Monday, 20 October 2014

Blue Labelle:Body Oil with Ylang Ylang & Frankincense & Hand Oil with Rosemary

I recently tried Blue Labelle's gorgeous Argan & Sea Buckthorn Face Oil* - see my review here*.  

My readers are offered a very generous 20% off until the end of October using code bbalm20% on any Blue Labelle purchases (if order is under £15 P&P will be £1.95). I took advantage of this generous offer and treated myself to Body Oil with Ylang Ylang & Frankincense 100ml and Hand Oil with Rosemary 10ml.

The body oil is super luxe and smells gorgeous! Scented with Ylang Ylang, Frankincense and Lavender along with Peach Kernel Oil and Rosehip Oil. It absorbs quickly leaving the skin hydrated, soothed, pampered and delicately scented.  This is one of my favourite body oils this year.

Ingredients: Prunus persica (peach) kernel oil, Rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) oil, Cananga odorata (ylang ylang) oil, Boswellia carterii (frankincense) oil, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) oil, Limonene*, Benzyl alcohol*, Benzyl salicylate*, Benzyl cinnamate*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Eugenol*, Farnesol*, Isoeugenol*.
*natural constituents of essential oils.

Hand Oil with Rosemary is a rich oil which is great for dry and chapped hands. Deeply aromatic is leaves the hands feeling soft, nourished and sweet smelling. This smaller bottle contains enough oil for 2 months use making it great value for money. The oil can also be used on your feet for extra pampering.

Ingredients: Prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil**, Oenothera biennis (evening primrose) oil, Rosa rubginosa (rosehip) oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oil, Pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil, Cymbopogon martinii (palmarosa) oil, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citral*, Citronellol, Geraniol*, Farnesol*, Citronellol*, Linalool*, Eugenol*. *natural essential oil constituents. ** organic

With each purchase you can collect Labelle Rewards - create an account and for each £1 you spend you'll receive a point.  Each point is worth 5p so if you spend £30 you will receive 30 points meaning you'll have £1.50 off your next order.

What's your favourite Blue Labelle product?

*PR samples

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Souk Souk October Beauty Box

My October Souk Souk Beauty box arrived yesterday and I'm pleased to say it is jam packed with brands mostly I've not tried before.

So what's inside:

Betty Hula Champagne & Spice Body Moisturising Cream 120ml (£12.99) - this is a full size product. I've heard of this brand but the two items included in the box are my first tries.  The cream has a super sweet scent and feels moisturising on the skin.  The second Betty Hula item is a sample of The Secret Wonder Oil which is packed full of good things for the skin. Use it overnight and wake up to rejuvenated and radiant skin.

Lucy's Lotions Vitamin E & Grapefruit Lip Balm 30ml (£6.50) - this rather wonderful full size lip balm (it's in a huge pot!) is from a brand I've not heard of before! It is stuffed full of butters and oils and scented with grapefruit. It feels great on the lips. Love!  I've just treated myself to the whole range!

AFYNA Daily Purifying Cream Cleanser 30ml (£7.50)- I've heard of this brand but this is the first time I've tried anything. A gentle cleanser which is packed full of good things for the skin. Love the packaging too.

Ville De Fleurs Shea Butter 8ml (£4.99) - this butter comes in a cute little tin. It is perfect for dry areas of skin and hair. Love!

The box extra is Hifas da Terra Mico-Serum sachets - I tried this serum recently and although a nice product I didn't like the scent.  See my review here.

A great box I think. What are your thoughts?

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Highland Soap Co: Gardeners Soap & Organic Hand Cream

My friend Julie brought me this little set home from her holidays on Barra in the summer. It's the perfect set for gardeners and great to use after a weekend spent at the plot.

The set comes in a cute little re-usable jute gift bag. 

I haven't previously used anything from the Highland Soap Co which is a family run company based in the Scottish Highlands.  Products are hand made in their workshop in Lochaber. Using fresh and local ingredients soaps take four weeks to cure and are made in small batches. The soaps are SLS free and the lotions and creams don't contain any parabens. Packaging is recyclable and all products are suitable for Vegetarians.

Gardeners Hand Soap (190g) - this is the perfect soap to rid your hands of dirt and grime after working in the garden.  It contains organic Nettle Leaf extract, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree essential oils which are antiseptic and help to heal.  The soap also contains wild nettle leaves and pumice to exfoliate and remove ground in dirt.  It leaves the hands clean and soft.

Gardeners Hand Cream (120ml) - a deliciously scented hand cream which deeply moisturises the hands.  The cream is made with Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Lavender, Chamomile, Nettle, Olive Oil and Aloe Vera.  The cream soothes and nourishes.

The perfect pampering duo to use after being at the veggie plot.

Have you used any products from the Highland Soap Co?

Friday, 17 October 2014

a beautiful world - A/W Sampler Box 14

My a beautiful world A/W Sampler box arrived yesterday. It is stuffed full of lots of fab products and it came with a branded pink bag.

MuLondon Organic Fragrance Free Foaming Face Wash - I've tried a couple of the other products from this brand and loved them.  I'll use this in my morning shower.

A 28g trial size of Valia's Purifying Wash which is suitable for all skin types. I'm super pleased to see this in the box as this product was on my "to try" list.

BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Peel 7.5ml sample - I've been wanting to try something from this brand since it's launch!  

Josh Rosebrook Deep Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner - these minis are ideal for travel/try me size. Looking forward to using them. A review will follow!

SW Basics Exfoliant - this is a full size item 118ml and worth £18! I'm a fan of the brand but have not tried this particular product before.

The Body Deli Creme de la Rose 10ml pot - I've wanted to try this super luxe cream like forever! Really pleased to see this sample in my box. 

Konjac French Pink Clay Sponge - I've tried these sponges before but not this variety.  The final item is a polish by Intensae a five-free lacquer in Marnie which is a bright red shade.

Did you get the box? What items did you receive?

Fuller reviews will follow.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Review: Hifas da Terra

Spanish company, Hifas da Terra recently contacted me to see if I'd like to try some of their products which are made using a variety of organic mushrooms. I'd received their micro soap in August's Souk Souk Beauty Box.

A family company the products are produced with love and care. Mushrooms are great for the immune system and have a high concentration of amino acids, polysaccharides, protein, minerals, vitamins and enzymes.  The ranges available include: gourmet foods, supplements, serum, soaps, massage candles and delicious chocolate!

I was sent some sachets of Mico-Serum* (£68 - 50ml) which is an anti-ageing serum made from reishi and codyceps extracts. It is stuffed full of good things for the skin and it rejuvenates, brightens, repairs and protects the skin. Use AM and PM.  This brightens the skin and you can feel it firming the skin as soon as you apply but I'm not in love with the earthy type scent (so this is an item I wouldn't personally purchase).

Mico-Soap Sponge* (£14) is one of the most unusual body products I've ever used! The wool sponge is made from Xisqueta sheep's wool and contains a bar of soap made with reishi and honey.  It exfoliates and cleans the skin. Moisten the sponge with warm water before massaging it over the body.

Mico-Massage Relax* (£28 - 100ml) - use this candle for massage. Burn for 5 minutes (no longer than 15 minutes) and pour the melted oils into your palm before using for massage or as a body oil.  This has a rich and aromatic floral scent and is made with reishi extract, shea butter and vegetable oils.  Helps to relax and destress and leaves the skin feeling comfortable and super nourished. This is my favourite item.

I was also sent a bar of delicious chocolate*.  Have you tried anything from Hifas da Terra?

*PR samples

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Melt Love Candle

I had the great pleasure of visiting the Melt shop in the summertime and of course I couldn't leave without buying a candle.  

The shop also sells a wide range of other things: reed diffusers, skincare, perfumes, bags and accessories.

I've tried melt candles before - see my review of their Verbena & Clary Sage candle* here.

I chose a mini Love Room Scenter (£8.95) which burns for 25 hours. It fills the room with an incredible rose scent.  It is a rose lover's perfect candle as it contains notes of Rose Bulgaria, Rose Geranium, Rose Absolute Maroc, Bois de Rose, Turkish Rose Oil and Violet.

I've been burning it alongside MIMI & ME Tea Rose candle* and Jo Malone Red Roses Candle which makes for a gorgeous and intensely rose scented room!

What candles are you burning right now?  What's your favourite scents?

*PR samples

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Shopping my Stash #58

Here's what I've been reaching for lately:

Maddi Alexander Rose Beauty Balm 15ml - a super rich and deliciously scented multi-purpose balm which I've been using on dry elbows, knees, hands and to tame flyaways.  See my review here.

LJ's Natural Solutions Double Minty Organic Foot Lotion 50ml - this rich and easily absorbed foot lotion came in my Beauty Box.  It leaves the feet feeling moisturised, cared for and smelling minty.  Love!

Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum 30ml - this came in Love Lula's amazing September Beauty Box. I simply adore this super luxe serum.  It smells gorgeous and leaves the skin looking radiant and rejuvenated. I'll buy when it runs out!

LJ's Natural Solutions Balancing Organic Face Moisturiser and Aloe Seaweed Eye Gel samples - again these two samples came in my beauty box in The Little Bag of Loveliness. The moisturiser is suitable for all skin types and smells gorgeous! It contains geranium & Roman chamomile essential oils and leaves the skin nourished and cared for. The eye gel is cooling and refreshing and helps to tend to tired and puffy eyes.

Dr Organic Manuka Honey Cuticle & Nail Solution 15ml - huge Dr Organic fan and this is lovely to use. Leaves the area around the cuticles deeply moisturised.

What products have you been reaching for lately?

Monday, 13 October 2014

Eminence Organic Skincare: The Rose Collection

I have been looking for an Eminence Organic Skincare UK stockist like forever! I was pleased to find one via an article in InStyle magazine. I browsed the site and treated myself to the very gorgeous Rose Collection (£50 plus P&P).  Delivery was quick within a couple of days.

The award winning brand is made using organic and natural ingredients grown in Hungary. Products are free from parabens, SLS, propylene glycol, mineral oil, artificial dyes and perfumes.

The set comes in a handcrafted wooden tube and each product contains a few weeks supply (although I think the serum will last longer) - so great try me size or to take on holiday.  The set consists of trial sizes and one full size - Couperose-C Serum which is worth £33.

The pots are all 1/2 oz (15ml)

Sweet Red Rose Cleanser - a light milk which smells intensely rosey. It is suitable for normal/combination skin and can be used AM and PM.  Place a small amount of cleanser in palm add a little water to emulsify and apply to the skin massaging in circular motions. Remove with a damp warm muslin cloth.  This is gorgeous. It leaves the skin feeling clean yet hydrated.  Love!

Rosehip & Maize Exfoliating Masque - this has a fruity scent and gently exfoliates the skin.  Suitable for all skin types.  Apply as you would a mask, leave to dry for 5-10 minutes and then remove with a warmed muslin cloth, gently scrubbing off the mask as you go.

Sweet Red Rose Treatment Masque - this looks like jam! It has rich red rose scent and is gentle enough to use every day. It is suitable for normal, dry and sensitive skin types.  To use: apply a small amount to your palm and use a few drops of water to emulsify. Leave on 5-10 minutes before rinsing.

Rosehip Whip Moisturizer - this is a light and fruity moisturiser which is suitable for normal/oily and sensitive skin.  Again emulsify a small amount in your hand with a few drops of water and apply to the face and neck.  It soothes and hydrates the skin.

Sweet Red Rose Whip Moisturizer - this is a rich cream which smells deeply of roses. It is great for mature skin types as it rejuvenates and leaves the skin looking radiant and renewed.  This is a best seller which hydrates and softens the skin.

Couperose C Serum - this serum is especially good for sensitive, reactive, oily, dehydrated and dry skin types. It has a base of rosehip oil with lavender and peppermint which gives it a minty herbal scent. It absorbs quickly and leaves the skin hydrated as well as helping to smooth out lines and wrinkles. Can be used AM and PM.

I've been enjoying using the collection and I'll update you as to my thoughts when I finish each product. There's definitely a few more I'd like to try from the range.

Have you tried any Eminence Organic Skincare products?

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Trilogy Jua Natural Perfume

Just before my London trip I picked up Trilogy's Jua Natural Perfume at Love Lula

A Limited Edition perfume which comes in a roll on bottle and costs £13.50 for 7.5ml making it a great gift/treat.

From each perfume sold Trilogy are donating to the charity So They Can, which educates and empowers African Communities.  The scent uses hand pressed sunflower oil produced by one of So They Can's social business projects.

This 100% natural perfume has a lovely light scent. Using sunflower oil as its base and inspired by Africa's lush natural environment the perfume was developed with New Zealand based perfumer Yves Dombrowsky.

Top Notes: bergamot, rose, freesia
Middle Notes: apricot, frankincense, mint
Base Notes: cedar wood bark, vetyver, vanilla

It is quite a light scent and I do need to apply it often throughout the day but I love the light floral and warming notes on the skin.  

Have you tried this scent?

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Love Lula Beauty Box - October

This month's Love Lula beauty box is jam packed!  

Here goes:

bodhi & birch Jasmine Falls Relaxing Bath & Shower Therapy 50ml - as you'll know I'm a huge bodhi & birch fan. See my review of this here.

Yes to Carrots Gentle Cleansing Wipes 10 wipes - I do sometimes use facial wipes (especially after a night out or on holiday). I recently tried the Yes to Blueberries wipes so looking forward to trying these ones out.

Green People Soft Buff Skin Exfoliator (review coming up on this shortly), Gentle Cleanse & Make up Remover (review) and two sachets of Purify & Hydrate Cream Cleanser & Line Eraser Lip & Eye.

Inika Organic Eyeliner in Black Caviar - a glide on and highly pigmented eyeliner with handy sharpner in the lid.

Dr Lipp Original Lip Balm mini - tried this a few times and handy size to pop in your handbag. 

John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Hair Milk sachet - tried this before and love it.  See my review here.

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

Friday, 10 October 2014

Portland Bee Balm

Brand & Anika, founders of Portland Bee Balm have kept bees for a few years now and are based in Portland, Oregon. Brad's love of beekeeping and the honeybees turned a backyard hobby into a business. Brad also makes the unique wooden display units for the balms.

The balms ($2.99 approx £1.85) are super cute. The labels are designed and made by small local businesses. They are made from non-pulped wood and the ink is soy based  The balms are made with high quality ingredients - beeswax from local hives, organic coconut and olive oils and Oregon Peppermint oil (or unscented).  

The lips feeling soft and nourished with a hint of gloss.  Wear alone or with lipstick.  See the online shop here.

Brand & Anika have some ideas you can follow to help bees thrive:

buy local honey
buy sustainably produced foods & products
plant a garden with lots of flowers
use organic gardening methods
keep your own bees

*PR samples

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Petit Vour x Logical Harmony - Beauty & the Box

I was excited to receive my Petit Vour beauty box* which is co-curated this month with Tashina @logicalharmony.

Root Science Skincare Pure Balance Daily Facial Moisturizer for Normal/Combination Skin Types 6ml - this contains cold pressed oils which are stuffed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This is the item I'm most excited by in the box.  This serum is "designed to lullaby your skin into a permanent state of bliss" - sounds good to me! It soothes and heals leaving your skin glowing and healthy. Can't wait to try!  Full size retails at $80 (just under £50) for 30ml. 

Ellovi Tinted Lip Butter $5 (£3) - this lip butter contains only 6 ingredients and is tinted with alkanet which is the red root from a Mediterranean flower. Super moisturising and it leaves a pretty and noticeable wash of colour. 

The other two products included in the box I've tried before.  These are:

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-in-Conditioner $13.20 (approx £8) - I love this lightweight conditioner.  See it feature in my Summer Saviours here.

Lily Lolo Mineral Eyeshadow Vanilla Shimmer Eye Shadow $12 (approx £7) - again huge fan of these gorgeous eyeshadows and this is a really pretty shade.

The box costs $30 (approx £18) a month for shipping to the UK.  Find out more here.

What do you think of the contents this month?

*PR sample

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Bee Good Christmas: Bee Pampered Gift Set

Bee Good are bringing out this cute little "Bee Pampered" Gift Set* for Christmas (will be available to buy this month!)

Costing only £20 it is the perfect gift for aunties, mums, teachers and friends. As well as containing two gorgeous Bee Good products it also contains delicious iced biscuits from Little Bee Bakery.

The box features Honey, Borage & Echium Intensive Hand Repair 50ml* which is one of my favourite intensive hand creams.  See my review here and Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm 10ml* which deeply moisturises the lips leaving them glossy and sweetly scented.  See my review here.

This is one of my favourite Christmas gift boxes so far!

*PR sample

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

YOU Beauty Discovery Box - Handbag Heroes - October

This month I picked:

Spiezia's Facial Cleanser 10ml (worth approx £5) - this is a much loved cleanser of mine and I always have a full size pot in my stash (this one's going in my travel bag). See my review here.

Crystal Clear Intense Anti-Ageing Serum 30ml (which is worth a whopping £29.99) - a powerful anti-ageing complex which contains high levels of proven actives to help repair and firm skin. Review will follow!

The extras this month:

A bottle of Gold Collagen which is an anti-ageing beauty supplement and a sachet of Cowshed's latest launch - Anti-Ageing Perfecting Night Serum.

Sign up here and pay only £6.95 a month including P&P.

Did you get the box? What did you chose this month?

Monday, 6 October 2014

Brummells of London: Samples

Brummells of London offer a great sample service. You can choose up to five samples (varying costs although none are more than £2) and if you set up an account you can join their Exquisitely Loyal scheme.  

For every pound you spend on samples you will collect £1 worth of points to spend on your next order.  There is also a huge range of full size products available.

Samples I think are a fantastic way to try before you buy.  Here's what I chose:

Czech & Speake Rose Cologne 1ml - this has a true rosey scent. Bourbon rose with geranium, mimosa, ylang ylang and patchouli. Full size now on the wishlist!

Hotel Costes No.1 Bath Flakes 10g - I've wanted to try these like forever! The flakes give a gentle foam and are scented with the Hotel Costes signature scent.

Sachajuan Color Save Shampoo 5ml and Hair Repair 5ml - I've yet to try this brand and am always on the lookout for new hair care.

Penhaligon's Juniper Sling EDT 1.5ml - this scent is inspired by London Dry Gin so I knew I'd have to try it!

What do you think of the samples I chose?  Have you used any of these products before?

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Cult Beauty: Purchases & Goody Bag

As I didn't buy anything when I was in London I decided to choose a few things online.  I noticed Cult Beauty were offering one of their amazing goody bags with a £75 spend.

Here's what I bought:

I've been wanting to buy Gorse EDT by Laboratory Perfumes like forever! Ever since I tried a sample via Roullier White's excellent sample service.  This is a huge 100ml bottle and it cost £55.  A review will follow!

I also picked up Lea Journo Hydra Riche Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner (both 90ml - £10 each) as I've been keen to try these for a while.

If your order is over £40 you can choose two sachets from a selection. I chose a couple by Sunday Riley.

Inside the goody bag (which includes 5 full size products):

Sachajuan Volume Shampoo 100ml
OCC Lip Tar in Anika (full size)
Miracle Skin Transformer Spotlight 3ml
3 Custom Color Eyeliner in Khaki Green (full size)
Mini Wet Brush
Mizon Cotton Shower Sheet Essence Mask (full size)
Julie Hewett Shimmy Face & Body Shimmer in Pinkie (full size)
Stila Lip Glaze in Pink Sugar (full size)
Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment 10g

Did you pick up this offer?  If you did let me know what you bought.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

London Trip

Last weekend (I can't believe it's been a whole week!) me and hubby had a long weekend in London.  It was primarily for David to watch his favourite team Miami Dolphins play at Wembley but we managed to fit in meeting friends, shopping, eating and drinking and generally spending lots of money!

As we were travelling light I didn't actually buy any beauty products but I sampled lots and now I have got a huge wishlist.  It was great to see and try products I normally can only buy online without testing first. 

We stayed at St James' Court Hotel for two nights. It was lovely and really central.

We ate lunch in the courtyard and David had a delicious spiced fish burger with sweet potato wedges.

I was super excited to meet Nardine (@Miss_Nardine), Sam (HoneyGoLightly) and Grace (all that slap).  Nardine came up to the hotel to meet us and show us the way to Grace Bar where we were meeting the others.

Nardine and me

me, Sam, Grace, Nardine

What a great night we had! So lovely to meet the girls.  Lots of cocktails, fizz, some food and chat.

Next day, we got up quite early to go look at the shops and stopped by - Content Beauty & Wellbeing (I loved it) Whole Foods MarketMiller Harris, Liberty and Fortnum & Mason to name a few.

in whole food market

Halloween goodies in Fortnum & Mason

We ate lunch at Mishkins (25 Catherine St, WC2B 5JS) It's a "kind-of Jewish deli" with cocktails.  I had a spiced negroni (delish) and a half brick lane salt beef sandwich. We shared a side of onion rings.  Would recommend!

We chose some Pierre Herme mararons at Selfridges and my favourites were Jasmine Tea and Passionfruit with chocolate.

We headed back to the hotel and had a Champagne Flight Experience which was three champagnes with matching canapes!  Was a really great experience and delicious.

David had booked dinner at Caxton Grill at St Ermin's Hotel which is a 5 minute walk from where we were staying.  The food was great and we both thoroughly enjoyed our dinner (next time it's definitely the tasting menu!)  My favourite course was the main which was Beef Fillet with garlic, barley and parmesan. 

Sunday saw us head to Wembley Stadium for the American Football. David's team Miami Dolphins were playing Oakland Raiders. There was a great atmosphere with over 83k in attendance and his team won!

Before boarding our flight home on Monday we had lunch at Plane Food, Gordon Ramsay's Restaurant at Terminal 5 at Heathrow.  I ate one of the best Chicken Caesar salads I've ever had and a super spicy Bloody Mary.

David had Cranahan with figs for pudding and it was super yummy. Who'd believe this amazing food is served at the airport!

All in all a great weekend and I can't wait to go back!