Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Marble & Milkweed Summer Get Away Kit

I picked up this cute little set from a beautiful world the other day.  They sold out within a few hours!  Keep your eyes peeled for the Autumn getaway kit which will be launched later this year.  It cost £26 with free P&P. I'm super pleased with all the trial size products in this carefully put together set.

Rose & Chamomile Cleansing Nectar 15ml - this is a gentle cleanser made with raw local honey, Organic Vegetable Glycerine, Chamomile and Bulgarian Rose Otto.  Suitable for dry, sensitive and mature skin types.

Rose & Tulsi Facial Tonic Spritz 10ml - An Organic Bulgarian Rose Otto and Organic Tulsi (Holy Basil) hydrosol which calms, nourishes and regenerates skin. Use as a toner or spritz throughout the day.

Summer Nourishing Body Oil 7.4ml (Limited Edition) - I'm a huge fan of the Nourishing Body Oil* - see my review here*.  I'm looking forward to trying the summer edition with Ylang Ylang, Pink Pepper, Jasmine and Wild Labdanum.

A piece of rose quartz - the Love stone - unconditional love which opens the heart chakra to all forms of love - self-love, romantic-love, family-love and platonic-love.  

Nourishing Facial Balm 8g - you can use this as a moisturiser or cleansing balm, for hands or dry patches of skin.  It's also great as a night cream and very gentle so suits most skin types.

An Organic Terry Cleansing Cloth - this is super soft.

Rosy Green Glow Elixir Tea (Limited Edition - enough for 5-6 cups) - contains Sencha green leaves, stoneground matcha powder and Bulgarian rose petals. An uplifting tea which is high in anti-oxidants. Can also be drunk chilled.

A Sweetgrass braid to softly scent your suitcase - the grass is lovingly cultivated on the eastern side of Washington State and has a scent reminiscent of Vanilla and new mown hay.

I'm really looking forward to trying everything and think this is a super cute mini set.  What are your thoughts? Did you pick one up?

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Petit Vour July Beauty Box: Summer Loves: Petit Vour + Logical Harmony

Petit Vour's July Beauty Box* is in association with Logical Harmony, a Vegan Lifestyle Blogger.  

The International Plan is $30 a month which is around £17 (this includes shipping.) Boxes are valued at $35-$45 a month (£20-£26ish) although the value is often more. 

LVX Nail Lacquer in Lolli ($16 - approx £9) - this is a pale pink shade. In the photo above it looks darker than it actually is - see below for a better colour likeness.  A perfect shade for summer fingers and toes.

Modern Minerals Mineral Eye Shadow ($12.50 - approx £7) - this is a really pretty bronze shade. I'm looking forward to trying it out.

schmidt's Lavender + Sage Natural Deodorant (full size $9 - approx £5) - this smells gorgeous! A natural deodorant which you apply using your fingertips after your bath or shower. I've used this twice so far and it has kept me fresh all day.

Pelle Beauty Face Oil sample size (full size $29.68 - approx £17) - I love face oils and I've never heard of this brand before.  I received "Luxe" which is anti-ageing and suitable for all skin types. Smells gorgeous - it contains Neroli & Jasmine essential oils.  Know I'm going to love this! edit: I do!

Did you receive this month's box? What are your thoughts on the contents?

*PR sample

Monday, 21 July 2014

Latest in Beauty: Hip & Healthy Summer Glow Box

I bought the last Hip & Healthy box from Latest in Beauty and loved it - see my post here.  The latest summer edition is now available to buy and you can pick it up here. It is fabulous and I can't wait to delve in!

The Hip & Healthy Summer Glow Box* is brought to us in association with Hip & Healthy magazine.  All the brands included in the box are offering discounts which are valid until either August or September - which is a nice extra and especially good if you fall in love with something included in the box.  There is also a recipe for a delicious sounding mocktail containing coconut water, pineapple, lime and fresh mint - yum!

The box costs £16.95 plus P&P and is worth over £100! 

The first thing that caught my eye was Inner Me's Daily 4 Me The Hectic Years 30+ - four supplements, vitamins and minerals which are taken daily to help support a hectic lifestyle and help hair, skin and nails be the best they can be.  Contained in the box is a month's supply. I'm looking forward to trying these.

Also included are a 7.5 day supply of Archeia Minerals for Hair, Skin & Nails. These supplements get good reviews so again I'm looking forward to trying them.

There is a beautiful Nailberry Nail Polish (15ml - Full size) in shade Groseille. These varnishes are free from Formaldehyde, Tolune, DBP and synthetic Camphor.

I'm a huge Nourish fan and excited to try their Golden Glow Toning Body Shimmer (2ml sample). I'm a huge fan of the version for the face - Illuminating Golden Glow Face Shimmer*.  The body shimmer is infused with gold resins and scented with neroli oil.  It leaves the skin with a golden glow as well as firming and toning.

Melvita Rose Extraordinary Water (25ml) is perfect for refreshing and toning the skin and smells deeply of roses.  It contains hyaluronic acid to soften and nourish the skin.  

James Read Sleep Mask Tan (25ml) - you put this moisturising self-tan on your face before going to sleep and in the morning wake up with a golden glow. I'm both intrigued and scared of this product! 

Green People Sun Lotion SPF15 with Tan Accelerator (20ml) - I've used this lotion before and it gave me a even and long-lasting tan.

Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (4.25g) - a 100% natural lip balm which contains beeswax and Vitamin E. 

Moa The Green Balm (15ml) - this multi-purpose balm is 100% organic and can be used on sunburn, eczema and dry patches of skin.  This is a great size to be included in the box.  Perfect to take on holiday.

Ohso Good for You Chocolate x 2 bars - Orange & No added sugar - I've tried these little chocolate bars which help to de-bloat and deliver good bacteria to your intestine before and thought they were delicious.

There are two Dragonfly Tea bags - huge tea fan so these are a welcome addition to the box.

Finally, a Salt Resort Wear voucher for £20 any purchase on their site - there is swimwear, accessories, footwear and candles available to buy.

Did you get this box?  Are you tempted?

*PR sample

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Bee Good Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm

I simply love this bee friendly brand. I'm a huge fan of their Honey, Borage & Echium Intensive Hand Repair* see my review here and the Honey & Wild Water Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water which featured in Shopping my Stash #53 - see here.

Bee Good's Vanilla & Honey Lip Balm* (10g - £4.75 or 3 for £10.50) is really lovely.

The packaging is simply gorgeous and I love how each parcel comes with a label which has wildflower seeds within it for helping to save the honeybees. I'll be planting this at my veggie plot.

The lip balm is rich and has a delicious vanilla scent. It super moisturises the lips leaving them shiny and nourished.  Apply as often as needed - this is in my handbag for use on the go.

It contains British Beeswax which protects, British Borage Oil which contains essential fatty acids, British Echium Oil to replenish and care for dry skin and Vitamin E.

Have you tried this lip balm? What's your favourite?

*PR sample

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Souk Souk July Beauty Box

My July Souk Souk arrived yesterday. Not as good value as last month (box costs £12 plus £2.95 P&P).  The contents work out at £15.50 but I'm pleased to say I'm looking forward to trying the products from both brands.

Included is a Holy Lama Hair Boon Gift Set worth £10 which contains four trial sizes. (I've not heard of this brand before - one of the reasons I love beauty boxes - to introduce me to unknown to me brands).  The packaging is super cute and unique and the products are natural, fairly traded and vegan friendly and a Tisserand Sweet Dreams Roller Ball 10ml which is worth £5.50.

The Holy Lama Set contains:

30ml Holy Lama Naturals Nalikera Shampoo, 30ml Holy Lama Naturals Hair Conditioner, 30ml Holy Lama Naturals Hair Oil and a cute 20g Holy Lama Naturals Yogi Soap which is packed in a handmade basket.  Full reviews will follow.  

The other item included this month is Tisserand Sweet Dreams Roller Ball which helps you to relax and get a good night's sleep. I struggle sleeping some nights so looking forward to testing this out.

I can't wait to try everything out.  Did you get the box this month? What are your thoughts?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Love Me Beauty Box - July Edition Menu 2

My July Love Me Beauty Beauty Box* arrived yesterday. I picked Menu 2 this month. Also included is one of my most favourite products...ever..and is not on the menu card - an extra product!

LASHEM Lash Enhancing Serum 2ml sample (full size £40 - 3.5ml) - this serum nourishes, conditions and you can expect longer lashes in two weeks! Apply a thin line of serum at the base of your eyelashes in one gentle continuous stroke. Use once a day. Looking forward to trying this out.

So Susan Flutter Mascara (full size - £14.95) - this is a new product to the So Susan line.  This black mascara is infused with hyaluronic spheres to achieve the darkest and curviest lashes possible. 

OFRA Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick in "Hollywood" (full size - £11.60) a brand I've not heard of before.  A hot pink shade which moisturises and is long lasting.

OFRA Pressed Eyeshadow in "Bliss" (full size - £8.80) - this is from the "Diamonds are Forever" palette collection. Gives a light shimmer of colour. Love the little mirror in the base. 

So Susan Dual Brow Powder (full size - £11.95) - create perfectly defined brows with these smudge proof powders. 

The Teashed 4am Tea (20 teabags - £3.50) - huge tea fan! This is a white tea which is low in caffeine. You can drink it at 4am and still be able to sleep. Great for the skin too as it contains loads of anti-oxidants.

Box Extra: Full size Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion (200ml - £15.95) - I simply adore this gorgeous body lotion. A fab extra! See my review here.

Love Me Beauty costs £10 plus P&P. Sign up here.

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

*PR sample

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Love Lula Haul

I came back from hols and spotted Love Lula's Clean Sweep Selection Box (£19.95 for seven items) and worth £39.50! I just had to snap it up!

KONJAC French Red Clay Vegetable Fibre Sponge (Full Size - £6.99) this sponge is suitable for dry and sensitive skin.  Leaves the skin clean and radiant.

Mitchell & Peach Luxury Shower Wash 50ml - huge fan of this luxe lavender scented shower gel.

La Claree Gentle Cleansing Milk trial size - not tried anything from this brand yet. It smells lovely.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser (30ml - £10.95) - excited to use this product again. I used it long before I was a blogger. Deliciously scented with lemongrass, it is a natural exfoliant which is suitable for most skin types. Looking forward to reacquainting myself with this one!

MOX Botanicals Bath Milk in Coconut & Vanilla Bean (£8) - I recently tried these giant teabags for the bath and loved them.  Looking forward to trying a different scent.  See my review here.

UrbanVeda Purifying Facial Polish 20ml - I've received this in various beauty boxes.  See my review here.

Gielly Green Hand & Body Wash (50ml  - £5) - a deliciously scented product. See my review here.

Love Lula also let you choose up to 3 samples per order of £10 or more.  See more details here.  As these were two separate orders I was able to pick up two lots of samples.

I also picked up John Masters Organics latest UK launch - Rose & Apricot Hair Milk (118ml - on special currently at £20) - this leave in conditioner smells gorgeous and I can't wait to try it out - full review to follow.

Have you had any splurges recently?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Overnight Essentials

I was away on holiday for a few nights and these are the skincare bits I took with me.  I actually managed to travel light!

Dr Organic Pomegranate Deodorant - my favourite deodorant. Thanks for the recommendation Evelyn! It is always in my stash as it just works and smells nice!

EVOLVh Ultrashine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner* - these came in the June Petit Vour box*. A perfect size for travel and they leave my hair clean, shiny and deeply moisturised. Love!

suti Rosewater Organic Facial Spritz - I simply adore this rosewater toner. See my review here. It refreshes, tones and calms the skin as well as smelling gorgeous. 

Dahliana Wildflower Youth Serum* - I've found my holy grail product. My skin simply loves this. See my review here. I'm onto my second bottle already. I also packed Dahliana's Overnight Fruit Lift Creme* which is simply amazing too. Full size of this is on my wishlist!

Therapi Honey Skincare Rose Otto Honey Moisturiser - I received this sample size in the fabulous Content Summer Wellbeing Collection. This moisturiser is one of the nicest I've ever used. I'm also loving the Rose Otto Honey Gel Cleanser.

Mitchell & Peach Luxury Shower Wash - huge fan of this Lavender scented rich body wash.

Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Anti-Wrinkle Eye & Lip Cream - I've been enjoying using this eye and lip cream I got this in a special Latest in Beauty Collection.  I've found it has plumped up the eye and lip area, reducing dark circles, tightening and smoothing. It's a keeper!

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Dry Oil - love this multi-use dry oil with it's delicious scent. Deeply moisturises the body, hair, dry patches, hands and feet. 

What are you packing for your holidays?

*PR samples

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Mel Millis Organic Phytonutrient Skincare

Last month's Souk Souk beauty box contained two Mel Millis products. I've been wanting to try this brand for ages especially after reading Ana's post.

Included in the box was sample sizes of Organic Neroli Hydrolate Mist Tonic (10ml - £5) and Organic Phytonutri Neroli & Baobab Re-Energising Face Oil (10ml - £7) 

Products are free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, Artificial Fragrances and Colours, Synthetic ingredients, Pthalates, TEA, DEA, Mineral Oil, Palm Oil and Alcohol.  

The luxe range is handmade in small batches in the UK with the purest and freshest ingredients being used.  I love that you can plant the boxes in your garden (the cardboard has wildflower seeds within) and help save the honeybees. Mine are already planted and if they grow I'll update with a pic.

Organic Neroli Hydrolate Mist Tonic (10ml - £5, 30ml - £15 and 50ml - £22) - I simply loved this tonic (and I've already used it up). Pure hydrolate is extracted during the distillation process of the essential oil. The tonic smells delicious. It rejuvenates and refreshes the skin - full size is already on the ever expanding wishlist!  Use after cleansing to help rebalance the skin or as a spritz throughout the day.  Suitable for all skin types.

Organic Phytonutri Neroli & Baobab Re-Energising Face Oil  (10ml - £7, 50ml - £38) - a luxe oil which contains Pumpkin, Baobab and Rosehip Oils with Neroli, Immortelle and Seabuckthorn which helps to stimulate collagen production and reduce inflammation. Helps to brighten and rejuvenate mature and dull skin.  Leaves the skin radiant, smooth, plumped and lifted.  Apply a couple of drops to slightly damp skin and massage in circular motions.

I really loved both of these products and am keen to try more from the range. Have you tried anything from Mel Millis before?

Monday, 14 July 2014

Summer Saviours

During this last week of hot and sunny weather (long may it continue) these are the products I've been reaching for time and time again.

Lumiere d'Opale* is a body oil which leaves the skin deeply moisturised with golden shimmering particles - great with a suntan! See my review here. Soleil Organique Sunblock Mist SPF45* this is a light mist which is easily absorbed, offers high SPF and smells gorgeous. See my review here.  Organic Surge Tropical Bergamot Shower Gel is light and fruity and perfect for summer time use and one of my favourite Organic Surge products. Yarok Feed your Ends & Feed your Youth* every Yarok product I've tried I've loved! FYE is perfect for light conditioning and FYY for deep conditioning and replenishing (review).  I've been using Healgel Intensive* on tender sun touched skin. See my review here.

What are your summer must-haves?

*PR samples

Sunday, 13 July 2014

SBC Vitamin ACE Day & Night Cream

SBC's Vitamin ACE Day & Night Cream (100ml - £29)* is rich but easily absorbed cream which can be used AM and PM after cleansing and toning. It recently launched on 1 June.

The cream contains Oxysomes brightening Vitamins C and refining E and it helps to firm, moisturise and add radiance to dull skin.

It contains Tomato Seed Oil which is rich in Omega 6, anti-oxidant Olive Oil, soothing Fennel Oil blended with Vitamin A.

To use: massage onto the face and neck for radiant and moisturised skin. Vitamin ACE Day & Night Cream has a fresh scent and absorbs quickly leaving the skin feeling comfortable and deeply moisturised.

Have you tried this cream?  What's your favourite SBC product?

*PR sample

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Summer Giveaway: St Eval Sea Salt Candle

I spotted this candle when out and about in North Berwick this week. It's one of my favourites - see my review here - a lovely seaside scent - one I know I'll never tire of! 

This is a UK giveaway only due to the weight of the candle.

Good luck!

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Friday, 11 July 2014

Northcote: Gourmet Break

I've been on holiday these last two weeks and we've got up to lots of nice things in the UK (mainly involving eating, drinking and shopping) At the start of our break we stayed for two nights at Northcote, a Michelin Star Restaurant with rooms run by Nigel Haworth, Craig Bancroft and Lisa Allen (if you love your food and a bit of luxury this is the place to go!) 

Our room was simply gorgeous! We were lucky enough to get upgraded and the room and bathroom was huge! We also met Lisa Allen, Executive Chef which was amazing having watched both her and Nigel on Great British Menu.

Northcote from the Vegetable garden

The bathroom had a lovely big bath with a separate walk in shower with lots of Temple Spa toiletries - I was in heaven!

Tea and coffee making facilities with fresh milk! As well as a supply of water and Belvoir Presse are included for your enjoyment.

We had the 5 course Gourmet Menu (link) on the first night (with the matching wines - which went so well with each course. Our Sommelier that evening was fantastic - she really gave us such an insight to all the wines and was really enthusiastic and friendly). On the second night we had the 7 course Tasting Menu. I've picked a few highlights from both nights - see below.

canapes with half bottle of champagne before dinner

amuse-bouche - cow's milk curd, sorrel granita, egg yolk, cheese straw - tasted delicious light and fresh and looks so pretty.

Onion Caramel Charred Hanger Steak, Pickled Artichokes, Yorkshire Blue Cheese - this was super yummy. Very tender and the flavours went so well together.

Ashcrofts Cauliflower, Black Pea Hummus, Smoked Onion Sauce, Garden Chives - this was simply one of the nicest vegetarian courses I've ever eaten. The baby cauliflower was cooked to perfection and simple accompaniments went so well. Delicious!

Organic Northcote Garden Blackcurrants, Malt Wafers, Bowland Cromwell Stout Ice Cream - I loved this light, fruity and malty dessert. Summer on a plate.

Ashcrofts Beetrood Rubble, Pickled Pullet Egg, Bronze Fennel, Pollen - another veggie course that we loved. Super fresh tasting beetroot. Simply delicious.

Beer Fed Dexter Beef Rump, Hand Cut Tartar, Duck Liver Crumb, Carmelised Shallot, Tarragon - melt in the mouth and delicious. The crumb also contained some pumpkin seeds for added crunch

hubby chose cheese for dessert one evening - I loved the separate board of bread, biscuits, chutney, celery and grapes

Petit Fours with coffee

After dinner the first night we came back to the room to a cute little Temple Spa gift on the bed - a very welcome and kind touch!

We also enjoyed drinks on the sunny terrace

And I enjoyed checking out the Vegetable Garden

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