Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Pai Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask

I've been testing Pai's Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask (75ml - £30)* which comes boxed and includes a muslin cloth for the last few weeks and I can honestly say it's one of the best masks I've ever used.

100% natural and Vegan the mask is free from parabens, PEG, phthalates, perfumes and synthetic colours and is made in the UK.  There is no animal testing and the product is cruelty free. Packaging is recyclable and products are Soil Association certified.

"internationally adored line of luxury skincare products" says The Observer. 
I agree!

To use: apply to clean dry skin avoiding eye/lip area 1-2 times a week or as an occasional pick me up.  Leave on for 8-10 minutes and remove with a damp warmed muslin cloth and finish by splashing the skin with cool water.

The mask is suitable for oily, combination and blemish prone skin types and combines fruit acids with anti-blemish actives for a deep cleansing but gentle detox.  It clears the skin of congestion, refining pores, rebalances, calms and brightens and has a delicious fruity scent. It is a real treat for the skin and I highly recommend it.

*PR sample

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

May: Lately I've Been Loving

My beautiful Owl & the Pussycat bracelet* from Snapdragon Designs. See my review here.

Cesca Major's fabulous debut novel The Silent Hours*. Highly recommend. It's one of my favourite reads this year.  See my review nearer to the end of the month.

THATS HATS knitwear - Michelle makes some cute baby hats and other items. Check out her Facebook page.

Pinnies & Poppy Seeds Artisan Shortbread - truly yummy! I chose my favourite Cinnamon Sugar and Cranachan. Handy to my work too for a midweek fix!

Maple Holistics Silk 18 Conditioner ($12.97 - from Amazon)* - this luxe conditioner contains 18 different silk amino acids along with shea butter, sea buckthorn, pomegranate, argan oil, aloe vera, jojoba oil, green tea, hibiscus and botanical keratin. Products are free from parabens, sulphates and silicones. The conditioner is suitable for all hair types and has a delicious vanilla scent. It leaves the hair smooth, silky and nourished.

de Mamiel Spring Face Oil (£67 for 20ml) I've just finished this amazing facial oil. I can't rate it highly enough. See my review here. The summer oil will be mine after payday!  See more information about the seasonal oils here.

And...I nearly forgot I ate a trio of Strawberries dessert at House for an Art Lover Cafe at the weekend. Truly yummy.

What have you been loving this month?

*pr samples

Monday, 25 May 2015

Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Hand Scrub with Pumice & an Allotment update

I spend a sunny Bank Holiday Monday morning at my new allotment. There is lots to do! Planning as well as weeding and planting although I'm trying to not do it all at once! The previous owner left me two stawberry patches, a plum tree, rhubarb, raspberries and brambles. (my half is the side going down towards the shed). I was also excited to become a shed owner!

I've found the perfect gardening companion in Crabtree & Evelyn's Gardeners Hand Scrub with Pumice (£13 - 195g)* which is perfect for use after a few hours down the plot.

With a delicious scent (green clover, lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme) this gentle scrub gets rid of gardening dirt and grime leaving the hands smooth, nourished and clean. Two sizes of ultra-fine pumice work to lift soil from hands and nails.  It's one of the best I've used and non-gardeners can also enjoy this effective and pleasant to use scrub.

See the rest of the products available in the range HERE.

*PR sample

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Cult Beauty: Leonor Greyl Masque Fleurs De Jasmin

I'm always tempted by the offers at Cult Beauty and a recent one was a 5 piece sample kit with any Leonor Greyl purchase. I previously tried a sample (link) of the very fabulous Masque Fleurs de Jasmin (£35 - 200ml). The rich cream smells delicious and I'm looking forward to trying it out again!  

The free gift contains:
L'Huile de Leonor Greyl 25ml
Styling Cream 2ml
Masque Fleurs de Jasmin 16ml (popping this in my holiday bag)
Shampoo Reviviscence 16ml
Shampoo Volumateur 16ml

What's your favourite Leonor Greyl product?

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Snapdragon Designs: Owl & the Pussycat Bracelet Set

Husband and wife team, Shelley and John met at Art College and gained degrees in Graphic Design. Shelley is a professional bookbinder (do check out the gorgeous range of books available here). 

Together they design and make a range of unique and quirky acrylic jewellery which are influenced by fairy tales and storybooks as well the books mentioned above and laser cut cards.

John gained access to a laser cutter and he made Shelley a cat ring. They decided to create a range of jewellery using 3 items in symbol form to tell a story.

I couldn't resist the Owl & the Pussycat Bracelet Set (£14)* as it was one of my favourite rhymes as a child.  All I can say is WOW such a beautiful statement piece.

This bracelet was designed by Shelley and John in Maidstone in 2013 and features a black cat, a gold owl and a beautiful pea-green boat! You can wear each bracelet alone or together for a statement piece of jewellery.

See the website HERE
Follow on Twitter @snapdragondes

*sent for review

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Balance Me Revitalising Hand & Body Wash

My pal Julie gave me balance me's Revitalising Hand & Body Wash (100ml) for my birthday. I believe it was a special size she received in a beauty box and very kindly gave it to me as she knows I love balance me.

It has a happy and sunny zesty scent and is a great wake up call in my morning shower. It contains essential oils of mandarin, grapefruit, bergamot and sweet orange with a hint of mint. The scent calms, revives, balances and rejuvenates.

Natural surfactants give it a luxe foam without stripping or drying out the skin. I think it's also great you can use it as a hand wash making it an excellent travelling companion.

Buy full size 300ml for £12.50 HERE.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Tabitha James Kraan Organic Haircare

I received two trial sizes from Tabitha James Kraan in my recent Petit Vour box. Tabitha has been an Organic hairdresser for almost two decades and has a eco friendly salon in the Cotswolds.

Inside my box were trial sizes of Golden Citrus Organic Hair Cleanser and Organic 4 in 1 Conditioner Golden Citrus both of which smell amazing!

The products use gentle formulas which are made with soapbark and contain the signature blend hair oil. They are free from chemicals and give the hair natural shine, body and manageability.

Golden Citrus Hair Cleanser (full size 150ml - £22.50) - this gentle cleanser is scented with Neroli, Tangerine, Lavender, Myrrh, Bergamot and Tea Tree and makes my morning hair washing a delight! It doesn't have much of a lather but cleans and nourishes leaving the hair feeling soft and clean.

Organic 4-in-1 Conditioner Golden Citrus (full size 150ml - £22.50) - a lovely multi-use conditioner which infuses the hair with Vitamins, Minerals and Proteins. Again it smells fantastic and is a joy to use. It leaves the hair looking glossy and smooth.  Use as a traditional wash out conditioner, a leave in conditioner, as a scalp moisturiser or for texture/curl when styling.

I've been really impressed with their performance and I'll definitely buy full sizes. I also want to try Amber Rose Organic Hair Cleanser and Scented Organic Hair Oil.

Have you used any Tabitha James Kraan products before?

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Lyonsleaf Natural Skincare Samples

I just love a company which offers samples to try before you buy at a nominal cost.  Lyonsleaf have just launched three best-sellers in 10ml sample tins which cost £1.99 each with second class UK post costing only 95p!

They are great for try me sizes or holidays. I'm already a fan of all three! The products are water free and a little goes a long way.

You can see my review of the Beauty Balm and the Body Butter HERE*. Find out more details about the Calendula Cream HERE

Are you a fan of trial sized products? Do you think these are something you'd pick up?

*Lyonsleaf sent me full sizes to review previously

Monday, 18 May 2015

Little Treats #8

Here's some mini products I've been enjoying lately.

Green People Fruit Scrub Exfoliator* - this facial scrub is just fantastic! It has a delicious uplifting citrus scent (contains essential oils of Bergamot & Mandarin) and gently removes dead skin cells while brightening and balancing the skin. Love! To use: Apply to clean dry skin in circular motions removing with a warm damp muslin cloth.  I've also been enjoying Green People's Vita Min Fix 24-Hour Cream* which deeply moisturises and soothes the skin and is stuffed full of Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants.  To use: apply AM/PM after cleansing.

LJ's Natural Solutions Cucumber and Watermelon Eye Serum - this serum is one of my favourites. It has a gel like texture the sort I love and easily absorbs into the eye area helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. To use: massage a small amount around the eye area.

Beatitude Skin Salvation sample* - this is a gorgeous face oil made with Rosehip, Oat, Evening Primrose, Squalene, Black Cumin Seed Oils and Vitamin E. It also contains essential oils of Rose, Neroli and Immortelle. It rejuvenates and nourishes.  To use: warm a few drops in the palm of your hands before massaging onto the face and neck in upward movements.

Rachel's Plan Bee Bee Cream sample* - I received this little pot with my order a while back. Rich and comforting it is perfect to use on cuticles, hands and feet and any dry areas on the body. It smells delicious too!  To use: apply a pea size amount where needed.

*PR samples

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Galvanina Party

I was recently sent some delicious Italian Galvanina 100% natural fruit drinks* which are made from organic fruit juices and sparkling spring water from Come Round.

Included were both full (750ml - £2.87)* and small sizes (355ml - £1.59)* of the delicious drink which I drank alone and in cocktails inviting a few friends around to indulge too! Flavours in the range are: Red Grapefruit - which is slightly bitter and sweet and very thirst quenching, Sicilian Clementine - with a fresh and fruity flavour, Sicilian Lemon - bursting with citrus and sherbet notes and it's perfect with a shot of vodka and Sicilian Ruby Orange - this is zesty and perfect with a shot of Campari or Prosecco. See more details HERE. You can buy the drinks at Waitrose.

I was also sent a party pack to help my party go with a swing.

I also sent a couple of tweets see HERE and HERE and turned the pretty empty Galvanina bottle into a single flower vase.

Have you tried Galvanina yet?

*PR samples

Saturday, 16 May 2015

a beautiful world S/S '15 Sampler Box

I think I was the last person to receive their a beautiful world S/S '15 Sampler Box. Luckily for me, Liz tracked it down - thanks Liz! I picked it up at the Post Office yesterday morning.

The box costs a bargainous £20 plus P&P. I'm pretty pleased with mine. I think they sold out in 15 minutes or so! All boxes are slightly different. You can see what Ria got here and what Karen got in her box here.

I was surprised to receive a full size product of PLANT's Rosemary & Lemongrass WAKE UP Body Wash. I've tried the brand's CALM DOWN Body Wash and you can see my review HERE.

The next item to grab my attention was Olivine's Love+Salt Beach Hair & Body Mist (2oz) which smells of coconut. Love! Looking forward to testing this out. I also recently tried the brand's Love+Roses Beauty Mist see my review HERE.

There is a Schmidt's Natural Deodorant in Lavender+Sage mini pot which I've used before and loved. See my review HERE as well as new brand to me and a beautiful world (it hasn't actually launched there yet) COOLA - I received a 5ml tube of Classic Sunscreen SPF 30 - its not a huge sample but I'll give it a whirl.  I'm hoping a beautiful world will be stocking their Lotion Bars.

Huge Indie Lee fan, inside is a Brightening Cleanser sample tube which smells of strawberries. So looking forward to trying in my morning shower.

There's also a Josh Rosebrook sample size pot of his Cacao Antioxidant Mask which I can't wait to try. It brightens, detoxifies and firms the skin and smells delicious!  The final beauty item is by The Body Deli - Solar Day Cream in a mini pot which has SPF15 and protects against environmental and sun damage. Huge fan of this brand so looking forward to using.

The box also includes a cream coloured branded tote bag (always useful), a washbag size Tili bag and a cute pencil. Mine says "you are amazing" which made me smile and there is a voucher code for 20% off any future purchase.

What did you get in your box?

Friday, 15 May 2015

Love Lula Beauty Box - May 2015

I was missing my monthly boxes so...I signed back up to Love Lula after seeing the great April box on Berry's Beauty.

The first thing that jumped out at me was John Masters Organics Orange & Ginseng Exfoliating Body Bar (£7 - full size). It exfoliates as well as cleans the skin. Looking forward to trying it out in my morning shower!

Onto the rest! Figs & Rouge Rambling Rose Balm (£5 - full size) I'm always a sucker for balms and rose scents so this one's also a winner! A multi-purpose balm to use on lips, body and face (I'll also use it on flyaways).

Salcura Skin Repair Moisturiser (£9.99 50ml size) I've tried several items from this brand before and have been pleased with their performance. This cream is great to soothe dry, inflamed and irritated skin. 

REN V-Cense Youth Vitality Cream 15ml (worth £8.40) - this is a decent travel size. It helps to "banish urban grey and combat signs of fatigue". Helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

And a cute little tin of TEATOX Skinny Detox Loose Leaf Tea and a code for 20% off the brands in this month's box.

I'm know I'll use everything in the box which is the sign of a good box! Did you get it this month? What are your thoughts?

Thursday, 14 May 2015

The Perfume Society: Beautiful Blossoms Discovery Box

I can never resist the fab discovery boxes from The Perfume Society. The latest one, Beautiful Blossoms is stuffed full of really great samples and a 50ml tube of Elemis's British Botanical Shower Cream. The box costs £15 or £10 for members.

Ruth Mastenbroek Amorosa 1.5ml EDP
This is a beautiful scent with notes of watermelon, green leaves, violet leaf, galbanum, tuberose, white flowers, tiare flowers, jasmine, Ylang Ylang and base notes of amber, ambergris, patchouli, woody amber accord, vetivert and maltol.

Miller Harris Coeur de Jardin 2ml EDP
This is really lovely and one of my favourites in the box. With notes of bergamot, lemon, hesperidin, pear, peach, Turkish rose, jasmine, tuberose, white orris butter, amber musk, moss and patchouli. I'd buy.

Jimmy Choo Blossom 2ml EDP
I love this gorgeous floral scent. It has notes of red berries, citrus, sweet pea, rose and white musk and sandalwood. I've been wearing this since I got the box and full size is on the wishlist!

La Perla Peony Blossom 1.2ml EDT
With notes of pear, white peach, blackcurrant, orange blossom, peony, jasmine blossom, violet, patchouli, vanilla and sweet musk. A pretty floral.

Fragonard Jasmin 2ml EDT
This scent has notes of bergamot, orange leaf, Grasse Jasmine, Indian Jasmine, Egyptian Jasmine and Amber. Again I really like!

Agonist ISIS 2ml
I'd say this is my least favourite. Its a unisex fragrance but I find it smells more masculine on my skin.  It has notes of citrus, green tangerine, ylang ylang, black pepper, ginger, anise, peach, caramel, heliotrope, nutmeg, amber, musk, benzoin, vanilla absolute, labdanum and lorenox.

Philosophy Amazing Grace 1.5ml EDT
I've never really tried any of Philosophy's scents much before but this seems quite nice. With notes of bergamot, mandarin, yuzu, grapefruit, muguet blossom, rose, jasmine and musk. 

Chloe Love Story 1.2ml EDP
I love the notes this perfume contains but it smells quite powdery on my skin which I'm not keen on. It has notes of neroli, orange blossom, jasmine and cedar.

Yardley Contemporary Classics 1.5ml EDT x 4
English Lavender - with notes of bergamot, clary sage, English lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, chamomile, violet, woods, vanilla and patchouli. English Rose - with notes of citrus, rose, tea accord, rose bud, magnolia, violet, cassis, woods, patchouli, musk.  Lily of the Valley - with notes of pear accord, lily of the valley, freesia and musk and April Violets - violet leaves, citrus, orris, mimosa, rose, white peach, sandalwood, vanilla and powdery notes.  I like all of these.

Elemis British Botanical Shower Cream 50ml
The scent of this shower cream was inspired by a traditional English garden and contains notes of lavender, chamomile, geranium, palmarosa and rosemary.

Did you pick up one of these discovery boxes?

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Alteya Organics Certified Organic Hair Treatment Bulgarian Rose

I picked up this super luxe hair treatment a while ago from Love Lula (£27.60 for 50ml). It is expensive but it is really cost effective as you only need the tiniest amount.

Alteya Organics are an award winning USDA Organic Family Owned Skincare company who own an Organic Rose farm which practices strict biodynamic farming and is based in the heart of the Rose Valley in Bulgaria.  The products are EU certified organic and are 100% natural. There are no parabens, petrochemicals, GMO, no animal testing and are lanolin free.

Products are made in small batches using natural and organic ingredients. Alteya Organics provide employment and support to the local population in some of the poorest villages in the Rose Valley and the Balkan mountain region. 

The treatment is perfect for dry, damaged and colour treated hair. It's a super rich butter  which revitalises and nourishes the hair while adding incredible shine and body.

To use:

Daily - part hair into segments and apply a small amount to scalp and hair. Massage before washing and styling as normal.

Pre-Shampoo Treatment: massage a generous amount into scalp and hair. Comb through  and leave on for 15-20 minutes before shampooing.

Deep Conditioner: Apply as an overnight treatment and shampoo in the morning.

Extra Deep Conditioning: massage into hair and scalp, cover with a shower cap and add heat from a blow dryer for 10-15 minutes before shampooing.

Shine Frizz Control: add a small amount to palms and worth through dry hair.

My thoughts? A super rich, deeply nourishing and lush butter (made with Organic Rose Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Organic Sweet Almond, Rosehip and Peppermint Oils along with Vitamin E).  I've found it works best for my hair using as an overnight deep conditioning treatment or for frizz control.  The scent is rose with a touch of peppermint.

I'd definitely like to try more from the brand. Have you used this or any other product in the range?

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

A Lush Haul

My in-laws gave me a Lush gift card at my birthday and I picked up a few bits. I'm already a huge fan of Ro's Argan Body Conditioner see my review here. I also picked up a Tisty-Tosty Bath Bomb - I just love the little rosebuds and rosey scent, Ocean Salt Self-Preserving love this scrubby scrub which is now suitable for use on both body and face.  I also chose Imogen Rose Solid Perfume which is has a rose (again!) scent and a mini Charity Pot.

Have you bought anything from Lush recently?

Monday, 11 May 2015

Trusted Heath Products: Amazingly Beautiful Body Moisturizer & Revitalizer

I was recently sent a bottle of Trusted Health Products's gorgeous Amazingly Beautiful Body Moisturizer & Revitalizer (100ml - $24.97 - approx £16.50)* to review. Having previously tried their facial items in the range (Review) I knew I was going to love the body version.

It has the most uplifting citrus scent and is great to de-stress and calm.  It can help to decrease the appearance of spider veins/blemishes, smooth rough skin, reduce the appearance of age spots and sun spots, firm, tones and conditions the skin.

Made from 100% pure botanical oils of Almond, Orange, Lime, Lemon, Avocado and Olive. There is no parabens, petrochemicals, GMO, synthetic colours or fragrances.

To use: simply spray over the body from neck down and no need to rub in. I love how easy it is to use and how delicious the scent is as well as how nourished and smooth my skin feels.

Here's how you can get your own bottle -

For a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer you, my readers one FREE bottle. They'd love you to try their Amazingly Beautiful Body Moisturizer And Revitalizer and will send one bottle FREE all you need to do is pay a minimal shipping & handling charge. Click here to get your FREE bottle now!

*PR sample

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Love Lula Wishlist: May

There's always something which catches my eye at Love Lula. Here's my current wishlist - 

Bodhi & Birch Mint Thé Refreshing Bath & Shower Therapy 200ml (£18) - this is my favourite Bodhi & Birch shower gel scent. It's featured on my blog a lot! See my review HERE.

Inner Soul Organics Scandinavian Decadence Bath & Body Scrub 250g (£30) - this lush scrub sounds perfect for getting your skin beach body ready. A blend of organic sea salt and extracts from fruits, plants and flowers which grow wild across the countryside in Scandinavia. Use as a scrub or add to bath water for a detoxifying soak. I love a multi-use product!

Laidbare Butter Me Up Organic Shea Body Butter 250ml (£11.99) - I once owned this pot of deliciously scented butter. See my review HERE.

Lippy Girl Hot Diggity Yam and Snog Me Vegan Lipsticks (£12.50 each) - I recently tried their Rosie Posie shade and fell in love. See my post HERE. I'm super impressed with the colour, pigmentation and staying power. Such great value too.

Seascape Island Apothecary Soothe Sleep Oil 8ml (£10) - I sometimes have trouble sleeping and this little rollerball contains ingredients which help calm and soothe. Apply to temple, pulse points or under the nose to calm and help induce restful sleep.

What's on your Love Lula wishlist?

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Arran Aromatics After the Rain EDT 30ml

I'm a huge fan of the Hand Wash in After the Rain scent so decided to pick up the perfume (30ml - £12.50). You can also buy it in a 100ml size (£27.50). The perfume was inspired by founder Janet's wish to capture "the unique fresh scent of her Arran garden following a rain storm".  It's also one of Arran Aromatics best selling collections and includes - Bath & Shower Gel, Soap, Hand & Body Lotion, Shea Butter Cream, Candle, Room Spray, Reed Diffuser, Shampoo & Conditioner, Hand Wash, Hand Soother, Hand & Nail Cream, Bath Salts and various gift sets.  See more details HERE.

The scent is fresh and sensual and has top notes of Lemon, Lime and Mandarin with heart and base notes of Rose, Musks and Woods.  It's really wearable and quite long lasting for an EDT.

What's your favourite Arran Aromatics product/scent?

Friday, 8 May 2015

Pure Thoughts: Natural Soap Slices

I'm a huge fan of Pure Thoughts having made my first purchase way back in 2012. Subsequent purchases included - Tangerine & Jojoba Whipped Shea Butter (divine), Lime & Ginger Hand Repair BalmCocoa & Orange Natural Lip Scrub and I've loved all the trial sized soaps I've tried previously.

Leanne has come up with a great way to use up the ends of their soap loaves when cutting them into bars. The slices range between 3-5mm per slice and you get a random selection in each box.  These are strictly Limited Edition - see more info HERE and cost a bargainous £6.95 per box.

The slices are great for try me, taking on holiday or wet the slices and stick together to form a full size bar!

The soaps are free from parabens, SLS, SLES, petroleum, no synthetic additives, colours or fragrances.

In my box are - Honey & OatsTea Tree & MintGrapefruit & Lemon and Gardener's. I've previously tried Tea Tree & Mint.

Have you tried Pure Thoughts soaps before?

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Nourish Protect Nutri Rich Body Cream

This body cream (£14 - 100ml) is the latest launch from Nourish and comes in 4 different scents - Radiance Phyto Action (with Damask Rose), Balance Vita Boost (with Apple), Relax Cell Protect (with Lavender) and the one I chose to review Protect Nutri Rich* (with Orange and Mandarin).

The body cream is packaged in an airless pump container and it's easy to get the required amount needed.  The cream has a light cream/gel texture and is easily absorbed. It is perfect for helping to get your body beach ready as it refreshes and tones the skin leaving it smoother, firmer and smelling delicious!

"Phyto-active marine algin is combined with hyaluronic acid and peptides known to stimulate collagen synthesis and improve the dermal extra cellular matrix". The cream also contains Vitamin C and Omega-rich Chilean Rosa Mosqueta Oil.

I think this is a lovely cream with an uplifting scent, full of great ingredients and reasonably priced.

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

*PR sample