Monday, 21 January 2019

Sandwick Bay Candles: Subscription Corner: January: Cucumber, Ginger & Mint

My January Sandwick Bay Candle Subscription arrived at the beginning of the month. This month it's a delicious blend of Cucumber, Ginger and Mint which is refreshing and uplifting. The extra this month is a Mint Soap from Little Duckling Soaps which smells gorgeous.

The last few months the candles have been fairly sweet (but deliciously scented) so it was great to get something different for January. In October, we got creamy and sweet Toasted Marshmallow, in November, creamy & almost edible Salted Caramel. December saw us get Roasted Chestnut, another sweet and slightly spicy one with vanilla & chestnut notes (I didn't end up having time to review this one in December due to being on holiday for 2 weeks and then going straight into Christmas). Our extras were a Christmas decoration saying Merry Christmas in Gaelic from Sarah at Lewisian Nice.  There was a second treat in December, a tiny Christmas themed cookie from Rebecca at Honeywell Biscuit Co.

The hint for February is Roses & Chocolates - can't wait! See more information on the subscription HERE.

Sunday, 20 January 2019

Review: Organic House Skincare Lift & Glow Facial Serum & Rosehip Treatment Balm

As you'll know I've really enjoyed trying out products by Organic House Skincare see my previous reviews HEREHEREHERE and HERE. The branding is maybe not the most exciting but the products inside are just wonderful - very effective, with gorgeous scents and carefully created formulations. They really are worth checking out.

I've been trying their Lift & Glow Facial Serum* (£43.50 - 30ml) which absorbs quickly onto the skin and is lightly scented with Neroli. It's a beautiful skin loving blend with Organic Rosehip and Pomegranate Seed oils along with Macadamia Nut and Argan oils.

To use: a few drops AM/PM for revitalised and glowy skin.

Treatment Balm (£29 -30ml) with Rosehip and Pomegranate Seed Oils* is suitable for all skin types and has a multitude of uses (you know how much I love a multi-use product!) The balm is rich, nourishing and soothing and formulated with Organic Shea Butter, Rosehip, Pomegranate Seed, Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Beeswax and scented with Lavender, Neroli & Geranium.

To use: use on dry patches of skin over the body, lips, cuticles and flyaways.

I've been really impressed with both of these products. They are seriously lovely and very effective. Have you tried any products from Organic House Skincare? If so, what are your favourites?


Saturday, 19 January 2019

Zing Lover's Subscription Club: January - On the Rise

I've wanted to subscribe to Zing Organics Zing Lover's Subscription Club for ages. When I spotted that inside January's hamper 'On the Rise' was an 80ml bottle of ELEVATE Organic Body Oil I knew I had to sign up! (the body oil retails at £25 which makes the subscription box a bloody bargain!). There are also two other gorgeous products inside the box this month - a small Cheery Not S.A.D Aromatherapy Candle (£8) and Award Winning Aromasoar Solid Organic Perfume Travel Size (£17.50) as well as a fir cone picked from the forest's floor.  The subscription costs £29.50 a month and new subscribers are tied to a three month subscription - see more info HERE.

And that's not all, there are even more treats for subscribers - a personal discount code for 10% off workshops or therapies which can be shared with friends, 25% discount code for items bought which can be shipped with your monthly hamper box and a £10 discount for new subscribers for their first box (if you want my code give me a shout!) Alternatively, if you fancy this as a one-off box you can buy it HERE (limited numbers available).

And so onto what's inside..

This selection so makes my heart sing!

ELEVATE Organic Body Oil will boost your mood (and chase away the January blues) and is handcrafted with immune boosting, cheery and grounding Frankincense & Clementine. It's formulated with oils usually associated with high end skincare and is totally luxurious. My dry winter skin is lapping up this gorgeous potion.

Also inside is Award Winning Aromasoar Solid Perfume in Cheery (not S.A.D) Bergamot, Geranium & Lavender. It's presented in a pocket/bag friendly tin so easy to tote about. It has a gorgeous uplifting scent and is perfect to perk up your mood during long winter days. I reviewed one of the others in the range HERE.

The final item this month is a small Cheery (not S.A.D) Aromatherapy Candle which has a 10 hour burn time. It's scented with relaxing and calming Green Mandarin, Geranium and Lavender. Looking forward to lighting this!

What are your thoughts on this month's Subscription Hamper? Are you a subscriber?

Friday, 18 January 2019

Latest in Beauty: Build Your Own Box

It's been a while since subscribed to Latest in Beauty Build Your Own Box. A friend has spotted Today's Star Product was by Ogee and so I signed up to a Beauty Enthusiast box (£15 for 6 products). I also had a welcome back code which brought the price of my returning box to £12.75. A total bargain!

I also received two extra (unexpected) treats of a full size can of Batiste dry shampoo and a mini box of Lindor chocs.

The Ogee products  Seeds of Youth Serum and Jojoba Restore Face Oil are worth £121 and £95 as spotted on the Feel Unique website so I'm looking forward very much to trying them out an a review will be forthcoming!

I also picked up Oh K! Gold Dust Under Eye Mask which is a single use eye mask that'll brighten up the under eye area.

The little pot from Scence Natural Skincare is Shining Rose Jojoba Face Balm which smells glorious. I love the cardboard pot too.

From SBC is their Cinnamon & Chai Glimmer Skincare Gel which smells amazing! I've got this one earmarked for a gift!

My final pick was Soaper Duper Fruity Green Tuberose Hand Cream which smells beautiful. A review will follow.

I'm really pleased with my December picks and will stay with Latest in Beauty for another month for sure. See how to subscribe HERE.

*my post contains one affiliate link

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Review: Evering Botanique

I was over the moon to win Evering Botanique's Instagram giveaway a while back and was sent their bundle of 15mls see HERE. In this set are 4 x 15ml (the perfect travel or try me size). The products are handmade in small batches in London with love and care and the products have a French twist. 

I think GIGI Body Balm closely followed by AGRUME Natural Face Oil were my favourites but I've enjoyed trying them all. 

GIGI Body Balm is formulated with beeswax (which comes from the family farm in the French Limousin), olive, camellia seed, sunflower, meadowfoam, hemp seed, thistle oils and Vitamin E. It's scented with ylang ylang, grapefruit and geranium and will protect, heal and nourish. My dry winter legs just loved this rich and luxurious balm and I used it up quickly. Of course, full size is on the wishlist for when my stash reduces a bit!

AGRUME Natural Face Oil is suitable for oily and combination skin type. It'll balance and nourish and is scented with neroli (one of my fav essential oils), sweet orange and grapefruit and is a pleasure to use. I've found it uplifting and energising during these dark winter mornings. It's stuffed full of skin loving oils and is anti-ageing, regenerating, healing and toning.

BOURBON Natural Body Oil is a delicious blend of hemp seed, grapeseed, almond, apricot kernel, rosehip, meadowfoam oils along with Vitamin E and scented with ylang ylang, grapefruit, neroli, lemon and geranium. Use as a body or bath oil for nourished and soft skin.

The final item in the kit is SAGE Natural Facial Oil which is suitable for premature ageing, normal and dry skins. My skin is combination although I found my skin enjoyed this oil regardless of my skin type.

Have you used any products by Evering Botanique? If so, what are your favourites?

Monday, 14 January 2019

Love Lula: Alteya Organics Sunscreens

I took Alteya Organics Sunscreens* on holiday with me recently. Their Whole Body Sunscreen SPF30 *(90ml - £13.40) has a light tint (which isn't visible when rubbed into the skin) and a earthy floral scent. I found it to be very effective and nice to use. It's formulated to protect against UVA/UVB rays and is enriched with botanical butters and oils to hydrate, nourish and protect. It's NaTrue Certified Organic with natural UVA/UVB solar protection. 

To use: apply generously 15 minutes before sun exposure and re-apply swimming (or sweating!)

I also tried their Organic Rose Lip Balm SPF 15* (£5) which protects the lips from the sun's harmful rays. The balm deeply nourishes keeping lips supple and healthy. Again, it's got a rosey-earthy scent.

To use: apply just before sun exposure and re-apply every 2 hours.

I was very impressed with their performance and would use these sunscreens again. Have you tried them? What's your favourite green suncare?

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

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Love Lula: Beauty Box: January 2019

My Love Lula January Beauty Box* arrived yesterday and I can honestly say it's fantastic and one of my favourite months! It contains 3 full size products including a brand new product which is exclusive to subscribers and not available anywhere else yet and a generous trial size. The box this month is worth £54 and subscriptions cost only £14.95 recurring making it a great value box. See more details HERE. Subscribers also get a generous 20% off any brands in the box which is a nice added extra.

So what's inside:

From Dr Botanicals we have their Pomegranate Superfood Regenerating Sleeping Mask (30ml - £14.90) which smells deliciously fruity. Use before bed and wake up with bright, hydrated and radiant skin. I'm looking forward to putting this to the test.

Also inside is a full-size tube of Madara's Supreme Hydration Body Lotion (200ml - £17) which is perfect for dry winter skin. The light formula instantly absorbs leaving the skin feeling hydrated and nourished. The lotion is enriched with oat extract and aromatic essences of Jasmine and Meadowsweet. It has a gently floral comforting scent.

From REN there's a luxury trial size of their Evercalm Anti-redness Serum (10ml - £9.67) which reduces redness and irritations. It targets signs of ageing and strengthens the skin's barrier.

The final item this month is a brand new product from Balm Balm (it's currently exclusive to subscribers so is not available anywhere else). Lavender Hand Balm (60ml) is probably going to be a love/hate product. Luckily, I love it! I'm a huge fan of lavender and the rich balm deeply nourishes hands and nails and leaving them lightly scented and cared for. It's a beauty!

Are you a Love Lula subscriber? What's your thoughts on the contents this month?

*sent to me as a member of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. My post contains some affilate links. 

Friday, 11 January 2019

Shopping My Stash #103

It's been a looong time since I shopped my stash! You can see my last post back in September HERE.

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

NEOM Scent to Sleep Nourish, Breathe & Sleep Hand Balm which is perfect to use just before bed to help you have a restful sleep. Wake up with nourished, soft and smooth hands. See my review HERE.

Dr Botanicals Kale Superfood Nourishing Day Moisturiser* which I received in my April Love Lula Beauty Box. My skin's been loving this easily absorbed light cream which thankfully doesn't smell of kale! It nourishes the skin smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles.

Wild & Precious Lip Balm 01** deeply nourishes the lips. Simple but effective. See my review HERE. I've got this one in my bag for instant relief from dry lips on the go.

From new to me brand, Clockface Beauty my dry winter skin has been loving their Enhanced Recovery Body Oil which I received in December's Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box (REVIEW). It's truly luxurious and has a gorgeous scent which calms and soothes both the body and mind. I definitely want to try more by this brand.

My final item is from lovely Kathleen Natural and is their gorgeous Sensual Rose Bubble Bath & Shower Gel* which I received in my December Love Lula Beauty Box. It's a beautiful product which you can use in the bath or shower and is scented with red roses, oranges with a hint of spicy nutmeg. 

What have you been reaching for this week?

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

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Holiday: Miami Memories

You can see my initial post on our amazing holiday in Miami HERE. I've definitely got a case of the holiday blues and want to be back there right now! 

We walked a lot (2 blocks to the beach) and also used the amazing free, yes free trolley bus to get around South Beach which was great when everything was really expensive.

Of course I paid several visits to Sephora and another couple of beauty shops but didn't really buy much. The brands I was looking for didn't seem to be available in the area we were and didn't really have time or the wheels to go downtown. I did of course pick up a Sephora set.

We ate out at some great places although struggled to find just a pub in South Beach (we came across several good ones on our trip to Key West).

News Cafe on Ocean Drive did the best breakfasts/brunches. Thanks to Sunny in London for the recommendation. I ate these pancakes 3 times! Delicious!

The food at Yardbird was amazing (we went twice and I ate Watermelon with Farmer's Cheese twice as it was so lush!) Other dishes we enjoyed were Fried Green Tomatoes and Chicken 'n' Watermelon 'n' Waffles and Cornbread with whipped butter oh and I nearly forgot the donuts - maple glazed with bacon! Bad but so good!

Another place we went twice was Stiltsville Fish Bar which served deliciously fresh and tasty food. Check out the Fish of the Day Po'Boy with Watermelon Pickles (yup, I had these twice) and Burger with Lobster (I kept forgetting chips = crisps and fries are fries/chips). One of hubby's top meals was their Surf & Turf basket with bayleaf and lime crusted fried chicken and spicy fish wings and mine was that fresh salad with crabcake, simple but oh so, so good! Oh and the Key Lime Pie was yummy.

I also loved the hand scrub available to use in the restroom and buy in the restaurant.

We also loved Little Havana and World Famous Ball & Chain Mojitos! We stopped here during a bus tour and meant to go back!

We also had a delicious cocktail at The Gale but the staff were really rude to us (first and only time on holiday) so we drank up and left! 

Wynwood is a great up-and-coming district downtown with great bars and restaurants and the Wynwood Walls. Would recommend it if you are visiting the area.

We drove down to beautiful Key West in a Camaro convertible with the roof down! Due to a mix up with the car hire and trying to find Ulta we arrived a bit later than expected and didn't have much time there.

Christmas wreath goals! Just beautiful. We had an amazing holiday! This year has a lot to live up to!

What are your holiday plans this year?

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Sisley Beauty Subscription: Sparkle this Christmas

My Sisley December Beauty Subscription Sparkle this Christmas only arrived with me on Saturday 5th January!  I'll still enjoy using the products however! The post had been a bit manic in the run up to Christmas.

And for a closer look..

Supremya Eyes at Night 1ml
Eau du Soir EdP 1.4ml 
Eau du Soir Moisturizing Perfumed Body Cream 8ml
So Intense Mascara - Black 1.5ml
Double Tenseur 1.5ml

This month the theme is Beautiful Beginnings (I've 2 more months left of my subscription). Sign up HERE.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Project 10 Pan: Perfume

I've had my eye on TARDES by CARNER for so long (it was in my first ever Bloom Perfumery Yearly Sample Pack) and I reviewed it HERE and so I decided I wanted a bottle in my collection (I wouldn't mind Costarela and CUIRS too) so have decided to do a Project 10 Pan (it's normally done with make up) Here's the perfumes I've chosen to use up:

There are a mixture of mini bottles and a couple of full size bottles all with varying amounts left. I'll update you in empties posts as to how I'm getting along.

Walden Castles in the Air 15ml EdP
Escentric Molecules Molecule 03 30ml
Miller Harris Tea Tonique EdP 14ml
Rook Perfumes Forest EdP 30ml

Byredo Bal D'Afrique EdP 15ml
Jo Malone Pomegranate Noir 9ml
Jo Malone Amber & Lavender 9ml

Miller Harris Rose Silence EdP 10ml
Diptyque Eau Rose EdT 20ml
Shay & Blue Dandelion Fig 30ml 

Wish me luck!