Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Travelling Light

I'm just back from an amazing trip to London (a post about what I got up to will follow). Here's the beauty products I took with me & the hotel ones that I acquired! 

The Cowshed sachets came from July's Love Lula box and were lovely to use. I've definitely got some favourites - I'll be picking up Grumpy Cow Uplifting Bath & Shower Gel and Wild Cow Invigorating Body Lotion at some point.

I also packed the pai travel kit - see my review here. I'm a huge fan of all three products and I enjoyed using them.

I love the John Masters Organics sachets which you can pick up at a low cost from Naturisimo or free with order from Love Lula (subject to availability).  I also packed a Lavera rose repair shampoo sachet - I'm keen to try this full size. I also popped in JMO citrus & neroli detangler and a sachet of Argan Dew's Replenising Hair Mask.  My final hair item was John Frieda's Flyaway Tamer Smoothing Wand which is fantastic for these pesky flyaway hairs.

Scent wise my beloved kai perfume oil and a sample vial of Jimmy Choo came with me and I couldn't travel without the very fab Schmidt's natural deodorant* - See my review here.

I can't go anywhere without a lip balm. I've been testing Portland Bee Balm* in Oregon Mint flavour which is super moisturising on the lips - a review to follow shortly!

I packed a couple of eye care samples - Oskia's Eye Wonder eye serum and Kahina's Eye Serum. I only used the Oskia one.

Nourish's Illuminating Golden Glow Face Shimmer is one of my most favourite products ever! See my review here. I also tucked in a sachet of Madara's fab Moon Flower Rose Beige Tinting Fluid.

Make up wise my liquids (we only took hand luggage) were Dermalogica primer, Better than Sex mascara, 3 x Bite Beauty Glosses, BareMinerals Bareskin Foundation and Armani concealer.

I always pack Aromatherapy Associates Support Breathe Essence* which is great for destressing and calming - see my review here.  

At St James' Court Hotel the plentiful toiletries were by a company I haven't heard of before - Plantation London in Darjeeling scent - an aromatic scent with lemongrass, lemon, nutmeg and tea tree. The products are free from parabens, sulphates and artificial colours.  

When we nipped across town to watch the Dolphins v Raiders at Wembley we stayed at the Hilton London Wembley.  The toiletries provided were by Peter Thomas Roth, a brand I've heard of before but haven't tried.

I think in the end I took too much. Are you able to travel light when it comes to beauty products?

*PR samples

Monday, 29 September 2014

September Empties

I think this must be the smallest amount of empties...ever!

Yes to Blueberries Cleansing Facial Wipes - I initially found these very highly perfumed but the scent grew on me. I only occasionally use wipes. I'd buy these or one of the other varieties again.

Pinks Boutique Lemongrass Camellia Moisturiser* - I simply loved this delicious scented moisturiser. It's one I'd consider buying full size.  See my review here.

Redken Nature's Rescue Refreshing Detox Shampoo 200ml - one of my favourite detox shampoos. Sure to buy again.  See my review here.

REN Moroccan Rose Otto Bath Oil 110ml - this is my favourite bath oil ever. I received this personalised bottle last Christmas - sad to finish it!  Will definitely buy again (or drop hints to hubby).

beatitude Peace Body Oil 100ml* - a real luxe body oil. See my review here. I'd like to try this in "Joy" next after really enjoying the bath oil sample.

bodhi & birch Siam Ginger Bath & Shower Therapy 50ml - love this light zesty ginger scent. Full size firmly on the wishlist.  See my review here.

Rosemira Sweet Coconut Body Butter* - this came in August's Petit Vour box and I loved it. Full size on the wishlist! See my review here.

Marble & Milkweed Nourishing Body Oil:Summer 7.4ml - this came in the super cute summer get away kit.  It smelled beautiful and left the body nourished and delicately scented. Loved it!

Dr Organic Pomegranate Deodorant - a staple which I buy again and again.

Aromatherapy Associates Inner Strength Bath & Shower Oil 3ml* - my favourite Aromatherapy Associates Bath Oil.  See my review here.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 40ml - one of my favourite pre-shampoo conditioners. Leaves my hair looking like I've just stepped out of the salon!  Will buy again.

beatitude Peace & Joy Bath Oil samples* - these were lovely. I especially liked the sunny scent of Joy.  See my review here.

Bee Yummy Skin Food* - sad to see this finished! See my review here. I've still got a tiny sample to use but would buy.

L'Occitane Relaxing Body Cream 50ml - this was lovely to use just before bed. Would buy full size.  See my review here.

Have you tried any of these?  If you've done an empties post link me up.

*PR samples

Friday, 26 September 2014

Indie Lee Vanilla Citrus Moisturising Oil

Ever since I read Amber's amazing review of this fabulous body oil* I've been wanting to try it and you can now pick it up (and two other scents - Lavender Chamomile & Patchouli Sandalwood) at a beautiful world.  Costing £24 for 4oz.

This is a super-rich moisturising oil with an incredible zesty sweet scent.  It is formulated with Jojoba Oil which is the closest to the skins natural sebum. Apricot Oil soothes and hydrates and essences of Vanilla and Sweet Orange scent.

Apply a few drops to the palm of your hands, rub together and apply to your face, body or to tame flyaways - my favourite kind of product a multi-use one!

The oil is suitable for all skin types. It leaves the skin soft, nourished, glossy and delicately scented.  I just love it. Don't think there has been an Indie Lee product I've not instantly fallen in love with.  I also like the look of the Coconut Citrus Scrub.

See my other Indie Lee reviews: 

*pr samples

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Love Me Beauty Box - September

Love Me Beauty have had a total revamp with a brand new website and box*. Instead of three menus to chose from you now receive 6 credits to pick your own products.  First of all you create a beauty profile and products are suggested for you.  But...if there is nothing which takes your fancy you can browse a selection of full sizes and samples.

Full sizes are two credits and samples one.  This means you could get six products in your box each month depending on what you choose. You can also purchase extra products to be included in your box each month if you like!  The subscription box costs £10 plus P&P.

My order came in a drawstring branded "Love Me Beauty" cotton bag which I've earmarked already for cotton wool pads.

Here's what I chose:

Percy & Reed Lovingly Light Foaming Treatment Mask (full size - 150ml - £20)* - this is a mousse hair mask which is great for fine hair types. I'm looking forward to testing it out.  Just simply apply after shampooing from root to tip, leave on 2-5 minutes and rinse.

Malin+Goetz Grapefruit Face Cleanser (sample size - 29ml approx £3)* - huge fan of this fruity cleanser already. See my review here.

Oriflame ecollagen Wrinkle Correcting Eye Cream (full size - 15ml - £16.95)* - I've not tried much from this brand. I love trying new eye creams so expect a review shortly.  A lightweight cream with a rollerball applicator it is enriched with plant stem cell extract to help stimulate collagen product and plump up the area around the eyes.

S5 Renew Serum Fine Lines & Wrinkles (sample size - 10ml - £8.95)* - I've tried other products from the range and loved them. An anti-ageing treatment serum which targets fine lines and wrinkles while plumping the skin.

What do you think of the selection I chose and the new Love Me Beauty Beauty Revolution of selecting your own products each month?

*PR sample

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

3rd Blog Birthday Giveaway!

It's my blog's 3rd birthday today! To celebrate I'm giving away a £50 gift voucher from Content Beauty & Wellbeing. It's one of my favourite online stores! (they also have a shop at 14 Bulstrode Street in Marylebone, London)

The giveaway will be open internationally and when the winner places an order if they mention they won my giveaway Content Beauty & Wellbeing will add a few samples and trial sizes to their order - thanks so much Content!

If you need some help you can see the list of brands stocked here.

Good luck!

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Organic Surge Daily Care Face Wash

Lately I've been using Organic Surge's gorgeous Daily Care Face Wash* (200ml - £5.95) which smells divine! It is scented with Rose Geranium Essential oil (which is one of my favourite oils).

Suitable for all skin types and an absolute steal at only £5.95.  Lather a small amount of face wash in palms and massage onto damp skin making sure to avoid direct contact with the eyes before rinsing.  It dissolves make up and daily grime leaving the skin feeling refreshed, clean and sweetly scented. 

The wash is 98.89% natural, animal friendly and suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians.  It contains Organic Aloe Vera to soothe the skin, Natural Geranium Leaf helps to deal with dull and sluggish skin and Natural Glycerin is a natural humectant which helps attract moisture to the skin.

I've been finding that every Organic Surge product I try I love! Have you tried this face wash?  What's your favourite Organic Surge product?

*PR sample

Monday, 22 September 2014

The Beauty Box: LJ's Natural Solutions

I first wrote about LJ's Natural Solutions Beauty Box way back in February.  I finally took the plunge and signed up last week.

Here's how it works: you choose three items and one is half price (the lowest priced one). You also get a free trial size.  You can receive your beauty box in weeks, months or maximum 2 months.

I chose OMG Serum (£15.95 for 30g) a trial size of which also appeared in this month's Souk Souk Beauty Box.  This is a rich and luxurious serum which I've only been testing for a few days.  A full review will follow.

My second item is Double Minty Organic Foot Lotion (£5.95 for 50ml) a lovely moisturising foot lotion with a fresh minty scent.

The third item I chose (the half price one) is The Little Bag of Loveliness (£4.95 for 5 sample sizes). These are great for try me/holidays.  I'll be reviewing them shortly.

My free sample this month is Organic Man Moisturiser (I was initially disappointed with this as I'd have preferred a woman's sample but I'll get hubby to test it out).

Not the cheapest of beauty boxes as my choices work out at £27.35 including P&P.  I've opted for the 2 month subscription offer.

What do you think of the beauty box? What's your favourite LJ's Natural Solutions product?

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Trusted Health Products: Beautiful AM Moisturizer & PM Revitalizer

I was recently contacted by Trusted Health Products to see if I'd like to try any of their products. What caught my eye was Beautiful* - a AM moisturizer and a PM Revitalizer.

I just love the personalisation on the bottles - it makes me smile every time I use the products.

The founder of Trusted Health Products Ray Spotts started selling a natural liquid alternative to conventional toothpaste in 2001 and the company was launched in 2002 and the lines now include natural skincare, personal care and supplements.

Beautiful AM Moisturizer* and PM Revitalizer* (both .5oz) can be bought as a one off purchase of $44.94 (approx £27) or you can buy on autoship (pay $29.97 every other month - approx £18).  Each bottle should last two months.

Beautiful AM Moisturizer* is lightweight and easily absorbed. It smells of citrus fruit and is really uplifting.  Apply two to three drops on each cheek and spread over the face and neck in a circular motion.  If you have any excess blot with a tissue.  It contains Almond, Avocado and Olive oils and is scented with Orange and Lemon Essential Oils.  I have found it leaves my skin looking radiant, less dry and smooth.

Beautiful PM Revitalizer* has the same amazing citrus scent.  It is a blend of Almond, Evening Primrose and Apricot Oils.  Apply the same way as the morning blend.  The revitalizer cares for your skin while you sleep.  It helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, firm the skin and leave your skin looking healthy.

Both are made with 100% pure botanicals and contain no preservatives, parabens, synthetic fragrances and colours or any additives.

Have you tried either of these products?

*PR sample

Saturday, 20 September 2014

The London Tea Company

I recently won a fab giveaway of a selection of delicious teas from The London Tea Company from Helen at Tea in the Tub blog - thanks again!

The teas are Fairtrade certified and the company help to support growers and their surrounding communities by paying them a guaranteed minimum for their crops.  The London Tea Company has been blending, brewing and drinking tea since 2003.

I was sent:

Lemongrass, Ginger & Citrus Fruit Tea (pyramid tea bags) - with Lemongrass, Ginger, Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon.  This is a lovely tea with a fruity and spicy taste.  Infuse for 2-3 minutes in a mug. It can be sweetened with some honey.  Delicious!

Moroccan Mint Tea (pyramid tea bags) - mint tea is one of my favourites. This is a light blend which contains Chinese Fairtrade Green Gunpowder tea and peppermint leaves.  Brew for 2-3 minutes. Can be sweetened to taste.

Peach & Rhubarb Tea (tea bags) - with Hibiscus, Peach and Rhubarb flavours. This is a tangy and slightly sweet tea and one of my favourites!  It can also be served cold as iced tea with mint.

Tropical Green Tea (tea bags) - with Sencha Green leaves with natural fruit flavours and ginger. This is the perfect tea for someone new to green tea.  With a delicate freshness and fruity flavours.

Zingy Lemon & Ginger Tea (tea bags) - with ginger root, lemongrass and lemon. Add a spoonful of honey to your brewed tea for a warming and comforting drink.

Have you tried any teas from The London Tea Company?

Friday, 19 September 2014

Souk Souk September Beauty Box

I picked up my September Souk Souk Beauty Box up at the post office this morning.

I've just signed up to LJ's Natural Solutions Beauty Box so I actually have a full size bottle of OMG Serum which is included in the box this month (6g worth around £3).  It won't go to waste though as I'll pass it onto my friend Magi.  

There are two products I've used before from The Earth Works Cosmetics. These are trial sizes of the very gorgeous Coconut & Lime Body Butter (£2) and Grapefruit Facial Exfoliator (£2).  See my review here.

I love Pure Thought's Tangerine & Jojoba Whipped Shea Butter (10g). It was the first product of theirs I tried.  It retails at £2.50.

There is a Hurraw! Lip Balm in Black Cherry Tinted Balm - I've recently collected a few of these via beauty boxes.  This is worth £3.99.

The box bonus is a sachet of Speick Hand Cream (3ml) which is a brand I've never heard of before.

Not the best value or most interesting box (for me at least) but everything will get used!  Did you get this box?  What are your thoughts?

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Rosemira Organics

I first came across this gorgeous brand via my August Petit Vour beauty box*. It contained a sample of Sweet Coconut Body Butter a super lush butter made with raw unrefined Coconut oil, Mango butter, Avocado oil and scented with Vanilla Bourbon and Sweet Orange - what's not to love!  Melting on contact with the skin makes it is ideal for massage or as a super luxe body moisturiser.

Rosemira kindly sent me some samples to review and I can honestly say I love them all!

Mira Herman, the founder has a passion for skincare. She has degrees in Chiropractic and Acupuncture as well as certified credentials in Herbal Medicine, Nutrition and Deep Tissue Massage. Rosemira is based in Sonoma County, CA and will ship to the UK!  

The products contain no artificial preservatives, additives, parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances or dyes.  You can read more about Mira here.  I love that you can pick up samples see more info here.  Mira will also recommend products which are suitable to your skin type if you get in touch.

Aloe & Pink Grapefruit Cleanser* ($44 (approx £26) for 120ml, $7 (£4) sample) - a super fruity and uplifting non foaming cleanser which can be used AM and PM.  It is pure and very gentle on the skin. Squeeze a small amount onto wet palms and massage onto the skin before rinsing.  It contains Aloe Vera, Jojoba Oil which is infused with Olive Leaf, Neem and Calendula. Scented with Fig Botanical Fruit Extract and Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil.  It leaves my skin clean, refreshed and feeling great!  

Spring Flowers Calming Toner* ($36 (£22) for 50ml, $9 (£5.50) for sample) - a floral hydrosol of Orange Blossom and Lemon Verbena with Linden Blossom and Rose Damascene which calms and refreshes the skin.  Spritz on the skin after cleansing and press gently onto the skin to allow absorption before applying serum or cream.  It can also be used throughout the day to hydrate and refresh.  This smells gorgeous and is really lovely to use.

See Me C Repair Serum* (ranges in size and price from $121 for 30ml (£74) to $8 (£5 sample) - a rich serum which contains Marula and Pomegranate Seed Oils combined with Frankincense and Rose with a citrus scent.  It is fast absorbing and rejuvenates, balances and moisturises the skin. Use alone or under moisturiser.

Divine Honey Rose Replenishing Cream* (again range of sizes $45 for 30ml (£27) and $6 for a sample (£3.60) - I simply love this rich but light rose scented cream. It sure is divine!  The cream hydrates and rejuvenates the skin. Scented with Bulgarian Rose, Neroli and Honey.  Soothing and protecting it leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and nourished. Love!

Citrus Blossom I-Restore Eye Cream* ($40 for 15ml (£25.50), $6 for a sample (£3.60) - this eye cream contains Chinese Pearl Powder which has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years to help the skin remain youthful. Apply to the eye area AM and PM.  It is really rich and melts to a delicious balm when applied.  It moisturises, brightens and balances.  Again, love this!

So....yes you've guessed it I want all of these full size!  Have you used any Rosemira products?  What are your favourites?

*PR samples

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Closer Look: Leave in Conditioners, Treatments & Oils

I do love my hair products!  Here's what is currently in my stash of Leave-in Conditioners, Treatments and Oils.

Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Strong Roots 150ml - this is great for refreshing the hair and scalp, to soothe tightness and hair prone to dryness or to refresh the hair between shampoos. 

Argan Dew Miraculous Argan Oil Daily Hair Treatment 3.5ml sachet* - a fantastic treatment oil which you use prior to blow drying. It leaves the hair shiny, healthy and frizz free.

Hairy Jayne Pre-Shampoo Treatment Oil 30ml - I like to use this as an overnight treatment shampooing out in the morning.  See my initial thoughts here.

Philip B Katira Hair Masque 60ml - this masque makes my hair look amazing. Like I've just stepped out the hairdressers - frizz free and super bouncy and shiny. Love it! 

A'Kin Lavender & Anthyllis Leave-In Conditioner 150ml - one of my all time favourite products. Leaves the hair feeling conditioned and soft.  I've mentioned it numerous times on the blog.

Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil 28ml - this is a newish purchase. It smells gorgeous, is rich and super moisturising and leaves the hair looking silky soft and in great condition. I like to use this as an intensive treatment or tame frizzy bits of hair after blowdrying. 

John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Hair Milk 118ml - I adore this! See my review here.

John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler 30ml
- I've been using this on and off for years. It just does what it says and leaves the hair smooth and silky soft as well as smelling nice.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 40ml - a pre-shampoo treatment which although a bit of a faff to do leaves the hair smooth and looking gorgeous!

Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Replenishing Hair Milk 250ml - this smells of coconuts yum! See my initial thoughts here.

Yarok Feed Your Youth Hair & Scalp Serum 1oz* - love this pre-shampoo treatment and love that you can also add it to your conditioner for an added boost. See my full review here.

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave In Conditioner 2oz - a lightweight mist which conditions your ends. This featured in my Summer Saviours - see here.

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment 10ml* - this is one I've used for while and always seem to come back to. Love it's scent.  See my review here.

BiOrganics Salon Secrets Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil 12ml - a natural oil which softens, smooths, repairs and leaves the hair looking healthy.  Can be used before and after blowdrying.  Would like to try more from this brand.

Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme 25ml - this came in the much loved Boudoir Privee Box. In fact I loved it so much I ended up with about 6 or 7 via swaps! See my review here.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime 50ml - I got this as a freebie and it's really nice to use. Leaves the hair soft, frizz free and shiny. Can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment or to tame flyaways.

Holy Lama Hair Oil 30ml - this came in a cute little set in July's Souk Souk box. I've not tried it yet! But plan to soon.

The Argan Company Argan Oil 30ml* - I won this in a twitter competition. Love how versatile it is - use it on your hair, face, hands, cuticles and body. I love a multi-purpose product.

Have you used any of these? What is your favourite Leave in Conditioner, Treatment or Oil?

*PR samples

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

DGJ Organics Hair Juice Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner

I'd just run out of my usual Redken Nature's Rescue Refreshing Detox Shampoo when I was asked if I'd like to review DGJ Organics Hair Juice Clarifying Shampoo* and Conditioner* (both 250ml & £5.99).

The range was originally developed by celeb hairdresser and colourist, Daniel Galvin Jnr. ten years ago when there were few organic hair care products available.

All products are salon tested and approved by Daniel. The same formulas he created are used today.  Products are just over 70% organic and contain no harsh chemical and little or no foaming ingredients.  Medichem (who make the products now) work in conjunction with The Soil Association.

Hair Juice Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner smell fantastic. They are scented with Mandarin Essential Oil and Rose Extracts and are perfect for hair which feels greasy, dull and limp.  The shampoo gently cleanses refreshing the hair and removing styling product build up.  Used in conjunction with the conditioner hair is left shiny, healthy and refreshed.

Have you tried any DGJ Organics products before?  I've got my eye on the Hangover Hair range next.

*PR samples

Monday, 15 September 2014

Shopping my Stash #57

Here's what I've been reaching for lately:

Shay & Blue Atropa Belladona Natural Spray - I'm now on my second bottle of this fruity, floral and heady scent. I just love it. See my review here.

Skin Blossom Facial Toner - this came in this month's Love Lula beauty box. An effective toner which is reasonably priced and smells good! I'm enjoying using it and a full review will follow.

Schmidt's Ylang Ylang+Calendula Natural Deodorant* - I simply adore this natural deodorant.  See my review here.

Bee Yummy Skin Food* - I'm nearly at the end of this super moisturising cream. It's scent takes a bit of getting used to but now I love it!  I've been mixing it with a drop of Indie Lee's Squalane Facial Oil* for extra moisture. See my review of Bee Yummy here and Indie Lee here.

bite beauty Lip Gloss No.6 - I simply adore this beautiful glossy lip gloss. I just love this shade. Gives the lips a pop of colour. 

de Mamiel Rosey Lip Balm - my favourite lip balm. See my review here.  

What have you been reaching for lately?

*PR samples

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Natural & Organic Make-Up

I've got a huge stash of make up but not much of it is natural and organic. 

I know I want to try an ILIA Lipstick and some more from rms beauty.

And onto my (very small) collection...

Madara Moon Flower Rose Beige Tinting Fluid - love to use this at weekends for very light coverage. Love the grassy type scent it has too!

rms beauty "un" cover up and "un" powder - these are both staples I use everyday. Expensive but worth it.

bite beauty deconstructed rose lip glosses - my most favourite lip glosses ever! I love the range of shades which give a glossy pop of colour and they are scented with rose. Love.

Neals Yard Remedies Lip Gloss in Goji Berry - this came as a magazine freebie. Glossy sheer colour which is super moisturising.

Medusa Lipstick in Baroque* - a vegan lipstick in a really pretty shade. This came in February's Vegan Cuts box.

Xenca Perfection Lipstick in Spice* - long lasting moisturising colour - see my review here.

PHB Ethical Beauty Lip Pencil in Nude - this came in April's Souk Souk box and works well with the lipstick above.

Lily Lolo English Rose Lip Gloss*, Miami Taupe Mineral Eyeshadow* (review) and Romantic Rose Lipstick. All really wearable shades.

BWC Natural Mineral Eye Pencil in Brown - my main colour choice for eyeliner.

Modern Minerals Eyeshadow in Vixen* - this is a brown with golden shimmer.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain in Forever Pink - this is always in my stash as I love its natural shade.

What do you suggest I add to my collection?

*PR samples

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Odylique Gift Set

I took advantage of Love Lula's very generous 20% off for Beauty Box subscribers and treated myself to an Odylique Gift Set (Essential Care). I've been keen to try more of their skincare items for a while.  The set comes boxed and tied with an orange ribbon and I think it would make a fab gift.

Love Lula also offer 3 samples per order and I chose a selection from REN.

Silk Touch Cleanser 20g - I've been keen to try this cleanser for a while now having read lots of positive reviews.  With a double action formula the cleanser deeply cleanses removing all make up and daily grime.  With an oil-gel texture it turns to a milk on contact with water. Review will follow!

Calming Rose Super Tonic 5ml - I love anything rose and this smells gorgeous! The tonic is a special concentrated distillation and packed full of antioxidants and phytonutrients. It uplifts, stimulates cell regeneration and calms the skin.

Organic Superfruit Concentrate 5ml - another product I've been keen to try for a while. A super serum which is stuffed full of good things for the skin. It give the skin an instant radiance boost and is the ultimate pre/post party pick me up!

Organic Calendula Balm 20g - a multi-use balm for dry and cracked skin. Use it on heels, lips, hands cuticles, elbows, knees even as a cleanser! 

I can't wait to try everything out.  Have you used any of these?  What's your favourite Odylique product?

Friday, 12 September 2014

Nourish Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser

Nourish's latest launch Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser (50ml - £16.50)* is a multi-use product (the kind which I love).  You can use it as a cleanser - massage over wet skin before rinsing, as a daily mask - smooth over dry skin and leave for two minutes or for a weekly facial - apply as a mask, leave for five minutes or so and then spritz with toner/water which will soften then massage in circular motions before rinsing. I've tried all three ways and find them all effective at leaving the skin radiant and healthy. The exfoliating grains are gentle and the scrub has a floral scent.

It contains Pomegranate enzymes to exfoliate, Organic Kale extract increases suppleness, Probiotics oxygenate the skin and Griffonia extract shields against environmental aggressors.  The exfoliating cleanser is 81% Certified Organic and is suitable for all skin types.

Have you tried this?  What's your favourite Nourish product?

*PR sample

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Love Lula Beauty Box - September

September's Love Lula Beauty Box is fantastic! It celebrates Organic Beauty Week (8-14 September) and is packed full of goodies! Seven full size and sample sizes - we've been spoiled this month!  As always Love Lula offer a generous 20% off the brands featured in the box.

Skin Blossom Facial Toner 150ml (£5.95) - Skin Blossom is an affordable Certified Organic Skincare range. The toner is suitable for all skin types it conditions and purifies the skin. Witch Hazel tightens pores and Aloe Vera and Glycerin soothe and condition. Scented with Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang and Lavender essential oils. Looking forward to trying this.

Odylique Lip Silk 4.5g (£5.50) - a deeply nourishing lip balm made with beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and orange essential oil to moisturise, repair and protect. Can be worn alone or under lipstick.

Bentley Organic Moisturising Hand Sanitiser 50ml (£3.65) - I've use their bar soaps before which I enjoyed.  The Hand Sanitiser is alcohol, paraben and fragrance free and there are up to 125 uses in this bottle!  This little bottle is going in my desk drawer.

Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum 30ml (£13.25) - a super luxe serum made from a blend of Rosehip, Jojoba and Borage Oils along with Frankincense, Rose Geranium, Palmarosa, Juniper and Mandarin Essential Oils. It smells gorgeous!  It "feeds your skin", absorbs easily leaving the skin radiant and rejuvenated. Can't wait to try this!

Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty Balm 15g (£7.25) - I simply adore this facial balm! See my review here.  Really pleased to see this feature again in a Love Lula box.

Finally, there are two pai trial sizes - Kukui & Jojoba Bead Brightening Exfoliator - I've had a couple of samples of this gentle exfoliator which gently polishes the skin leaving the skin refreshed and radiant and Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream for dry/sensitive/normal skin which hydrates, softens and protects.

My favourite box to date! What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

New! Aromatherapy Associates Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Set

Aromatherapy Associates have just launched a new Miniature Bath & Shower Oil collection which now includes Inner Strength Bath & Shower Therapy. What you get are ten 3ml single use oils which can be added to your bath or smoothed over your body before showering.  I'm a huge fan of these bath oils and especially love Inner Strength - see my review here.

The set retails at £35 and would make a great gift for a friend or as a treat to yourself! 

Deep Relax: (another favourite) contains Vetivert, Camomile and Sandalwood. Relaxing, Comforting and helps you get a good night's sleep.

Relax Light: with Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Petigrain which helps to gently relax, unwind and soothe.

De-Stress Mind:  contains Frankincense, Petigrain, Wild Camomile and Rosemary to focus and ease emotional stress.

De-Stress Muscle:  with Rosemary, Black Pepper, Lavender and Ginger. Great after a workout as it eases aches and pains.

Revive Morning:  refreshing, invigorating and reviving this bath & shower oil contains Grapefruit, Rosemary and Juniper.

Revive Evening:  reviving and re-energising it contains Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Sandalwood.  

Support Breathe:  great to use when you have a cold/flu as it contains Eucalyptus, Pine, Tea Tree and Peppermint.  Refreshing and Cleansing.

Support Lavender & Peppermint:  comforting and relaxing with simply Lavender and Peppermint.

Support Equilibrium: comforts and uplifts containing Geranium, Rose and Frankincense.

Inner Strength:  to make you feel positive and uplifted. It contains Clary Sage, Frankincense and Cardamon and gives you strength during difficult times.  10% of proceeds from a full size bottle goes to Defence Against Cancer Foundation. It helps to relax, calm and focus the mind.

Have you tried these Bath & Shower Oils?  Do you have a favourite?

*PR sample

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Revisiting: Natural Wisdom

I was thinking about brands I'd loved in the past and hadn't used for a while and thought I'd do a sort of "revisiting" type post.  First one up is Natural Wisdom, a small company based in Hampshire with strong eco and ethical values. The company was founded in 2007 by Maeve Smith, a Homeopath with a passion for organic agriculture, ecology, herbal medicine and nutrition.

You can see my review of their Rose & Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydrating Toner here.  I also tried the Rosehip & Pomegranate Facial Cream Cleanser which I had to try after reading Danny's excellent in-depth review.

On browsing the website these products caught my eye:

Vitamin C & Pomegranate Antioxidant Hand Cream (50ml - £18) - a rich and nourishing hand cream which is easily absorbed. Love that you can choose your scent or choose unscented.  I like the sound of Happiness with essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Lime, Cardamon, Rosewood, Black Pepper and Sandalwood.

Rosehip & Pomegranate Antioxidant Skin Survival Balm (100ml - £24) - this balm sounds like it will be perfect coming into Autumn/Winter. It soothes, nourishes and protects the skin leaving it soft and supple. Use on dry patches, hands, feet, lips, cuticles and to tame flyaway hair. I so love a multi-purpose product!  Packed full of nourishing ingredients like raw Shea Nut Butter and cold blended Rosehip, Raspberry and Pomegranate Seed oils.  You can buy this balm unscented or Wisdom scent which is a blend of Frankincense, Marjoram, Cedar Wood, Lavender and Rose.

Have you used any Natural Wisdom products lately?