Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Review: Fentimans Mixers 500ml

I've been testing out Fentimans new 500ml size mixers* (£1.80 from Waitrose) which are perfect for sharing. I've found that you get 4 or 5 drinks per bottle. See my thoughts on their Sparkling Lime & Jasmine* HERE.

Their Naturally Light Tonic Water* is botanically brewed and made with 30% fewer calories than the normal version and makes a delicious G&T! The Premium Indian Tonic Water* is blended with herbal infusions and lemongrass extract which makes for a unique and refreshing G&T.

Pink Grapefruit Tonic Water* is made with ruby red grapefruit which makes a delicious tart, zesty and slightly sweet tonic. Perfect mixed with your favourite gin or vodka. I love this one!

Rose Lemonade* is an all-time favourite of mine which is made with lemons and pure rose otto oil. Deliciously floral it's perfect on it's own or mixed with gin, vodka or bourbon. Ginger Beer with muddled Lime* has a firey kick. It's made with aromatic ginger and natural botanicals. Serve with vodka and a wedge of lime for the perfect Moscow Mule cocktail.

What's your favourite Fentimans mixer?


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

November Books

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

Dark Water by Robert Bryndza (Detective Erika Foster #3)* - Erika Foster is now based at Bromley Police Station in the Projects Team. They are investigating a major narcotics case and they receive a tip off that drugs will be found at a disused quarry nearby.

The team discover the drugs and the skeleton of a young girl. Erika is determined to be allowed to lead on the murder case and hand picks her team bringing back friends from her previous station.

It is quickly uncovered that the body is that of Jessica Collins who went missing 26 years ago. The original detective on the unsolved case wants to help Erika and does so with tragic consequences.  Erika looks into the Collins family history and discovers more than she bargained for.

A fast paced story which I couldn't put down. Roll on the next in the series!

Blood Lines DI Kim Stone #5 by Angela Marsons* -  A middle class woman is found in her car, dead with a single stab wound. It is initially thought it was a robbery gone wrong but nothing has been stolen. When a second victim is found they know that the cases must be linked.

Kim and her team need to find the murderer as quickly as possible..Fast paced and thrilling I found the book hard to put down. Highly recommend.

The Bird Tribunal by Agnes Ravatn - TV Presenter Allis Hagtorn is involved in a scandal and leaves her partner, her job and her life to take a job as housekeeper/gardener to Sigurd Bagge, a moody silent man who lives in an isolated cottage. His wife is away and he's unsure when she'll be back.

I found the characters slightly strange but found the book a compulsive and un-put-downable read which was tense, chilling and gripping. It has an ending I didn't see coming and I'm still thinking about the book long after I finished it. Would recommend.

Crash Land by Doug Johnstone* - Finn Sullivan is leaving Orkney after a visit to his grandmother Ingrid. He's returning to Dundee and his girlfriend Amy.

At Kirkwall Airport in the departures lounge he intervenes when an oil man starts harassing a beautiful older woman. Maddie Pierce is running away from something or someone and Finn is captivated by her. They while away the time waiting for the fog to lift and to be able to board over a few G&Ts.

The oil worker tries again and Finn sees red and gets into a mid-air fight. The plane is turned around much to Maddie's dismay. The aftermath of the crash is fast paced with many twists and turns. I really enjoyed the story set against a backdrop of Orkney. Would recommend.

Reunions by Chris Porsz with words by Jo Riley - this is an absolutely fascinating book. Chris took photos of people in Peterborough in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. He decided to track them down and of those he could he took a photo of them in the present day in the same spot (where possible) the original photo was taken. An absolutely stunning book. Highly recommend.

What have you been reading this month?

*copies from Netgalley

Monday, 28 November 2016

November: Lately I've been Loving

The arrival of my Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar. I had lots of stresses regarding delivery and customer services weren't the best.  It is lovely but it will be my one and only online order from Liberty. The calendar itself is beautiful and the contents super luxe. Roll on 1st December!

My Love Me Beauty picks from The #Nightfall Edit included a second Kat Von D lipstick mini (1.2g). I absolutely love the shade magick - so wearable! My other picks were two Caudalie Hand Creams (each 30ml) and Merumaya Melting Cleansing Balm (25ml). I also adore that make up bag it's so cute! 

Get £21 worth of credit if you use my code SANDR174.

My gin baubles arrived from Pickering's Gin each one is filled with 50ml of gin! Can't wait until I get my Christmas tree! (if they last that long!)

I swithered about getting the recent Cult Goody Bag - buying 3 Christmas presents softened the blow a bit! As ever the goody bag is jam packed full of beautiful things to try.

This book called Reunions by Chris Porsz is one of the most amazing things! He took photos in the 70s, 80s, and 90s in Peterborough and revisits the locations and people and takes the photo again in the current day. It's a must read. Every picture really does tell a story..pick yours up HERE.

I won tickets on a twitter competition to Edinburgh Foodies Festival - thanks again My Little Black Book! We had a great time sampling delicious food and drinks - some things which caught my eye (and tastebuds) - Narcissus FlowersLoch Ness GinMademoiselle Macaron (the rose ones are my favourite!) and Aelder Elixir. Roll on the summer one!

I've been testing out two new perfumes* from Ancienne Ambiance which are absolutely gorgeous - Colonia IX EdP which is a woody oriental and Colonia VIII EdP which is sweet/woody. Expect a full review shortly - I absolutely love both of them.

What have you been loving this month?


Sunday, 27 November 2016

The Perfume Society: Precious Perfumes Discovery Box

It's been a while since I bought a Perfume Society Discovery Box. Precious Perfumes Discovery Box costs £17.50 for non-members and £12.50 for members plus P&P. But.... they are currently offering free P&P as a Black Friday Deal which ends on Monday at 10.00am. Use code "thankyou". 

Pick yours up HERE.

Inside is:

Charlotte Tilbury Scent of a Dream EdP 1.5ml which is a CHYPRE FLORAL. It has top notes of Joy accord (lemon, peach, black pepper, saffron, mandarin & bergamot) with a heart of Fleurotic accord (tuberose, jasmine, patchouli, frankincense, lily of the valley, orange flower, rose, magnolia) with base notes of Psycho active accord (fire tree, Iso E super, hedione, ambroxan, precious woods, cistus, amber, musks). I rather like this one!

Miller Harris Etui Noir EdP 2ml (which I've tried before and love!) and is from the LEATHER family and has top notes of bergamot, tangerine, elemi gum with a heart of Moroccan iris butter, incense, cashmere wood and a base of Indonesian patchouli, Haitian vetiver, leather, amber, birch and labdanum.

From Maison Francis Kurkdjian we have Baccarat Rouge 540 EdP 2ml which is from the FLORIENTAL fragrance family which has top notes of jasmine and saffron, a heart of amberwood and base notes of fir, resin and cedar. The perfume began as an exclusive commission for French crystal house Baccarat who wanted to offer a limited run of 250 flacons to honour their 250th anniversary.

Bvlgari's Rose Goldea EdP 1.5ml is from the FLORAL family and is deeply rosey and floral. It has top notes of pomegranate, musk, rose and bergamot with a heart of damask rose, jasmine, peony and peach and base notes of musk, olibanum, sandalwood and vanilla. Love this one!

Nejma 7 EdP 1.5ml is from the GOURMAND family. This is a perfume house I've never heard of before. It's extremely mouthwatering!  With top notes of pink grapefruit, green mandarin and Calabrian citrus a heart of neroli flower, cacao and coconut with a base of oudh, white musk and patchouli. Again, love this one!

Versace Eros Pour Femme EdT 5ml is from the FLORAL FRUITY family and has top notes of lemon, mandarin, raspberry, white currant with a heart of jasmine, freesia, magnolia and orange blossom with base notes of patchouli, exotic woods, ambrox and musk. This is really beautiful - it's fresh and fruity with a floral heart. Love the cute little bottle too.

I've already had the pleasure of trying latest launch from Beaufort London. Fathom V EdP 2ml (in Bloom Perfumery's October Sample Pack) which is from the FOUGERE family and has top notes of earth, green leaves, aquatic notes, a heart of cumin, lily and black pepper with base notes of vetiver, moss and salt. Huge fan of this brand and love this.

From Ormonde Jayne we have Tsarina EdP 2ml which is from the FLORIENTAL fragrance family. It has top notes of mandarin, bergamot, coriander and cassis with a heart of hedoine, freesia, jasmine, sambac, iris and suede with base notes of sandalwood, cedar, vanilla bean, labdanum and musk. This is beautiful with spicy, rich and warm woody and slightly sweet notes. Simply stunning!

The final perfume in the box is Hermes Galop D'Hermes Pure Perfume 4ml which is from the FLORIENTAL family. It has notes of quince, rose, saffron and leather. Again, I love this one!

Extras as always are fab!

We have a 30ml bottle of Molton Brown's newest launch Rosa Absolute Bath & Shower Gel. I've been itching to try this so I'm delighted to find a small bottle in the box. It has notes of blackcurrant, geranium, Italian rose and patchouli.

And a full size bottle of Nails Inc Electric Avenue polish which is perfect for party nails and worth £15!

I'm absolutely delighted with the contents of the box. Did you pick one up or will you?

Saturday, 26 November 2016

November Empties

I'm not going to use anything else up this month. So here's my November empties:

Jo Malone Grapefruit Bath Oil 250ml - I received this as a present from hubby a good few birthdays ago! Lovely to use and I'd defintely like to try again. Maybe in a different scent. Made for a luxurious soak.

bodhi & birch Sicilian Rose Body Oil 100ml* - the trio of body oils are the latest launch from bodhi & birch and this oil is simply divine. See my review HERE. This beautiful oil will definitely be replenished!

Green People Joyful Body Wash 100ml* - with fab uplifting scent this body wash gently cleanses and leaves the skin delicately scented. LOVE! See my review HERE.

2 x 10ml MOA Fortifying Green Bath Potion - one of my favourite bath products. See my review HERE. I always have this in my stash and recently cracked open a new bottle.

Schmidt's Bergamot & Lime Deodorant 92g - this is a staple for me as it just works! Got a new one ready to use. See my review HERE. As long as it's still easy to get in the UK I'll keep buying.

YTTP Age Prevention Cleanser trial size - see my review HERE. It's definitely one I'd consider buying.

Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak 53ml - this is a nice bath soak. Once my stash reduces a bit I'd buy.

Lush Salted Coconut Hand Scrub 130g - loved this. I also used it as a body scrub. Would repurchase. See my review HERE.

Balm Balm Neroli Floral Water Hydrosol 100ml* - which was gorgeous to use and I'll buy it when my stash reduces a bit. See my review HERE.

Rossi Uvema Rose & Rosemary Face Toning Mist 100ml* - this was lovely to use and lasted ages. See my review HERE. Again, I've got a load of toners on the go so I wouldn't buy just now.

Willow Organic Vitamin & Bamboo Exfoliating Body Wash Blissful Peace Rose & Oud 50ml* - the scent of this body wash is gorgeous and it makes for pampering treat. See my review HERE. When my stash reduces a bit I'll buy full size.

Ruth Romano Lemongrass Hand Wash 250ml - love this! It has an uplifting scent and is gorgeous! See my review HERE. I've got another one in my stash to use.

Carol Joy London Collagen Eye Mask x 1* - a real luxe treat which firms and brightens the eye area. See my review HERE.

Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm 5g - I used to use this years ago so it was nice to try it out again. I've got a stash of balms to use but I'd consider buying it again at some point.

Sachajuan Overnight Hair Repair sachet - I got a couple of uses out of this sachet and it was nice to use. Can't say I noticed much difference to the look or feel of my hair though.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Cleansing & Make Up Remover Gel 15ml - loved this honey scented cleansing gel. Full size is on the wishlist.

Bamford Rose Camomile & Lemon Hand & Body Lotion 3ml - this was a super luxe hand cream with a simply divine scent. Would love this full size.

AnnMarie Skincare Anti-Aging Serum sample* - this range is beautiful. See my review HERE. My serum stash is huge but I'd maybe buy this in the future.

Myroo Starflower & Orange Blossom Facial Cleanser sample & Starflower & Orange Blossom Skin Boost Facial Serum sample. Loved both of these minis. See my review HERE and HERE. I'll buy when my stash reduces a bit as these were lovely to re-visit.

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo 7.4ml sachet - this gave me 2 uses and I remember why I loved it so much. Full size on the wishlist!

What have you been using up this month?


Friday, 25 November 2016

SAMAYA: Kapha Anti-Ageing Treatment Oil

I'm a huge, huge fan of the beautiful SAMAYA brand having absolutely adored their Kapha Anti-Ageing Cream* which I tried recently. See my review HERE (it's one of my favourite new tries this year!)

The anti-ageing treatment oil (30ml - £79)* which while not cheap is one of the nicest oils I've used for ages. Made with a concentrated blend of Ayurvedic botanicals and clinically proven active anti-ageing ingredients the oil targets ageing skin.

A blend of Ashwagahdha, Sandalwood, Vetivert and Frankincense give the oil it's uniquely beautiful scent which I enjoyed while using the anti-ageing cream. The oils absorbs quicky leaving the skin looking radiant and younger.

To use: apply a few drops to the skin after cleansing.

My sample pot of Pitta Hydrating Cleanser* was also really enjoyed. The whole range is just fabulous. This nourishing cleanser is made with Ayurvedic botanicals such as Jasmine, Neem, Lotus, Turmeric, Saffron, Shatavari and Gota Kola. The cleanser melts easily onto the skin, removing make up and impurities and leaving the skin feeling hydrated, fresh and clean.

Simply love this beautiful brand. Find out what your dosha is HERE.


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Fairfield Gardens: Raspberry Rose Lip Balm

Latest launch from Fairfield Gardens is the very luscious Raspberry Rose Lip Balm 4.25g (£3.98)*. See my thoughts on their Spearmint & Fennel and Rosemary & Lemon Balm Lip Balms HERE.

The balms are scented with natural aromas and pure essential oils along with organic Beeswax, plant oils and botanical extracts. 80% of ingredients are grown or manufactured in the UK, the lip balms are suitable for vegetarians, cruelty free and eco-friendly. They are made by Lillian, a small British business owner. #buylocal

Their Orange Lip Balm won the Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards in 2014 for Best Lip Balm and they were commended in 2014 in the FreeFrom Skincare Awards.

Raspberry Rose Lip Balm* is sweetly fruity with a hint of floral and is a lovely combination. Raspberry seed oil is high in antioxidant Vitamin A & E and packed full of Essential Fatty Acids which nourish, hydrate and care for the lips.

Also available is Lip Balm Trio Gift Set (3 x 4.25g) - £10.49 which contains Orange, Rosemary & Lemon Balm and Spearmint & Fennel. This would make a great small gift or stocking filler. See more details HERE.

Remember you can get 15% off until the end of the month in Love Lula's Black Friday Sale with code FRIDAY.

*The lip balm was sent to me as a member of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Bloom Perfumery: Yearly Sample Pack: November 2016: Exploring Cashmeran

My November Bloom Perfumery Sample Pack arrived the other day. This month the theme is Exploring Cashmeran.

"Cashmeran is a slightly unusual but incredibly distinctive ingredient that is widely used in perfumery - both for the way it smells and they way it exalts and affects a blend. Also called musk indanone, Cashmeran is a lot of the time referred to as blond woods by perfumers because it has a very velvetine and rich quality to it; but it also smells sharp, woody and clean. It's essentially a spicy musky woody note".

Grossmith Floral Veil EdP (50ml - £170, 1ml - £5) with top notes of cassis, green leaves and lemon, a heart of geranium, rose, tuberose, vanilla and ylang ylang with a base of amber, cashmeran and musk.

Praline de Santal by Parfumerie Generale EdP (100ml - £117.50, 50ml - £81.50, 1ml - £2) the cashmeran helps the hazelnut to sit at the top of the scent. With top notes of hazelnut, a heart of cedar and heliotrope with a base of cashmeran, musk and sandalwood.

Angela Ciampagna Ducalis EdP (100ml - £160, 50ml - £95, 1ml - £5) which is one of my favourites from this month's selection. It has top notes of nutmeg, geranium and salt accord, a heart of rose, may-lily, cyclamen, ylang ylang, acacia and cedarwood with a base of sandalwood, rosewood, leather, amber, musk and vanilla.

Parfumerie Generale's PG10.1 Bouquet Massai EdP (100ml - £117.50, 50ml - £81.50, 1ml - £2) cashmeran helps the floral notes fuse with the gourmand-ish fruitier notes. With notes of peony, magnolia, karo karounde, coffee, cashmeran, sandalwood, tolu balm and fruity notes. I like this one too.

From Olfactive Studio we have Lumiere Blanche EdP (100ml - £108, 50ml - £74, 1ml - £2) which is gorgeous! With woody notes and spices. With top notes of cardamon, cinnamon and star anise, a heart of almond, cashmere musks and iris with a base of cedar, sandalwood, tonka beans and white musk it cocoons and comforts. Love this one.

The final perfume this month is Just Landed: Arquiste ELLA EdP (100ml - £135, 1ml - £2) which is floral, leather and spicy. With notes of cannon ball tree flower, angelica root, carrot seed, Turkish rose, jasmine absolute, cardamon absolute, black buckwheat honey, ambergris, patchouli, civet, vetiver, cigarette smoke and chypre accord. This is a very heady scent which is growing on me!

What do you think of this month's picks?

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Evolve Organic Beauty: Liquid Crystal 2-in-1 Micellic Cleanser

I've been testing out Evolve Organic Beauty's Liquid Crystal 2-in-1 Micellic Cleanser (30ml - £7)* and it's absolutely fantastic! 

The products are hand made in small batches using natural and organic oils, butters and natural superfoods. Products are Vegan and packaging recyclable. See my thoughts on their Satin Leg Gloss & Hyaluronic Serum 200 HERE and their Tropical Blossom Body Butter, Body Polish and Gentle Cleansing Melt HERE.

Latest launch Liquid Crystal 2-in-1 Micellic Cleanser* cleanses and tones the skin. It's suitable for all skin types and has a rosewater scent. Micellar encapsulated micro capsules lift and remove dirt and Hyaluronic Acid locks water back into the skin.

To use: apply to a cotton pad before wiping over the face and eyes (no sting or tightness!). I tend to use as a pre-cleanse or on non make up days.

I've been enjoying using the cleanser as it has a pleasant scent, cleans and removes impurities, doesn't sting the eyes and leaves the skin feeling comfortable, hydrated and clean. Love!


Monday, 21 November 2016

Love Lula Beauty Box: November 2016

Love Lula's November Beauty Box* is fabulous! It's stuffed full of great products and worth £50 this month! Sign up HERE.

Inside you'll find:

MOA's amazing Fortifying Green Bath Potion in the new 10ml shot size (£2.75). I'm a huge fan of this product. Great for aches, pains and when you've got the flu. This size is great for try me/travel. See my review HERE.

From Humble Natural Beauty there is a Sweet Pea & Verbena Hand Cream (75ml - £8). This is a beautiful range. I've tried some of the products before so I'm happy to see a product from this brand in the box.

There is a full size pot of PHB Ethical Beauty's Skin Brighten Gel with Neroli & Immortelle (120ml - £13.75) which is a new to me product. It can be used on both the body and face. Looking forward to testing it out!

Ooh! Oils of Heaven Argan Moisture Retention Facial Oil (15ml - £9.50) which is a new travel size. I've got huge love for this oil. See my review HERE.

The final item is Madara's SOS Hydra Moisture & Radiance Mask (12.5ml - £15) a deeply nourishing mask which can be wiped-off or left on for deep hydration. Again, looking forward to trying!

As ever there is a code for 20% off any of the items in the box - which is great if you fall in love with anything (think I'll be stocking up on my favourite MOA!)

A brilliant box this month. What did you think of the contents?

Remember you can get 15% off at LOVE LULA with code FRIDAY until the end of November (beauty box subscriptions, items already on sale and gift vouchers are exempt)

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. All my thoughts are genuine and my post contains some affiliate links.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Feel Unique: Pick 'n' Mix: November 2016

Here's what I picked this month from Feel Unique's pick 'n' mix service (costing £3.95 which is redeemable on your next purchase  - how good is that!)

The first thing which jumped out at me was bareminerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss in Maverick 2.25ml which is such a great size! A beautiful gloss with a hint of colour. I'm in love with this!

My second pick is a 5ml mini tube of Givenchy's Hydra Sparkle Velvet Luminescence Moisturising Cream which is suitable for normal/combination skin. Looking forward to trying this out.

My final three picks are sachets: Sachajuan Overnight Hair Repair 10ml (I'm always looking for the perfect hair product) so I'm looking forward to trying. I used to use Paul Mitchell's shampoos all the time so their Awapuhi Shampoo 7.4ml is a trip down memory lane! Bliss's multi-'face'-eted all in one anti-ageing clay mask 4g which I picked as I liked the sound of it.

What did you choose this month?

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Lyonsleaf Hot Cloth Cleanser Gift Set Giveaway! - it's over!

I've got a fab Lyonsleaf Hot Cloth Cleanser Gift Set* to giveaway to one of my readers. 

It contains:

30ml Beauty Balm (review)
1 x White Cotton Face Flannel
2 x two ply Muslin Face Cloths

Thanks very much to Lyonsleaf for supplying the gift set*. This giveaway is open worldwide. Good luck!

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Friday, 18 November 2016

Stocking Fillers: £10 and under

Here's some of my top stocking fillers and small gifts:

Perfect for hanging on the tree is Bee Good's Lip Balm Trio (£10) which contains 3 x 10ml lip balms in Vanilla & Honey (review), Raspberry & White Chocolate (review) and Lime Blossom and Honey (review).

JOIK's Bath Truffles (£10 for 6)* which come in a variety of scents. See my review of the Herbal Bath Truffles* HERE. Get 15% off with code FRIDAY for Black Friday from now until 30th November (gift vouchers, the beauty box and items already on sale are exempt). It's a great saving for Christmas shopping!

Gin & Elderflower Humbugs from Holly's Lollies which are made with real gin! A jar costs £6.50 and comes in a variety of enticing (alcoholic) flavours. There are also lollies available to buy both large and small - see the shop HERE.

These ooh! Oils of Heaven* (£10) from Love Lula have been one of my favourite new finds this year. See my review HERE. These are the perfect stocking filler or small gift for any skincare lover.

This little set from Myroo Skincare just stole my heart! See my review HERE. You can pick it up in fragrance free too. Costing only £8 it make the perfect stocking stuffer or Secret Santa.

Green People's Nourish Hand Cream (Ho Wood & Red Mandarin) 30ml - £6.50* also is perfect to hang from the tree. See my review HERE.

Naturisimo are selling Caudalie Christmas crackers (£10) (the one above contains body products - Des Vignes Shower Gel 30ml, Nourishing Body Lotion 30ml and Lip Conditioner 4.5g. There is also one available featuring skincare products.

What beauty products would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?

*sent to me as a member of the LLABP

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Live in the Light: Annmarie Skincare Samples

I recently tried some skincare trial sizes* by (then new to me) brand Annmarie Skincare which Sue from Live in the Light sent me - see my thoughts HERE.

Sue very kindly sent me some other samples from the range and I absolutely loved them! 

Dead Sea Facial Scrub sample* (full size 50ml - £35.96) which has quite an intense lavender scent. The scrub detoxifies the skin, removing dead skin cells leaving the skin looking radiant and renewed. It has quite a scrubby texture but isn't harsh. To use: apply to damp skin massaging in upward movements before rinsing.

Coconut Honey Mask sample* (full size 50ml - £33.56) is a lush coconut scented balm which is enriched with pure Colorado mountain Wildflower honey. It nourishes and protects, soothing and plumping the skin. To use: apply to the skin and leave to work it's magic for 15 minutes or so before removing with a warm damp muslin cloth. Love!

Anti-Ageing Facial Serum sample* (full size 15ml - £46.16) has an aloe vera base and is suitable for all skin types. Hyaluonic acid hydrates and adds moisture while everlasting flowers soothe and refresh. To use: apply to clean skin before moisturiser.

Anti-Ageing Facial Oil sample* (full size 15ml - £46.16) which is a beautiful rich herb-infused oil which firms and tightens, smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. To use: use AM/PM after your serum or alone.

I've been really impressed with the quality, scent and effectiveness of these samples. See the online shop HERE.

Have you tried any products from the range?

*complimentary samples

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Love Lula: JOIK Herbal Bath Truffles

I'm a huge fan of JOIK's Bath Truffles (see my review of their White Chocolates ones HERE).

I've recently been trying their Herbal Bath Truffles (310g (6) - £10)* which are great to use if you've got the flu or are feeling a bit run down. They are scented with essential oils of juniper, eucalyptus and peppermint which while invigorating soothes the body and mind. 

These 100% natural bath treats are handmade in small batches using the finest ingredients. Cocoa butter nourishes, hydrates and treats the skin.

To use: add one truffle to a warm bath and allow to melt before getting in.

What's your favourite bath treat?

*I received these as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. All my thoughts are genuine and my post contains affiliate links.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Ogario London: Revive & Shine Shampoo & Conditioner & Styling Mist

I've been testing out Ogario London's Revive & Shine Shampoo (250ml - £16.50)* and the matching Conditioner (250ml - £18.50)* for the last few weeks. I'm a huge fan of the Hydrate & Shine duo* (review) and the Restore & Shine Hair Masque (review)*.

The hair care range was 4 years in the making and Salon clients gave real feedback both verbally and by the way their hair looked and felt.

These are Beauty Bible favourites and gently clean and hydrate the hair helping to make it more manageable and shiny looking. The Revive & Shine Shampoo* can be used everyday. 

To use: work a small amount in the palm of your hand before massaging through damp hair. Follow with the matching conditioner or the masque.

The Revive & Shine Conditioner* smells gorgeous! It's a rich cream which contains natural actives hibiscus to nourish and horsetail to condition. 

To use: pat excess water from hair with a towel before apply the conditioner to the hair concentrating on the ends. Leave a few minutes before rinsing.

NEW IN: Styling Mist for Natural Hold & Volume with Lemon Zest, Oats & Honey (60ml - £16)* I've only been using this mist for a short while but so far so good! It makes the hair feel more voluminous as well as helping to control frizz and static. Absolutely love! Expect a fuller review shortly.

What's your favourite Ogario London product?

*PR samples

Monday, 14 November 2016

Green People Christmas Gifts in partnership with Butterfly Conservation

Green People have teamed up with the Butterfly Conservation this Christmas. The gift boxes have been hand drawn and designed by in-house designer, Anna Parkinson and a donation from each gift set sold goes to support the Butterfly Conservation - which helps to protect and preserve British butterflies, moths and the environment.

The packaging is really pretty (and the smaller items the perfect stocking filler or for hanging on the tree) and is recyclable too.

The Joyful Body Wash & Lotion Set (2 x 100ml)* (£19.95) is scented with Tangerine & Cypress which is an uplifting scent. Both are really lovely to use and this set would make a great gift.

I tried Nourish Hand Cream with Ho Wood & Red Mandarin* (30ml - £6.50) last year and I absolutely loved it - both the scent and how effective the hand cream is - nourishing with a great scent. This hand cream make a perfect small gift and fab for a Secret Santa present.

See the range of gifts available HERE.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

ABW: A/W '16 Sampler

My a beautiful world A/W '16 sampler box arrived yesterday. As ever it sold out almost immediately.  It costs £20 (plus p&p). I love that paypal is now a payment method (thanks for listening to me Liz!) making it more likely I'll shop more often!

Inside my box:

There is a full size Birch & Brook travel candle in "Festival" which is worth £18! I've tried these lovely candles before - see my reviews of Library* (my fav - here), Festival* (here) and Evergreen* (mini mention). I think this is a nice addition to the box and a new brand to a beautiful world.

There are also various samples some big and some small. I've already tried a sample of GM Reverie's MILK Anti-Frizz Leave-in Nourishing Treatment which I loved. Included is a small sample.  Staying on hair there are two sachets from Yarok - Feed your Moisture Shampoo and Feed your Curls Defining Creme (I'll pass this one on).

The other items are skincare (my favourite kind of beauty) and include:

SW Basics Hibiscus Mask 
Josh Rosebrook Complete Moisture Cleanse
Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner
Indie Lee Squalane Facial Oil (review)
The Body Deli Almond Milk Cleanser
BRAD Ultra Elastin Sculpting Firming Cream Complex

I'm pleased with my samples - apart from the Indie Lee the rest are new to me and from brands I've previously enjoyed so I'll look forward to trying them out.

Did you pick up a box? What do you think of the contents?

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