Monday, 30 September 2019

September Book Round-Up

Gulp! I've hardly read anything this month - I think the changing seasons, work and other things have slowed me right down. (I'm also wayyyyyy behind on my Good Reads challenge "cries"). What I did read however I thoroughly enjoyed! Books marked with * I gratefully received from the publisher via netgalley/direct from the publisher.

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier* - This is an absolute gem of a book. I loved the main character Violet. It's 1932 and the losses of WW1 are still being felt. Violet is mourning the deaths of her fiance and brother and find out quite quickly that she's a surplus woman - one who's unlikely to marry and have a family. Her mother finds fault in everything she does and is very demanding. Violet decides, even now in her 30s she needs to leave home and asks the local insurance office where she works to be transferred to Winchester. She finds a room in a lodging house and is now an independent woman.

She comes across a group of women who are broderers, who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral and she becomes part of the group making friends with flamboyant Gilda and Dorothy. She also meets Arthur, a married bell ringer whom she grows to really like and have feelings for. Something happens on a solo walking holiday which she manages to put to one side but when the same problem is encountered a second time she stands up for herself and fights back. She grabs glimpses of happiness and some wonderfully life changing things happens to her which you'd never expect. I absolutely loved the story. 

Mudlark by Lara Maiklem* - this was an absolutely fascinating read which follows Lara's life as a mudlark around the River Thames. It's stuffed full of interesting facts, history, anecdotes and tales which are interwoven with the living thing which is The Thames. I found the book easy to read and interesting. Would recommend.

Blood Song (Roy & Castells #3) by Johana Gustawsson* - I took part in the blog tour for this amazing read. See my review HERE.

in the absence of miracles by Michael J Malone - I'm still reeling from that twist! John Docherty's mum has had a massive stroke and it's unlikely she'll ever live at home again and so, John finds himself clearing out the family home. 

He finds something which will turn his life and that of his brother upside down. The storylines are dark and disturbing with lots of twists and turns and I so recommend it (although it's not for the faint hearted!)

The Lost Child by Emily Gunnis* - the story starts in the fifties when we meet 13 year old Rebecca who is best pals with Harvey. Something unthinkable happens to her beloved mother, Harriet and she vows she'll make something of herself (Senior Paediatric Doctor). She gets on with her life after the night she lost her mother but the niggle is constantly there that someone saw what happened that night..

Fast forward to 2014 and Rebecca's estranged daughter Jessie (whom she had with Harvey), is due to give birth and is feeling deeply anxious. She wants to meet her to discuss the family history and to see if that has anything to do with the way she's feeling. Rebecca had psychosis during her pregnancy though it seems her mother Harriet did not. Rebecca is not keen to delve into the past, even for her daughter...

Iris, is her second daughter, is a journalist, the daughter she had with stable and dependable John, is who she turns to when Jessie and the seriously ill baby disappear.. I loved how the stories from the past and present are so cleverly intertwined. In the past we learn that Harriet was a lady's maid to the gorgeous Cecilia and that her husband Jacob returned from WW2 a broken and dangerous man. I didn't see the twists coming at all (one of which made me cry!) Highly recommend!

What have you been reading this month?

Saturday, 28 September 2019

*Blog Tour:Blood Song by Johana Gustawsson

*Today I'm on the blog tour for the fabulous, Blood Song (Roy & Castells #3) by Johana Gustawsson. I found the story totally gripping and it's one of my favourite books this year.

Spain, 1938: The country is wracked by civil war, and as Valencia falls to Franco’s brutal dictatorship, Republican Therese witnesses the murders of her family. Captured and sent to the notorious Las Ventas women’s prison, Therese gives birth to a daughter who is forcibly taken from her. 

Falkenberg, Sweden, 2016: A wealthy family is found savagely murdered in their luxurious home. Discovering that her parents have been slaughtered, Aliénor Lindbergh, a new recruit to the UK’s Scotland Yard, rushes back to Sweden and finds her hometown rocked by the massacre.

Profiler Emily Roy joins forces with Aliénor and soon finds herself on the trail of a monstrous and prolific killer. Little does she realise that this killer is about to change the life of her colleague, true-crime writer Alexis Castells. Joining forces once again, Roy and Castells’ investigation takes them from the Swedish fertility clinics of the present day back to the terror of Franco’s rule, and the horrifying events that took place in Spanish orphanages under its rule.

Terrifying, vivid and recounted at breakneck speed, Blood Song is not only a riveting thriller and an examination of corruption in the fertility industry, but a shocking reminder of the atrocities of Spain’s dictatorship, in the latest, stunning instalment in the award-winning Roy & Castells series.

My thoughts?

WOW! I just loved the latest instalment in the Roy & Castells series which very cleverly weaves together fact and fiction. The story is told in 1930s Spain and in 2016 Sweden. 

The Lindbergh family, who ran a fertility clinic are found murdered in the most barbaric way and it's up to profiler, Emily Roy along with crime writer, Alexis Castells to investigate. Emily's intern Alienor is keen to stay on the case even though it's her family who have been brutally murdered..

In Franco's 1930s Spain we learn of the persecution of ordinary people who are only sticking up for what they believe in. Families are torn apart, with babies taken from their families, fathers shot and mother incarcerated in prisons. We follow a woman, Therese who watches her family being brutally murdered. She is a huge link to the part of the story set in the present day. 

I for one just couldn't put this book down - the story gripped me totally and I couldn't rest until I'd finished it. I loved how cleverly the past and the present were intertwined. It's one of my favourite reads this year.

Friday, 27 September 2019

September: Lately I've Been Loving

Here's my September loves..

I randomly picked up Dorset Cereal's delicious Choc Cherry Granola in the supermarket. WOW it's incredible and totally yummy. It's a blend of dark chocolate, cherry, nuts, jumbo oats and golden syrup. It sure does cheer up my weekday mornings!

I bought a gorgeous hand crafted picture from Kirsty, at Lark & Sea which is made with pottery she's discovered on South Queensferry beaches. Isn't it beautiful.

#productsample I was sent these gorgeous (almost good enough to eat!) soaps from Estia Soaps which are an absolute delight. A review is upcoming.

I'm trying Beauty Pie's Super Retinol Ceramide Boost Anti-Ageing Face Serum (Typical Price £80 - members pay £8.80) and my skin's loving it. Remember you can sign up to get your first month free (worth £10) using this LINK. A review will be forthcoming once I've used it for a while.

I just adore my Papier Mid Year planner. See my review HERE. It really does make my heart sing!

Finally getting round to trying some goodies from Forage Fine Foods. The rose petal preserve is ideal in prosecco for a rosy scented glass of fizz or poured over ice cream for an indulgent and decadent dessert. I've tried the jelly with cheese so far - delicious! I also like how the owner and founder Liz offers a Picking for Pocket Money scheme for kids.

What have you been loving in September?

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

*NAKIN Eye Cream Complex & Lip Treatment Balm

*productsamples I've been testing out two products from NAKIN, a lovely natural, cruelty free and Vegan British brand (note the Lip Treatment Balm contains Beeswax) created and formulated by founder, Cris Beetham who was a pioneer of natural skincare in the noughties. The range smoothes away signs of ageing, as well as nourishing and nurturing the skin. I love the simple and very stylish packaging too.

I can quite honestly say the NAKIN Natural Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Complex (£18 - 15ml)* is fantastic. It's got a lightweight texture which deeply hydrates the eye area smoothing out fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. Hyaluronic Acid and Squalane hydrate and reduce lines while hydrolysed Hibiscus extract softens and smoothes. Pomegranate reduces UVA/UVB damage while Green Tea extract is rich in antioxidants. Seaweed extract conditions and tones, Chlorella extract conditions and soothes while Caffeine helps with puffiness. 

To use: using your ring finger apply a small amount around the inner orbital bone. Use AM and PM.

I've found the eye cream absorbs instantly, feels comfortable around the delicate eye area with fine lines blurred and dark circles diminished. It's also really nice to use. Would recommend!

The second item I've been testing out is their Award Winning Natural Anti-Ageing Lip Treatment (£10 - 15ml) which plumps and nourishes the lips. It's got a light minty scent and is formulated with ingredients like Shea butter, Argan and Baobab oils which protect, nourish and heal.

To use: apply as often as needed for kissable lips! 

I have actually used this pot of goodness before and loved it (I found it great for cuticles and for taming eyebrows too!)

What are your favourites from the brand?

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

September Empties

Here's what I've been using up in September (a lot more than last month!)

*productsample I love NUXE's Nuxuriance Ultra Lux Body Cream 30ml which is a deeply nourishing treat for the body. See my review HERE. I've just opened a full size pot.

From No Secrets is their decadent Bath Jelly 15ml which came in my July Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box. I loved this delicious aromatherapy scented treat. Unsure if I'd buy as they are quite expensive - lovely to try though!

I've totally loved every Austin Austin product I've tried. I just loved their Neroli Petitgrain Body Cream 120ml which I reviewed HERE. Would definitely buy again when my stash reduces a bit.

I loved Evolve's Multi Peptide 360 Moisture Cream 60ml* which I reviewed HERE. Another one that's on the wishlist for when my stash reduces.

I also loved Casa Mencarelli's deliciously scented Acqua di Miele Honey & Orange Toner 100ml* which I reviewed HERE. It was gorgeous and one I'm also adding to my wishlist.

Zenon Kition's Floral Beauty Mist came in last July's Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box. It was a delight and I definitely need to explore the range more.

I'm currently using up the last of my Sisley samples when I subscribed to their monthly sample box. This Eye & Lip Make Up Remover (15ml) was nice to try but not one I'd buy.

From Madara is their Infusion Blanc Jasmine & Meadowsweet Soap which I loved. So much so I've picked up another bottle! It has a slightly floral scent and a rich creamy texture.

I loved these Phyto Color Shampoo & Mask sachets (both 10ml) which were from Feel Unique's pick n mix sample selection. I loved them so much I rushed out and bought full sizes. Also in sachet sample size is Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin Brightening Eye Cream 3ml which I really loved - the little sachet gave me numerous tries (and yes, it's one I'd love full size!) I've had a few of the Ayumi sachets and their Turmeric & Bergamot Face Wash (5ml) is one of my favourites from the range (I've since bought full size). The final sachet sample is by Lavera and their Re-energising Sleeping Cream 1ml which was too tiny a sample to get a real feel for the product.

I adore the scent of Sol de Janeiro's Brazillian Bum Bum Cream 75ml so sure to pick it up again (I think I was gifted this one by a friend). It's got a delicious creamy vanilla scent and a buttery texture which melts instantly onto the skin.

I love Molton Brown's Festive Frankincense & Allspice Hand Wash 300ml which I stock up on in the sales (I've still got one to crack open from last year!) See my review HERE.

D'Alchemy Intense Skin Repair Oil 5ml* which I loved. I'm a huge fan of this brand and I'd definitely replenish this when my stash reduces a bit. See my review HERE.

I love beautiful Awake Organics and loved using these two beauties - Frankin-Sense Divine Face Serum* & Citrus+Hemp Clearing Face Serum* - see my reviews HERE. Again, these were really lovely to use and I'd buy when my serum stash reduces.

From bodhi & birch I used up two of their travel minis (which are perfect for holidays) - the Lemon Water Hydrosol Tonic (50ml) lasted over two weeks. See my review HERE. I've just cracked open a new one! I also loved beautiful Neroli Luce Face Oil mini (review to come).

What have you been using up this month?

Monday, 23 September 2019

Clarins Super Restorative Rose Radiance Cream

I'd received a sample tube of Clarin's Super Restorative Rose Radiance Cream as a Feel Unique pick 'n' mix sample and fell in love. It's suitable for all skin types and has a delicious rose scent and a rich creamy texture (£74 - 50ml). I asked my folks to pick it up for me in Jersey (Chanel Islands) as they're VAT free!

Clarins say: "A new radiance-boosting, beauty-enhancing cream addition to the Super Restorative Collection, designed for skin experiencing age-related hormonal changes. ClarinsLaboratories have combined the most effective radiance-boosters and expert plant ingredients to replenish, exfoliate and beautify the skin and day after day revive its natural, rosy radiance. Clarins has combined three expert ingredients for their radiance-boosting properties to deliver the three dimensions of radiance: luminous complexion, even skin tone and a smooth skin texture. Combines seven plant extracts to revive skin's youth and radiance. A unique texture that is easily absorbed to leave skin immediately more luminous".

To use: apply to the face and neck after cleansing.

I've really been enjoying this rose scented cream which deeply nourishes and cares for the skin (and yes, the rose scent is to die for!) I also found my skin looks more radiant and hydrated after use. And yes, I'd buy it again!  

What's your favourites from Clarins?

Sunday, 22 September 2019

*Love Lula: Clockface Beauty Massage Oil with Vetiver & Patchouli

*productsample sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. I'm a huge fan of Clockface Beauty's Hand & Cuticle Oil Roll on with Frankincense & Rose Otto (REVIEW) so knew I'd be in for a treat with their Massage Oil with Vetiver & Patchouli* (£25 - 30ml) which is a warming and comforting blend. It is definitely in the "treat yourself" category. 

The massage oil comes in a dropper bottle inside a fairly large cardboard box (I'd ditch the box).  The oil can be used for massage, as a body oil or as a bath oil (I do love a multi-use product!). It's expertly and lovingly blended to help aid rest, relaxation and recovery and is a formulation of 7 natural and organic essential oils.  Vetiver, Patchouli and Lavender promote healing and wellbeing for both the body and mind and it really is a luxurious treat for the skin and senses.

It's suitable for all skin types, contains 100% natural ingredients, is 99% organic. It does contain Sweet Almond Oil so isn't suitable for those with a nut allergy. 

To use - for massage, as a body oil or adding a few drops to your bath water.

I've really enjoyed using this luxurious massage oil which smells heavenly, melts instantly onto the skin, nourishing and nurturing it. What are your favourites from Clockface Beauty?

Saturday, 21 September 2019

Naturisimo: Beautifully Organic Discovery Box

I missed the last Naturisimo Discovery Box due to being on holiday so instantly snatched up the latest one (which is now out of stock). It's worth £102 and costed £17.95 so I knew I'd definitely have to pick it up.

The two items inside the box which really piqued my interest was absolution La Brume Systemique Face Mist, 125ml (which is worth £31!) The second, is Dr Alkaitis Organic Nourishing Treatment Oil, 30ml (which always has been a brand out of my price range). I'm so looking forward to trying this pair - reviews to come!

Also inside is:

Green People Vita Min Fix 24 Hour Cream, 30ml
Evolve Superfood Shine Shampoo, 50ml
Dr Hauschka Soothing Cleansing Milk, 10ml
Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil, 5ml
Bamford Refining Exfoliator, 3ml
Bamford Balancing Tonic, 3ml
Odylique Avocado 24 Hour Replenishing Cream, 1.5ml
Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm, 15g

Did you pick a box up?

Thursday, 19 September 2019

*Laidbare In Safe Hands Sunflower Hand Cream

#productsample I received Laidbare's In Safe Hands Sunflower Hand Cream* (50ml - £6.99) in my August* Love Lula Beauty Box (my post contains one affiliate link, and as ever my review is honest).

I've tried products from this lovely, quirky, affordable and effective UK brand before - my all time favourite being their delectable Butter Me Up which is an absolute luscious treat for the body (jasmine scented). See my review HERE.

The hand cream is intensely nourishing and perfect to use on dry hardworking hands as it absorbs instantly leaving the hand and nails feeling cared for and comfortable (and never greasy). The hand cream has a pleasant slightly herbal scent. 

Formulated with nourishing Shea Butter, moisturising Sunflower oil with strengthening and rejuvenating Vitamin C. To use: as often as required (you can also use it on your feet too - as you'll know I love a multi-use product!) 

What are your favourites from the brand?

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

*Laouta: Dark Resin All Natural Soy Wax Wood Wick Candle

*sent to me free of charge as a Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program member. All thoughts are genuine (there are no affiliate links). I've been trying Laouta's newest launch - their All Natural Soy Wax Wood Wick Candle in Dark Resin (£25 - 200g)* which is made with 100% Eco Soy Wax.

The candle comes presented in a recyclable box and the candle within is in a rustic handmade ceramic pot with a wooden wick which gives a nice crackling noise when burning. (there is a circle on the pot above the Laouta branding which I'm not sure is meant to be there or not! For me it spoils the look of the candle). The rim also has some black marks on it which for me, would make it a no-no for gifting.

The candle does look nice when burning.

I didn't find that there was much a throw with the scent (nor, for me did it smell of dark resin). The scent was more citrus/floral - I was expecting amber, patchouli and woods - so that's disappointing too. I also found it tunnelled rather than burning smoothly.

So, in summary unfortunately the candle is not for me - I prefer ones with a huge throw (and which smell of the scent you are expecting). I do however love Laouta's Beach Body Oil* and Repair Hair Oil* (see my review HERE). What's your favourites from the brand?

Monday, 16 September 2019

UpCircle Beauty: You Brew-ty Pamper Kit + Chai Soap Double Trouble

UpCircle Beauty formerly known at Optait (I loved their Coffee Body Scrub with Peppermint, and I'm relived to see it's still there!) have had a revamp and name change (and I'm loving the new packaging and name!)

I recently bought You Brew-ty Pamper Kit (£5.99) which is the perfect try me size/for travel and Chai Soap Double Trouble (which is currently reduced from £13.98 to £9.99).

Inside the pamper kit is sample sizes of the Body Scrubs, the Face Scrubs and the Face Serum (8g x Body Scrub - Peppermint, Lemongrass & Tangerine, 8g x Face Scrub - Floral, Herbal, Citrus plus 2ml sachet of Organic Face Serum).

Obviously I adore the Peppermint Body Scrub but the star of the pack was for me the new Award Winning Organic Face Serum with Coffee Oil which gave my skin a beautiful nourishing glow! Full size is of course on the wishlist!

The soaps are creamy, spicy and gently exfoliating (and did I say, their scents are incredible - chai and herbal tea springs to mind - they are of course made with residual chai spices) The soaps are long lasting and keep their shape, are 100% natural and suitable for use on the face and body.

I've been loving what I've recently tried. What are your favourites from UpCircle Beauty?

Sunday, 15 September 2019

Shopping my Stash #108

*productsamples Here's what I've been trying this week:

I ventured into the Japanfusion Skincare line in my last Beauty Pie order. I picked the much-raved Japanfusion Pure Transforming Cleanser (100ml - typical price £25, members pay £5.86). I'm sort of on the fence as I'm not loving it as much as the Jeju Daily Multi-Phase Purifying Cleansing Milk.

Spotted on instagram is new to me brand Wild Natural Deodorant. I picked up their Lemon+Thyme deodorant (£10) which I'm really enjoying using - again, a review will be forthcoming!

My husband gifted me the much longed for and lusted Tom Daxon 13 Vial Complete Collection for my birthday this year. You can see my review HERE. They were all gorgeous to try but the two which made my heart really sing were Resin Sacra & Sicilian Wood (both of which are on my wishlist for full sizes!)

*I was very kindly sent two of NAKIN's products recently for review. I've been putting their Natural Anti-Ageing Eye Cream (15ml - £18) through its paces and been thoroughly enjoying it. Again, a review is forthcoming.

I totally fell head-over-heels for lovely award winning *BRUNS Products, a range of which I tested out and judged as a Beauty Shortlist Judge last year. You can see which products I adored which won awards HERE. I totally loved BRUN's Award Winning Tangy Mint Harsuffle (200ml - SEK279 - approx £24) which tames frizz, smoothes and protects the hair pre/post blow drying and which has a glorious minty scent. I definitely want to explore this brand more!

My final item is Neom's Scent to Sleep Nourish, Breath & Sleep Hand Balm which I picked up in a double set with the Day variety HERE. I love using this luscious rich balm before bed to calm and relax.

What have you been reaching for this week?

Saturday, 14 September 2019

*Love Lula Beauty Box: September 2019

*productsample Love Lula's September Beauty Box is worth £65 and contains a range of products I'm looking forward to using (some of which, I've used before!) As ever there's a code for a very generous discount of 25% for any of the brands in the box.

Inside this month are 4 full sizes!

From Madara there is their Infusion Vert Body Cream (200ml - £17) which is a lovely addition to this month's box.  It's got a beautiful lemon/herbal scent. I reviewed the matching hand cream* and body oil* HERE - I loved them so I'm looking forward to testing out the body cream.

I've tried Kathleen Natural's Tranquil Fields Bubble Bath (150ml - £18) before in last September's Skin Organic's Clean Beauty Box. I absolutely adore the matching Body Oil.

I'm still on the lookout for the perfect natural mascara so was over-the-moon to see Emani Vegan Cosmetics Soy Mascara in Midnight (10ml - £18) nestling in the box this month. It acts as both a mascara and lash treatment and I'm looking forward to trying it out.

From Balm Balm is their newest launch, Little Miracle Cleanser (30ml - £12) which I'm looking forward to testing out (I love affordable and effective Balm Balm). This nourishing cleanser will make short work of make up and daily grime leaving the skin feeling clean and comfortable.

The final item (in this great box) is a sachet of Urban Veda's Rose+Botanics Reviving Body Wash 10ml (which you can find in the sample selection for 25p - you can choose up to 5 samples (minimal charge) with a £10+ order.

Are you a subscriber? What are your thoughts on the contents this month?

Friday, 13 September 2019

Latest in Beauty: Balance - The Night-Time Edit

I couldn't resist Latest in Beauty's Balance - The Night-Time Edit box (which cost £33 for monthly members, £38 for non-members) in collaboration with Balance. The box is worth over £145! The product which initially caught my eye was Jurlique's new Limited Edition, Fragrant Rose Hand Cream (100ml - £29), a glorious and indulgent rosy cream - review to come!  

There are also 15 other items nestled within.  Pick yours up HERE (while stocks last).  There are of course some items which are not to my taste (and these will be passed on).

It's absolutely packed full!

From pukka is a box of their Night Time Organic Herbal Tea (20 tea bags - £2.59) which is a blend of organic oat flower, lime flower and lavender to help you unwind before bed. Happy to give these a try!

From Puressentiel there's a trial size spray (20ml) of their Rest & Relax Air Spray which calms and relaxes before bed. It contains 12 essential oils to comfort and calm. It's got a gorgeous lavender based aroma.

I've used Tisserand's effective Sleep Better Pulse Point roll-on before (10ml - £6.25) and found it to be a useful aid to ease restful sleep. 

I adore Dr Teal's and have used their super soothing Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution Soothe & Sleep with Lavender before (1lb bag).  You can buy at Boots & Superdrug.

Huge fan of both This Works Sleep Plus Pillow Spray (mini) (there's also a code for 15% off you next purchase) and Weleda's Lavender Relaxing Body Oil (10ml).

I'm already a fan of Patchology and inside is their Down Time Moodpatch Eye Gel (single use - £3.20) which help to soothe and smooth the undereye area.

From Dr Botanicals is their Pomegranate Sleeping Mask (30ml - £9.90) which I've used before. It'll hydrate and nourish your skin while you sleep.

I'd just been talking about taking more magnesium so these Link Nutrition Magnesium Food Based Mineral Natural Health Supplements (£15.95 for 30 capsules) couldn't have come at a better time. The supplement encourages relaxation and regulates the body's stress response system. They also offer a 15% off your next purchase code.

I'm already a fan of Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Beauty Balm and inside is a 15g pot (£12). It's a one-pot-wonder suitable for all skin types enriched with provitamin A, Vitamin E and rosehip seed oil. It'll nourish and make the skin glow (they also offer a code for £10 off if you spend £30).

There's a 30 day free trial of Calm App with over 100 guided meditations, sleep stories and music to reduce stress and anxiety, calming the mind and body before sleep.

From Guinot their is a 15ml of the Gommage Biologic Exfoliating Gel which gently exfoliates the skin activating cellular regeneration.

And the star of the box - Jurlique's Limited Edition Fragrant Rose Hand Cream (100ml - £29) which is divine. Jurlique are offering 15% off your next purchase.

Moving on to the final items in the box..

I simply adore the self-heating eye masks from Spacemasks and was super pleased to see one in the box. There's also a hair mask from L'Oreal - Botanicals Fresh Care Arnica Repairing Mask (£2.99) and GLOV Make up Remover ECO (a re-usable make up removing glove).

It's a great box and review will follow for some of the items. Did you pick one up?

Thursday, 12 September 2019

*Live in the Light - AnnMarie Gianni Palo Santo Body Butter

*productsample I was very kindly sent a full size pot of one of the most exquisite body care product I've ever used by Live in the Light recently - AnnMarie Gianni Palo Santo Body Butter (200ml - £69.50) which truly is heaven in a jar! It's decadent, rich and luxurious and almost good enough to eat!

The Body Butter is formulated with Shea and Cocoa butters which soften and nourish, kukui and macadamia moisturise while hand selected essential oils of palo santo, cardamon, vetiver, nutmeg and pink peppercorn give the butter it's glorious and exotic scent - it really is incredible and unlike anything I've used before.

The texture of the body butter is meltingly thick and luscious and it absorbs instantly onto warm skin. It's truly a seriously pampering treat for the body and soul - it helps the body and mind to relax and unwind. 

To use: apply a small amount with your fingertips massaging until the body butter is absorbed.

As you'll probably have guessed I'm totally in love with it! And of course has a place in my top products of '19. Pick yours up HERE.