Thursday, 31 March 2016

March Books

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

Trust No One (Mike Lockyer #3) by Clare Donoghue* - DI Mike Lockyer and newly back at work DS Jane Bennett are called to investigate a murder.

A divorced father of two is found dead in his bed. At first it looks like he died in his sleep but on closer inspection he's been murdered. His family, ex-wife and friends are questioned and his life is dissected with no stone being left unturned.

Fast paced with lots of twists and turns. I thought I knew who the killer was but just didn't see that ending coming! Loved it.

A Long Walk Home by Judith Tebbutt - In September 2011 Judith and her husband David were holidaying in Kenya. Part of their trip took them to a remote beach resort south of Somalia.

They were attacked by a gang of pirates and Jude was taken by them by sea and land to a village in the heart of Somalia.  What follows is an account of Judith's 192 days she's kept hostage - she is isolated, intimidated and starved of food and kindness.  To keep herself sane she walks circuits around her cell everyday walking to freedom. Her son Ollie is trying to raise the ransom money the pirates have requested.  It's a very moving story and Jude is one brave lady.

The Cradle will Fall by Clare Donoghue - this is a short story giving background about the characters in the DI Lockyer series. PC Jane Bennett is just starting her career in the force. She keeps a level head on a particularly gruesome case and catches the eye of DI Lockyer. He needs people like her on his team. An interesting short read.

Fragile Cord (DS Coupland Book 1) by Emma Salisbury - the story is set in Salford. Detectives Kevin Coupland and Alex Moreton are investigating what appears to be a murder suicide.  

Devoted family man Ricky Wilson is stabbed following a night out.  Tracey Kavanagh has murdered her young son before taking her own life and that of her unborn child.  We find out that the two cases are connected. Fast paced with lots of twists and turns. Great read would recommend.

The Widow by Fiona Barton* - Jean Taylor has no worries. She lives in a nice house with a nice husband and works at the local hairdressers. Their only sorrow in life is that they were unable to have a family. Jean's life changes forever when her husband Glen is accused of abducting a child.

The story is told from different viewpoints - The Widow, The Reporter, The Detective and The Mother. Glen dies suddenly and Jean finds herself able to tell her own story.  

Unputdownable, I was forever trying to guess who was guilty and who was innocent. I was a little bit disappointed with the ending but an enjoyable read nonetheless.

Tuesday Falling by S Williams - Tuesday has suffered extreme cruelty and heartbreak at the hands of men so she's taken it upon herself to help others who like her, have suffered attacks by men.

She lives beneath the city in the forgotten tunnels of the underground.  She's connected to a brutal attack on gang members on the tube and DCI Loss investigates with his partner and sidekick, Stone. Loss is still suffering the tragic death of his daughter who was murdered three years ago.  Tuesday seems to be connected to her.  A dark and violent but compelling read.

Shtum by Jem Lester* - this is the story of Ben and his wife Emma and their severely autistic son Jonah. It is a gripping tale which inspires, has funny moments, is difficult to read at times, is heartwarming and full of love and despair.

Ben and Emma are finding it hard to cope with Jonah and decide to appeal the decision by the local authority of placing him in a special residential school which they believe is best suited to Jonah's needs.

They decide to split up to try and help their case and Jonah and Ben move in with his dad Georg. This in itself is difficult as the two men have never seen eye to eye. For Ben he goes the full circle, finding out who he is and discovering family history which explains a lot. 

When I wasn't reading the book I was thinking about it which is always the sign of a great read. One of my favourites this year. Highly recommend it.

The Silent Twin (Detective Jennifer Knight #3) by Caroline Mitchell* - Nine year old Abigail goes missing during a game of hide and seek with her twin Olivia. DC Jennifer Knight, from Operation Moonlight is drafted in to assist the family. Olivia has been mute since Abigail's disappearance.

The decaying, remote farmhouse is a place of secrets and ghosts. Abigail whispers to Jennifer pleading with her to find her. A fast paced story with lots of twists and turns and it keeps you guessing. I'd changed my mind several times throughout as to who had taken Abigail. A really brilliant read. The series keeps getting better and better. Highly recommend.

The Missing Hours by Emma Kavanagh* - Dr Selena Cole is in the nearby playpark with her daughters when she goes missing. Twenty hours later she's found with no recollection of where she's been.

A murder took place when she was missing and the police are trying to see if there's a connection.  The police team working on the investigation are brother and sister. I preferred Lee's chapters to that of her brother Finn.

We also learn more about the Cole family and their Kidnap & Ransom business with some chapters being case files. I found the book quite hard going at times (sadly, having loved Emma's previous books). There is however a twist at the end I didn't see coming.

What have you been reading this month?

*copies from Netgalley

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

The Little Health Company: COCO Hair Treatment

The Little Health Co recently sent me their COCO Hair Treatment* (£13.99 - 100ml) to review which is 100% natural.

The products (you can see the range HERE) are lovingly hand crafted in small batches and contain no synthetic ingredients. Ingredients are ethically and sustainably sourced and packaging is recyclable.

COCO Hair Treatment* is made with natural oils of extra Virgin Organic Coconut, Castor, Macadamia, Sweet Almond, Avocado and Vitamin E. It makes the hair so soft, healthy looking, helps to reduce frizz and nourishes the hair.

To use: massage into your hair from root to tip leaving on for 20 minutes or so (or overnight) before washing out.

I've been really impressed with how the hair treatment makes my hair look and feel. My only negative is I'd have preferred the product to have a natural essential oil scent rather than be unscented (this is just minor negative as the product really works). 

Pick yours up HERE with free UK Shipping.

*sent for review

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Perfume Collection

I have quite a few perfume sample vials as you can see below!

Today I'm showing you my collection of perfumes - full size, travel size and rollerballs. I actually have quite a small collection (only 40). You can see what I had in my stash in January 2012 and in March last year.

The two that are the most expensive in my stash are Chanel's Sycomore EdT (when I bought it was £100 - 75ml). I love its woody, mossy and vertivert notes.  See my review HERE.

Tom Ford's Santal Blush EdP (£145 - 50ml) this is my third bottle! An absolute hug in a bottle. It has notes of sandalwood, cumin, fenugreek, cinnamon, rose, ylang ylang, jasmine, woods, benzoin and musk. I just love it. See my review HERE.

I've got a lot of love for Shay & Blue. I recently finished Watermelons which I loved. It will definitely be a re-purchase.  Currently in my collection is Framboise Noir* (REVIEW), Salt Caramel (mini Review) and Atropa Belladona (HERE). I've also got two mini sizes of Blood Oranges and Almond Cucumber.

I adore rose scents. I picked up the Jo Malone Tudor Rose 30ml at the great Perfume Society Rock the Ages event I went to last year - see HERE. Hubby listened to my hints and bought me the gorgeous Miller Harris Rose Silence EdP (50ml) for my Christmas. See my review HERE.

Aqua di Parma's Rosa Nobile EdP which I received last year for Christmas. It has notes of mandarin, bergamot, pepper, peony, violet, lily of the valley, Centifolia rose, cedarwood, ambergris and musk. It's a really pretty feminine scent.

I reviewed True Nature Botanicals solid perfume Noble Floral* and totally fell in love with it. With notes of Tuberose, Rose, Jasmine and Citrus. See my review HERE.

Diptyque's Eau Rose Roll on is a beautiful true rose perfume and has notes of bergamot, lychee and blackcurrant, damask and centifolia roses, with musk, cedar and honey.

I picked up Jo Loves White Rose & Lemon Leaves 30ml when in London last year. It really is exquisite. See my review HERE.

Lush's Imogen Rose solid perfume is a fairly light rose scent with rose and green notes. It doesn't really last long but it's a cute little scent.

I recently tried a sample of Escentric Molecules 01 and loved it. This is the 30ml travel size refill. The scent smells differently on everyone and two people (so far) have been enticed with it - one male, one female!

I'm a huge fan of lovely Gorse by Laboratory Perfumes (100ml) this one is beautiful. The gorse gives it a coconutty edge and this perfume smells differently on everyone as well! See my review HERE.

Estee Lauder's Private Collection Tuberose Gardenia EdP (30ml) another scent I first picked up in London before it was widely available. See my review HERE.

I've got a lot of love for Diptyque's Philosykos and have it in the rollerball oil and the EdT spray. It takes me back to hot summer days in Greece. The best and original fig scent. The EdP is on the wishlist.

My in-laws got me Angel for my birthday last year. I used to go through it by the gallon but hadn't worn it for a few years. 

Abahna's Frangipani & Orange Blossom re-fillable spray is also a favourite. See my review HERE.

From the 4160Tuesdays Advent Calendar I totally fell for London 1969 (this little spray is nearly done so I'll definitely get full size) and Raw Silk & Red Roses both 9ml. See my review HERE.

Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne (30ml) was the first scent I bought from Jo Malone. I like it paired with Lime, Basil & Mandarin body lotion.

Khiel's Nashi Blossom & Pink Grapefruit (30ml) is a delicious fruity floral with notes of pink grapefruit, ginger, soy milk and musk. 

Annick Goutal Mandragore EdT (30ml) which came in a beauty box ages ago. It has fruity minty notes.

The Library of Fragrance Gin & Tonic which is refreshing and zesty and Salt Air with seaside ozonic notes.

Oliver Bonas Blackberry Musk roll on which I picked up while Christmas shopping. See my review HERE.

Infusion Organique Sands of Morocco Organic EdP roll on which is lovely to wear on hot summer days. See my review HERE.

kai perfume oil roll on which is always in my stash. I love the gardenia and fresh green notes. It's the perfect holiday scent.

Ancienne Ambiance Colonia Collection* are a simply stunning trio of scents. See my thoughts HERE.

Jimmy Choo Perfume roller-ball which I picked up in Sephora in Paris. Love a little Jimmy Choo and rollerball perfumes!

Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia Roll on* which is a blend of gardenia, jasmine, sweet orange and tea leaves. It really is lovely. See my review HERE.

L'Occitane Magnolia & Mure Trial Size EdT which is fruity and floral. Figuier & Osmanthus EdT was limited edition last summer and is a juicy fig scent.

Freak by Illamaqua EdP I first got a sample of this in a Glossybox. This is my second full size bottle. It has notes Black Davana, Opium Flower, Poison Hemlock and Frankincense.

I received this little bottle of Tom Ford's White Suede EdP after a make-over. It's really lovely and has notes of musk, rose and amber.

On the wishlist are these along with Beaufort London's Coeur De Noir EdP.

What perfumes are in your collection?

*PR samples

Monday, 28 March 2016

March Empties

Here's my March Empties with a few make up items! 

Mio Clean Slate Workout Swipe for Face & Body single use - great for use all over the body when you can't get near water/shower. They have a nice cucumber/fresh scent. Use after the gym, on a flight or for holidays. Will definitely pick these up.

Neal's Yard Remedies Geranium & Orange Bath Oil 9ml and Massage Oil 9ml - these were really lovely to use and I'd maybe buy full size.

bodhi & birch Lime Blossom Protecting Hand Serum 30ml - I think this is my third bottle. I just love it. See my review HERE. I'll be picking this up again when my hand care stash reduces a bit.

Olivine Love+Peace Sparkling Pink Butter Bath 10oz - these made for a relaxing soak but I wasn't expecting them to be quite so lavender scented. Wouldn't re-purchase as there are other bath products I prefer.

John Masters Organics Rosemary Shampoo 10ml sachet - huge fan of John Masters haircare range and would and have bought this full size.

SkinOwl Neck+ 15ml - absolutely loved this. A gel like texture which absorbs instantly, firming and smoothing. Would buy.

The Rose Tree Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter 6g - this is lovely to use and turns cleansing into a real ritual. See my review HERE. Would buy again when my cleansers stash reduces a bit.

Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm 5ml - love this orange scented cleansing balm. See my review HERE. Sure to pick up again at some point.

Shay & Blue Watermelons 30ml* - I finished a perfume! I simply love this divine refreshing fruity scent. See my review HERE. Will buy at some point.

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner 2oz - huge fan of the brand and this leave-in conditioner leaves the hair feeling silky soft and nourished. Just cracked open a new bottle. Would buy again.

Ogario Hydrate & Shine Shampoo 100ml - I quite liked this shampoo but didn't love it so wouldn't buy it again.

DECIEM Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex 50ml - a hand cream which just works! Just opened a new one.

RMS 'un' Powder - this is a staple for me which lasts about 6 months making it great value. Have already cracked open a new pot.

Tom Ford Traceless Foundation SPF15 - 03 Fawn - this was an impulse (and expensive) buy which I bought before my spending ban in August - so it's lasted really well. A nice foundation which I'd maybe buy again.

Urban Decay Perversion mini Mascara - loved everything about this mascara. Full size is on the wishlist.

Kneipp Pure Bliss Mineral Bath Salts sachet - this was nice to use and would buy again.

Dr Bronner Peppermint Pure Castille Soap 237ml - this is a staple for make up brush cleaning. Just cracked open a new one.

Just Be Happy Hand & Body Wash 250ml* - loved this citrus wash. See my review HERE. Will definitely buy this soon.

What have you been using up this month?

*PR samples

Sunday, 27 March 2016

March: Lately I've Been Loving

I was really chuffed to be one of the bloggers chosen to read a proof copy of M P Wright's "All through the Night". See my review HERE. I was also over the moon to be mentioned in the acknowledgements.  This book is part of a series so make sure to read Heartman first.

I totally fell in love with these beautiful massage candles* and bars* from The Herb Garden. See my review HERE.

Something which makes me super happy is a skinny latte in my favourite mug. Simple pleasures eh!

Emily at Fleurelle Illustrations captured it perfectly in my "favourite things" watercolour.

I picked up the Sheer Luxe box from Latest in Beauty (it sold out in a few hours). My favourite item from the box are the gorgeous Tada & Toy Rose Gold Studs. I've worn them constantly since they arrived! The rest of the contents were pretty cool too (plus I'm keeping a couple of bits for gifts).

I've been trying this beautiful Rose scented candle* from Cotswold Candle Company. It's absolutely gorgeous - expect a review shortly.

What have you been loving this month?

*sent for review

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Terre Verdi Instagram Win

I was absolutely thrilled to win Terre Verdi's first Instagram Giveaway. I got to chose two products and picked the very gorgeous FranChouliPom Body Oil and Balancing Facial Serum.

Terre Verdi is a new brand to me and was founded by Alessandra de Gregorio who grew up in Sicily where she had a close affinity to nature. The essential oils used in the products are from where she grew up.

The products are really luxurious and are 100% Vegan and are made with ethically sourced and certified organic ingredients.

My favourite of the pair is FranChouliPom Body Oil* (100ml - £31) a rich and luxe blend of Frankincense, Patchouli, Neroli, Sweet Orange Peel Oil with Argan, White Tea Seed, Sunflower Seed, Pomegranate Seed, Jojoba Seed Oils with Calendula extract and Vitamin E.  99% organic and certified by COSMOS. It leaves the skin feeling nourished, supple and delicately scented and is a real pleasure to use.

I've been using the Balancing Facial Serum* (30ml - £25) when my skin's been feeling hormonal. It balances and relieves any skin irritations and includes astringent Geranium & Tea Tree essential oils.  Use AM/PM after cleansing and before moisturising.

Have you tried any products from the range?

*Instgram win

Friday, 25 March 2016

Shopping My Stash #72

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

Saach Organics Herbal Hair Oil with Indian Gooseberry, Cotton Seed Oil and Almond Oil 100ml* - this is an amazing and effective oil which you can leave on overnight or to tame flyaways. See my review HERE

Angela Langford Angel Eyes 10ml - this nourishing eye oil contains Cucumber, Rosehip and Argan oil and it repairs and soothes, reducing dark circles and hydrates.  A really lovely product.

kai Perfume Oil roller-ball 1/8 fl oz - love this exotic scent with Gardenia and green notes. I never tire of it.

M&S Autograph Ultra-Shine Twist Up Lip Colour in Nude - this came in the M&S Advent Calendar and is a really wearable nude.

JustBe Botanicals JustBe Happy Hand & Body Wash 250ml* - love this refreshing citrus multi-use wash. See my review HERE.

SkinOwl Neck+ 15ml - this neck gel smooths, nourishes and firms the delicate neck and decollete. A smallish sample but would buy full size.

What have you been reaching for this week?

*PR samples

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Unbeelievable Health: Bee Energised

Having loved Unbeelievable Health's Bee Prepared Max Strength* (review) I jumped at the chance to try their new Bee Energised* (£11.99 - 20 capsules - one a day or two when you need a little extra lift).

The capsules combine bee pollen, organic matcha tea, organic spirulina, Siberian gingseng, organic green leaf tea and rosehips along with Vitamins B6 and B12.

They give you a gentle lift and help to improve focus. Take one a day and if you need an extra boost when feeling tired or stressed take two. You can also open the capsules and add to yoghurt, smoothies or juice.

Providing a steady stream of energy, concentration and mental alertness the capsules also help with fatigue and lethargy. They support the body through times of stress and are great to use during travel or exercise.

I've found I've got a lot more mental alertness and feel less tired and stressed. I've been really impressed with the results and I'm definitely tempted to pick them up with the special 15% off code Naturisimo is offering us for Easter - use code EASTER at checkout (available until Tuesday 29 March).

Free from gluten, sugar, yeast, soy and GM. Made in the UK and formulated by natural health experts. Make sure you aren't allergic to bee pollen before taking this product and if pregnant or lactating please consult your doctor before use.

Unbeelievable Health donate a portion of their profits to bee causes and research.  Pick yours up at Naturisimo HERE.

*PR sample

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

The Herb Garden Massage Candles & Bars

Jo Farren and Shani Croft, are the two herbalists behind The Herb Garden. They live and work local to Hitchin and make high quality and quite lovely products using simple raw ingredients which have herbal and aromatherapy benefits.

Where possible they use organic ingredients with no artificial scents and chemicals and they adhere to strict EU standards.

I was sent two massage candles in Relaxing* and Refreshing* (£10) and massage bars in Warming* (£8 for 2).

Relaxing scent is made with Lavender and German Blue Chamomile with a soy wax base. Soy wax has a lower melting point and is combined with organic Almond oil and organic Shea butter. Light and let the candle burn before blowing the flame out and applying the scented oil to the skin.  This is lovely to use just before bed to calm and relax.

Refreshing scent again blends Soy wax, organic Almond oil and organic Shea butter with oils of Peppermint, Eucalyptus and Thyme which enliven and awakens and is also great to clear the mind or sinuses. Apply the melted wax to the soles of your feet to ease congestion and for a good night's sleep.

Warming scent spicy Cinnamon is blended in a massage base with Ginger, sweet Orange and Lemon. Rub in hands to melt the wax to an oil and apply to the skin.

The massage candles and bars are really lovely and well priced. I can't actually pick a favourite scent as they are all really effective depending on your mood. Pick yours up HERE.

*complimentary - sent for review

Monday, 21 March 2016

Bloom Perfumery: Yearly Sample Pack: March 2016

My March Bloom Perfumery Sample Pack arrived on Friday and this month to commemorate the first flowers of spring iris is a note used in all the scents.

"the scent of iris is derived from the root of the plant so the sensation of its smell can often be a little misleading when people think of it as a flower".

"Considered powdery and earthy, Iris also smells aqueous, as if it's bursting with a violet like freshness. On it's own it can smell like warm, sunned skin or as a natural musk, but in tandem with other ingredients it's effect is startlingly individual. It can inject a dry streak into a floral perfume or soften an oriental composition".

My absolute favourite this month is Nishane's Boszporousz Extrait de Parfum 1.2ml (50ml - £110, 1ml - £5). It has just landed at Bloom and is Exclusive and is simply gorgeous. It has top notes of cypress, galbanum, sage and seaweed with a heart of gardenia and jasmine and a base of amber, musk, oakmoss and patchouli. A pretty floral with salt, sage and seagrass notes reminiscent of the Bosphorous strait shores.

Next to capture my heart is PG's 21 Felanilla EdP 1.6ml (50ml - £81.50, 1.6ml - £2) which is a best seller at Bloom Perfumery. "This is vanilla for grown-ups" and has top notes of saffron, vanilla with a heart of hay and iris absolute and a base of amber.

The final four are Etat Libre d'Orange Benderelious EdP 1.6ml (50ml - £70) which has notes of champagne, cherry lollipop, grapefruit, iris absolu, iris butter, leather, musk tonka bean, vetiver and violet leaf absolute.

Exclusive to Bloom Perfumery .vero.profumo. Mito EdP 1.2ml (50ml - £138, 1.2ml - £5) with top notes of green leaves, a heart of champaca, magnolia grandiflora and tuberose with a base of galbanum and hyacinth

Grossmith's Diamond Jubilee Bouquet EdP 1.4ml (50ml - £195, 1.6ml - £5) which was created to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. The heart is a powder iris.  It has top notes of lemon, lily of the valley, narcissus and orange with a heart of carnation, iris, jasmine, rose, vetiver and violet with a base of amber, hawthorn, tonka beans and vanilla.

New In The Merchant of Venice's Ottoman Amber EdP 1.6ml (100ml - £120, 1.6ml - £2) which has notes of labdanum, myrrh, oud accord, patchouli and vanilla.

What are your thoughts on this month's selection?

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Perfume Wishlist

Here are the perfumes currently on my wishlist:

Jo Loves Pomelo (50ml - £65) - this was the first Jo Loves perfume I tried. It has notes of fruity grapefruit, rose, clove, vetivert, suede and patchouli. A lovely fruity scent with a spicy edge.

Diptyque L'Eau de Tarocco EdT (100ml - £65) - I first tried this via a sample the store in Marylebone kindly gave me. It's a lush orange scent with Bulgarian rose, cinnamon and saffron and perfect for Spring and Summer.

Tardes by Carner EdP (50ml - £81) - I first tried this perfume via my Bloom Perfumery Yearly Sample Pack Subscription.  It's been on the wishlist a while! See my review HERE.

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc EdP (50ml - £145) - I'm a huge fan of Tom Ford's Santal Blush EdP and am now on my third bottle (gulp). See my review of it HERE. This latest launch has notes of jasmine, coconut with woody and vanilla notes.

What's on your perfume wishlist?

Saturday, 19 March 2016

NET-A-PORTER: The Travel Kit

I found I just couldn't resist The Travel Kit from NET-A-PORTER (£38 plus P&P). Having loved one of their previous kits - The Holiday Kit I knew I'd love it. It's jam packed full of gorgeous goodies which I'm looking forward to testing out.

This time I chose not to get the luxe packaging so my order arrived in a brown cardboard box. Inside was a branded and ribboned box (so I did get a touch of luxury). My friend Julie worked it out and the value is an incredible £192!

Here's what is inside:

There are 3 full size items and a mixture of travel sizes and sachets.

Full size:

Deborah Lippmann's Cuticle Oil 15ml (£18) - which will nourish and repair even the driest cuticles.

Lashfood Conditioning Drama Mascara - Black 8ml (£16) - makes your lashes longer and thicker. Smudge proof and long lasting.

Lipstick Queen Invisible Lip Liner 0.28g (£18) - the lipliner which co-ordinates with every shade. Create the perfect lip shape while holding colour firmly in place.

Trial sizes:

Leonor Greyl Nourishing Shampoo 50ml - repair frazzled hair and split ends with this nourishing shampoo which will strengthen and soften.

Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask 50ml - one of the ingredients in this mask is prickly pear oil, a natural source of Vitamin E and antioxidants. It will leave hair shiny and renewed.

Chantecaille Bio Lifting Cream+ 10ml - helps to smooth wrinkles and fine lines, plumping and rejuvenating the skin.

Erno Laszlo White Marble Treatment Bar 17g - a facial bar which is enriched with powerful time-release brightners and smoothing fruit acids. It cleanses, exfoliates and clarifies fighting dark spots at their source.

Erno Laszlo White Marble Radiance Emulsion 5ml - a lightweight serum which brightens and evens the skin tone. Best used in conjunction with the treatment bar.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist 15ml (huge fan so delighted to have this back in my stash!) - a refreshing and soothing mist which calms and restores balance.

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick - Icon 1g - this is perhaps not a colour I'd have picked but it feels lovely on the lips. Enriched with emolients and antioxidant vitamins which nourish. A single application will last all day.


2 x Mio Clean Slate Workout Swipe - ideal for freshening up after the gym or on a plane the wipes are enriched with gently exfoliating lactic acid and scented with Mint and Cucumber.

2 x Roloxin Lift Revitalising Facial Treatment - described as "facelift in a sachet".

Did you pick up The Travel Kit? What are your thoughts on the contents?

Friday, 18 March 2016

FoM London Skincare: Age Defying Hand Serum

FoM London Skincare are currently in the process of improving their formulations and will be re-launched shortly. You can sign up to be notified HERE.

You can however still pick up some products at Love Lula. (The hand serum is a bargainous £19.60). I've been trying their Age Defying Hand Serum 50ml* which is one of the nicest hand care products I've used.

A light serum type lotion it absorbs immediately and deeply nourishes the hands, protecting, smoothing and targeting age spots. 

It's absolutely stuffed full of anti-ageing ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid which increases the skins moisture retention, a Skin Brightening Complex which improves tone, Marula fruit which is rich in Omegas 6 and 9, Advanced anti-oxidant technology delivers intense age correcting protection, Geranium, Frankincense and Rose Absolute gives it a beautiful scent and soothes and protect the skin. 

Papaya AHAs, Liquorice extract helps to improve dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Eyebright is a skin regenerating active and Olive Squalane softens, improves elasticity and reduces signs of aging.

To use: apply to the hands as often as needed. It leaves them smooth, soft and nourished. I have a few ages spots (eek) on one of my hands and I'd say using this serum has helped them to fade.  It really is a lovely product.


Thursday, 17 March 2016

Yogandha Relax Body Oil

I came across Yogandha Detox blend on an instagram feed and thought I need that in my life! 

After browsing online I spotted the brand on Love Lula and they had Relax and Muscle Soothe in stock so I bought the relax blend (I've since picked up Detox and awaiting it's arrival!)

The range includes body oils and Wellness rollerballs which are handmade in Ireland by founder and yoga teacher, Sinead Duffy.

Packaging is pretty, recyclable and products are free from sulphates, parabens, artificial colours and fragrances.  Ingredients are ethically sourced, the oils and rollerballs are hand blended and packaged. I always love companies which give a little back - Yogandha give 5% of profits to Women for Women International.

The oils nourish the body, mind and the spirit. Relax Body Oil (£18.71 - 125ml) is made with Organic Lavender & Vetivert.  Lavender relaxes and Vetivert grounds. It really is the perfect blend for unwinding and de-stressing at the end of the day.  It also helps to aid a restful sleep. The blend also contains Sweet Marjoram, Clary Sage, Atlas Cedarwood, Benzoin, Blue Chamomile, Apricot Kernal and Sesame Oils and Vitamin E.

You can use it as a body oil, for massage, add it to your bath and use in the shower (as this blend contains rejuvenating frankincense it can also be used as a facial oil). As you'll know I do love a multi-purpose product!

Have you used any products by Yogandha?