Monday, 19 November 2018

Free with Elle Magazine - Bella Freud Close to my Heart EdP

You'll know how much I love a magazine freebie ooh and a perfume freebie - bring it on! I just picked up Elle Magazine (in a double pack with Cosmo) for £4.99. The freebie this month is Bella Freud's Close to my Heart EdP (10ml - worth £19) (the link is for the full size bottle - 50ml - £95).

The perfume is absolutely stunning and would make a great Christmas or Secret Santa gift if you can bear to part with it (buy 2!)

The scent is "oriential" and has a sensual heart of tuberose with neroli, rose de mai and jasmine. It's a really beautiful feminine scent and can be used both in daytime and into the evening and it was created with her long-time friend and perfumer, Azzi Glasser.

To use: apply to pulse points or spritz a cloud in front of you and walk into it to be enveloped in a delicate veil of scent

I adore Tuberose and Neroli so think this perfume is absolutely beautiful. It has powdery top notes which mellow into creamy florals with woody and musky base notes.  It's a beaut! And a keeper. Do you think you'll pick it up?

Sunday, 18 November 2018

Blog Tour: Settlement by Anne Stormont

Today I'm on the blog tour for Settlement by Anne Stormont* with #LoveBooksGroupTours which is a fantastic read. I recently read the first in the series (although both books can be read as standalones - see my review of Displacement in my book round up last month HERE).

Can love truly heal old wounds? Can the past ever be put peacefully to rest? If you like a complex, grown-up romance with lots of raw emotion, dramatic and exotic settings, all mixed in with some international politics and laced with elements of a crime thriller, then this is the book for you. 

Falling in love is the easy bit. Happy ever after requires work, commitment and honesty. 

She wants him to be her friend and lover. He wants her as his wife. Can a compromise be reached? Or are things truly over between them? 

When former Edinburgh policeman Jack Baxter met crofter and author Rachel Campbell at her home on the Scottish island of Skye, they fell in love. It was a second chance at happiness for them both. 

But after Jack proposes marriage, it becomes clear they want different things. 

Then, as Rachel prepares to return to the Middle East to work on a peacemaking project that's close to her heart, and as Jack's past catches up with him, it seems their relationship is doomed. 

Can Rachel compromise on her need to maintain her hard-won independence? 
Can Jack survive the life-threatening situation in which he finds himself? 
Will they get the chance to put things right between them? 

Settlement is the sequel to literary romance novel, Displacement, but it can be read as a stand-alone. 

My thoughts?

Oh wow oh wow I just loved this! It was great to catch up with well loved characters and see where their lives were taking them.

Rachel is pleased to be with Jack but still wants her freedom to do what she pleases which he doesn't understand. There are things from the past Jack needs to work through but he doesn't want to tell or worry Rachel (and there is a good and loyal friend waiting in the wings for him, Morag's hubby, Alasdair).

She hopes she'll be able to reach her daughter and work through her feelings for her son. There's even signs that she can move on and forgive her ex-husband. 

When she heads back to Israel, Jack is beside himself as he thinks she'll want to have a relationship with charming and attractive Eitan, her brother's friend.  To take his mind off things he takes a investigator job with Police Scotland working on unsolved crimes. Rachel comes back to Scotland and her life on Skye and it seems like Jack's past has finally caught up with him...

An absolute brilliant read which I adored (I'm hoping against hope there will be a book #3).

*I received a complimentary e-copy for taking part in the blog tour

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Organic House Skincare: Relax & Sleep Body Oil 30ml

Relax & Sleep Body Oil 30ml* from Organic House is part of the Relax & Sleep Gift Set* ( 2 x 30ml - Relax & Sleep Body Oil and Relax & Sleep Room Spray  (see my review of the room spray HERE) (£32).

The blend is rich and luxurious with a sleep inducing blend of oils - lavender, marjoram and vetivert which helps you to relax and unwind, while hazelnut and baobab oils soothe and soften the skin.

To use: apply after your bath or shower in the evening massaging into neck shoulders and arms to encourage restful sleep.

What's your favourite product from Organic House Skincare?


Friday, 16 November 2018

Review: Awake Organics Sea Quartz Crystal+Algae Cleanser

I've had the real pleasure of trying one of Awake Organics latest launches - their amazing Sea Quartz Crystal+Algae Cleanser* (you can buy this as a 6g sample or full size at 40g (£2.70/£31.80). Look how beautiful the packaging is!

"Amplify your daily cleanse with the power of clear quartz crystal, spirulina and hemp".

Isn't it a gorgeous colour! The Vegan blend slough dead skin cells, brightening and refining the skin. You can use daily or a couple of times a week (I use it two to three times a week).

Formulated with ingredients such as organic turmeric and brown rice each full size pot contains a carat of artisan milled clear quartz powder which infuses the product with positive energy.

It's ideal for all skin type although those with oily or very sensitive skin should use it once or twice a week. 

The gentle scrub cleanser has a sweet scent. Inside is organic blue chamomile, sweet orange, cannabis sativa oil and coconut milk.

To use: add a small amount to damp face and neck gently massaging onto the skin. Activate the milkiness by adding a few splashes of water. Rinse.

My skin looks great after use - bright, glowy and healthy.  It's definitely a keeper! Have you tried it yet?


Thursday, 15 November 2018

Love Lula: Beauty Box: November 2018

It's always an exciting day when my Love Lula Beauty Box* arrives! This month there are 3 full size products and 2 generous trial sizes. The box is worth a huge £66 this month. So what's inside..

From Alteya Organics is their Organic Rosehip Seed Oil 20ml (£8.75) which is lovely. The 100% certified organic cold pressed Rosehip Seed Oil is rich in essential fatty acids. I'm looking forward to testing this out properly but loved it on first try. 

A little bit controversial is The Perfect V Gentle Exfoliator 50ml (£31) which is a range created for the bikini area - use it before or after shaving to help prevent in-grown hairs and redness. The packaging is beautiful and very luxurious but it's not a product I'd use (I've passed it onto someone I know will use and appreciate it!)

From Urban Veda we have their Purifying Exfoliating Facial Polish 125ml (£12.99) which has been recently reformulated. The creamy polish seems to have the perfect amount of scrubbiness (natural pumice) and has a zingy spearmint scent. It helps to remove impurities and blackheads. Looking forward to trying this brand out again.

The two trial sizes are: REN's Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask 15ml which helps leave the skin looking radiant while reducing fine lines and improving skin tone and Natura Siberica's Oblepikha Hand Cream 30ml which I've used before and loved.

What do you think of this month's box?

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

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Ere Perez Oat Milk Cream Foundation

I've been trying Ere Perez Oat Milk Cream Foundation* (£29 - 30ml) which are available to buy in the UK at places like Love LulaNaturismo and Content Beauty & Wellbeing.

The cream foundations are easy to apply with fingers or a brush layering up for more coverage. You can also use sparingly for a lighter application just touching on areas which need a little coverage.

I've been trying 2 shades - top - Chai* for light to medium skins and bottom - Honey* for lighter skin tones. I've been able to use both and have found Chai to be more suited to my skin when it's lightly tanned.

top - chai, bottom - honey

Top - honey, Bottom - chai

The shades are long lasting and very hydrating and easy to blend onto the skin with fingertips or brush. The formulations are unique - they allow the skin to breathe and don't clog the pores.  The finish is dewy and the skin looks radiant.

As you'll see my tubes are nearly finished. This is a foundation I will be replenishing. What's your favourite product from Ere Perez?


Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Eden Days Hawaiian Haven Whipped Body Butter

I received Eden Days's Hawaiian Haven 100% Natural Body Butter (60ml - £5) in my August Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box. It really is a pot of magic! As well as smelling divine it deeply nourishes the skin - use it on your body, face, feet and hands and it can also be used as a cleansing balm - I adore a multi-purpose product!

The range is made by a mother and daughter team and they create and formulate a beautiful range of soaps, butters, a mask and scrub, men's products, gift sets and a selection of soap dishes. See the whole range HERE.

The products are handcrafted in small batches and are 100% natural. Finest oils, butters and botanicals are used with no chemical preservatives.

Inside best selling Hawaiian Haven is exotic Ylang Ylang which helps to regulate sebum and has antimicrobial properties as well as being nourishing and moisturising. Neroli is uplifting and can help with stretch marks and broken capillaries and is regenerating and soothing. Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and calming Lavender soothes and calms while Geranium soothes and calms both the skin and mind. The blend is complimented by Organic Green Tea, Aloe Vera Butter, Virgin Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Grapeseed & Jojoba Oils and Vitamin E.

To use: apply to the skin using your fingertips. The butter melts on contact with warm skin. 

I think it's absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to try more from Eden Days. What's your favourite product from the range?

Monday, 12 November 2018

Sandwick Bay Candles: Subscription Corner: November: Salted Caramel

I picked up my Sandwick Bay Candle subscription from my neighbours the other day. This month our Subscription Corner treat is Salted Caramel (and honestly the candle is good enough to eat - though Megan warns us not to!) A rolling subscription costs £22 a month and inside is a 260gm candle and an extra treat which corresponds with the candle scent.

I love the attention to detail and the gorgeous packaging - your own personalised box (your name is on the top - see my photo last month).

The salted caramel bar was totally scrumptious and didn't last long! I did however keep a little bit for hubby! It was the perfect addition to this month's box - rich, delicious, sweet and creamy with a delicious crunchy salt note - see the ranges available at Cocoa Mester HERE - I'll definitely be making a purchase soon!

The candle itself is simply stunning - rich, sweet and almost edible with a sliver of saltiness (I burned it for the first time on Saturday night) and now while writing this post on Sunday evening can still smell the delicious carmel sweetness.

It really is perfection and I can't wait to see what December brings! Sign up HERE - you can also buy a 3 month subscription for £63, 6 months for £120 or a whole year of candles for £209. A subscription would be the perfect Christmas or Birthday gift for any candle lover.

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Bodhi & Birch: Superfoods Series: Mini Discovery

You just know there is going to be something special nestled inside this Bodhi & Birch gift box! I treated myself to the new Superfood Series Mini Discovery (£50) which includes the full Superfoods Series and a generously sized and luxurious Hand Crocheted Organic Cotton Cleansing Cloth (which comes in its own drawstring bag - it's the little things!)

The essential oil free products are designed to be mixed to your own requirements, are multi-use and gorgeous!

The products themselves come in a black organza bag and inside is:

Avo Bao Cleansing Balm 15g (probably my favourite product from the range) which smells almost edible. A gently emulsifying balm cleanser with nutrient-rich superfoods. It easily makes short work of make up and daily grime leaving the skin feeling clean, nourished and refreshed.

Tomato Seed Ceansing Oil 15ml gently removes make up and daily grime while protecting the skin from environmental aggressors. The skin is left soft, fresh and radiant.

Lemon Water Hydrosol Tonic 15ml (I love this one too) It's a blend of uplifting hydrosols, humectants and fruit enzymes to boost skin health, tone and strengthen skin while keeping it hydrated.

Renshen Root Exfoliant & Mask 12g an innovative product which can be used as an exfoliant or mask. Adaptogens purify and replenish the skin's vital energy. Skin is left clarified, glowy and healthy looking.

Super25 Botanical Serum 5ml which is gorgeous! A luxurious serum formulated with a huge array of skin loving and nutrient dense superfood oils which feed the skin. The serum targets the principal signs of skin degradation and ageing.

Cleansing Cloth (super luxe) which is huge! Hand-crocheted organic cotton for "the Superfoods Series cleansing ritual".

See my review of the range HERE.

The products can be used as they are or mixed to create your own personal skincare:

Add Lemon Water Hydrosol Toner to Renshen Root Exfoliant & Mask and blend to a creamy paste (I sometimes add a couple of drops of Super25 Botanical Serum to my blend). You can also add Renshen Root Exfoliant & Mask to the Avo Bao Cleansing Balm to create a rich and nourishing mask or scrub or you could add honey or yogurt to the mix.

Mix Tomato Seed Cleansing Oil with Avo Bao Cleansing Balm to create and emulsifying milk. The Cleansing Oil can also be used on the body or face (I love a multi-use product!)

Add a couple of drops of Super25 Botanical Serum to your daily moisturiser for a super nutrient boost.

It's the ideal gift whether for Christmas, Birthday, for travel or just because. Pick yours up HERE (you can also upgrade and get a Super Collection - which is all five products full size).

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Christmas Stocking Gift Ideas

Here's some Christmas gift ideas (there's just so many amazing gifts out there this year!) These ones are ideal for stocking fillers or Secret Santa gifts and are £15 or under.

Kure Bazaar Nail Polish in Glitter Pigalle (isn't it beautiful!) 10ml (£15). The polish is clear with flecks of red glitter making it perfect for Christmas parties! This Limited Edition polish is formulated with 85% natural ingredients making it the eco-friendly polish of choice.

I had the pleasure of trying beatitude's gorgeous Christmas Crackers last year which are £10 each and include a 10ml size of one of the three bath oils - Joy (my fav), Patience or Peace. See my review HERE.

I love all the Christmassy crackers and this Hand Care Cracker from Cowshed (£12) contains Cowshed Cow Herb Restoring Hand Cream 50ml and Cowshed Apricot Nourishing Cuticle Oil 11ml which will help restore and groom the hands and nails.

AA Skincare Vitamin Boost Face Kit (£12.60) contains 100ml Sandalwood & Palmarosa Cleansing Face Gel and 100ml Sandalwood & Palmarosa Moisturising Face Lotion. This is such a great value set! (and would make an excellent Christmas gift as well as a stocking filler!)

This is a great value Apricot & Elderflower Gift Set from Benecos (£10.95) which contains mini sizes of Apricot & Elderflower Shower Gel, Body Lotion and Hand Cream.

Content Beauty & Wellbeing have some lovely small gifts including this cutely packaged Therapi Honey Lip Nectar (£9.50 - 5ml). I'd love to find this in my Christmas stocking!

Yellow Gorse have some beautiful products which would make excellent stocking fillers. I reviewed a few of their items recently - see HERE (the ones I chose were in the £3.50 - £6.80 price range and are perfect).

Do any of these make it onto your Christmas wishlist?

Friday, 9 November 2018

Amphora Aromatics Multi-Purpose Beauty Oils

I've been testing out Amphora Aromatic's latest launches - Multi-Purpose Beauty Oils* which cost a bargainous £7.50 for 25ml. The beauty oils are multi-tasking, 100% natural and come in pipette bottles. They are great to use on the body, hair, hands & cuticles and in massage blends. They all absorb quickly and deeply nourish the whole body.

Rejuvenating Rosehip Seed is a "wonder" oil rich in Vitamins and Omega 3. Use it as a nourishing facial oil and a base for massage (add your own blend of essential oils or use neat). Suitable for all skin types/mature.

Nourishing Argan is antioxidant rich and suitable for all skin and hair types. It's especially good for dry hair, skin and cuticles as it's packed full of Vitamins and Omegas 3 and 6.

Conditioning Jojoba is a natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich. Use it as a facial oil, as a massage blend or for flyaways to smooth and add shine.

The multi-purpose beauty oils are great and I highly recommend! Have you tried them yet?


Thursday, 8 November 2018

ISUN Organic Skincare: Rose Quartz Body Oil

I've had the real pleasure of trying ISUN Organic Skincare's exquisite Rose Quartz Body Oil 100ml - £40*. The herb infused blend is floral-citrus-herbal with ingredients that are carefully chosen to enhance the subtle energy qualities of the rose quartz crystal (a small rose quartz crystal is placed in each bottle). 

It's believed that the pink vibration of rose quartz relates to the heart and thyroid gland. It's a subtle energy which inspires love, joy and balance. The range is wild crafted, organic and natural and products are hand blended in small batches with love and care.

The Body Oil is formulated with herb infused Grapeseed, Passionfruit oil, Rosehip Seed extract, Goji Berry extract, Sunflower, Rose, Lavender, Helichrysum Arenarium flower extract (life lasting), Prunella Vulgaris extract (self healing), Chamomile, Jasmine, Hibiscus, Honeysuckle, Bergamot, Litsea, Lemon, Rosewood, Citronella, Ruby Grapefruit, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli, Cinnamon, Neroli and Vitamin E.

To use: apply as a body oil/massage oil, as an aromatic essence on pulse points, as a bath oil or put a few drops in an aroma diffuser.

The body oil is uplifting and balancing, calming and revitalising. It nourishes and replenishes the skin and is a joy to use. I first discovered it via the fab sample service (3 samples for £6).

What's your favourite product by ISUN Organic Skincare?


Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Love Lula: Lucky Cloud Skincare Blooming Marvellous Lip Butter

As you'll know I'm a huge Lucky Cloud fan having first tried them way back in December '15. As part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program I picked their Blooming Marvellous Lip Butter (£4.50 - 10ml)* which was created in collaboration with Edinburgh based Eteaket - the leaf tea expert.

I love the quirky retro tin packaging which makes it easy to slip into a pocket or handbag or even desk drawer! The Lip Butter is Vegan friendly and inspired by Eteaket's Blooming Marvellous Green Tea.

Formulated with sweet Vanilla, aromatic Rose, fresh Lemon and tangy Strawberry. The blend is enriched with Coconut and Cocoa Butters, Sweet Almond and Thistle oils and Vitamin E.

To use: apply to lips as needed for nourished and soft lips (I've also used it on my cuticles and flyaways!) What's your favourite Lucky Cloud product?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program - my post contains one affiliate link.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Love Lula: NĀDŪR Serenity Body Oil

It's always exciting seeing new brands arrive at Love Lula. I've been trying out NĀDŪR's gorgeous Serenity Body Oil* (£29 - 200ml).

The brand is Irish, luxurious, vegan with minimalistic formulas and the natural ingredients used are ethically sourced. Packaging is simple but stylish.

The blend is absolutely gorgeous! It absorbs easily onto the skin leaving it deeply nourished and smelling lightly of delicious neroli.

Formulated with skin loving oils of Sweet Almond, Grapeseed and Vitamin E along with Elderberry Fruit Extract, Mandarin Peel and Neroli Essential Oils.

To use: apply liberally after your bath or shower for soft, nourished and sweetly scented skin.

Pick yours up HERE.

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

Monday, 5 November 2018

Evolve Organic Beauty Age Smarter 360

I've had the real pleasure of trying latest launches from Evolve - their Age Smarter 360 range which consists of Superfood 360 Serum* (£38 - 30ml) and Multi-Peptide 360 Moisturise Cream (£30 - 60ml)*.

The supercharged age smart 360 concept duo takes care of your skin at every stage of your life and works pro-actively with your body to support graceful ageing. The serum and cream tackles fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, texture and luminosity. 

Superfood 360 Natural Face Serum is lightweight and absorbs instantly. It's formulated with natural superfoods and protects, rejuvenates, helps to improve tone, wrinkle depth, skin texture and luminosity.

Sacha Inchi Peptides firm, smooth out wrinkles and fine lines and helps to improve skin radiance and luminosity. Cacay Oil is packed with bio-retinol and linoleic acid which support the skin's barrier and locks in moisture.

To use: apply AM and PM to cleansed skin.

Multi-Peptide 360 Moisture Cream is formulated with superfoods and high tech green ingredients. The cream is very rich and luxurious but it absorbs easily. It'll help improve wrinkle depth, hydrate and firm the skin. It's more suited to normal/dry/ageing skin. 

Sacha Inchi Peptides firm the skin, reduces wrinkle depth and smoothes. Coconut Peptides firm and nourish. Cupuacu Butter nourishes while Prickly Pear Oil calms, hydrates and firms. Cacay Oil contains bio-retinol and linoleic acid.

To use: AM and PM after the serum.

I've really enjoyed trying both the products and have found my skin to look healthier, more radiant and nourished. Have you tried this duo from Evolve Organic Beauty yet?


Saturday, 3 November 2018

Marzipan Week: Niederegger Marzipan Christmas Hamper

Who knew? This week (1-8 November) is Marzipan Week. Niederegger which is available to buy at Chocolates Direct sent me the latest launch - Marzipan Christmas Hamper (£25)* to test out. The products are made in Lubeck in Germany and is the world's finest marzipan.

Made with 58% aromatic Mediterranean almonds and a closely guarded recipe which has been handed down over the generations. The range is formulated with the highest quality natural raw ingredients (and is delicious).

Nestled inside the box are a selection of treats from the range:

I haven't had the chance to try everything yet but the selection in the hamper is delicious and very moreish:

1 x 110g Classic Dark Chocolate covered Marzipan Bar - marzipan enrobed in classic dark chocolate

1 x 100g Assorted mini Marzipan Loaves - these are delicious mini treats flavoured with Pistachio, Orange, Pineapple & Espresso and covered in dark chocolate (yum)

2 x 40g Chocolate covered marzipan sticks (Amarena Cherry, Walnut) - luxe treat sticks which are the perfect size to sit down and enjoy with a coffee.

1 x 124g Flavour of the Year - Apple Strudel - juicy marzipan with a hint of apples and cake. Covered in milk chocolate

1 x 100g Dark Chocolate covered Santa - it wouldn't be Christmas without a novelty Santa sweet treat!

Pick yours up HERE.


Thursday, 1 November 2018

NorthburN Luxury Bathing Salts

I first tried NorthburN's glorious bathing salts in my Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box in March when the theme was rebalance (and inside was a pouch of their Revive Luxury Bathing Salts).

The mother and daughter team behind NorthburN create a gorgeous range of Bathing Salts, Home Fragrance and Bath Bombs. See the products available HERE. They also offer a great value Gift of the Month (while stocks last, at a bargainous £10).

The Luxury Bathing Salts are wonderful - richly scented, luxurious and soothing. They'd make perfect gifts (if you could bear to give them away!). There are various sizes of pouches available 100g, 200g and 350g (£4, £8, £12).

No.10 Neroli Luxury Bathing Salts are fresh and uplifting with an unmistakable "neroli" scent. The salts are blended with Pure Pink Himalayan Salts and Cocoa Butter which makes for a rich and nourishing soak.

Award Winning No.5 Vetiver Luxury Bathing Salts have the unmistakable woody, grassy notes along with citrus and lavender (I'd say these salts are definitely unisex (if you want to share, that is!)

I've been so impressed with these salts. I'll definitely be re-purchasing (in bigger sizes!) What's your favourite products from NorthburN?