Wednesday, 31 May 2017

May Books

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

Dead Souls (DI Kim Stone Book #6) by Angela Marsons* - Human bones are unearthed during a routine archaeology dig turning the farmer's field into a crime scene. As it's on the border with another force DI Kim Stone is forced to work with Detective Travis, an old partner with whom Kim fell out with and his team.

As the bones are sorted it becomes apparent that there is more than one victim and that they really suffered before their deaths. Meanwhile DS Bryant and DS Dawson are teamed up which causes niggles. DC Stacey Wood feels she's being ignored by everyone and goes off grid to investigate hate crimes running alongside the main investigation without telling the team what she's up to which has devastating consequences.. A fast paced read with many twists and turns. Would highly recommend.

The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie - this is an absolute gem of a read and it's one of my favourites this year so far.

The story is set in the past and the present day and I absolutely loved it. It's 1911 and Jean joins the strike at the Singer Factory in Clydebank which changes her life path forever.

In the present day Fred has just inherited a fully furnished flat from his grandfather. In the process of going through everything he discovers a Singer sewing machine which was his grandmother's. He discovers notebooks which note every piece of work sewn on the machine over the years. It's an amazing tale with the lives of the characters which you grow to love interwoven throughout the years. It really is a special book which I'm planning to read again soon!

A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys - it's 1939 and Lily and other chaperoned girls are on their way to Australia to work in domestic service. She throws herself into life on board and meets many interesting characters. She's dazzled by Eliza and Max Campbell, the wealthy first class passengers who love to party and heart throb Edward Fletcher who is travelling with his sister Helena.

They all have something to hide and by the end of the journey two people will be dead and WWII will have been declared. An absolutely brilliant read which I couldn't put down.

A Perfect Heritage by Penny Vincenzi - I hadn't read a Penny Vincenzi in years. As ever it's a huge book with nearly 1k pages. The House of Farrell was created in the 1950s by husband and wife team, Cornelius and Athina Farrell. The Cream is their cult iconic product which still flies off the shelf in the present day. 

However, sales are down and the company is close to bankruptcy. Bianca Bailey, hard headed business woman supreme is drafted in to turn the company around. Athina is determined to fight her every step of the way.

Florence Hamilton, who is in charge of the bijoux flagship store in the Berkeley Arcade is keen to help Bianca. She's been there since the beginning and knows so much about the company and it's staff. A fabulous read with lots of interesting characters. Highly recommend.

Under the Harrow by Flynn Berry - Nora is due to go and stay with her sister Rachel. She's not at the station to meet her as planned. So Nora takes herself to her house and finds that her sister has been murdered.

Nora can't return to her life until she finds what happened to her sister. She's obsessed that an unsolved assault in Rachel's past is connected and decides to do a bit of detective work herself with devastating consequences. Fast paced and edgy with a twist I didn't see coming.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman* - an absolute gem. Full of laugh out loud moments as well as sad moments. Eleanor Oliphant has worked in a design studio doing the accounts since she left University.

She's used to being on her own since that thing happened which tore her family apart. She still speaks to Mummy once a week on the phone.

She never strays from her routine - same lunch. same dinners each week night and same bottles of Glen's vodka to see her through the weekend. She's socially awkward and keeps herself to herself but such a compelling character. She finds a friend at work, kind hearted Raymond who helps her see the world in a different light. They spend time together after helping Sammy, an older man who fell in the street. It's a cracker of a book.

The Ferryboat by Kate Blackadder - this is an easy reading tale of a family who relocate to a rundown hotel in the Highlands. The story follows renovation, ups and downs and village life. It's a great wee read.

Dancers in the Wind by Anne Coates - Freelance Journalist and single mum Hannah Weybridge is commissioned to write a piece on the red light district of Kings Cross. She meets a young prostitute called Princess. She finds she can't get her out of her mind and when she turns up on her doorstep beated up and bleeding she finds she can't turn her away.

She also interviews Police Inspector Tom Jordan about the deaths of three prostitutes and they seem to be linked. She does a bit of detective work herself and finds out that those in the upper echelons are involved and this puts her life in danger. She also receives a cryptic note from Princess which becomes clearer later on. A fast paced read which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Books I read last month (due to be published shortly):

The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis* - I'm a huge fan of Tina's books having loved One Step too Far and A Serpentine Affair. The Honeymoon is told in the present day, the recent past and some months before.

It's a fast paced and edgy read and I was on the edge of my seat throughout. Jemma and Jamie have just got married and are on a dream honeymoon on a tiny island in the Maldives.

All is not well. Jamie goes missing and the finger points firmly in Jemma's direction.. a rollercoaster of a read with an ending I just didn't see coming. Loved it.

The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards* - the story starts with a woman's body being found in the grounds of an old priory. Her eyes are open and her face is fixed in a smile. She seems to be in a state of bliss.

Ben Hofland has moved back to the sleepy village he grew up in to be nearer to his mum who is dying of cancer and as a new start for him and his son Ollie after splitting up with his wife.

Ollie is finding it hard to settle in. Ben's looking for work and chances upon some too good to be true freelance work. Things also start getting better for Ollie at school.

Detective Imogen Evans and the team are trying to find a connection and a motive for the killings. The bodies have all been left in the same way and they believe a serial killer is at large. Fast paced and twisty I really enjoyed it.

What have you been reading this month?

*copy from netgalley

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

May: Lately I've Been Loving

Here are my May loves:

We had a night away in North Berwick last week. It's one of my favourite get-away places. It just calms my soul and makes me happy. Being sunny was a lovely added bonus!

These Pip & Nut Squeeze packs are great for some nutty goodness on the go! 

I first spotted The Salt Parlour on Instagram and this Energising Lime & Avocado Salt & Sulphur Scrub is gorgeous! It deeply exfoliates the skin and smells delicious. I also love the simple but pretty packaging.

I love Estonian brand, JOIK. See my review of these salts* HERE. They make for a great soak and are great value at £6.00.

Latest Launch at Love Lula is Walden Natural Perfumes. I've been testing out two of them. You can see my thoughts on Two Eternities EdP* HEREA Little Star-Dust EdP* is a heady blend of Ylang Ylang, Iris, Jasmine, Amyris and Tonka Bean. It is a beautiful rich floral which is very long lasting and was a finalist for Best Natural Beauty Product in the Natural & Organic Awards Europe 2017.

This Rose Oud Soy Wax Candle** by [M] Botanicals is simply exquisite. See my review HERE.

Phyto Botanicals have recently re-branded and are now called Vetivert & Co. I've been testing out two of their products which are gorgeous. Lumina Nourishing Facial Oil (£35 - 30ml)** is a beautiful blend of Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange & Ginger with a base of Rosehip, Squalane, Jojoba & Safflower oils. It absorbs easily and quickly and is suitable for dry to combination skins. The deep cleansing beauty balm (£25 - 50g)** can be used as a cleansing balm or moisturiser and contains ingredients which brighten and nourish the skin.

I've been enjoying paperbacks again and here are some in my TBR pile!

What have you been loving in May?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program

Monday, 29 May 2017

Zing Organics

I first tried Zing Organics when I bought an artisan gourmet seasoning from Cranachan & Crowdie, a beautiful store on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh selling unusual foods and crafts from Scotland.

I came across Zing Organics again quite recently and bought a couple of beauty items. Everything is really exquisite and the scents are amazing. Founder Kirsty developed sensitivities during pregnancy and decided to create her own natural perfumes and candles. Visit Kirsty at her studio workshop in Tarbet, Loch Fyne, Argyll. Everything is beautifully packaged, eco-friendly and with recyclable packaging.

The parcel was an absolute joy to open. A nice touch is you can choose a SAMPLE with your order. Onto my purchases:

Yogi's Chakra Balancing Perfumes (£21.50) - I chose the one which appealed to me most - Sacral Chakra with Cardamon, Vanilla and Pink Grapefruit. It's a beautiful spicy scent with a touch of citrus and vanilla.

These are presented in glass bottles with a vivid aqua tone and pipette. Once filled with the perfumed oils the bottles "take on a multi toned greeny/blue feel which conjures the spirit, purity and freedom of yoga practice on a pristine beach".

"Each aroma has been devised to provide Chakra by Chakra balancing properties. Apply to the temples or pulse points during practice or meditations to embrace and enhance the yoga experience".

You can also apply a drop between your palm and inhale for the perfect start to your day.

My second buy was Aromasoar Solid Perfume Mini Size - in French Bourbon, Geranium & May Chang (2ml - £17.50) which is a gorgeous perfume (it's ideal for travelling or to pop in a pocket or handbag). It was also a Bronze winner in the Natural Beauty Bible by Green Parent Magazine 2016.

There are four blends to choose from and again I went for the one which most appealed (I now want the rest!). The solid perfume balm is presented in a little sliding lid tin.  Apply to pulse points to lift your mood. 100% Certified Organic ingredients.

I've not tried these Gourmet Infused Basil Sea Salts yet. They are perfect to take pasta dishes to another level!

Free sample:

A gorgeous Spa Botanical mini candle in Invigorating - May Chang & Geranium

Have you tried Zing Organics?

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Live in the Light: Pure Anada Body Care

I've been testing out some body care products* by Canadian brand, Pure Anada which are available to buy at Live in the Light. I've previously tried some of their skincare (review) which was effective and nice to use.

Tahitian Garden Shower Gel (300ml - £14.50)* is presented in a pump action bottle. The wash is creamy, luxurious and richly scented. It deeply nourishes while cleaning the skin. The coconut oil base gives the wash a gentle lather. The scent is exotic and floral.

I chose to try a non-matching Hand & Body Lotion in Wild Cherry (300ml - £18.50)* which has a rich fruity scent. The lotion is more cream like in texture (and may have been best suited to a pot rather than a pump action bottle). Again, the product is nice to use and the lotion deeply nourishes the skin leaving it delicately scented.

The star product of the trio for me is Lemongrass Sugar Scrub (340ml - £21.50)* which is in a giant tub! The zesty and uplifting scent lifts the spirits while the scrub deeply exfoliates and moisturises the skin. I've found it has the perfect amount of scrubbiness to exfoliate and smooth the skin. Love!

Have you used any Pure Anada products? See the range available at Live in the Light HERE.

With any order over the Bank Holiday Weekend you'll receive a FREE (while stocks last) Orgaid Sheet Mask! 

"These masks are amazing to revitalise, nourish and brighten your beautiful faces, are perfect to take with you if you are going on holiday, relaxing at home or are just a little wrinkly!!

If you have spent the day in the sun, the Greek Yoghurt Mask is ideal to nourish, soothe, tighten and condition. If your skin is feeling a little dull - the Vitamin C Mask will revitalise, firm and boost collagen. And if you are worried about those wrinkles, the anti-ageing Mask will hydrate, calm and reduce those fine lines.

Pop one on in the bath, on the plane or after a day on the sun lounger..

They can be reused so once you have finished fold the mask back up, put back in the wrapper and seal with a clip ready for next time".

Once you have placed your order, add your choice of Orgaid Mask to your cart and this will be added free of charge. 

Offer ends Monday 29 May 2017 at midnight.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Empties

I'm not going to use anything else up so here's what I've been using up in May:

Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream 5ml which was beautiful. This is a pricey cream so I'll probably not buy it. I'll definitely try and pick it up in one of the mini pots again.

Ermana Cleanse Balm 15ml* a lovely balm cleanser. See my review HERE. I'll definitely buy when my stash reduces a bit.

Botanicals Nourish Moisturiser 5ml* I adore any form of travel/try me size so I loved using this gorgeous moisturiser. See my mini review HERE. Would buy this moisturiser full size.

Madara Micellar Water 100ml which is a staple product for me. I've just cracked open a new bottle. See my review HERE.

Gallinee La Culture Foaming Facial Cleanser 120ml* which I simply adored. See my review HERE. It's one I'd buy when my stash of cleansers reduces a bit.

Aster & Bay Rosewater Mist 100ml I simply loved this beautiful mist which also contains Himalayan Pink Salt and Honeysuckle as well as Bulgarian Rose. See my review HERE. I'll definitely buy this again as I loved it. 

Guerlain Midnight Secret Late Night Recovery Cream 15ml I used to use this years ago. Was nice to revisit and I'm sure to pick this up again. Great to use if you have a late night as it helps to revive the skin overnight.

Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish 30ml which is one of my favourite facial exfoliators. I've just opened another tube.

Molton Brown Frankincense & Allspice Hand Wash 100ml I adore this Christmassy hand wash and buy it up in the sales (it's only available at Christmastime). See my review HERE. I've got plenty remaining in my stash currently but I'll be stocking up again in December.

Philip B Oud Royal Forever Shine Shampoo 15ml which is a good size sample. This was nice to use and made my hair look and feel good. Might buy full size at some point.

TOSe Apothecary French Clay & Lemongrass Detoxifying Body Scrub 200ml* which was beautiful. It had a really uplifting scent and make exfoliating into a luxurious ritual. See my review HERE.

Humble Sweet Pea & Verbena Hand Cream 75ml* a beautiful hand cream from a gorgeous range. See my review HERE. Sure to buy when my stash reduces a bit as this was very effective and had a beautiful scent.

JOIK Rejuvenating Beauty Elixir sachet this seems like a lovely product but it is a small sample. I also loved JOIK's Silky Facial Serum with Cranberry & Wheatgerm oils.

bliss fatgirl slim arm perfecting cream 7ml this gel-cream absorbed quickly and seemed like it would be a nice product to use. Not sure if I'd buy full size or not.

Jo Loves Smoked Plum & Leather sample vial which I simply adored! Full size is on my to buy list. 

Esse Gel Cleanser 5ml sachet I wasn't expecting this gel cleanser to be minty scented. I got four uses from this sachet (making it a great try me) and yes, I want the cleanser full size! 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue 1ml huge fan of this eye cream. My pal Julie got me a full size pot at my birthday so expect a review soon!

Starling Aromatics Jasmine & Ylang Ylang goddess essence* this little gem of a product was a beautiful luxe treat. It smells simply heavenly and is studded with Himalayan salt crystals. It can be used for moisturising the skin, for massage or just pop it in your bath for a relaxing soak. They are £6 each so it really is an indulgent treat (it would be perfect for that romantic weekend away) I got two uses from it. I'd prefer less packaging (although it is sweet) and more product for the money.  I was give this one complimentary from the owner at Pretty Pink.

What have you been using up this month?


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Giveaway: Win a Jar of Frankin-Sense Divine Face Care - it's over!

I've got an absolutely fantastic giveaway for a UK reader. You can win a jar of the fabulous Awake Organics Frankin-Sense Divine Face Care Wellbeing Hydra Cream 30ml (£28.99) which I reviewed HERE*.

All you need to do is click on this link and follow the instructions! Good luck.

"Please note that by entering this competition, you are agreeing to receive email newsletters from Awake Organics from time-to-time. We will not spam you or share your details with anyone. Limit one entry per email address. UK residents only. No substitutions or cash value. Competition closes June 30, 2017". 

See HERE for full product details.

Monday, 22 May 2017

JOIK Energising Bath Salts with Orange, Lemon & Grapefruit Oils

My May Love Lula picks were all by JOIK (see what I picked HERE). I've been really enjoying all the products and will be reviewing the rest soon. My "price low" item was the Energising Bath Salts with Orange Lemon & Grapefruit Oils (500g - £6)*.

The salts are packaged in a recyclable plastic jar and smell absolutely incredible. Simply mouthwatering and uplifting. Mineral rich sea salt along with essential oils make up this 100% natural product.

To use: add 3-4 spoonfuls to a warm bath jump in and enjoy!

These are simply lovely and make for an uplifting yet relaxing soak.  They are also great value for money. I'm sure I'll pick them up again. See the range HERE.

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. My post contains two affiliate links.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Try Me Kits: Inika Try Me Set & Pai Skincare Blemish Control Mini Kit

I adore travel size/try me sets. I picked up these two by Inika and Pai Skincare at Naturisimo.

Inside the Pai Skincare Blemish Control Mini Kit (worth £18) and costing a tenner is:

Rice Plant & Rosemary Tonic 12ml - an alcohol-free toner which calms and rebalances. See my review HERE.  Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream 10ml - a mattifying moisturiser which balances while nourishing the skin. See my review HERE.

Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask 6ml - which is a deep cleansing detox mask. See my review HERECopaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum 2ml - which is great for congested skins. It heals and protects.

It really is a great kit and ideal for travel.

My second pick is a try-me set by Inika which costs £14.50 and is worth £24)

Inside is:

Liquid Foundation (Cream) 4ml
Perfection Concealer (Light) 4ml
Loose Mineral Powder Foundation SPF25 (Unity) 0.7g
Loose Mineral Bronzer (Sunkissed) 0.7g
Loose Mineral Blush (Booming Nude) 0.7g

Have you picked up any travel/try me kits recently?

Friday, 19 May 2017

FOM London: Antioxidant Repair Oil Complex & Hydra Pump Serum

I'm a huge fan of FOM London having tried several of their products in the past. A while back they relaunched their skincare range which is luxurious, innovative and scientifically evidenced (and gorgeous!)

I've been testing two generous trial sizes (10ml) which came to me via the Love Lula's Accredited Blogger Program.

Antioxsilk is a unique blend of silk which forms a skin barrier and enhances collagen in skin, antioxidants repair and protect from free radicals and adaptogens balance.  The range is formulated by founder Zaga and every ingredient has a specific purpose helping to deliver targeted results.

Products are free from parabens, colours, silicones, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils and sulphates and are made with sustainably grown botanicals and naturally liquid actives in small batches. Packaging is simple but pretty and recyclable.

Antioxidant Repair Oil Complex* is suitable for all skin types and is easily absorbed. It's rich in plant oils which are high in Vitamins, Minerals and Omegas 3, 6 and 9. Mineral rich Manketti supports and restores. Fatty Acid infused Melon Seed Oil promotes the production of collagen and elastin while Marula, Grapefruit and Pomegranate oils boost the skin while plumping and nourishing. The oil has a beautiful rich floral scent

To use: AM: mix one pump with your serum/cream and apply to face & neck PM: use alone or with Hydra Bright Night Complex Treatment.

Hydra Plump Serum* again is suitable for all skin types (including men). This serum is full of good things for the skin including Hyaluronic Acid which moisturises and protects. Rich Fig Complex energises and protects the skin against environmental stressors.  The skin is left luminous and smooth. 

To use: mix one pump of Hydra Plump Serum with one pump of Antioxidant Repair Oil Complex for an extra nutrient hit.

Have you used any FOM London Skincare Products?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. My post contains 2 affilate links.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Love Lula Beauty Box: May 2017

My May Love Lula Beauty Box* arrived the other day and as ever it's fantastic value for money (from June it's going up to £13.95 recurring a month for UK subscribers which includes P&P) but even with the tiny rise it's one of the best value monthly beauty boxes out there. This month the contents are worth £45 and there are 3 full sizes inside as well as 2 travel sizes.

So what's inside:

From Laidbare there is DIY! Two in One Cleanser & Toner 125ml (£6.99)* which cleanses and tones the skin and is suitable for all skin types. I'm looking forward to trying this one!

I'm a huge fan of John Masters Organics haircare and inside there are two 30ml travel sizes - Lavender & Rosemary Shampoo (£2.25)* and Citrus & Neroli Detangler (£2.25)*. These are both being popped in my travel bag.

From PHB Ethical Beauty we have Gentle Moisturiser with Shea Butter & Apricot 50ml (£16.95)* which soothes, calms and nourishes sensitive skins. My skin isn't really sensitive but this seems lovely so I'll definitely be trying it out. 

The final item in the box this month I've tried before (review) which is Ogario London's Styling Mist for Natural Hold & Volume 60ml (£16)* it really does boost volume and leaves the hair looking and feeling good.

As ever, there is also a 20% off code to use on any of the brands this month.

Did you get a box this month? What are your thoughts on the contents?

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

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Apple & Bears: Body Wash & Body Silk Travel Sizes

I've recently been testing out Apple & Bears travel sizes. The company is family owned and British. Finest organic ingredients are used and the formulations are created by a team of specialists. Husband and Wife founders, Dean and Kay wanted to make a difference to people's lives (they donate a portion of their profits to worthy causes close to their hearts like Breast Cancer Care). 

Apple was chosen for it's healthy skin and organic goodness and Bears for their ability to live in a natural rhythm. The packaging is plain white recyclable plastic and it's the story behind the logo which makes it shine which is a tribute to the many men and women diagnosed with breast cancer. The mermaids represent a graceful, loving and carefree being, true of heart and open to a live of adventure. Koi fish is a symbol of courage and perseverance. 

All the products are free from parabens, SLS, Phthalates and have 100% natural fragrances. They are gluten and alcohol free, natural and organic and EcoCert Greenlife certified.

The body washes* (£5 - 50ml) gently clean the skin and are really lovely to use - the scents are all beautiful.

Anti-oxidant boosting Bergamot & Green Tea* has a beautiful uplifting floral scent which rejuvenates the body and mind. Anti-ageing and healing Pomegranate & Aloe Vera* is very fruity. It contains anti-oxidant rich punic acid which helps to slow down ageing. Nourishing Aloe Vera rejuvenates and hydrates.

Nutrient Rich Grapefruit & Seaweed* restores the skin while nourishing and detoxifying. Balancing Honey & Hemp* revitalises. It nurtures and protects while balancing dry skin.

The matching body silks* (£6 - 50ml) deeply nourish and smooth the skin. They absorb quickly leaving the skin feeling comfortable and moisturised. 

Bergamot & Green Tea* balances, uplifts and nourishes. It firms and leaves the skin with a delicate scent. Pomegranate & Aloe Vera* nourishes and soothes while being gently hydrating. Grapefruit & Seaweed* is made with freshly squeezed grapefruit and nutrient rich seaweed. It will firm and tighten the skin and Honey & Hemp* replenishes and hydrates. 

Have you tried any of the Apple & Bears Body Washes or Body Silks?


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Budget Beauty: 5 under £6

Here's some of my top picks for bargain beauty:

AA Skincare Green Tea & Aloe Vera Soothing Cleansing Wipes (£3.30 for 25 wipes). I don't always use cleansing wipes but find them handy to use after a night out or on holiday. These ones are super gentle on the skin and leave the skin feeling clean and refreshed.

PHB Ethical Beauty Peppermint Sugar Scrub* (100g - £4.95) which is fantastic! It's shaped like a bar of soap making it easy to use in the shower. It has quite a scrubby texture and is made with sugar, cocoa butter, plant oils, peppermint essential oil and cornflowers. It's absolutely fantastic value for money and very effective. 

John Masters Organics Sea Mist (60ml - £5) which creates the perfect beachy waves.

Herbal Forest Chai Spice Lip Balm (0.15oz - £3.49)** which smells like chai tea! A rich and fragrant lip balm. See my review HERE.

My final pick is the most expensive of the lot at £5.50 for 50ml. It's the gorgeous Bodhi & Birch Ylang Ylang Incensa Bath & Shower Therapy mini. A perfect try me, small treat or for holidays. See my review HERE

What's your favourite budget beauty items?

*sent to me as part of the love lula accredited blogger program. 
My post contains one affiliate link

Monday, 15 May 2017

MAKE Skincare Skincare: Face Glow

I've been testing out MAKE Skincare's best selling luxe Face Glow (30ml - £22)* which is gorgeous. It's made with a skin loving blend of Moringa, Rosehip and Vitamin E and scented with Rose Otto, Geranium, Lavender and Sandalwood Essential Oils.

Each ingredient is chosen with care to nourish, moisturise and heal. Moringa Oil gives the skin a glow as well as being deeply moisturising, Rosehip Oil is full of Vitamins A, C, E and D and Essential Fatty Acids which help to protect, heal and rejuvenate while natural Vitamin E protects from free radical damage. The blend also contains flower extracts, Evening Primrose oil and Chamomile.

Face Glow is suitable for all skin types including sensitive and is packaged in a pink pump action bottle.

To use: apply AM or PM alone or under your face cream.

I've been loving using Face Glow. It's a real treat for the skin and senses and is a joy to use. See my review of some of the other products in the range HERE. Have you used any products by MAKE Skincare?


Sunday, 14 May 2017

100 Acres Apothecary Rose & Lavender Bubble Bath

I received this gorgeous bottle of 100 Acres Apothecary's in my The Spring Edit box which is currently available to buy at Latest in Beauty. I was aware of the brand but hadn't had the pleasure of trying any products before.

100 Acres Apothecary is based in the Cotswolds and they create a small range of beautiful natural and organic products which you can check out HERE.

The products are made using natural botanicals and essential oils and are hand blended in small batches with love and care and are free from parabens, petrochemicals, sulphates, artificial colourings and fragrances. There is no animal testing and products are suitable for Vegetarians.

The Rose & Lavender Bubble Bath (£14 - 300ml) is presented in a recyclable plastic bottle with flip top lid. I think the design is super pretty and looks great sitting bath side.

The blend, a luxurious floral soothes and calms the body and mind and makes bathing a relaxing experience and there are lots of lovely foamy bubbles!

Have you used any products from the brand?

Saturday, 13 May 2017

New In: MOA Hello Sunshine Energising Body Oil

I'm a huge, huge fan of MOA - Magic Organic Apothecary. I simply adore their Fortifying Green Bath Potion (review) and spotlighted the brand last year (link) so imagine my delight when browsing at Cult Beauty I came across their latest launch - Hello Sunshine Energising Body Oil (150ml - £22.50).

It really is a beautiful oil which makes me smile (and will be bought again!) The name reminds me of happiness and sunny days. It's stuffed full of active organic ingredients and the oil absorbs quickly leaving the skin feeling nourished and smelling delicious.

It has notes of zesty antibacterial lemongrass, marjoram which awakens the senses and kick starts the circulation as well as purifying the skin. Eucalyptus refreshes while yarrow soothes.

Hello Sunshine has a gorgeous citrus and slightly herbal scent. "In folklore marjoram or mountain joy, is a lucky plant bringing joy and good fortune".

To use: massage over the body to seal in moisture before or after a shower, use for massage or after exercise.

Have you tried it yet? What's your favourite MOA product?

Friday, 12 May 2017

[M] Botanicals: Rose Oud Soy Wax Candle

I've been trying the absolutely exquisite artisan [M] Botanicals Rose Oud Soy Wax Candle (£15 - burn time 20-25 hours)* and I can honestly say it's one of the nicest scented candles I've ever used. 

It has a beautiful deep rose scent with a touch of smokey, woody Oud and I think it's the perfect combination. Essential oils and fine fragrance molecules are combined with 100% Vegetable and Soy Wax.

The candles are handmade in small batches with love and care. I love the simple but pretty recyclable packaging.

Other scents available are: Warm Lemongrass and Wild Grown Mint. Buy yours HERE - both of these scents appeal to me too.

I recently reviewed the mini [M] box sampler. See my review HERE. Have you tried any products from [M] Botanicals?