Sunday, 30 November 2014

November Books

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


Heartman by M.P. Wright - this is a stunning debut novel which is set in 1960s Bristol.  A young deaf and dumb West Indian woman goes missing and local politician Earl Linney asks down on his luck Barbadian ex-cop Joseph JT Ellington to track her down. JT finds himself in a world of prostitution, kidnapping and conspiracy.

We find out that JT has deep heartache in his past and he spends a lot of time with family members and friends who are part of the close knit immigrant community in Bristol.  I especially liked Cousin Vic and slow witted but loyal Carnell and his bossy but loving wife Loretta.

The plot has lots of twists and turns and I found it really hard to put the book down. It is part of a trilogy with part 2 out in May 2015.  It's one of my favourite books this year.  If you haven't read it yet - you must!


The Perfume Garden by Kate Lord Brown - the story jumps between the Spanish Civil War and the days leading up to and the aftermath of 9/11.  Emma Temple has just lost her mum Liberty, the founder of Liberty Temple Perfumes who leaves her a box of letters and a key to a villa in Valencia in Spain. Emma's ex Joe is now in a relationship with Lila and Emma flees to Spain to start afresh pregnant with Joe's child.

Her grandmother Freya was a nurse in Spain during the Civil War and has painful memories of her time there.  Her brother and her try to stop Emma going but there are ties that bind Emma to Spain which we find out about as the story progresses.  I really enjoyed this book.


Academy Street by Mary Costello - Tess is a shy and sensitive child who grows up in rural Ireland in the 1940s. She follows her sister to 1960s New York where she lives for over four decades. She returns to Ireland in her 60s for her brother's funeral.  She lives quietly on Academy Street where she loves deeply, suffers loss, loneliness, has few friends and struggles sometimes through life. She never feels like she has been a good enough mother to her adored only son Theo. I'll be keeping an eye out for Mary Costello's next book as I loved this one.

The Story of You by Katy Regan - Robyn the main character is a Psychiatric nurse who cares for mental health patients who we find out more about as the story progresses.  She goes back to her home town when her ex-boyfriend Joe's mum dies. She's not seen Joe for 16 years. The story covers family life, mental health, depression, anxiety, miscarriage and birth. Robyn writes letters to Lily and we find out the secret she can't tell Joe. I simply loved it (the story made me happy, sad and made me cry too).  If you love Jojo Moyes you'll love this book.





Wendill Patin's Pork Pie by M P Wright - this short story is set just before Christmas 1966.  JT Ellington (who we met in Heartman) is drowning his sorrows in the pub. He is lonely and finds himself at a loose end at weekends. He's missing what he has lost.  He finds out that Wendill Patin, a known thief has stolen from Gangland Boss Billy Ryder and hidden his stolen goods in his pork pie hat. He tries to be a good Samaritan and decides to help Patin out but JT is sure his path will cross in the future with Billy Ryder...A great short read.




My final book this month is The Last Rose of Summer by Kate Lord Brown - this is again a short story - a prequel to The Perfume Garden.  In this book we learn about Liberty Temple, Emma's mum. She meets up with her ex love John, Emma's dad in Spain and she shows him round a villa she is buying for Emma. We find out Liberty is dying and John suggests she writes letters to Emma for every occasion she may need help from her mum in the future - on love, on friendship etc.  John buys Liberty a black lacquered perfume box to hold the letters in...I loved this story and I felt it didn't matter that I'd read The Perfume Garden first.

What have you been reading this month?

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Content Curates: Great British Beauty

I absolutely adore the kits Content Beauty & Wellbeing offer periodically. The latest one Content Curates: Great British Beauty #shoplocal (£25) is now sold out! (You can email to be notified when it will be back in stock at shop@beingcontent.com) I picked up the last two (well I got the Love Collection from hubby for my birthday) and treated myself to the Summer Wellbeing Collection in July.

This one is stuffed full of gorgeous British made products.  Some I've used before and some new ones too!



WOW!

Cleansers: 

Skin & Tonic Steam Clean 15ml - I simply adore this cleanser having received it in my YOU Beauty Discovery box last month. It featured in my November Lately I've Been Loving.  Happy to have another in my stash!

AS.AP Mini Cleansing Oil 5ml - this is one of my favourite products of 2014. See my review here*.  Keep your eyes peeled for an extra special AS.AP Christmas giveaway soon!

Nourish Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser 2ml - I adore this multi-use cleanser. See my review here*.

Masks:

Live Native Botanical Earth Antioxidant Mud Mask Sample - this is a deep cleansing Rhassoul Clay Face Mask which contains Acai & Raw Cacoa, Spirulina and Energetically Rejuvenating Edible 23k Gold Leaf.  This is a powder which you mix with water.  I've tried some other Live Native products and you can see my review of these here.

S5 Vitality Mask Sample 15ml - I've used a few of the S5 serums and have loved them so looking forward to trying this out.  It's a great size too so should get a few uses.

Skincare:

Oskia Deluxe Sample Kit - this contains a 15ml pot of Perfect Cleanser (which I haven't tried before!) and two sachet samples - Restoration Oil 2ml (can't wait to try!) and Renaissance Cleansing Gel 3ml see my review here.

Therapi Honey Nectar Lip Balm 5ml - this is super nourishing and one of the best lip balms I've ever used! My lips are super dry this winter weather. Every Therapi product I've tried I've loved!

Bath & Hair:

AMBRE Mini Rosemary Bath Oil 15ml - huge fan of this brand. I've tried the mango & carrot seed Hand Cream and reviewed the Gentle Face Soap and a Cupuaca & Nut Oils Body Butter sample* here.  The bath oil is lovely and one I'd buy full size.

Therapie Joie Uplifting Bath Infusion 60g - I've already tried this. See my review here.  Very uplifting and helps when you are feeling the blues!

Boucleme Cream Cleanser 100ml - this is an extra special range for curly hair (not me unfortunately!) which is free from parabens, silicones, sulphates, mineral oils, petroleum, gycol, PEGs, phthalates, artificial colours and fragrances. I'll pass it onto my curly haired pal Magi!

Skin Food:

Sweet Virtue Truffles Baobab & Vanilla x 2 - superfoodie truffles which are divine!

Of the Earth Superfood Porridge with Green Tea, Spirulina & Barley Grass - just add water for a yummy breakfast on the go!

Were you quick off the mark to buy one of these amazing kits?  Sign up to the Content newsletter to be one of the first to know of new launches and events and with your first order you get 10% off!


*PR samples

Friday, 28 November 2014

Yarok Feed Your Moisture Masque



As you'll know I'm a huge fan of the Yarok hair care brand.  I've previously reviewed their Feed Your Youth Hair & Scalp Serum* and their Feed Your Ends Leave-in Conditioner featured in my Summer Saviours.

This newish launch at a beautiful world is quite probably one of the best deep conditioning treatments I've ever used!

Yarok's Feed Your Moisture (£32 for 4oz)* is perfect for dry, stressed, curly and colour treated hair.  It is packed full of Organic Coco Creme, Aloe Vera Gel, Wild Harvested Seaweed Extract, Organic Oats and Essential Oils of Rose and Sandalwood.  It smells floral and spicy.  

It is a little on the pricey side but you only need to use a small amount so I reckon this pot would last a good few months using it once a week.

To use: shampoo your hair and towel dry.  Apply the masque from root to tip and comb through using your fingers or a comb.  Massage into the scalp. Leave on 5-10 minutes before rinsing.

After use my hair is super soft, shiny, smooth and healthy looking and the effects last through the next couple of washes too. I know it will be a product I'll be buying again and again.

Have you used this masque?  What's your favourite Yarok product?

*PR sample

Thursday, 27 November 2014

November Empties




Organic Surge Tropical Bergamot Hand Wash 250ml* - this is a great hand wash in my favourite Organic Surge scent.  See my review here. I've already re-purchased.

Rosemira Organics See Me C Repair Serum sample vial* - this was simply lovely. See my thoughts here. Would happily use this again.

Rosemira Organics Divine Honey Rose Replenishing Cream sample pot* - I adored this deliciously scented hydrating cream.  Another one I'll pick up at some point. See my review here.

Neom Refresh Bath & Shower Oil 100ml - I received this as a present from hubby. Was lovely and would consider purchasing.  I don't think there has ever been a Neom product I've not loved.

Pai Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Skin Tonic 12ml - one of my favourite toners...ever.  See my review here. I'll definitely buy again.

G Baldwin & Co Harmonising Bath Oil 100ml - this was lovely and really reasonably priced. Sure to pick up again.  See my mini review here.

Rare El'ements Pure Shampoo 7ml sachets x 2, 1 x 7ml sachet Essential Conditioner, 1 x 7ml sachet Lite Conditioner - these were one of the most luxurious natural haircare products I've ever used. Full sizes on the wishlist!




Yes to Carrots Nourishing Gentle Cleansing Wipes x 10 wipes - I try not to use wipes too often. These were great. I'd definitely re-purchase. They were very gentle and great for using after a night out.

Lina Hanson Global Body Serum 100ml - I simply loved this body serum which I'd buy again.  See my review here.

Inner Soul Organics Scandinavian Angelica Refresh Bath & Shower Oil 30ml* - I loved this smokey scented product.  See my review here. I think it would also be the perfect scent for a reed diffuser!

EVOLVh Ultrashine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner both 75ml* - I really liked these. They left the hair shiny and manageable. Would buy full size.

Bodhi Neroli Luce Face Oil mini - love this face oil.  Will buy again in Springtime.

Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil sample - this was really lovely and one I'd buy.

Therapie Cherish Skin Repair Serum 30ml - a super luxe body serum which I'll definitely re-purchase at some point. This is my second mini size.

Maddi Alexander Rose Bath Oil 30ml - this came in the YOU Beauty Limited Edition box. I loved it and would buy again.

Grown Alchemist Body Cleanser Chamomile, Bergamot & Rosewood 50ml - this was nice to use but probably wouldn't buy as I didn't love it.

Bodhi & Birch Lime Blossom Protecting Hand Serum 30ml* - so sad to finish this but...another bottle is now in my possession! I think I'll always have this amazing product in my stash!  See my review here.

Eminence Sweet Red Rose Cleanser 15ml - I really enjoyed using this cleanser and I'd maybe re-purchase.  See my review here.

Grown Alchemist Mandarin & Rosemary Leaf Body Cream 30ml - I loved this easily absorbing cream and would buy.  See my review here.

Mel Millis Organic Phytonutri Neroli & Baobab Re-Energising Face Oil 10ml - a gorgeous face oil.  See my review here.

RMS "un" powder 9g - simply love this light setting powder which absorbs oil leaving the skin perfectly matt. Already on my second pot and know I'll buy again and again.  This pot lasted just about 8 months making it excellent value for money. Would recommend.

What have you been using up this month?

*PR samples

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

November: Lately I've been Loving

These are the things which have been making me smile this month:

I picked up some delicious cinnamon shortbread and a super yummy homemade chocolate bar studded with seeds, fruit and Calendula petals from Pinnies & Poppy Seeds (well worth a visit if you are in Edinburgh).  I'll be visiting again...and soon!  You can see the shortbread flavours here.



I received this extra special gift* from Bee Good which was sent to bloggers for their support throughout the year. It made me smile...lots! The little bee Christmas decoration is the cutest thing. I'm looking forward to hanging up the pretty stocking, and having toast with my honey, eating the bee embossed chocolate and making sure my lips are smooth and nourished with the very gorgeous Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm.  You can purchase the Christmas Bee Pampered Gift set here which comes with beauty goodies and delicious biscuits! - see my review of it here*.



I've been going to watch the football and rugby more often lately. Makes for a fun afternoon out (especially if we win!)  Here are my handbag essentials.


Another November highlight as been the arrival of my Ginvent Advent Calendar.


I finally got round to using my super pretty Kate Heiss Stationery notebooks. I just love nice notebooks and cards.



I'm a huge fan of Skin & Tonic's Steam Clean which I received in November's YOU Beauty Discovery Box. It quite simply is one of the best cleansing balms I've ever used! I love its minty scent too and the fact you can use it as a cleanser, a moisturiser, for cuticles and I've even used it to tame frizzy flyaways.  Just adore!




What have you been loving this month?

*complimentary

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Petit Vour: November Beauty Box: Natural Givers

November's Petit Vour Beauty Box is co-curated by Ashlee Piper of The Little Foxes, a lifestyle blogger.



Inside this month is a great selection of products. I've not tried any of these before!

French Girl Organics Lip Tint ($11 - approx £7) - this is an organic and wildcrafted tinted balm which is scented with mint. It is in a berry shade which is perfect for this time of year. Love!

Au Naturale Creme Eyeshadow (Palma)+Creme Concealer sampler (full sizes $24+$20 - approx £15+£12) - this looks like the perfect concealer shade for me. Use it to hide under eye circles, blemishes and hyperpigmentation.  The eyeshadow is in a golden bronze shade which blends easily.

Caru Skincare rose Facial Serum sample (full size $32 - approx £20) - this is a super luxe facial serum which smells divine!  Stuffed full of good things for the skin it livens a dull completion, smoothing and nourishing.

Earthbody Sacred Skincare Dream Body Oil (full size $23 - approx £14) - this is a gorgeous body oil which is scented with frankincense, lavender and sandalwood. Looking forward to trying this out!

A Petit Vour Beauty Box costs $30 (approx £19 a month) internationally and you pay monthly and can cancel at anytime.

*PR sample

Monday, 24 November 2014

World Vegan Month at Big Green Smile & Pacifica Perfume Review

Big Green Smile is celebrating World Vegan Month this month and has lots of tempting offers available.  You can see these here and here.  I'm liking the look of Faith in Nature Natural SoapsLavera's Fine Loose Mineral PowderGreen People's Aloe Vera Roll-on Deodorant and Dr Hauschka Blackthorn Toning Body Oil.

Big Green Smile offer a wide range of products - make up, beauty products, natural cleaners and baby food. It is one of the biggest natural and organic online retailers in the UK.  There are over 4,5000 products available.  When your order is over £10 you can choose 2 free samples from a wide range see here.

There is also a fabulous range of gifts available (link) from top natural brands.  You can also enter to win a £50 gift voucher to spend at Big Green Smile. The entry form is on the link. The competition in association with World Vegan Month 2014 ends on 30 November.

I've heard a lot about Pacifica brand but this is only my second try (I received one of their Devocean Lipsticks in October's Petit Vour beauty box).  The range is 100% Vegan and cruelty free and the products are very affordable.  The products are free from phthalates, nitro-musks, benzene, mineral oils, GMO and propylene glycol.

Founder Brook Harvey Taylor started blending her own perfumes as a teen. When she went to college in the early 90s she studied aromatherapy. She met photographer & film maker Billy Taylor and together they created Pacifica. The brand includes perfumes, cosmetics and skincare.  They try to work with local suppliers, support local charities and Brook personally develops the scents.

Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia Roll on (10ml - £12)* is made using natural pure grain alcohol with perfume blends made from pure essential oils.


This is a heady scent which mellows to a white floral scent with Gardenia, Jasmine, Sweet Orange and Tea leaves.  It is quite sweet and floral.  I'm really impressed with the quality, scent and price and I'll definitely be treating myself to a few more!

See Big Green Smile's website here.

*PR sample

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Shopping my Stash #59

Here's the products I've been currently reaching for -


Thea Skincare Skin Brightening System Fruit Enzyme Toner* and Fruit Enzyme Creme Moisturiser* these organic products help to brighten the skin and are a joy to use. Full reviews up shortly.

de Mamiel Salvation Body Oil which came in the fabulous Net-a-Porter Holiday Kit.  This oil is fast becoming one of my favourite body products. It smells simply divine. It contains five potent revitalising oils - Baobab, Argan, Camellia, Rosehip and Coconut and is scented with Ylang Ylang, Rosewood, Sandalwood and Jasmine. It leaves the skin smooth and silky and smelling gorgeous! Full size is on the wishlist!

Dahliana Refreshing Citrus Cleanser I can quite honestly say I didn't love this cleanser when I first tried it.  It wasn't citrussy enough for me and smelt a bit soapy but I persevered and came to love it!  This is my cleanser of choice in my morning shower and one I'd buy again. 

I picked up the NEOM Complete Bliss Body Wash in TKMaxx an absolute steal at £7.99 (Neom recently rebranded and this is the old packaging). This is one of my favourite Neom scents with Moroccan Blush Rose, Lime and Black Pepper. Upon browsing the website this scent in body care products seems to have been discontinued. Boo!

What have you been reaching for this week?

*PR samples

Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Perfume Society: The Holiday Collection Discovery Box

The Perfume Society is a website which shares "everything you ever wanted to know about fragrances".  As well as learning about perfumes you can be one of the first to see the latest launches, get invitations to events, read a super informative e-magazine magazine called The Scented Letter (this is free to VIP Subscribers). Join as a VIP Subscriber for a year for £25. You get the magazine (8 issues a year), invitations to events, a Perfume Discovery Fragrance Edition, special content on the website which is only for subscribers and subsequent Discovery boxes for £10 with free P&P.

As I'm not a subscriber (yet) my The Holiday Collection Discovery Box cost £15 with free P&P.  It is absolutely jam packed with perfume samples and a couple of extra treats.



Inside there are in-depth information cards about each product and a book of blotters - use these before trying the perfume on your skin as the heart and base notes of a perfume are the ones you live with once the top notes subside.


I'll start with a perfume I already love. L'Artisan Mure et Musc EDT 1.5ml - I've been lucky enough to own a bottle of this beautiful scent.  It has top notes of lemon, orange, basil, mint and red berries. A heart of blackberry and jasmine and base notes of patchouli, musks, oak and moss.  I love the fresh blackberry floral notes.  Think a bottle of this is going on the wishlist as I'd forgotten how lovely it is!

Another perfume I adore is Shay & Blue's Atropa Belladonna 2ml - it is an intoxicating scent and I reviewed it here. I'm currently on my second bottle.

The second last scent in the box that I've tried previously is Liz Earle's Botanical Essence No 15 EDP 2ml - a "fresh oriental" with top notes of pink pepper, bergamot and cinnamon leaves, a heart of rose absolute Damascena, cypriol and cedarwood with a base of vanilla bourbon, amberiff, sandalwood and tonka bean. Spicy and warm with floral and earthy notes.

The final perfume I've tried before is Plum by Mary Greenwell EDP 2ml - I didn't love this the first time I tried it but I'll try it again.  It has top notes of peach, bergamot, lemon, plum and blackcurrant with heart notes of gardenia, tuberose, orange blossom, rose and jasmine (I love these notes!) with a base of sandalwood, oak moss, patchouli, amber and white musk.  I'll let you know my thoughts once I've given it another go.

All the rest of the perfumes I haven't tried before. I'll give you an update later as to my thoughts on them when I try them.

Agent Provocateur Fatale EDP 2ml - this has top notes of pink pepper, mango and blackcurrant with a heart of velvet gardenia, orris absolute and patchouli with a base of vanilla, skin musk, chocolate gourmand addiction and labdanum.

Judith Williams I love Milano, Principessa EDP 10ml - this smells beautiful and is a great size!  With top notes of mandarin, green leaf accord and passionfruit, heart notes of jasmine, tuberose and gardenia and base notes of amber, musk, vanilla and solar accord.

L'Occitane Collection de Grasse The Vert & Bigarade EDT 7.5ml - I adore Magnolia & Mure from this range.  This one has top notes of orange and bitter orange, heart notes of green tea and yerba mate with base notes of cedar, thyme and musk.

Versace Crystal Collection - Yellow Diamond, Bright Crystal and Crystal Noir EDT 1ml - two in the trio are florals and one is oriental. They were created to "celebrate the rich and infinite variety of personalities that embody the Versace women".

The extra treats are:

A full size (8ml) nails inc Gel Effect Polish in St James and a 5ml trial size of Sarah Chapman's Skinesis Overnight Facial.

A great box I think. What are your thoughts?

Friday, 21 November 2014

Lea Journo Hydra-Riche Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner


Lea Journo haircare is exclusive to Cult Beauty in the UK.  The range is infused with French Plum Oil (cold pressed from the plum kernel) which infuses the hair with a high concentration of nourishing fatty acids.  Lea is a Parisian who owns Beverley Hill's hippest salon and travels the world to maintain the hair of Hollywood's stars.

Hydra-Riche Hydrating Shampoo (90ml - £10, 300ml - £21) - this shampoo removes product build-up as well as nourishing and strengthening the hair.

Hydra-Riche Conditioner (90ml - £10, 300ml - £21) - this for me is the star of the duo. Super luxe it nourishes and hydrates the hair leaving it silky, glossy and soft.  It is a "rehabilitative treat for stressed tresses".

These are great for taking on holiday as the 90ml size is perfect for hand luggage.  They are free from parabens and sulphates and the products have an exquisite floral scent. Next time I want to try Revive French Plum OilMirroir Glossing Cream and Lumiere Illuminating Moisturiser.

Have you tried anything from the range?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Ginvent Calendar 2014

I've been lusting over the Ginvent Advent Calendar for the last few years. Imagine my delight and surprise when hubby treated me!  See more details here. Included is 24 x 3cl samples of gin!  Roll on 1st December!

I've only tried 5 of the gins which are in the Calendar so I'm looking forward to trying some new to me gins including - Bathtub Gin, Tarquin's Handcrafted Cornish Gin, Four Pillars Gin and Two Birds London Dry Gin.  You can see the full list of contents here.


Have you picked yourself up an Advent Calendar this year?

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Souk Souk November Beauty Box

My November Souk Souk Beauty Box arrived yesterday and I think it has a great selection this month. It includes one brand I haven't heard of before Zephorium which always really excites me! (upon checking them out I do already follow them on Twitter!)


Zephorium Soul Tonic Perfume Oil 10ml (£12.50) - each scent is designed to support one the chakras and comes with it's own affirmations. Mine is Aquamarine Crystal Throat Chakra - Truth & Integrity with Neroli Oil. The Affirmation is "I speak my truth with courage and integrity".  Neroli helps to overcome anxiety and listen to our inner wisdom calming and soothing the mind.  Aquamarine is the stone of courage which helps to clarify the mind, unblock thoughts and clear the throat chakra giving strength to powerfully stand and speak our truth.  Love this item!

Elemental Herbology Deep Cleanse Body Wash 50ml (£6.50) - huge fan of the face care range. Haven't tried anything from the body care range before. This Deep Cleanse Body Wash combines bio-dynamic algae with apple, grapefruit, lemon and rosemary.  Smells gorgeous!

Lyonsleaf Calendula Cream 15ml trial size - this is the only Lyonsleaf product I haven't tried.  It is great for soothing eczema or psoriasis and as a healing cream for abrasions and rashes. It can also be used for massage and dry skin areas. A wonder cream!

Glam Mineral Eyeshadow in Antique Gold 4.5g (£12) - Vegan and Vegetarian highly pigmented mineral eyeshadow made with 100% natural ingredients.

Extras include: 2 x teabags in peppermint & licorice (I'll pass this one on) and lemon, ginger and manuka honey and a mini Green & Black's Dark Chocolate bar.

Did you get this month's box?  What are your thoughts as to the contents?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Review: Just Be Botanicals Aromatherapy Chocolate & A Giveaway!

On Friday I met up with Gail at Just Be Botanicals to try her delicious new Aromatherapy Chocolate.  Retailing at £4.50 for a 100g bar or two for £8.50 - Just be DarkJust be Milk or Just be White.



There are two dark chocolate bars, two milk and two white in the collection.  I liked one of each! I bought my favourites to giveaway to you. See more details further down.

The chocolate is simply delicious - Dark 70% - Just be Loved with Pure Rose Oil and scattered with Aromatic Rose Petals - this chocolate has my name written all over it! It is simply divine "experience a truly indulgent taste that you'll love. Life is rich". The second Dark chocolate is Just be Detox which is flavoured with Juniper, Milk Thistle & Fennel "enjoy the darker side of life without the after-effects. Life is rich". 

Milk - Just be Energised is deliciously aromatic with Geranium and Coconut Sugar infused with Cardamon. Yum! "For those times when we are in need a a little boost. Life is smooth".  The second milk chocolate is Just Be Active which is flavoured with Spearmint and Clove Oil "For when we are in need of a little refreshment. Life is Smooth".

Finally the White range - Just be Tranquil which combines lavender and raspberry "We all need a little bit of tranquility from time to time. Life is Sweet". Just be Happy with Pink Grapefruit & Lime "A taste of sunshine whatever the weather. Life is Sweet".

If, quite probably you are unable to decide which bar to choose you can buy the lot at £22.50. This would make a great Christmas gift.


You have probably guessed my favourites - Just be LovedJust be Energised and Just be Happy.  I have these three bars to giveaway. Make sure you let me know which one you'd like to try of the three below.  Enter via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

p.s. the first winner drawn when the giveaway ends will get their first choice of chocolate and so on.




a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, 17 November 2014

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser







I've been a fan of Suki long before I became a blogger.  The range which is created by Suki Kramer is 100% natural and is designed to help those suffering from skin problems and irritations such as eczema, rosacea, dermatitis and acne.

There are two ranges - one is to balance and the other is to brighten and slow signs of ageing.

The Best Selling Vegan Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser is one of my favourite products in the range.  This 30ml size (£10.95) came in Love Lula's Clean Sweep Selection Box.

The cleanser is scented with reviving Lemongrass and natural sugar crystals gently exfoliate the skin. It is great for sloughing away blackheads, unclogging pores, smoothing and rejuvenating the skin.  Suitable for all skin types except those with rosacea.

Apply to wet hands, rub palms together to activate and massage onto face and neck before rinsing. Use once a day or 2-3 times per week.

Have you tried this product? What's your favourite in the range?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Grown Alchemist Travel Kit

For Halloween Cult Beauty offered 15% off for a limited time. I'd just found out they were selling the Australian brand Grown Alchemist so I quickly ordered the fabulous Alchemist Travel Kit (so instead of paying £58 I paid £49.30).  With orders over £40 you can choose 2 sachet samples.

Products are free from chemicals and preservatives and are made from the finest and most effective natural ingredients with "performance driven formulas".  

In the set are 7 hand luggage friendly products for skin, body and hair. It is presented in a branded cardboard box and the products are in a black pouch.





I've been using the products for a couple of weeks now.

Hydra Repair Day Cream: Camellia & Geranium Blossom 12ml - this is easily absorbed and nourishes the skin leaving it matte and dewy.  

Shampoo: Damask Rose, Black Pepper & Sage 50ml - a gentle shampoo which leaves the hair clean and refreshed.  Conditioner: Damask Rose, Chamomile & Lavender Stem 50ml - it detangles and protects hair.

Body Cleanser: Chamomile, Bergamot & Rosewood 50ml - rich with a pretty scent. This body wash leaves the skin clean and delicately scented.

Facial Cleanser: Geranium Leaf, Bergamot & Rose-Bud 50ml - I've been using this delicious scented cleanser in my morning shower. It removes impurities and gently cleanses the skin.

Body Cream: Mandarin & Rosemary Leaf 30ml - a quickly absorbing body cream which smells gorgeous.  One of my favourite products in the set. It super moisturises the skin leaving it lightly scented.

Lip Balm: Vanilla & Watermelon Lip Balm 12ml (full size) - this for me is the star product of the collection. It leaves the lips nourished, glossy and scented with watermelon.

My buy-agains would be the Lip Balm, Body Cream, Facial Cleanser and Day Cream.

Have you tried Grown Alchemist?

Saturday, 15 November 2014

flo+theo Lavender Flower Body Butter

I received a flo+theo Lavender Flower Body Butter (generous) sample pot in my October Petit Vour Beauty Box*.



The brand which is 100% Vegan was founded in Queens, NY by two sisters, Mayowa and Ebony who were born in Nigera and raised in England & Ireland before they moving to the USA.  The brand is named after their mum, Florence and uncle Theo. 

The body butter is super rich and melts upon contact with the skin leaving it super nourished and delicately scented. The butter contains Cocoa and Shea Butters which are rich in Vitamins A, E and F. A bouquet of fresh Lavender scents the butter. 

Other products available are soaps, body polish and beard elixir with soap. See the website here.

*PR sample

Friday, 14 November 2014

Balm Balm: Little Miracle Rosehip Serum

I received Balm Balm's Little Miracle Rosehip Serum in September's Love Lula Beauty Box.  I'm a huge fan of the range having used the products for years. One of my first loves was the Rose Geranium multi-purpose balm.

Products are 100% organic and natural and are Soil Association and BUAV Leaping Bunny approved.  The company founded in 2005 is run by husband and wife team, Glenda and Hayden. Glenda is an Aromatherapist, Perfumer and Natural Formulation Consultant.  



The Little Miracle Rosehip Serum (30ml - £13.25) is a super luxe and a very affordable product.  It contains oils similar to the skin's own make up. Absorbing quickly it is a pleasure to use.  The serum is a rich blend of Rosehip, Jojoba and Borage oils scented with Frankincense, Rose, Geranium, Palmarosa, Juniper and Mandarin - it smells divine!

The serum helps to even skin tone and hydrate leaving the skin radiant, nourished and glowy.

Check out the range of Christmas gifts available here.  I'm liking the look of - Frankincense Organic Facial Collection Gift SetLove Reed Diffuser, the Facial Cracker and All over Balm Cracker.

Have you used this? What's your favourite Balm Balm product?

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Lyonsleaf: New Natural Handmade Soap & Christmas Gift Boxes

I'm a huge fan of Lyonsleaf's gorgeous products having reviewed their Beauty Balm and Body Butter here.  They have brought out a great range of boxed sets for Christmas and have introduced a lovely natural soap* made for them in the UK with Goats Milk, Manuka Honey and Calendula (£4 - 100g).



The soap is unscented and is suitable for dry sensitive skin types. The Manuka Honey gives it a sweet scent. This soap is also great for people with eczema, psoriasis and acne. The soap gently cleanses with a soft lather, soothing and repairing the skin.  Free from chemicals, palm oil and it is 100% natural.  

If you are looking for a Christmas Gift you will find the new soap in all three sets available.


Complete Natural Skincare Gift Set (£27.49) - this lovely set comes in a reusable jute draw string box and contains Lyonsleaf Body Butter 110ml, Lyonsleaf Natural Soap with Goats Milk, Manuka Honey & Calendula 100g and Lyonsleaf Award Winning Beauty Balm 55ml.


Soothing Calendula Skincare Gift Set (£17.99) - this set contains Lyonsleaf Calendula Cream 110ml and Lyonsleaf Natural Soap with Goats Milk, Manuka Honey & Calendula 100g.

Body Butter & Natural Soap Gift Set (£14.99) - containing Lyonsleaf Body Butter 110ml and a 100g bar of Lyonsleaf Natural Soap with Goats Milk, Manuka Honey & Calendula 100g.

Are you a Lyonsleaf fan?  What's your favourite product? Are you tempted by any of the gift sets?

*complimentary