Thursday, 26 November 2015

LAYOUTLINES: The Scottish Collection, Michelle FD Cards & Honeytree Post Stationery Lovers Club

Sonia, from LAYOUTLINES asked a few bloggers if they'd like to review some of her items from The Scottish Collection - she recently send me a few items* to review.

In this bundle is a selection of quirky cards and a bookmark. All are great quality and fun. She also sent me some prints which can be easily framed or hung up as they are.

Sonia is an Architect, Academic and a designer and set up her company in 2009. There are a wide range of beautiful things to buy in the SHOP. I'm especially loving - the Greetings Cards range and the prints. Get free P&P with code CRIMBO.

Michelle who I found via a Facebook group sells a range of photo greetings cards which are truly stunning. See her facebook page HERE - there is also a website coming soon.

After seeing Amber's post on The Stationery Lovers Club I knew I had to sign up! It costs £15 a month and comes in a letterbox friendly box. I also received a free new members box worth £12 when I signed up.

This is the free box:

Included are three thank you notelets and a pretty card. This month (November) my box was jam packed and I was really pleased with the contents - Christmas cards, labels, place setting cards, writing paper and envelopes and a pretty little black dress print.
Are you a stationery lover?

*complimentary sent for review

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Emma Lomax London: Loads of Lipstick Make Up Bag

I'm a huge fan of Emma's gorgeous make up bags having reviewed the blusher pouch* way back in July 2013 when Emma worked under the name SewLomax. I still use this bag today! See my review HERE.

I've been trying out the gorgeous "Loads of Lipstick" make up bag in pink canvas (£15)* which is the perfect size to house your lipsticks and touch up essentials.

The bags are hand finished making each one unique - I think they'd make the perfect Christmas pressie for your sister or friends.

Emma started embroidery from the age of 5 and created her own label in 2012. Each bag is designed by Emma and she creates the first samples herself by hand.  The range includes cute make up pouches to larger make up bag.

It may be a bit bashed and worn but it's still much loved!

well used and loved blusher pouch

*PR sample

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Vedani Botanicals: Silky Cleanser No.22 & Silky Moisturiser No.32

I've been testing out Vedani Botanicals No.22 Silky Cleanser with Hazelnut & Tamanu (50g - £22)* and No.32 Silky Moisturiser with Baobab & Chia (30g - £32)*.

I'm pretty much in love with everything about them - luxe packaging, fabulous ingredients, lovely scents, both oils absorb easily and leave the skin looking glowy and nourished. 

The Bamboo Muslin Cloths* (single cloth £2.50, pack of 5 £12) are quite simply the best I've ever used - a decent size, soft and makes the cleansing routine into a lovely ritual which I've been enjoying nightly.

The cleanser has a light-medium texture and a pleasant floral/fruity scent. It absorbs easily onto the skin. Massage a couple of drops into the face and neck before removing with the warm damp bamboo muslin cloth.  The skin is left feeling clean, nourished and balanced. This is my favourite from the duo.

The moisturiser again has a light-medium texture which absorbs easily onto the skin leaving it balanced, moisturised and feeling comfortable. All you need are a few drops.

All the blends are 100% natural and are handcrafted in small batches in the UK. They are Vegan friendly and are made using the highest quality Essential Oils and cold unrefined Plant Oils. Other blends include - No.21 and No.31 which are very light textured and suitable for oily/problematic skin types and No.23 and No.33 which has a rich texture and is suitable for dry skins.

There is also a range coming soon which will be suitable for the men in your life.

Have you tried any products from Vedani Botanicals?

*PR samples

Monday, 23 November 2015

Bloom Perfumery: Yearly Sample Pack: November 2015

This month Bloom Perfumery mixed up the sample packs and the girls got the ones for the guys! I was initially a bit surprised but being a lover of Drakkar NoirEau Savage and Cacharel Pour Homme in the 80s I decided to give this month's choices a bash.

Bloom Perfumery also thinks swapping this month will help with Christmas present choices for the men in your life - there are woody, citrus, leather, spices, herbs and frankincense notes in the perfumes this month.

My favourite this month is CUIRS by Carner EdP (50ml - £81, 1.6ml - £2) an intense oud leather scent with top notes of Saffron, heart notes of Gaiac Wood, Sandalwood, Texas Cedar and Violet and base notes of Amyris Wood, Oud, Patchouli, Leather, Musk, Tonka Beans, Cistus and Nagarmotha. I also adore TARDES by Carner (review).

My second favourite this month is best seller PG20 L'Eau Guerriere EdT (50ml - £81.50, 1.6ml - £2) which is woody, spicy and fresh. It has top notes of Cinchona Bark, a heart note of Frankincense and a base of Aloe Oud Wood and Ambergris.

The ultimate best seller for men in 2015 has been Tabac Rouge by Phaedon EdP (100ml - £95, 1.6ml - £2) which smells sweet and spicy on my skin and reminds me a bit of chai tea! It has notes of Benzoin, Cinnamon, Ginger, Honey, Frankincense, Musk and Tobacco.

Frapin's L'Humaniste EdP (100ml - £98, 1.6ml - £2) is light, refreshing and aromatic. It has top notes of Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamon, Lemon and Pink Pepper. Heart notes of Juniper, Nutmeg, Peony and Thyme with a base of Oakmoss and Tonka Bean.

Bestseller Autoportrait by Olfactive Studio EdP (50ml - £74, 1.6ml - £2) is my least favourite. It's apparently a popular choice for customers working in the City and No.5 bestseller this year. It has top notes of Bergamot and Elemi, a heart of Benzoin, Frankincense and Musk with a base of Cedar, Oakmoss and Vetivert.

Finally, new in Selfie by Olfactive Studio EdP (50ml - £74, 1.6ml - £2) almost smells quite edible on first spritz. With top notes of Angelica Root, Elemi, Ginger, Star Anise and Frankincense with a heart of Maple Syrup, Cabreuva Wood, Cinammon and Lily with a base of Oakmoss, Patchouli, Sandalwood, Suede, Tonka Bean and Styrax.

What are your thoughts on this month's choices?

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Odylique Rose Velvet Body Lotion

Odylique's newly launched Limited Edition Rose Velvet Body Lotion (100ml - £29) is one of the nicest and most luxurious body products I've ever used. 

Being a lover of all things rose I knew I had to try it! The rich lotion melts easily into the skin leaving it scented of roses.  My dry winter skin is just loving it - I'm so hoping it's not going to be a limited edition as I want this in my stash always. It's one of my favourite products of 2015.

It's stuffed full of good things for the skin including Avocado, Aloe, Cocoa Bean, Coconut, Rose Petals giving the lotion "a smooth, velvet-texture and deep skin hydration".

C02 extracts of Rosehip and Sea Buckthorn "replenish the skin with radiance-enhancing Omegas 3, 6 and 9". 

Odylique recommend using the lotion before and after sunbathing. It's suitable for Vegans, 100% natural and 93% organic as well as being Soil Association certified.

Have you tried this yet?

Friday, 20 November 2015

Fair Squared: Almond Hand Soap

I've been testing out Fair Squared's latest launch Almond Hand Soap (£7.95 - 250ml)*. I'm also a fan of the company's lush lip balms - see my review HERE.

Packaging is simple, functionable and recyclable. The products are Vegan, Fairtrade, Natrue Certified and contains no parabens, phthalates, SLS or PEGs.

The soap is made with Fairtrade Almond Oil from Pakistan and Fairtrade Olive Oil from Palestine.

It gently cleanses the hands leaving them clean and refreshed. New products in the pipeline include candles and body oils.

I was also sent some samples (always welcome) which I haven't actually tried yet but I'll update you as to my thoughts in a samples post.

*PR samples

Thursday, 19 November 2015

The Spoilt Sparrow - Vintage Teacup & Saucer Bird Feeder Giveaway - UK ONLY!

I've got a lovely UK ONLY Giveaway for your chance to win your very own The Spoilt Sparrow Wedgwood Vintage Tea Cup and Saucer Bird Feeder. They really are charming - see my review HERE.

Catch the Spoilt Sparrow at the SECC for the Country Living Fair running from today until Sunday. Catch Louise at stand D16.

 above is the actual cup and saucer you can win

Good luck!

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Estelle & Thild Mini Body Butter Set

The first thing I bought after the ABW A/W '15 Sampler Box when I finished my spending ban was this little mini body butter set by Estelle & Thild (although I did pick it up with 15% off!)

Having loved the body oils from the brand I pretty much knew I'd love these. The texture is more fluffy body cream than actual butter. Light as air the cream absorbs easily leaving the skin delicately scented and nourished.

Inside the box are 4 x 50ml pots (£26.50) and I think they are a generous travel/try me size. They are 99.82% natural and 14.69% organic. Suitable for Vegans and free from parabens, mineral oil, SLS, petrochemicals, urea, DEA, TEA, PEGs, lanolin and dyes. The range is certified organic by EcoCert and made in Sweden.

Inside is:
Spring Rose Blonde: with violet leaf, sweet apricot nectar and spring blossoms.
Sweet Vanilla Blossom: orange, sugary notes, vanilla and creme caramel.
Sparkling Citrus Bloom: lemon, lime, mint, orange blossom and grapefruit.
Fresh Water Lily: with creamy peach blooms, florals, blackcurrant and fresh water lily.  

What's your favourite Estelle & Thild product?

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

MyShowcase: Christmas Dolores Ltd Edition Beauty Bag

This Limited Edition Christmas Dolores Beauty Bag* (£19.50) from MyShowcase landed on my mat just before a weekend trip. With her "berry red lips and gold lids" she's just perfect to pack your beauty goodies into for either a weekend or week away.

It's the perfect size and big enough to hold all your beauty products as well as being super cute (Height 7" x Width 8.5" x Depth 1.5").

Made from embroidered canvas with a wipe clean covering and a festive red lining. I think it would make the perfect gift for friends. 

See more details on the website

MyShowcase is a beauty retailer with a nationwide team of Stylists - see how you can host a Beauty Showcase HERE. You can also buy direct from the website - brands which have caught my eye are SageAndrea GarlandJane Scrivner and Orba.

*PR sample

Monday, 16 November 2015

Lulu & Boo: Chocolate Orange Cleansing Oil

I've been testing out a new cleanser from Lulu & Boo which launches today! 

The cleansing oil is very lush (and mouthwatering) as the scent is Chocolate Orange (100ml - £27)*. I can honestly say it's the cleanser I've been reaching for lately as it's gorgeous, smells so uplifting as well as being really effective. 

All you need is a couple of drops which are easily massaged onto the skin before removing with a warm damp muslin cloth. It leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed as well as moisturised. I can honestly say it's one of the nicest cleansing oils I've ever used (it will be a purchase) and it will also feature in my top 15 of 2015 - so you can guess I love it!

You can get 15% off this beautiful cleansing oil with code BBALM15 at

I've tried Lula & Boo in the past - see my review of their soap HERE.

*PR sample

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Queen Tea Tea-Tox Box

Jam from Queen Tea contacted me to see if I fancied trying her Tea-Tox Box (£35)* I jumped at the chance as one of my favourite things to do is to have a  soak in the bath.

The products come in a recyclable brown box (all packaging is recyclable) and contains Bath Tea, Tea Scrub (love the little tin it comes with) and Bath Milk.

Queen Tea is a company which gives so much back - for every Tea-Tox Box sold they give £1 to help support Trussell Trust and with every Bath Milk a nutritious milk is given to those children who suffer malnutrition and poverty worldwide.

The bath tea bags are huge muslin bags stuffed full of good things for the skin. Brew a bag or two in your bath and then step in! These ones are great if you have aching muscles or are feeling under the weather. They contains eucalyptus and rosemary essential oils which detoxify and rejuvenate.

The Green Tea Body Scrub comes bagged in a cute little re-useable tin. It is anti-oxidant rich and helps to rid your skin of toxins and rejuvenate. It has a really nice scrubby texture with a minty-eucalyptus scent. This is my favourite from the trio.

The final item in the kit is Oatmilk Bath Milk Powder, a blend of cocoa butter, non-fat dry milk and oat bran.  Use it on it's own or add once your tea bags have infused!

See the website HERE
Follow on Twitter @queenteauk 

*sent for review

Saturday, 14 November 2015

de Mamiel Autumn Seasonal Facial Oil

I've been using the de Mamiel Autumn Seasonal Face Oil for a few weeks now (use from the Autumn Equinox on 23 September). I didn't initially love it as much as Spring and Summer but over time I've found I love it as much.

The facial oil comes exquisitely packaged and I love that there is always a little quote attached.

Autumn is for grounding strengthening and reassuring. A powerful infusion of plant oils, flower essences and essential oils which decongest and calm post summer skin as well as repairing and nourishing.

Baobab, Amaranth and Echium helps the skin with wintery days and central heating while Jasmine Sambac is for confidence and optimism, Grapefruit, Green Mandarin and Lemon focus and uplift.

Sandalwood revives while Patchouli grounds emotions, Geranium Bourbon balances and "flower essences work through the body's acupuncture meridians to create positive effects on our state of mind".

To use: apply AM/PM after cleansing. Warm 4 drops in palms before cupping around your nose and inhaling for a count of 3 before exhaling for 4.  Massage upwards into the face until absorbed. 

The ingredients of this special oil (30 oils and extracts) are chosen with care just weeks before it is available to buy to ensure the most effective and therapeutic blend.

It leaves the skin looking glowy, regenerated, brightened and renewed. Roll on Winter! Have you used any of the Seasonal Facial Oils?

Friday, 13 November 2015

Bloom Perfumery: Yearly Sample Pack: 1st Four months

I signed up to Bloom Perfumery's monthly subscription way back in July and thought I'd update you with my favourites from the first four months. See my initial thoughts - JulyAugustSeptember and October.

July's favourite was TARDES by Carner EdP see my review HERE.

In August I found I simply adored PG16 Jardins de Kerylos EdT a balmy fig scent with fruits and woods.

September saw me fall in love with one of the most unusual scents I've ever tried.  Coeur de Noir EdP by Beaufort London is a heady, smokey and sexy scent. It has top notes of ginger, ink, rum with a heart of leather, paper, vanillin and base notes of cedar, tobacco and birch tar. 

My favourite in October was again by Perfumerie Generale and part of the By Invitation Only collection. It's simply a stunning scent.  Gardenia Grand Soir EdP is a rich floral with lush green notes, a hint of bergamot with Sandalwood and Musk.

Have you tried any of these perfumes? Are you tempted to sign up to the Yearly Sample Packs Subscription?

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Bee Good: Youth Enhancing Plump & Firm Moisturiser

I've been testing out Bee Good's Youth Enhancing Plump & Firm Moisturiser (50ml - £23.50)* and can honestly say this new range from Bee Good is amazing. I've already tried out the Lift & Brighten Eye Cream (which featured in my recent little treats post).

The cream absorbs easily onto the skin and smells gorgeous! It helps to reduce signs of ageing - softening wrinkles, revitalising, plumping, brightening and hydrating.

Pick it up online direct from Bee Good, at Love Lula, Bath & Unwind and in selected Waitrose and Fenwick stores. Products are stuffed full of good things for the skin including honey, propolis, beeswax along with British botanicals.

Apply AM and PM - for best results use after the serum.

I've noticed my skin feels smoother and more nourished and has a dewy fresh look. Having tried the eye cream (and loved it) I know I definitely want to now invest in the serum. I also picked up this little set for my mum's Christmas as I know she'll love the range as much as me!

What's your favourite Bee Good product?

*PR sample

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

MonCornerB: Naturience Beauty SOS Purete Cleansing Pore Brush & The Instant Matt Roll on

I was contacted by leading French online store MonCornerB who asked if I'd like to try a couple of products loved by French women - of course I jumped at the chance and I've got to say I've loved trying out both of the products I was sent.

Naturience Purete Deep Cleansing Pore Brush* (21.90 euros - approx £15.53) this little brush has 310,000 fine fibres which are 0.045mm thick. It is a super gentle brush which is a real pleasure to use. I've been using it in my morning shower with a gel cleanser. It helps to purifies pores, purge blackheads and helps to minimise excess sebum. 

It leaves the skin feeling clean, fresh and radiant. As it's so gentle it is suitable for all skin types and will help with absorption of face creams and oils.

The second item I've been testing out is Naturience Instant Mat Roll-on* (9.90 euros - approx £7) which is fantastic for mattifying the shiny T-zone. Made from Volcanic Stone which is 100% natural the roller instantly absorbs oil leaving the skin looking shine free. It is also re-useable.

I've loved trying both of these products and I'd say they are a very welcome addition to any British woman's skincare regime.

*PR samples

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Christmas Gift Ideas: Home, Garden & Car

With Christmas fast approaching (yikes) here are some ideas of perfect presents for gifting:

Petits Rituels Candles & Wax Melts - these are beautiful candles and melts which are perfect for gifting. See my review HERE*.

A great stocking filler is NIA Car Fragrance which comes in scents suitable for both men and women (hubby has been testing out the Sandalwood, Sage & Seasalt scent* (£7.50) and has found it to gently scent the car. See the full range available HERE.

Beautiful Vintage Tea Cups and Saucers for #PoshBirds from The Spoilt Sparrow. See the website HERE and Facebook page HERE. I've already picked up a few for Christmas presents and a gorgeous one for a giveaway which will be launched shortly! See my review HERE.

3-in-1 Apple Peeler (£18.95) from Handpicked Collection which would make chutney and pie making a breeze. It will peel, core and slice. You can also use it for pears and potatoes.

Take out a subscription to The Simple Things magazine for yourself of a friend. It gives me hours of reading pleasure and is such a joy to receive each month. See more details HERE.

*PR samples

Monday, 9 November 2015

YOU Beauty Discovery Box - November 2015

I picked up November's YOU Beauty Discovery Box (£6.95 inc P&P) as I thought the products on offer this month were fab.

The first one which jumped out at me was Mitchell & Peach Flora No.1 Fine Radiance Face Oil 10ml (20ml - £30) making this worth £15 and a great value treat. The oil has a delicious scent (rose, lavender, ylang ylang) and helps to plump up the skin, firm and make it glowy. So looking forward to trying this. Expect a full review soon.

As I'm a huge fan of Dr Organic I knew my second item had to be their Royal Jelly Eye Serum (15ml - £9.49). This serum absorbs quickly and has a delicate honey scent. It helps with fine lines, reducing puffiness and dark circles as well as firming and nourishing. Again, looking forward to testing this out.

The extras are a DHC Alpha-Arbutin White Mask a single use sheet mask which help fight dullness and discolouration.  It also helps with ageing and any sun exposure. Fold over flaps allow you to treat the eye area too.

The second extra is I love...Perfectly Peachy Bath & Shower Creme sachet (10ml)

What did you pick this month?

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Green Circle Swap

A few weeks ago I made contact with Amber, Ana and Kate to see if they fancied doing a circle swap. I started it off and sent the box off to Amber with her taking out products she wanted and putting equal value bits back in before sending it onto Ana with Ana doing likewise before sending to Kate. Kate sent the box back to me and it was jam packed!

Here's what was inside at the start:

And here's what came back to me WOW!

Loads of gorgeous goodies and so many things I haven't tried before. Can't wait to delve in! I'm especially looking forward to trying the Therapi Lemon Myrtle Honey Gel Cleanser and the Marie Veronique goodies.

Have you taken part in a circle swap before?

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Saach Organics: Mint & Rosemary Hand & Body Lotion

I've been testing out Saach Organic's gorgeous Mint & Rosemary Hand & Body Lotion* (£10.95 - 200ml). It's packaged in a pump bottle which makes it easy to dispense the exact amount needed and is great value for money.

After having loved the Green Tea & Aloe Vera duo* - review I knew there was a pretty good chance I'd love this one also - I do!

It has a delicious minty scent which is uplifting and invigorating. The lotion absorbs quickly leaving the skin feeling nourished and comfortable. It would also be perfect to use as a cooling aftersun lotion.

Free from parabens, formaldehyde, sulphates and petrochemicals. Pick yours up at Love Lula.

*sent for review

Friday, 6 November 2015

Little Treats #11

My last Little Treats post was way back in July! Here's what I've been enjoying recently:

First up is the fabulous Bee Good Youth Enhancing Lift & Brighten Eye Cream 5ml (which I got in the LIB Get the Gloss Box). It's one of the nicest eye creams I've used lately - it's rich but absorbs quickly helping with fine lines and dark circles. I like that it's multi-purpose - you can also use it on fine lines around the lips.

I've wanted to try Balmology's Exotic Rose Beauty Oil for ages so was pleased to pick up this 4ml sample at Naturisimo. It has a lush rose scent and it absorbs easily into the skin nourishing as well as making the skin glow. I'll be adding full size to the ever expanding wishlist.

Glasgow based Beauty Kitchen has been on my radar like forever so it was great to see their Love Me Wonderbalm in Jane's The Dream Box IV. This cinnamon scented balm can be used on lips and other dry areas. I love the cute little tin too! 

Glamour mag are offering the choice of 4 Clinique goodies with the mag this month.  I picked Cherry Pop Lipstick which is a gorgeous glossy red shade and perfect for the forthcoming party season!

New to me brand (which also featured in the Get the Gloss Box with foot cream) is Prismologie and I've been enjoying the very lovely Pink O'Clock Hand & Cuticle Cream with Rose & Rose Quartz 10ml which soothes, moisturises and leaves the hands smelling delicious!

I've been testing out the new Optimal Skin ProMoisturiser (7ml)* by ESPA. It's a rich cream which absorbs easily. It "uses advanced responsive hydration to target the delivery of nutrient-rich, hydrating actives where the skin requires them most". The cream is suitable for all skin types, balances and nourishes. It also has a delicious orange scent and leaves my skin feeling great, really cared for and comfortable.

*PR sample