and Soap. The products are scented with Jasmine and White Tea and are simply gorgeous! So uplifting and the skin is left lightly scented.  A full review to follow.  

What are you loving this month?

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#NoBuyJanuary - Update 4

oooh! I made it to week 4 with only one buy which I wasn't allowed - the Latest in Beauty Hip & Healthy Beauty Discovery Box (which I'm still awaiting arrival of. Sad face)

I'm going to look back at my weekly wants lists for the last 4 weeks and decide what things I'm still going to buy.

Week 1:

This was an out-of-control list!

I was very kindly sent Indie Lee Calendula Eye Balm* from a beautiful world. A Review will be up very soon. I really don't know how I've lived for so long without this super nourishing product in my life! It's one I know I'll purchase again and again.

I reviewed Beauty Naturals Smoothing Sugar Cleanser* last week and you can see my post here. Again, I was really pleased to be sent this.

From the rest of my list from Week 1 this is what I'll purchase soon:

And...the rest of the list? Perhaps at some point but there's nothing from it I need instantly.

Week 2:

All lovely products I'd love to have in my collection. I'm tempted by...

Napiers Alkanet & Elderflower Lip Tint
Therapi Orange Blossom Balancing Honey Moisturiser

Week 3:

I am keen to have Antipodes Delight Hand & Body Cream in my collection but I am unable to source a UK stockist. Boo!

I also want to try Ayo Beauty The Collection Gift Set - Ultimate Joy but...I'm not really needing all these types of products at the moment. I'm nearly ready to buy a body scrub so I'll pick up The Body Polisher along with The Polishing Cloth.  Aren't I good.

Week 4:

Final week and final day today!  I think the four weeks of not spending have done me the world of good (hubby most definitely agrees!). I'd never have bought all the things on my wishlists and am pleased to say I'm looking more sensibly at possible purchases.

Here's my weekly wants list for week 4 - It's epic!

I can quite honestly say I want everything from this list! I have owned a bottle of the very gorgeous Frederic Malle Lipstick Rose EDP before & tried samples of Aesop Rind Aromatique Body Balm - thanks Galina for sending me them.

I'll let you know what things I eventually pick up from my wishlists.  How has your #NoBuyJanuary been?

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Thursday, 30 January 2014

January Books

Well I'm off to a good start with reading this month. I managed five books!

Love Nina: Despatches from Family Life by Nina Stibbe - in the 1980s Nina left Leicester and moved to London to become a nanny to two boys. The story is told in letters home to her sister - often hilarious and very entertaining. Nina left her employment as a nanny to attend Thames Polytechnic but always kept in touch with the family - even moving back in while at college.  She now lives in Cornwall with her husband and two children and works in publishing. I loved this book.

No time for Goodbye by Linwood Barclay - an easy reading crime type fiction book which follows Cynthia whose family disappear when she is a teenager and 25 years later she still wonders what happened to them.

Bay of Secrets by Rosanna Ley - I simply loved this and could not put it down!

Set in England and the Canary Islands. It is 2011 and Ruby Rae's parents are killed in a freak accident. While clearing out their house she comes across a shoebox filled with mementos and discovers a devastating secret. In Spain in 1939, Julia's parents leave her at a convent in Barcelona to ensure that she is safe during the war.  She works at a Maternity Clinic which uses unethical adoption procedures. She feels this is not quite right and she starts keeping a notebook detailing the cases which are not straightforward.  Ruby meets Andres who is connected to the story in a way you are not expecting. A fantastic read, can't recommend it highly enough.

I also just adored Rosanna's first book The Villa which I read in July.

The Trader's Sister by Anna Jacobs - this is the second part in a four part saga. Very easy reading but enjoyable.  I read the first part in October. This one follows Bram's sister, Ismay Deagan who is desperate to leave Ireland and join Bram and his wife in Australia.  She is attacked by a man desperate to marry her and her employers help her leave.  On the ship she meets a man, Adam Treagar and his Aunt whom she becomes a companion and friend to on the voyage. She is scared to let Adam get too close but he has secrets too..

My final book this month is The Killer next Door by Alex Marwood - this is not out in paperback until June so I borrowed hubby's kindle to read it and I'm glad I did! A creepy and sometimes gruesome book it kept me on the edge of my seat and burning the midnight oil. I loved Alex's first book The Wicked Girls which I read last January.

No.23 Beulah Grove is a crumbling house in South London which has been divided up into bedsits.  The six residents all have something to hide. Collette is on the run from her ex-boss, Cher is a children's home escapee and under age, Vesta has lived in the house all her life, first with her parents as she was growing up and now on her own as an old age pensioner, Thomas is quiet and shy but wants to be friends, Hossein is the good looking Asylum seeker and Gerald keeps himself to himself. 

As the book progresses we find out more about each resident, sometimes disturbing information.  Roy Preece, the landlord is a vile man who really made my skin crawl.  An accident brings the residents together in an uneasy alliance. The ending is very clever and I never saw it coming.  Highly recommend.

What have you been reading this month?

January Empties

Here's what I've been using up in January -

Just be Tranquil Body & Massage Oil 30ml - I love this light and calming oil. See my review here. I'm sure to pick this up again once I get through some of my stash!

Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Shampoo 60ml & Conditioner 60ml - I received these in a Souk Souk box. My first try from this brand. These are suitable for all hair types and I did enjoy using them. I'd like to try products for dry/damaged/coloured hair next.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist 50ml & 1 x 15ml - I simply love this and I repurchase it time and time again.  See my review here

Stila One Step Skintone Correcting Brightening Serum 30ml - I received this in the very first Selfridges box - see here and what an amazing box that was! I'm sad to have finished this all-in-one colour corrector, primer, brightener and serum. Sure to pick it up again sometime soon.

bodhi Desert Rose Rejuvenating Face Oil 30ml - one of my favourite face oils...ever! See my review here. I've super-happy I've got a replacement for this one! A product I'll buy again and again. Love it.

Dr Hauschka Almond Soothing Body Wash 10ml - one I've tried a couple of times in this size. A really lovely moisturising body wash and one I'd buy full size.

Pure Thoughts Tangerine & Jojoba Whipped Shea Butter 45g - another product I love. I think this was my third pot. Be sure to add it to my stash again as it smells fantastic and super moisturises the skin. Packaging has now changed to a handy tin.

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Creamy Body Wash 20ml and Body Oil 10ml - absolutely adore the Sea Buckthorn scent. It's so uplifting and refreshing. These went on my wishlist for #NoBuyJanuary week 1.  See my review here.

Caudalie Vinosource SOS Morning Eye Rescue 1.5ml - loved this eye cream. Would be keen to try a bigger sample.

Swell Advanced Volumising Shampoo 50ml and Advanced Volumising Conditioner 50ml - these were nice to use and I'd happily purchase them again.

Myroo Mint Tea Polishing Body Scrub 300g* - I loved this minty and invigorating scrub. One I'd definitely use again.  Myroo Mint Tea Bath Fizz 160g*. This was really lovely to use and made bath time a pleasure. See my review here.

bodhi Jasmine Falls Relaxing Bath & Shower Therapy 50ml - One of my favourite bodhi products so sure to purchase again.  See my initial review here. This particular one I got as a present from hubby. Will definitely buy again.

Skinlikes Natural Deodorant 70ml* - my favourite deodorant. Will buy it again. You can see my review here

Gielly Green Hand & Body Wash 50ml x 2 - love this body wash. Will buy again.  See my review here.

bare innocence Essence of Vali Balance Massage & Bath Oil sample* - loved this! See my review here.

Dr Bronner's Magic Soap Rose - this was okay but prefer the peppermint scent. Wouldn't buy this particular one again.

Savonnerie Gardeners Therapy Botanical Hand Wash 250ml* - this was lovely to use.  See my review here.

OV Naturals Rose Geranium Harmonising Organic Facial Oil 10ml* - this was fab to use and I'd consider buying it.  See my review here.

balance Me Supertoning Body Wash 100ml - this was nice enough but I didn't love the scent so wouldn't buy.

Hairy Jayne Light Conditioner 30ml - again, nice enough to use but I preferred the cream conditioner. See the set I picked up here.

One Love Skin Saviour Sample - this multi-purpose beauty balm was quite nice - you can use it as a cleanser, moisturiser or to mix with mineral foundation. There are other balms I prefer so wouldn't buy.

Therapie Cherish Skin Repair Serum 30ml - simply loved this beautiful body serum.  The aromatics used deliver a gorgeous scent but also have healing and regenerating properties. Definitely one I'll buy again (in full size!)

What have you been using up this month?

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Marlenha Petal Delicate Eye Serum

I first reviewed Marlenha products back in June* (trial size trio) and August* (this product is now called Flourish Moisturiser).

Marlenha is a range of handmade bio-skincare products which are crafted in Italy in small batches using artisan techniques, natural extracts and active ingredients.

Products are free from parabens, petroleum, paraffin, SLS and chemical preservatives.  98% of ingredients are natural with 2% being synthetic ingredients certified and approved by EcoCert and the Soil Association.  There is no animal testing.

I was sent Petal Delicate Eye Serum* (£44 for 30ml) to review recently.

The eye serum rejuvenates and moisturises the eye area. It contains Edelweiss Stem Cells, Hyaluronic Acid and Borage Oil which are rich in Omegas 3 & 6.  The serum helps boost cell regeneration and even the skin tone.  I've found the skin around my eyes to be brighter with dark circles reduced and the skin plumped and hydrated.

To use: apply morning and night, patting a small amount around the eye area. Suitable for all skin types.  I've found it nice to use. It absorbs easily and has a pleasant light scent.

Have you used any Marlenha products before?

*PR sample

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Simply Bee

Simply Bee recently sent me some of their products to try and review.  A family business which was launched in March 2011 in Hopefield, South Africa and dad, Derick Hugo has some 40 years beekeeping experience.

Products are handmade using ingredients from renewable and plentiful natural resources.  They are free from parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, synthetic colours and fragrances.

They contain propolis and beeswax, honey and essential oils. Propolis is nature's own antiseptic and preservative and has been used in beauty treatments for thousands of years to purify, heal and smooth the skin.  The products can also help with acne, eczema, psoriasis, age spots and is anti-ageing.

Heel Balm* 125ml - £15

This is a rich balm made from a natural formulation and it contains Propolis, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil with Tea Tree Essential Oil.  It moisturises and softens dry and cracked skin on the feet.  I tend to use it just before bed popping on a pair of socks to lock in moisture and wake up with beautifully soft feet in the morning.  It does have quite a strong Tea Tree scent (which I'm not normally a fan of) but I've been enjoying using the balm. It's my favourite of the three products.

Propolis Serum* 30ml - £21

This is a rich serum which only contains three ingredients - Propolis, Sweet Almond Oil and Neroli Essential Oil.  It has a fruity/woody scent.  It calms, heals and moisturises the skin.  It is anti-bacterial and decongesting and can help with anti-ageing and age spots.  Suitable for all skin types even sensitive.  Apply a few drops to the face and neck twice a day before moisturising.

Lip Balm* 10ml - £3.90

Soothes and moisturises dry and chapped lips leaving them smooth and comfortable.  Contains Beeswax, Propolis, Peppermint and Rosemary Essential Oils.  Apply as often as needed.  

The packaging is pretty cute and there is a whole range of products available - day and night creams, cleansing cream, hand cream, hand & body wash, hand & body lotion, honey beeswax soap, men's and baby products and balms. See here.

Have you tried any Simply Bee products?

You can buy products in the UK - see the website here.
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Monday, 27 January 2014

Merionwen Vintage Rose Massage Bar

As you'll know I am a huge Merionwen fan!  The Vintage Rose Massage Bar* (40g - £7.50) is packed full of nourishing oils and butters and lightly scented with rose.

Individually wrapped and shaped like a flower it is easy to hold whether you are using it for massage or as a body moisturiser.

To use: smooth over warm skin allowing the oils to melt before massaging it in.

It leaves the skin deeply moisturised and smelling of roses.

Handmade in small batches, of spa quality and reasonably priced. It would make a great small gift and also be perfect for Valentine's Day!

Have you used this or any other Merionwen products?


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Shopping my Stash #43 - #NoBuyJanuary Edition 3

Here's what I've been reaching for this week - 

Madara Moonflower Tinted Fluid - simply love this worn on its own or mixed into foundation. It illuminates the skin and evens out your skintone. I first received a sample of this in May's Amarya box (now Love Lula).

JULVAL Decollete Lift Cream* - I was recently sent selection of Julval products to review.  The range comes from Amsterdam and the products are very luxurious. They are aimed at lifting and firming the skin.  The Decollete cream is rich and melts easily into the decollete, neck, cleavage and upper arms. It has a light scent and is nice to use.  A fuller review to follow.

Time Bomb Rescue Mission Miracle Mineral Bath* - this foaming bubble bath contains magnesium salts, citrus oils, Arnica, Echinacea, St John's Wort, Comfrey and Calendula. It is stress relieving and helps with aches and pains. Great to use after a run or exercise class.  It soothes and calms and is perfect to use just before bed.

Neom Inspiration Hand Cream - with violet, chamomile and cedarwood. I'm a huge fan of Neom's Complete Bliss Hand Cream - see my review here.  This is lovely too and like Complete Bliss moisturises the hands keeping them nourished and delicately scented.

Antipodes Organic Divine Face Oil - a gorgeous, light and non greasy face oil which leaves the skin radiant and moisturised. It smells simply beautiful. It contains Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange and Jasmine essential oils. Suitable for use morning and night.

What have you been using this week?

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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Dr Organic Rose Otto Lip Serum

I received Dr Organic's Rose Otto Lip Serum for Christmas along with a selection of other Rose Otto goodies.  You can see them here.

This lip balm is simply gorgeous!  It contains rose oil and vanilla and tastes a bit like raspberry ripple ice cream. Yum!  It leaves the lips super glossy and keeps them moisturised as well as firming and toning the lips.

You can buy it at Holland & Barratt - see here.

Have you used this before?  What's your favourite lip balm? 

Friday, 24 January 2014

#NoBuyJanuary - Update 3

I've been really good this week and not bought a thing!  I'm still awaiting the arrival of my Latest in Beauty The Hip & Healthy Beauty Discovery Box which I ordered last week (£13.90).

I've been getting through loads of half used beauty products and have been finding lots of old favourites.

My weekly wants list is fairly modest this week:

I did come across a gorgeous and exciting looking new brand Ayo via my Emerald Street email on Wednesday and I am excited to buy and try the products at the beginning of February. Susan, the founder seems a lovely lady and her late sister Joy is the inspiration behind the brand. 

The products whose scent is called "Salute the Sun" contains essential oils of Sicilian Bergamot, Lemon, Jasmin Sambac, Geranium Bourbon, Rose Absolute, Sandalwood, Patchouli and Vanilla to name a few.  You can see the full fragrance list here.

Of course I'm wanting to try all three products (on introductory special offer until 28 February) - The Body CremeThe Body Polisher which you use with The Polishing Cloth and The Body Cleanser.

How is your spending ban coming along?

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Beauty Naturals & Skin Revivals Smoothing Sugar Cleanser

I started shopping at Beauty Naturals long before I became a beauty blogger. It's a great online shop stuffed full of interesting beauty products as well as green home products.  You can also order via the catalogue paying by cheque.  You can order a catalogue here.  Standard delivery is free in the UK.

Beauty Naturals is a family run business which was started by their late grandmother, Martha Hill. She introduced her effective and cruelty free products over 40 years ago.  Own brands include - Martha Hill, Skin Revivals, David Hill, Purely Hair Care and Herbs for Health.  You can see these here.  There is no animal testing and the own brands are made in the UK.  You can see full ingredients lists for each product on the website.

Other brands available to buy include Amie, Badger, Konjac, Steam Cream, Organic Surge, Orly, Burt's Bees, Dr Bronner's and Jason, to name a few.

If you introduce family and friends to Beauty Naturals and they place an order Beauty Naturals will give you a £5 gift voucher.  You can join The Martha Hill Beauty Club which costs £15 for a year's membership.  When you join you chose a "club product" and every time you buy it during your year's membership you get it half price.  Members also get 10% off each order and can collect beauty points.

Beauty Naturals very kindly sent me their Skin Revivals Smoothing Sugar Cleanser* (50ml - £11.50) after spotting it in Week 1 of my #NoBuyJanuary Weekly Wants List.  This product received a Highly Commended Award in the Natural Health Beauty Awards last year.  It is free from artificial colour, perfume, primary petro-chemicals and parabens. 

The first thing I noticed was how beautiful the cleanser smells when I opened the pot - it contains mandarin orange, lemon and apple geranium oils along with Sweet Almond oil, Olive butter and Beeswax.  It also contains refined sugar crystals which exfoliate as you cleanse.  

Apply the cleanser to wet skin and the "buttery oil turns to a silky lotion".  Gently massage the cleanser into the skin and the sugar crystals will gently exfoliate leaving my skin soft, radiant, smooth and glowy. Remove with a warm damp muslin cloth.  Great for skin which is dry, dull or congested.  Use once or twice a week.  

See the website here
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Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Pampering #4

I was feeling a bit down in the dumps at the weekend so decided to have a long soak in the bath plus some pampering with a face, hair and neck mask.  Here's what I chose:

Melvita Milky Cleansing Oil* this is a fab and really effective cleanser! Apply onto the skin massaging it into the skin. Apply some water and it transforms to a milky lotion. Scented with Damask Rose essence it's one of my favourites.

Jamela 24k Gold Neck Mask* - this mask is perfect for revitalising the skin and pampering. This mask contains Mineral Gold, Hyaluronic Acid, plant collagen and rose esssential oil. It is a real luxury mask and leaves the skin moisturised and radiant with fine lines reduced. It can be used in conjunction with Jamela 24k Gold Collagen Face Mask.

urbanveda Radiance Exfoliating Facial Polish - a very effective and gentle polish which is nice to use.  It helps to brighten the skin and make it more radiant.

Philip B Katira Hair Masque - this is a really effective masque. It leaves the hair super soft and oh so shiny. I like how you can leave it on overnight too for a deep treatment.

Manuka Doctor Rejuvenating Face Mask - I received this in a trial size kit recently. It's an intensive mask made from bee venom. It can also be used as an intensive moisturiser.  Leave on 15-20 minutes and rinse off.

Neom Refresh Organic Bath & Shower Oil - an uplifting and refreshing bath oil. It always makes me feel happier when I use it in my bath.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse OR -  This oil is great to use on the body, face and hair. It moisturises the skin and leaves it with a bit of sparkle!

Have you used any of these products?  What are your favourite ones to pamper?

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Green People: January's Treat Me Tuesday Offer

Green People's January Treat Me Tuesday Offer is fantastic.  Buy the Neutral Scent Free Cleanser (£18.95 for 200ml) and get a free Neutral Scent Free Rejuvenating Eye Cream.  The eye cream normally costs £9.50 for 10ml.  See more details here.

The cleanser* is quite simply one of the best I have ever used. You only need a small amount and this will clean the skin of any impurities and remove make up. Massage onto the skin using circular movements and remove with cotton wool, tissue or a warmed damp muslin cloth. It is a very gentle cleanser which leaves the skin soft and clean and feeling comfortable.  Suitable for all skin types and sensitive skins will love it.  Made without soap, SLS, petrochemicals, parabens, phthalates etc. It is stuffed full of good things for the skin - Organic Shea Butter, Squalane (from Olives), Jojoba Esters and Calendula. I normally prefer scented products but I have really been enjoying using this unscented cleanser. You can see the full list of ingredients here.

The eye creamis a new product and again I've been loving using it. Rich in Essential Fatty Acids, Minerals and Antioxidants it soothes and moisturises the delicate skin around the eye area.  Apply gently to the eye contour both morning and night.  I'll do a fuller review on the eye cream soon.

Green People do a Treat me Tuesday every month so be sure to check out their offer next month!

If you click on the links you can see my previous reviews of Green People products - Gentle Cleanse & Make up Remover 25ml (scented)Anti-Ageing Facial Oil 30mland Moisturising Shower Wash 200ml.

*PR samples

Monday, 20 January 2014

Souk Souk January Beauty Box

My latest Souk Souk box arrived on Saturday.

It contains an urbanveda purifying trio - Exfoliating Face Polish (20ml), Purifying Facial Wash (20ml) and Purifying Day Cream (10ml).  I picked them up from Latest in Beauty for £3.50 recently. See my review here. As I've already used them I'll keep these to giveaway.

Xenca Certified Organic Lipstick 4g (£11.95) in Fudge. Nice to see make up in the box but this is a shade I won't use.

Avril Nail Lacquer in French Rose - again I won't use this as I don't wear polish so I'll gift it.

2 x Pukka Detox Tea bags

Not my favourite box but still good value.  Did you get this box?  What are your thoughts?

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Shopping my Stash #42 - #NoBuyJanuary Edition 2

These are the products I've been reaching for this week:

Melvita Apicosma Ultra-Nourishing Body Balm - I first received a mini of this in Jane's BBB Beauty Box.  A rich balm scented with honey and packed full of nourishing butters and oils. Great for all over body use but especially on dry skin areas.

Apivita Moisturising Hand Cream with Aloe and Honey* - a light hand cream which super moisturises the hands. It smells lovely too. It contains aloe, honey, natural oils and butters along with biotin, Vitamin E and Provitamin B5 which helps to strengthen nails as well as nourish.  Organic Witch Hazel enhances antioxidant and soothing action. A really lovely hand cream.

Charlotte Hilton Rose Otto Face Oil* - a rich face oil which is stuffed with good things for the skin - Rosehip Seed Oil, Argan Oil and Pomegranate Seed Oil along with Rose Otto. It moisturises the skin leaving it soft and radiant. A fuller review to follow. I reviewed the Rose Otto, Sweet and Seductive Rosebud Milk Bath here.

Bee Yummy Skin Food* - a new product which is straight from NYC and only available at a beautiful world. This moisturiser is made from totally raw ingredients and is "so pure you could eat it".  It contains wildflower honey and honey cappings, bee pollen, St John's Wort flowers, Royal Jelly, Balsam Fir needles and pure water.  It super nourishes the skin and can help with burns, cuts, eczema and psoriasis.  My skin is just loving it.  A fuller review to follow.

Willow Organic Beauty Luxury Lip Balm* - a gorgeous rich and conditioning balm which is scented with orange. It also includes comfrey, Barbary Fig oil, Vitamin E and antioxidants. It leaves the lips conditioned and glossy. A really lovely lip balm. See my review of products from the Barbary Fig Miracle range here.

Have you used any of these products?

*PR samples

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Radical Skincare: Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads

I was recently sent Radical Skincare Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads* (£45 for 60 pads) to review. was founded by Liz and Rachel, daughters of Dr Richard F Edlich MD PHD, a world renowned Professor of Plastic Surgery.  Personal health issues led to them creating Radical Skincare.  You can read their story here.

The Age Defying Exfoliating Pads remove dead skin cells. They contain AHA and BHA multi-fruit acid which exfoliate, help with cell turnover, remove crows feet by 50% (in two weeks) and reduce pore size.  

The Radical Skincare range is anti-ageing and the products are designed to work beneath the skin's surface to counteract the effects of time. They contain restorative and protective ingredients and Trylacel Technology is used.

The pads help to even out skintone, remove excess sebum, improve skin firmness, are anti-ageing and suitable for all skin types even sensitive.

Apply at night only and apply on the face, neck and decollete after cleansing. 

Radical Skincare has grown based on its radical results and word of mouth. The products are stocked in 800 stores in 15 countries in under 3 years.

My thoughts? My skin is brighter, my t-zone less oily, my skin feels firmer and my pores are smaller. 

I'm adding Eye Revive Creme and the Hydra Firm Kit to my wishlist!

Have you tried any Radical Skincare products?

*PR sample

Friday, 17 January 2014

#NoBuyJanuary - Update 2

I thought I was doing well on my spending ban until Tuesday when I became aware of the Latest in Beauty The Hip and Healthy Beauty Box (£9.95 plus £3.95 P&P) which is worth over £50....and I caved and broke my ban! The box is a collaboration with Latest in Beauty and Hip & Healthy Magazine.  I must admit I do feel a little bit guilty about it. Last year when I attempted the 100 day spending ban I went completely off the rails! You can see Update 11 which shows everything I bought during the "ban" here.  I'm back on #NoBuyJanuary 

The contents are:

Neom Complete Bliss Moroccan Blush Rose Organic Hand Cream 50ml - my favourite hand cream. See my review here.

Together Health Multi-Vitamin & Mineral Food Supplement - 7 capsules

1 x Jax Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water 250ml

Aduna Boabab Fruit Pulp Powder Sachet 4.5g

Teapigs Matcha Green Tea x 2 teabags

Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer 2ml - this is great for adding a touch of radiance.  See my review here.

Rude Health The Ultimate Granola 50g

Organic Superblends Alkalising Super Food Powder 5g sachet

balance Me Cleanse & Smooth Face Balm 40ml - one of my favourite balance Me products.  See my review here.

Bounce Natural Energy Ball Coconut & Macadamia Protein Bliss 40g - looking forward to eating this!

Virgin Active 1 Day Health Club Pass

Onto my wants this week -

If you are on a Spending Ban how is it going?

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Nature Perfect Vitamin Boost DIY Kit

Natania at Nature Perfect recently got in touch with me to see if I'd like to try one of her Clay Kits.  She sent me the Vitamin Boost DIY Kit* (£21) and a Face Mask Blending Kit (£5.99) - (which includes a mixing bowl and spatula).

Natania Jones the founder is a Beauty Therapist and Nutritionist. Products are free from SLS, Parabens, Mineral Oils, phthalates, synthetics and there is no animal testing.  Ingredients are Soil Association approved and Organic and Fair Trade where possible. 10% of sales go to charity.

Included is:

100g Bentonite Clay - powdered sedimentary clay which comes from ancient deposits of volcanic ash.  It is rich in magnesium. As well as using it for your mask to deep cleanse the skin it can be used as a tooth whitener - press toothbrush into clay and brush gently onto the teeth or in the bath for a deep cleansing soak.

50g Cranberry Powder - stuffed full of Vitamin C, Vitamin B5 and B3. It protects against environmental damage, helps with cell regeneration and fights free radicals.  This can be used with the clay or as a mini mask mixed with the Orange Flower Water.

100ml Orange Flower Water - this smells simply gorgeous! It awakens the skin, brightens and tones.  This can also be used as a toner or face spritzer.

100g Camellia Seed Oil - a light and easily absorbed oil which is rich in Vitamin A which regenerates the skin.  If you add it to your mask it will make it non-drying. This can also be used on its own to moisturise the skin.

Combine: 1tsp Clay, 1tsp Cranberry Powder, 1tbs Orange Flower Water - or enough to make a paste.  Add 1tsp of Camellia Oil to make the mask non-drying. Then apply to face and neck (I use the spatula to apply it) avoiding eyes/lips. Leave on 10-20 minutes while soaking in the bath.  Rinse, tone with the Orange Flower Water and moisturise with the Camellia Seed Oil.

I like that you can mix your own mask as to your requirements. I've really been enjoying experimenting.  You can also buy the products individually see here.

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