Wednesday, 30 September 2015

September: Lately I've Been Loving

We had a great time at Let's Eat Glasgow at the beginning of the month. It was a new event this year and was brilliant! Loved the choices from all the restaurants - we sampled lots! Fingers crossed it runs again next year.

Yum! Delicious food from Ox and Finch

Gorgeous local Origin Honey at Plan Bee Ltd

Scrumptious choccies from Stacy Hannah Chocolates

Attending Alison's book launch party was amazing! Was really great to meet her. Check out her book here - it's a great read. It was also a real pleasure to meet Lin Anderson.

It's been an absolute joy to try out the beautiful range* Amanda has created for Harris Distillery. See my thoughts HERE.

I enjoyed an incredible Oskia facial* at Aspen Therapies at the beginning of the month. See my review HERE. It was one of the best facials I've ever had. Looking forward to going back soon!

I especially love this Ted Baker notebook for taking down blog notes. So pretty!

Alison at Complement Your Health invited me along to create my own perfume* (I visited Alison 10 years ago to create a wedding scent). So it was exciting to go back and see if I still liked the same type of scent. Expect a full post on my experience next week!

What have you been loving this month?


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

September Books

Untouchable - Ava Marsh* - I simply loved this fast paced and gritty debut novel. Stella is an escort who enjoys the life she's chosen and most of the men she has sex with. When a fellow call girl and friend is murdered Stella can't help but get involved. She wants to find out what happened to Amanda and get justice for her friend. 

An exciting story full of murder, revenge and blackmail. We also find out more about Stella including her past and possible future. A great read would recommend.

Having recently loved Peter's latest novel Chance (review) I picked up Ticket and wasn't disappointed.  Paul who is living the corporate life out a suitcase meets a young woman on a train who seems down on her luck. He pays for her train ticket and she insists on paying him back. He wakes up the next morning with her dead body beside him...he has no idea how this happened and goes on the run to try and find out who has set him up. Fast paced and thrilling. A great read.

The Murders at White House Farm - Carol Ann Lee* - Thirty years on from the murders at White House Farm Carol Ann lee draws on new research and correspondence with Jeremy Bamber taking us through the investigation and trial. A very well researched and detailed book. 

My Everything - Katie Marsh - A simply stunning debut novel. If you like Jojo Moyes you'll love Katie's book. 

Hannah's relationship with her husband Tom has broken down and she is planning on leaving him. But fate intervenes, Tom who has a high powered corporate job has a stroke and their lives are changed forever.  He has to learn to do everything again - eat, walk, talk, use his phone etc. Tom re-evaluates his life and is determined to save his marriage. He's now also more like the Tom that Hannah used to know. 

She was planning on going to teach in Tanzania before Tom became ill. His sister Jules is a prickly character who I loved reading about. Tom realises he has to let Hannah go for her to come back to him...Brilliant book which I keep telling everyone to go and buy! Can't wait for Katie's next book.

Bride without a Groom - Amy Lynch* - Rebecca is self-obsessed in the extreme (and totally annoying) as well as being determined to marry her long suffering boyfriend Barry. They split up over her obsessing about her wedding (he's not even proposed yet) and he heads off on a business trip where he finds himself in bed with his colleague, Shelley. Wracked with guilt he decides to propose on his return. 

I found Becks very annoying and at times heartless and uncaring.  There are a few laugh out loud moments though.

Liar Liar (DI Helen Grace Thriller) - M J Arlidge - this is the fourth novel in the DI Helen Grace series. An arsonist is on the loose and the attacks seem to be loosely connected. Businesses and homes are being targeted. As the deaths toll mounts up the race is on to find the killer. 

Fast paced with punchy short chapters. Lots of twists and turns and I didn't see who was guilty until it was right upon us. Fantastic read. Go buy!

Nashville Eats - Jennifer Justus* - This is one of these books I want to own in hardcover! It's simply beautiful and I absolutely loved it. It's full of wonderful anecdotes with music recommendations for each chapter. Some recipes I really want to try are - beaten biscuits, hot chicken, jalepeno cornbread, squash casserole, fried green tomatoes, bourbon sweet potatoes, pepper peach preserve, Blackberry, Honey, Black pepper & Thyme jam (this sounds incredible), watermelon rind pickle and Sweet Tea, honey. A really beautiful book. 

All Through the Night - M P Wright** - Mark's second novel in the JT Ellington Trilogy is not out until next year but I got a sneaky preview. See my mini review of Heartman HERE.

Without giving too much away the second part is simply un-put-downable. It's a fast paced read with many twists and turns. Some of my favourite characters are back - Mrs Pearse, Loretta, Cousin Vic and Uncle Gabe & Aunt Pearl along with some new faces.

JT takes on a job which he believes will be straightforward but it turns out to be anything but! A thrilling read with an ending I didn't see coming! When I'm allowed I'll do a fuller review.

The Last Embrace - Pam Jenoff* - August 1940 and Addie is sent to stay with her aunt & uncle from her home in Italy. She initially finds the US strange but makes friends with a family down at the shore who are also on holiday. They live nearby in Atlantic City and become friends. Addie falls head over heels for Charlie and they plan to be together after the war. But fate intervenes. She leaves home to work in Washington and then London and a chance meeting with Charlie stirs up all these emotions and they spend one glorious night together before it all falls apart.  

Addie heads back home to the States to be with her aunt after her uncle's death and meets up with Liam, the brother who caused the death of his younger sibling. It has a surprise ending which I didn't see coming. Loved it.

The Burning (Maeve Kerrigan #1) - Jane Casey - Maeve Kerrigan is an ambitious DC determined to make her mark. The case of The Burning Man is one she is keen to be a part of solving. The 5th victim doesn't seem to be the work of "the burning man" and Maeve is determined to find out who is responsible.  Loved the characters and great storylines. Can't wait to read more in the series.

What have you been reading this month?

*copies from netgalley
**copy from the author

Monday, 28 September 2015

September Empties

Here's what I've been using up in September:

Saach Organics Green Tea & Aloe Vera Shower Gel 200ml* - this was a real pleasure to use and I loved the scent. Will definitely buy again. See my review HERE.

Ruth Romano Lemongrass Organic Hand Wash 250ml* - I really liked this refreshing and effective hand wash. See my review HERE. Will definitely buy next time I'm needing hand wash as it was lovely.

Dr Bronner's Rose Pure Castle Soap mini bottle - I love the Peppermint & Lavender scents but didn't really enjoy the rose one so wouldn't buy again.

Korres Watermelon Body Scrub 150ml - this scrub smells just like watermelons making it fresh and delicious. The scrubby beads are made with bamboo and jojoba. I'd buy again.

TARDES by Carner EdP sample - this came in my July Yearly Sample Pack from Bloom Perfumery. I reviewed it HERE. Full size is firmly on the wishlist.

Bodhi & Birch Mint The Bath & Shower Therapy 200ml - one of my favourites from Bodhi & Birch. Will definitely buy again.

ESPA Naturally Radiant Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 03 Almond 7ml - this was a perfect shade for me with a bit of a tan. I loved everything about it. Super moisturising and a great colour. Would buy full size.

Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream 7g - I loved this rich marzipan scented cream which left my hands deeply nourished. Will add to the ever expanding wishlist and buy when I need a hand cream (probably never!)

Yarok Feed Your Youth Hair & Scalp Serum 1oz* - this is another product I'm gutted to have finished as this makes my hair look nourished, glossy and cared for. See my review HERE. Again, being added to the wishlist and a must buy after my spending ban.

Dr Organic Pomegrante Deodorant 50ml - a staple which I buy again and again as it works.

Caudalie Premier Cru L'Elixir 10ml* - huge Caudalie fan and this oil/serum is fantastic. It absorbs instantly and leaves the skin looking healthy and radiant. See my review HERE. It's one I'll definitely consider buying once my stash reduces!

Juliette has a Gun Lady Vengence EDP vial - this came to me via one of the Perfume Society boxes. A heady scent with top notes of Bergamot and Lavender, heart notes of Bulgarian rose, Moroccan rose absolute and Patchouli with a base of Vanilla, musks and woods.  Full size is on the wishlist!

Living Nature Radiance Night Oil 10ml*  - I simply loved this rose scented super luxe oil and it's on the wishlist for sure. See my review HERE.

Living Nature Sensitive Cleanser* & Day Cream* (sachets) - these were nice to use. I especially liked the cleanser. See my review HERE.

AromaWorks samples - Body Finish Cream*, Purity Eye Cleanser* and Rejuvenate Face Serum Oil* - I really liked these. See my review HERE. I especially loved the Body Finish Cream.

Therapie Protect Bath & Body Oil 100ml* - this was gorgeous to use and perfect to use before bed for a restful night's sleep. See my review HERE. It's one I'll definitely pick up.

Skin & Tonic STEAM CLEAN 15ml - I simply love this minty deep cleanser and have a couple more in my stash. One of my favourite cleansers ever.

Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil 1oz* - loved this facial oil. It was the first I tried that used Olive Squalane. Love it and got another one ready to crack open. See my review HERE.

AEOS Beauty Body Shower 10ml* and Beauty Body Lotion 10ml* - these came in the travel/try me kit I reviewed last week (link). I especially liked the shower gel so it's being added to the ever expanding wishlist.

What have you been using up this month?

*PR samples

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Mamma Oceania Handmade Soaps

I've been trying out Anna's lovely Mamma Oceania - Mermaid Approved Clean soaps*.

Anna (previously in Fashion PR and publishing) started making soaps for herself and a couple of friends. Presents to family members followed with everyone loving her soaps. So she set up her business in Toronto, Canada selling artisan wholesome, gentle soaps which are creamy and unscented - and suitable for all the family.

Made with allergen free Banana extract, Coconut Oil, Canadian Sea Kelp, Sweet Almond Oil and Olive Oil which are all USDA certified Organic. The soaps are dye, fragrance and preservative free and there is no animal testing.

The cold process method is used and it takes 4-6 weeks for the soaps to cure and harden.

Anna sent me two soaps* to try out and I've loved both of them - Gentle Exfoliating Soap (with Pomegranate, Coconut, Kelp and Oatmeal and Skin Soothing Soap (with Cucumber, Banana, Kelp and Oatmeal) - see the full range HERE.

Soaps cost a very reasonable $8 Canadian Dollars (£3.94) plus shipping costs and I'd highly recommend!


Saturday, 26 September 2015

Giveaway #3: Weleda Arnica Muscle Soak - it's Over!

My giveaway #3 is a bottle of Weleda's gorgeous Arnica Muscle Soak - see my review HERE. This is one of my new favourite bath-time products and one of my readers can win their very own bottle courtesy of Weleda. 

This is a UK only giveaway

Good luck!

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Friday, 25 September 2015

IASO Ghassoul Black Cleansing Oil

I've been testing out Korean IASO Ghassoul Black Cleansing Oil (£21.90)*. The cleansing oil contains Moroccan Ghassoul Clay which was created over 150 million years ago. The Cleansing Oil helps to clear dirt, oil, make up, whiteheads and blackheads and leaves the skin feeling clean and nourished.

It also cleanses and tightens pores and eliminates dead skin cells. Made with a blend of caring oils which soothe, clean, cleanse and tighten. The oil has a lovely gentle floral scent and is nice to use.

To use: apply to the skin massaging in circular motions (I found I had to avoid the eye area as I felt the product sting slightly) before rinsing with lukewarm water.

The company also very kindly sent me some samples* which I'll review shortly.

See more information about the company HERE.
Follow on Twitter @IASOskincare

*PR samples

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Spending Ban: Updates & Wants #5

I picked up a staple product for me in the Tabitha James Kraan sale (£15.50 plus P&P). I use it every single day and at that great price it had to be bought!

Onto my wants this week:

Narynda Face Care Pack (£7.50) - I'm always a sucker for try me sizes and this little set is great! It contains cleanser, toner, face & body scrub, day cream and night cream - see my reviews of the cleanser, toner and day cream HERE*. I'm also keen to pick up the Body Care Pack (£5.50) (the heel balm is ace!)

Staying on the travel sizes...

I spotted this little Autumn Mini Treats set at LJ's Natural Solutions (£9.95) - it includes - 30ml Autumn Uplift Organic Body Oil, 5g Balancing Organic Moisturiser, 5g Organic Deep Cleansing Balm and 3g OMG Serum.

I was also tempted by (but didn't) an email offer from Naturisimo which was a free sample pack with any with purchase and included samples from: Spiezia, John Masters Organics, Inlight, Estelle & Thild and Patyka. Sign up for Beauty Alerts at the bottom of the main webpage.

I'm finding the spending ban fairly easy but I know there are going to be lots and lots of wants in the run up to Christmas! If you are on a spending ban how is it going?

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Bloom Perfumery: Yearly Sample Pack: September 2015

I'd forgotten that I was due my Bloom Perfumery September sample pack so it was a nice treat to receive it when I arrived home from work yesterday. This month the scents are perfect for the start of autumn - warm woods infused with vanilla, amber, frankincense, ginger and more. I actually love all the scents this month.

The pefume that stands out the most for me is one which is new in Beaufort London Coeur de Noir EdP (£95 - 50ml - £2 - 1.6ml) - it's a simply stunning perfume and unlike anything I own. From a new British Perfume House which draws inspiration from ships, sea battles, voyages and tattoos. It has top notes of ginger, ink and rum, heart notes of leather, paper and vanillin with base notes of cedar, tobacco and birch tar. It starts off very powerful and mellows to a smokey sexy scent. Love it!

Passion Boisée (Frapin) EdP £98 - 100ml - £2 - 1.6ml) is a warm and spicy scent with top notes of mandarin and nutmeg, a heart of cypress and rosewood with base notes of ambrette seed, sandalwood and vanilla. It appears quite subtle and perfect for autumnal days.

Eau de Madeleine (Au Pays de la Fleur d'Oranger) EdP £110 - 100ml - £2 - 1.6ml) a beautiful scent which has notes of frankincense, leather, sandalwood, vanilla and incense.

Hasu-no-Hana (Grossmith) EdP £185 - 50ml - £5 - 1.6ml) it's nice to be able to try a perfume I'd never be able to afford! This is a classic formula from 1888, an oriental chypre which is rich with flower, spice and wood notes. It has top notes of bergamot, bigarade orange with heart notes of iris, jasmine, rose and ylang ylang and base notes of oakmoss, patchouli, cedar, sandalwood, tonka bean and vetiver.

The Architects Club (Arquiste) EdP £135 - 100ml - £2 - 1.6ml) a delicious autumn amber with a note of Mexican vanilla, benzoin and resins and woods. It has notes of ambermax, amber, angelica root, bigarade orange, gaiac wood, juniper, lemon, oak and vanilla.

The final perfume this month is best selling PG18 Cadjméré (Parfumerie Generale) EdP £117.50 - 100ml - £2 - 1.6ml) which is comforting and gentle. A soft sandalwood with a hint of vanilla. With a top note of tangerine, a heart of cypress and rosewood and base notes of ambrette seed, sandalwood and vanilla.

I really love all the scents this month and I'm looking forward to trying them out. Do any of the perfumes included this month jump out at you?

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Bee Good Raspberry & White Chocolate Lip Balm

Bee Good's new Raspberry & White Chocolate Lip Balm (10ml - £4.75)* is just gorgeous! It was the winner of the Bee Good Great British Lip Balm 2015 competition and was designed by Beauty Vlogger, Joseph Harwood.

It soothes and nourishes the lips and the scent is incredible - juicy fruity notes of wild raspberries along with sweet decadent white chocolate and British honey. Yum!

I can quite honestly say it's addictive. The handy size tube is perfect for popping in your pocket or handbag. Apply to the lips as often as needed.

You can also buy the lip balm in a triple pack (£10.50) so you can have one in your desk drawer too. It would also make a great small gift or Secret Santa pressie.

Have you tried this lip balm yet?

*PR sample

Monday, 21 September 2015

Shopping my Stash #65

I've been loving raiding my stash again on the spending ban and have found some great products! Here's what I've been reaching for lately:-

Fair Squared Lip Balm in Spearmint - a lush and supermoisturising balm. See my review HERE.

Shay & Blue Blood Oranges - a super sweet and juicy scent which captures ripe and fresh oranges perfectly. Brings a bit of summertime to autumn days.

Blue Labelle Hand Oil - which is a deeply nourishing oil for dry hands. See my review HERE.

Olivine Love+Peace Sparking Pink Bath Bath Salts (pick yours up at a beautiful world). I picked these up just before my spending ban kicked in. They are perfect to use before bed to calm and relax. The salts contain Himalayan Pink Sea Salt, Organic Cocoa and Shea Butters, Epsom salts and an essential oil blend of Lavender (quite heavy on the lavender), Ylang Ylang, Rose and Orris Root.  

Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer - one of my favourite Nourish products. I use it before foundation (or add it to foundation) to add a glow. See my review HERE.

Nourish Protect Hydrating Moisturiser - I'm finding as the days are getting colder I'm needing something more nourishing to protect my skin.  This rich cream nourishes and hydrates (and is lovely!)

Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Body Lotion 100ml - this was free with Instyle mag this month. I loved the hand cream in this fragrance previously. This body moisturiser absorbs quickly and leaves the skin nourished with an orange-y scent. Love it! 

What have you been reaching for this week?

Sunday, 20 September 2015


I've been testing out PLANT's OA Face Oil* (30ml - £26.95). PLANT makes apothecary and gourmet goods with a conscience. From a Brooklyn based design studio with an online shop and wholesale distribution PLANT was founded by Holly McWhorter and Bjarke Ballisager, a husband and wife team.

I have already tried and loved the gorgeous CALM DOWN body wash* (review) so I was really excited to try one of the new facial oils now available at a beautiful world.

The face oil I've been testing is suitable for Normal & Combination skin types (there is also ones available for dry and oily skins). See more details here.

Holly and Bjarke design and formulate all products either together or independently and they both have a passion for the environment, natural beauty and grooming.  I love that the products are made with the help of adults with physical and mental disabilities which in turn gives them access to training and paid work.

In Danish, “Ø” means island (dry) and an “Å” is a creek (wet) which symbolizes an oil that combines lightweight and rich moisturizers for both normal and combination dry/oily skin.

One of the things that first jumped out at me was the oil contains Sea Buckthorn which is one of my favourite oils. I also love the simple but stylish packaging. The facial oil is really lovely to use and leaves the skin nourished and looking radiant. The blend for Normal/Combination skins contains Rosmary, Sweet Orange and Ginger along with Sweet Almond, Macadamia Nut, Grapeseed, Jojoba, Sea Buckthorn, Pomegranate Seed Oils along with Vitamin E.

To use: rub 4 drops in the palms before massaging into face and neck. My thoughts? An absolutely fantastic oil which absorbs instantly, smells fantastic (with a ginger kick) and leaves my skin nourished and rejuvenated.

Have you tried this or one of the other facial oils?

*PR sample

Saturday, 19 September 2015

GIVEAWAY #2: Lippy Girl Vegocentric Organic Vegan Lipstick - IT's OVER!

My favourite Lippy Girl lipstick is Rosie Posie and I've one up for grabs for my second giveaway prize to mark 4 years blogging. (I lost my first one on a night out and was bereft until my new one arrived). I was in Paris this summer and this was the only lipstick I took with me - I just love it!

The giveaway is open worldwide and to everyone - but please don't add my giveaway to competition websites

See my giveaway #1 HERE for your chance to win 1 of 2 Travalo atomizers.

Good luck!

the lippy that drew the heart is mine!

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Friday, 18 September 2015

AEOS Optimal Essentials (Blue)

I've been testing out this travel/try me size kit from AEOS (£68)* which was a winner of Natural Health Magazine's Beauty Awards in 2014.  The products in the kit give the skin maximum hydration and nourishment.

The products contain natural, organic and biodynamic plant extracts and spelt oil, essences and essential oils as well as spagyric tinctures of crystal energies and the waveforms of colour.

So what's inside:

Cleansing Oil De-Maq 30ml (full size is 75ml - £39.99) - this oil based cleanser is made with a blend of biodynamic essential oils, plant extracts and energies of gems and crystals. It also contains oils of Sesame, Avocado and Spelt and easily removes all make up and impurities.  To use: moisten a cotton pad with warm water add a few drops of the cleanser and apply to the skin in upward sweeping movements over face and neck. Repeat until the skin is clean. The cleansing oil smells fantastic and I found it very effective.

Dew Facial Wash 30ml (full size is 100ml - £39.99) - this is a mild and gentle cleansing wash which contains essential oils of neroli, lemon and honey which refresh the skin.  To use: add a few drops of Dew Facial Wash to a bowl of warm water. Soak a muslin cloth, squeeze out and place over the face and leave for a few minutes. Repeat up to 3 times. I found this a lovely step in the process.

Gentle Cleansing Lotion 10ml (full size is 75ml - £49.99) - this gentle cleanser which easily removes make up and impurities. Applying the cleanser to damp skin stimulates the active ingredients.  To use: apply a small amount to your palm and apply to the skin using circular massage movements before rinsing.

Gentle Exfoliant 10ml (full size is 30ml - £35.98) - a super gentle exfoliant rich in seed oils and biodynamic spelt oil which nourishes and hydrates the skin leaving it smooth and receptive to the moisturising products that follow. See my review HERE.

Energising Conditioner 10ml (full size is 30ml - £54.99) - with flower and fruit extracts, rosewater, rose oil and biodynamic spelt oil which soothe, calm and soften the skin. To use: apply a small amount to damp skin patting into the face and neck.

Refreshing Hydrating Mist 30ml (full size is 100ml - £54.99) - this mist refreshes and balances the skin. To use: Spritz over the face and neck after cleansing and conditioning. It can also be used throughout the day to boost the skin.

Realive Serum 30ml (full size is 50ml - £105) - this is a luxe intensive serum which plumps and smoothes the skin. It contains essential oils of rose, lavender and rose geranium and leaves the skin looking radiant. To use: apply a small amount to the palms, rub together before applying to face and neck. Can also be used around the eyes.

Enriching Moisturiser 10ml (full size is 50ml - £58.99) - this is the final step to seal in hydration and moisturisation from the previous products. It's light and absorbs quickly. To use: apply a small amount to the face and neck.

Beauty Body Shower 10ml (full size is 75ml - £10.99) - a gentle wash which smells lovely. It contains rosemary, white birch and gardenia. To use: dilute with water in your palm before applying. I really liked this and would buy full size.

Beauty Body Lotion 10ml (full size is 75ml - £35.98) - an easily absorbing lotion which hydrates, soothes and softens the skin. To use: apply to the body immediately after bathing to lock in moisture.

In the morning you should use: Gentle Cleansing Lotion, Gentle Exfoliant, Energising Conditioner, Refreshing Mist, Realive Serum, Enriching Moisturiser

In the evening you should use: Cleansing Oil De Maq, Dew Facial Wash, Energising Conditioner, Refreshing Mist, Realive Serum, Enriching Moisturiser

I've really enjoyed testing out this luxurious skincare range. Have you used AEOS before?

*PR sample

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Organic Beauty: Nourish Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum

Nourish is also taking part in part in #Campaign4Clarity, #OrganicSeptember and Organic Beauty week. 

I'm a huge fan of this brand - see my reviews - Nourish Protect Nutri Rich Body Cream*Cellular Skincare Boxed SetArgan Beauty Collection*Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser* and Illuminating Golden Glow Face Shimmer*.

I've been testing out Nourish's Relax Hydrating Peptide Serum (30ml - £20)* which nurtures and cares for skin prone to stress and allergic response. It soothes and calms the skin as well as smelling fantastic. It absorbs instantly and feels cooling and calming on the skin.

It contains an innovative blend of soothing and anti-inflammatory plant extracts which are chosen to care for sensitive skin types and resist damage whilst restoring vitality.

The serum contains anti-inflammatory extract of Bisabol and Ginger. Carrot rich in betacarotene protects while Lavender soothes (and makes the serum smell great).

To use: apply to the skin AM or PM under or over moisturiser - over for a dewy look or under for a matt finish.

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

*PR sample

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Spending Ban: Updates & Wants #4

At the tail end of last week Liberty offered their fabulous Gift With Purchase worth £350 with a £150 spend - I was sorely tempted to break the ban! Luckily it sold out online so my spending ban is safe for another week! 

Having just come across Edinburgh based Lucky Cloud Botanical Skincare I'm adding Coconut Lip Butter (£4) and Hydrating Body Butter - Sweet Orange & Vanilla (120ml - £15) to the wishlist. In fact the whole range looks lovely!  See here.

Another new to me brand is LIHA - I'm fancying their IDAN Oil (30ml - £16) a natural cold pressed coconut oil which has a Tuberose flower immersed to give the oil a beautiful deep floral scent. Use it on your face, hair and body. It sounds lush! 

If you are on a spending ban how is it going?

Monday, 14 September 2015

Organic Beauty Week: Botanicals Orange Blossom Body Balm

Organic September is in full swing and this week 14th-20th is Organic Beauty Week. The Soil Association are running their #Campaign4Clarity see more information here.  There are also lots of offers running this week such as money off, free P&P and gifts with purchase. Check them out here.

I was sent Botanicals gorgeous Orange Blossom Body Balm (trial size pot)* to try.  The balm is scented with Neroli and Patchouli and is exquisite. The balm melts easily onto the skin absorbing quickly.  It nourishes, softens, heals and protects the skin and can also be used as a natural perfume (I do love a multi-purpose product!)

100% natural and hand made with love and care in England. With 89% organic ingredients and certified organic by The Soil Association.

The rich balm made with Shea Butter, Cold Pressed Apricot Kernel and Jojoba oils along with essential oils of Neroli, Patchouli, Bergamot and Sweet Orange.

See my previous reviews - Therapeutic Foot Soak*Try Me Set and Hand & Nail Serum

Have you tried this body balm? What's your favourite Botanicals product?

*PR sample

Sunday, 13 September 2015

AromaWorks Purity Face Toner

I was recently sent AromaWorks Purity Face Toner (100ml - £28)* along with some samples* (Rejuvenate Face Serum Oil, Nourish Purity Eye Cleanser and Nourish Body Finish Cream to review). The range was recognised in the Natural Health International 2015 Awards.

Founder Jane Hibbert has a love of essential oils which stretches back to when as a teenager she spent her pocket money on them in order to experiment. was founded in 2009 and the first products were luxury Aromatherapy candles with a top, middle and base notes. Other product were later added along with a range for men.  Products are free from synthetic chemicals, pesticides and there is no animal testing.

Purity Face Toner* this award winning toner is suitable for all skin types and soothes, refreshes and tones the skin. To use: apply to a cotton pad and wipe over the face and neck AM & PM after cleansing. The scent is a sweet citrus herbal blend with essential oils of Bergamot, Lavender, Neroli, Chamomile and Sandalwood and is a real pleasure to use.

It also includes Aloe Vera which soothes and encourages cell repair, Arnica extract which is good for acne, is anti-inflammatory and boost circulation. Marshmallow extract helps to soothe and soften while Green Tea extracts is a powerful anti-oxidant. Liquorice root is anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

I also was really pleased to receive some samples* too as it meant I got to try some more products from the lovely range.

Body Finish Cream* I simply loved this rich and deeply scented cream which absorbs easily into the skin. Suitable for all skin types it has the same delicious scent as the toner. It leaves the skin feeling nourished and cared for and full size is firmly on the wishlist!

Purity Eye Cleanser* this lovely product is suitable for all skin types which easily gets rid of eye make up and waterproof mascara. It is soothing and makes taking off make up an absolute pleasure.

Rejuvenate Face Serum Oil* a luxury face serum oil for mature and dry skins which helps to rejuvenate, smooth out wrinkles and nourish. It has a really beautiful scent as it uses Rose, Bergamot and Frankincense essential oils.

Have you used any products from AromaWorks before?

*PR samples

Saturday, 12 September 2015

GIVEAWAY #1: Travalo Atomisers x 2 - IT'S OVER

I've got a lovely giveaway for you this Saturday (and the next 3!). I'm celebrating 4 years of blogging on the 24th of this month!

Travalo very kindly send me these two atomizers* to giveaway to two of my readers.  See my review here.  This giveaway is open internationally.

I stole this idea from Sam at Honey Go-Lightly who is also celebrating her 4th Blogiversary and you can check out her giveaways - here (only 2 days left to enter), here (currently 8 days to go), here (currently 16 days to go) and here (22 days to go) - go enter lots of lovely things to win!

All you need to do is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 11 September 2015

Saach Organics: Green Tea & Aloe Vera Shower Gel & Hand & Body Lotion

Harvinder Parhar, the founder of Saach Organics recently sent me a box full of goodies to review. I'm trying these out and will post reviews of them all shortly.

Harvinder saw a photo of her grandmother putting oil in her mother's hair. Her mother carried on the tradition with Harvinder. Saach Organics brings everything that is good about Indian beauty traditions to the Western market.

Products are natural and are made with herbs grown and harvested to Ayurveda traditions and are free from parabens, sulphates and petrochemicals.

The first products I've tried are the very lovely Green Tea & Aloe Vera duo - Shower Gel (200ml - £9.95)* and Hand & Body Lotion (200ml - £10.95)*

They are packed in boxes and pump action bottles making the shower gel easy to use when in the shower.  The fragrance is refreshing green tea and aloe vera with a hint of fruitiness. It's my new favourite shower gel! It leaves the skin feeling clean and fresh.

The body lotion absorbs instantly and feels really moisturising on the skin. The skin is left gently perfumed and smooth.

Love these. Pick the range up at Love Lula.

*sent for review