Thursday, 29 September 2016

September Empties

Here's what I've been using up in September:



Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser 50ml - I've collected a stash of these from beauty boxes. Love this beautiful cleanser. See my review HERE.

Lancaster Tan Maximiser Soothing Moisturising Repairing After Sun 50ml - this definitely prolonged my tan during my summer hols and I'd buy full size next time I'm going abroad as it just works and is nice to use.

Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Night Cream 4.2g sample - from Latest in Beauty's fab Build your own Box. A lush hydrating night cream which was great to use. Full size on the wishlist! I've got a couple of these little samples to use (get approx 3 uses from each making them great for try me or travel).

Aromatherapy Associates Revive Morning (7.5ml) and De-Stress Mind (9ml) Bath & Shower Oils. Love these. Sure to pick these up again. Real luxe aromatherapy brand.

Gallinée La Culture Hand Cream 50ml* - I absolutely loved this hand cream (and am a huge fan of the brand and range of products). See my review HERE. I recently found out Harvey Nichols is a stockist so will buy when my hand cream stash reduces a bit!

John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Hair Milk 118ml - this lasted absolutely ages! See my review HERE. I've since acquired a couple of minis in beauty boxes but I'd buy full size again.




The Body Shop British Rose Instant Glow Body Butter 50ml which had an intense rose scent (which I loved). A rich cream which melted easily onto the skin. Would buy (I received this one as a gift).

Molton Brown Coco & Sandalwood Nourishing Body Lotion 50ml - this was a hotel room freebie and I loved its coconutty spicy woody scent. I'd definitely buy as it's lovely. (I'm actually after the room spray in this scent).

Aesop Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser 50ml - this came in a gift set I treated myself to recently. Really lovely to use and I'd consider buying full size in the future once my stash reduces a bit.

Green & Spring Relaxing Shower & Bath Foam 50ml - Perfect for a relaxing long soak in the bath. Sure to buy again. See my review HERE.

bodhi & birch Mint Thé Bath & Shower Therapy 200ml - one of my favourites. See my review HERE. Just cracked open a new one!

Therapie Boost Hair & Body Wash 50ml - a multi-use product - you can use it on your hair and body. Nice. Would maybe buy again.





FoM London Age Defying Hand Serum 50ml* - which is unfortunately no longer in the range. See my review HERE. Loved it.

Mallow+White Revitalise Facial Oil 30ml* - a beautiful oil which was a pleasure to use. When I reduce this stash a bit I'll surely buy. See my review HERE.

Dahliana Wildflower Youth Serum 1oz* - I've have several of these serums both bought and gifted and I absolutely love it. See my review HERE. I'll definitely buy fab serum again as it does exactly what it says it will. One of my favourite products..ever!

de Mamiel Restorative Cleansing Balm 100ml - a simply divine cleansing balm and one everyone should try at least once! Loved it and will re-purchase at some point. See my review HERE.




I got the Neal & Wolf Daily Shampoo & Conditioner sachets (7ml) as Feel Unique pick n mix picks. These were both really nice to use and I'd maybe buy full size.

GM Reverie is a new Californian brand available at a beautiful world. Their MILK Anti-Frizz Leave in Nourishing Treatment (3ml sample) is fantastic. It leaves the hair static free, healthy and nourished. I'm definitely keen to try more from the brand.

My final two empties this month are perfumes (I rarely finish perfumes (or lipsticks!)

30ml Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne (a favourite which I'll re-purchase) and Lime Basil & Mandarin 9ml (a scent of which I've used more in body products previously) but I'd buy a full size scent now.

What have you been using up this month?

*gifted

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Live in the Light: Annmarie Skincare

Sue at Live in the Light recently contacted me to ask if I'd like to try and review some products by Annmarie Gianni. She absolutely swears by this beautiful brand is the distributor for UK and Europe customers.  It's a brand I hadn't heard of before and was founded by Annmarie and Kevin. Read their story HERE.

Here's the samples I was sent here:


And my thoughts?

Aloe-Herb Cleanser sample* (full size 50ml - £23.65, 100ml - £37.75) - which has a light milk texture and a lovely refreshing citrus scent. It removes all dirt, impurities and make up. The cleanser is Aloe-Vera based and infused with herbs and natural oils. The cleanser works well and keeps the skin feeling soft, moisturised and never tight or uncomfortable. Suitable for all skin types.

To use: AM/PM. Apply to damp skin, massaging before rinsing.

Neroli Toning Mist sample* (full size 50ml - £25.15) - this is gorgeous and one of my favourites. An Aloe-Vera infusion with the calming scent of Neroli. The mist softens, balances and hydrates the skin. 

To use: AM/PM after cleansing or to mist throughout the day to refresh the skin and the perfect pick-me-up.

Radiant Skin Silk sample* (full size 100ml - £26.75, 200ml - £41.75) - a light body milk which absorbs instantly. It has been formulated for dry and dehydrated skin types. Sunflower Seed Oil nourishes while Aloe-Vera hydrates and smoothes. Essential oils of Rosewood and Frankincense give the lotion an earthy floral scent. You can also use it sparingly on your face to nourish and repair.

To use: apply daily after a bath or shower.

Unscented Facial Oil sample* (full size 15ml - £39.30) - which is a herb infused oil and suitable for sensitive skins. It helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as nourishing and rejuvenating the skin. Formulated with Grapeseed, Pomegranate, Cranberry and Rosehip oils and is suitable for all skin types but especially sensitive.

To use: Apply to clean skin massaging until the oil is absorbed.

The final sample although effective I didn't really like its scent (which I think is a big thing in the enjoyment of a product, well for me anyhow). The Ayurvedic Facial Scrub sample* (full size 50ml - £22.75) is a blend of Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, Fenugreek, Rosemary and Shavegrass (and smells of curry powder!)

It sloughs off dead skin cells exfoliating the skin and absorbing excess oil leaving the skin radiant and renewed.

To use: combine 1tsp of the powder with a few drops of water in your palm to form a paste. For a richer scrub blend with a small amount of cleanser or oil. Massage the paste onto the skin before wiping with a wet warm cloth. Use 2-3 times a week.

Have you used any Annmarie Gianni products before? Pick yours up HERE.

*complimentary sent for review

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

September: Lately I've Been Loving


This sunflower at the Allotment - not mine unfortunately! So pretty and uplifting. 


Ouli's Ointment* (50ml - £21) which is a lush multi-purpose balm created by Stephanie who was inspired by her grandmother's use of natural remedies to cure all. The ointment is made with Olive Oil, Beeswax, Chamomile oil and Vitamin E. It moisturises the skin, makes a great eye balm, smoothes and heals chapped lips, tames flyaways and calms cuts and burns. As you'll know I adore a multi-purpose product and this one does it all and has a pleasant floral/herbal scent.


With having internet problems earlier in the month (and a lack of services for nearly 7 days) I'm way behind on my usual posts. My September Craft Gin Club box featured Elephant Gin - including mini bottles of the original gin and sloe gin with a special bigger bottle made exclusively for members. Divine chocolate and delicious ChariTea Red completed the box. Remember you can get a tenner off your first box with BEAUTYBALM.


I picked Kat Von D make up items from Love Me Beauty this month. I also loved that instead of a box we got a pretty make up bag.  You can get £21 worth of credits when you join using SANDR174. The lipstick is such a gorgeous shade (MAGICK) and I also love the packaging. Next month's top choices are by Benefit (so hurry if you want to get the Kat Von D).



I've been loving using these beautiful face oils by Ooh! Oils of Heaven* which you can buy at Love Lula. I'ts been great having a choice every day depending how my skin is feeling. Expect a review soon!



I was recently a tester for a new range of body oils over at Bodhi & Birch - you can see the stunning range available HERE. I've been trying the gorgeous Sicilian Rose* body oil which has an almost serum like texture and the scent is aromatic and rosey. Again, expect a review soon!


This new candle* by Beatitude is simply stunning. It most definitely "comforts" and is scented with mandarin, bergamot, clementine, geranium, lavender and eucalyptus. Expect a full review soon!



I came across Albus & Flora when browsing MyShowcase. They offer tinted (and a clear) lip balms which have a SPF30. They are really luxe with great packaging which is practical but pretty and offer wearable shades. The balms are formulated with alpine rose extract, cranberry, raspberry seed, seaberry, blackcurrant, avocado, grape, jojoba and sunflower oils.  The tinted balm gives the lips a light sheen of colour. Expect a fuller review shortly. I just wanted to sing their praises right now as they are so gorgeous!

What have you been loving this month?

*complimentary

Monday, 26 September 2016

Bloomtown Botanicals Review

I first mentioned Bloomtown Botanicals HERE and I now feel I've had time to try the products properly. I've been really impressed with how effective, lovely and reasonably priced they are.


The range is simply stunning and I love the simple but pretty packaging which is all recyclable.  If you return a clean jar back to Bloomtown Botanicals (Jars for Stars) you can collect stars which can be built up to receive discount coupons (an idea which I think is great).


3 Soap Sampler* (£3) are 3 x soap samples in a drawstring bag (as well as great for trying they'd also make a great Secret Santa or small gift). I took mine on holiday. I like that you can choose which ones you'd like from the range of scents.  The soaps are handcrafted in small batches and are free from palm oil, SLS, synthetic colours, detergents, animal products, wheat and parabens. Love these! I also love their clever travel soaps.

Here are the range of scents:

The Meadow: Lavender, Rose Geranium & Chamomile
The Grove: Blood Orange & Pink Grapefruit
The Woods: Vetiver, Cedar & Bergamot
The Cafe: Coffee, Hazelnut & Vanilla
The Rose Garden: Rose & White Florals
The Hedgerow: Blackberry & Honeysuckle
The Spring: Unscented Blue Clay & Indigo Leaf (sensitive skin)
The Clearing: Black Clay & Tea Tree (oily, acne-prone)

Bloom Balm - Tinted* (£4.40 - 15g) which comes in a cute little tin. The 100% Organic Tinted balm is made with Organic Beeswax, Cocoa butter, Sweet Almond, Jojoba and Castor oils, Vitamin E and essential oils of Peppermint, Lavender, Lemongrass and Rosemary and is tinted with natural pink and red clay. It lightly tints the lips and smells gorgeous. Again, I love this.


The Meadow Pink Himalayan Salt Soak* (£10 - 285g) I'm already a huge fan of Himalayan salts and the combination of salts, Vitamin E, Sweet Almond oil and essential oils of "The Meadow" - Lavender, Rose Geranium and Chamomile is a total winner in my book and perfect for a relaxing pamper.



The Meadow Sugar Scrub* (£12 - 285g) which has just the perfect amount of scrubbiness and has the delicious "The Meadow" scent. I've used the scrub on both my face (gently) and body and it reveals radiant and healthy skin. 

The Spring Blue Clay & Indigo Leaf Soothing Mask* (£10 - 60ml) is a 100% allergen-free mask which is suitable sensitive skins. Formulated with Blue Bentonite Clay, anti-inflammatory herbs and plant glycerine (which stops the mask drying your skin). Again, a really beautiful product.

I've been really impressed with everything I've tried. See the ranges available HERE

I'll definitely be picking up some Stocking Fillers and I'm after one of the Roll-on Perfume Oils and a candle next!

*complimentary - sent for review

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Naturisimo Science Meets Nature Discovery Box

Launching today is Naturisimo's Science meets Nature Discovery Box*. It's jam packed full of gorgeous products and costs only £13.95 (worth £67).



Inside is:

Skin & Tonic Brit Beauty Oil 10ml which contains only 5 ingredients and is 100% organic. It will nourish and repair the skin. I've tried this before and my skin loved it.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser 20ml which hydrates the skin leaving it looking dewy and radiant. Love!

Caudalie Resveratrol Lift Eye Lifting Overnight Cream 5ml which will reduce puffiness and smooth the delicate eye area.

Dr Hauschka Tinted Day Cream 5ml which gives the skin a subtle glow and hydrates the skin.

Bloom & Blossom Rejuvenating Facial Spritz 40ml which refreshes, awakens and helps improve elasticity. Looking forward to trying this one out!

Madara Time Miracle Cellular Repair Serum 15ml I've tried a few products from this new range already and they've all been fantastic. It is an intensive serum which boosts cellular renewal and helps smooth out lines and wrinkles.

The box is completed with two sachet samples:

Jurlique Nutri-Define Rejuvenating Overnight Serum 2ml sachet 
Kae Argan Royale Serum 2ml

A great box I think. Will you pick one up?

*complimentary

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Sample Sets: Skin & Tonic & Nourish at Naturisimo

I do love a sample/try me set and Naturisimo have a good selection. The two which caught my eye recently are by Skin & Tonic (£3.99) and Nourish (£1.99). 


The Skin & Tonic kit contains:

Calm Balm 5ml - a gentle balm with calendula, lavender and chamomile which moisturises dry skin. calms anxiety and stress and aids sleep. I've tried this balm before and it's fantastic.

Calm Clean 5ml - this is a new try for me (I'm a huge Steam Clean fan) so I'll have to see how this matches up! A 100% organic cleansing balm with aromatic oils which can cleanse and moisturise.

Coco Mask 5ml - yet another new try! This 100% natural face mask soothes, detoxifies and moisturises. Looking forward to trying this!

Gentle Scrub 5ml - a fab scrub which can also be used as a mask.

Naked Beauty Oil 1.75ml - great for sensitive skin as it contains oils which soothe, smooth and nourish.



The Nourish Skincare kit contains a set of samples in their own little envelope:

Nourish Treatment Argan Skin Rescue 2ml
Nourish Argan Skin Renew Cream 2ml
Nourish Golden Glow Illuminating Face Shimmer 2ml (love) (review)
Nourish Protect Replenishing Peptide Serum 2ml
Nourish Radiance Firming Facial Oil 2ml (review)

Are you a fan of sample sets?

Friday, 23 September 2016

Giveaway #5: Bee Cushion

For my 5th giveaway for my 5th blogiversary I've got a beautiful handmade bee cushion which is made with love by Dorothy who sells her beautiful cushions at Popping Up in Stockbridge. I chose hot pink velvet (reverse side gold) which would be great in the bedroom, lounge, study...anywhere really! The giveaway is world wide. Good Luck!




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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Shopping my Stash #81


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

Revlon's Ultra HD Matt Lipcolor in Devotion is just such a pretty shade. I love it's matt texture and long lasting colour too.

Mevita Youthful Day Cream 10ml which was a Latest in Beauty Build your own Box pick.  It firms, smoothes out fine lines, smells lovely and deeply nourishes the skin. Love!

Aesop Rind Concentrate Body Balm 50ml which I first tried when Galina at A Curious Russian in London sent me a sample. A truly uplifting rich body balm which has a citrus scent. It will cool and revive the skin and is perfect to use all year round. This is the body product which will chase away the winter blues!

Balm Balm Rose Floral Water 30ml* I received this in September's Love Lula Beauty Box*. I absolutely love it and am almost half way through it! Great to use as a toner or as a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day. It's one I'll definitely be replenishing.

4160Tuesdays Buddhawood Box EdP with woody spicy notes and a creamy lighter note which is perfect coming into Autumn.

Less is More Rose Serum 30ml which I reviewed HERE. A beautiful product which makes the hair look shiny, smooth and healthy.

What have you been reaching for lately?

*samples from Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Bloom Perfumery: Yearly Sample Pack: September 2016


My Bloom Perfumery September sample pack arrived yesterday and this month it's #LucaTurinApproved - Perfume writer and co-author of the perfume lover's bible "Perfumes: The A-Z Guide" of which I have an early edition and which has given me hours and hours of reading pleasure.

Onto the perfumes this month which have all recently featured on Luca's blog:

Baruti Berlin in Winter (Indigo RMX) Extrait de Parfum (30ml - £80, 1ml - £5) which has notes of amber, cassis, coffee, frankincense, iris, lavender, leather, mastic, myrrh, plum, rose and whisky. I initially didn't like this scent but it's definitely growing on me. 

AEON 001 Extrait de Parfum (65ml - £200, 1.2ml - £10) which was the one which initially jumped out at me. With notes of tobacco and vetiver. Luca says "the best vetiver in a long time". It is blended with a distinct note of honey and white flowers with a touch of smoke and resin. Love!

Angela Ciampagna Liquo EdP (50ml - £95, 1.6ml - £5) which is really unusual and has a distinct liquorice aroma making it quite mouthwatering. With top notes of lavandin, violet and lemon with a heart of anise, licorice, straw and coumarin with a base of incense, vetiver and tonka beans. 

.vero.profumo. Mito EdP (50ml - £138, 1.2ml - £5) with top notes of green leaves, a heart of champaca, magnolia grandiflora and tuberose with a base of galbanum and hyacinth. It opens with a green freshness developing into a creamy heady floral with a woody base. Like this one a lot.

Nishane Sultan Vetiver Extrait de Parfum (50ml - £120, 1ml - £5) which is a mix of vetivers from all over the world - Java, Brazil, Haiti and Bourbon) and is heady and exotic. It has top notes of absinthe, Java vetiver, bergamot and Peruvian pepper a heart of Bourbon vetiver, neroli, Haiti vetiver and tonka beans with a base of amber, Brazil vetiver and leather. Huge fan of this perfume house, my favourite being Boszporusz.

Just landed is Brocard Queen of Spades Modern EdP 1.5ml (which I can't actually find online yet!) It has top notes of citruses and mango, a heart of jasmine, orange blossom and white rose and a base of patchouli, vanilla, marshmallow and white musk and is very fruity and sweetly edible.

What are your thoughts on this month's selection?

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Botanicals: Nourish Body Polish: Organic Beauty Week 2016

I've been testing out Botanicals Nourish Body Polish with Wild Rose & Rose Geranium (70g trial size)* (full size 175g - £24) and it's absolutely beautiful. It has just the right amount of scrubbiness and it smells deeply of roses.

The range is hand made in small batches in rural England. Products are 100% natural and are certified organic by The Soil Association.


Made with raw organic cane sugar, Himalayan mineral crystal and a blend of anti-ageing essential oils including wild rose and rose geranium. The polish removes dead skin cells, regenerates and rejuvenates the skin. 

The scrub is included in a special offer for the Soil Association's Organic Beauty Week which ends on 25 September. See more details here.

To use: remove a small amount of polish and mix with a little water between your palms, spread over the body, adding more water until all the granules have dissolved. Rinse.

An effective and beautiful product which smoothes and softens to reveal younger looking and softer skin.

See my other Botanicals reviews: Therapeutic Foot Soak*Orange Blossom Body Balm*Try Me Set and Hand & Nail Serum.

What's your favourite product from Botanicals?

*complimentary

Monday, 19 September 2016

Claudia Louch Botanical Skincare: Botanical Cleansing Lotion

I've been testing out Claudia Louch Botanical Cleansing Lotion (£37.40 for 240ml)* which makes cleansing into an indulgent ritual. It is pricey but I'd reckon the tube would last at least 6 months (and probably longer) as you only need a tiny amount (and the tube is huge).


Suitable for all skin types (although the lotion has quite a strong floral scent) and packed in a functional plain tube and box.

The cleansing lotion produces a gentle lather which is derived from coconut and sugar beets. Chamomile, Aloe Vera, Cucumber and Green Tea are the active ingredients.

84% natural, hypoallergenic, allergy tested, non-comedogenic and chemical free. Packaging is recyclable.

To use: wet skin and add a tiny amount to the palms lathering before massaging over the skin and rinsing.

Nice to use, the cleanser feels comfortable on the skin and leaves it feeling nourished and clean.

Have you used any Claudia Louch Botanical Skincare products?

*PR sample - gifted for review

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Madara Oil-to-Milk Scrub


I've been testing out Madara's Oil-to-Milk Scrub (60ml - £24)* which gently exfoliates the skin.

The scrub, which has a gel like texture cleanses and buffs with apricot and oat molecules which bind to dirt and impurities removing them from the skin while gentle wax microbeads clean blocked pores and polish while stimulating skin cell regeneration.

To use: apply to dry skin in circular motions (avoiding the eye area). Splash some water onto your skin and the oil turns to a milk which cleans the skin.

Use 2-3 times a week for radiant and healthy skin. Suitable for all skin types. Pick yours up at MyShowcaseNaturisimo or Content Beauty & Wellbeing.

I'm a huge fan of the this scrub which leaves my skin feeling polished, clean and looking glowy and healthy.

See my other Madara reviews: Micellar Water (love!), Time Miracle Cellular Nutrients Toning Mist* and Refreshing Soap.

What's your favourite Madara product?

*PR samples

Saturday, 17 September 2016

YOU Beauty Box

I've missed a few months of the You Beauty Box, mainly due to holidays and nothing really taking my fancy. I jumped back in when I spotted this month's picks.

I chose to stay with the original format - 2 items for £6.95. You can now pay more and get more - 3 products for £8.96 and 4 products for £10.95. See HERE.  The extras this month are a packet of popcorn, a nanoblur sachet (2ml) and The Hero Project Hyasoft Instant Moisture Boost sachet (3ml).


The Erno Laszlo Firm & Lift Firmarine Hydrogel Mask (single use) is worth £14! Looking forward to trying it.

My second pick is Weleda's cult product Skin Food 30ml which is worth £6.95. It deeply nourishes and calms dry and rough skin making it great for elbows, knees and feet.

Did you pick up a box this month?

Friday, 16 September 2016

Giveaway #4: Pure Natural Box Edition #5 - it's over!

I've got a now sold out Pure Natural Box Edition #5 as my #4 giveaway prize for my 5th Blogiversary! (I'm sure I should have made this prize #5 but I couldn't wait!)

The box is absolutely fantastic - see my review HERE. Rebecca, the founder of Pure Natural Box is going to send my UK winner the prize direct. Good luck all!





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Thursday, 15 September 2016

Feel Unique: Pick 'n' Mix: September 2016

My September Pick 'n' Mix arrived yesterday from Feel Unique and I'm really pleased with my picks this month - see what I chose last month HERE.

Onto this month..


I'm a huge Miller Harris fan and I find perfume sample vials are just great to see if you like a perfume enough before buying (I bought my favourite Vetiver Insolence after a sample (or two).

My picks this month - Lumiere Doree and Etui Noir (both 2ml vials) both are beautiful but I like Etui Noir a lot.

this works Sleep Plus+ Hair Elixir 5ml has been on the wishlist a while. Looking forward to testing it out.

I picked a soap sample (which smells truly delicious, spicy and mouthwatering) by Soapsmith (Baker Street - which is reminiscent of freshly baked cinnamon buns). Expect a review soon!

My final pick is from Neal & Wolf and is a double sachet (both 7ml) of Daily Cleansing Shampoo and Daily Conditioner (these are suitable for all hair types and are paraben and sulphate free)

Pick yours up HERE. The sample service costs only £3.95 a month which is redeemable on your next purchase.

What did you pick this month?

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Love Lula Beauty Box: September 2016

As part of the LLABP (Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program) I receive a beauty box* every month to review (from this month). As ever all reviews are my own genuine thoughts.

So what's inside the September Love Lula Beauty Box? It's jam packed with gorgeous products for the skin.




There is a full size of Ooh! Oils of Heaven Baobab Oil (30ml - £19) which I can't wait to try out. It's a new launch from the brand and subscribers are among the first to try it. Rich in Omega 3, 6, and 9 it rejuvenates and regenerates the skin.

The second two items to jump out at me are Balm Balm's Rose Floral Water Hydrosol (30ml - £7.50) which can be used as a toner or to refresh the skin throughout the day.  FoM London's Hydra Plump Serum 10ml sample size is worth over £15. Again, can't wait to try!

I'm already a huge fan of Madara and Kimberly Sayer and from these brands there is an AHA Brightening Peel Mask (12.5ml - £4.95) and a sachet of their fabulous Micellar Water (review) and also a sachet Ultra Light Moisturiser SPF 30 from Kimberly Sayer (which I also already love!)

A brilliant box this month. Sign up today for the October box. The subscription costs £12.50 a month. You can also sign up for 3 months or a year. Love Lula will ship internationally too. See more details HERE.

And remember for box subscribers every month you get 20% off the featured products.

*sent to me as a member of the LLABP

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

YOU Beauty: Soil Association Ltd Ed Beauty Box: Organic Beauty Week (19-25 September)

YOU Beauty in association with Soil Association have recently launched a fabulous beauty box to celebrate Organic Beauty Week (19-25 September). Costing only 20 quid (with free P&P if you are a YOU Beauty member) it's jam packed with gorgeous products and worth over £75!



I've just realised I have another beautiful serum to add to my stash in the form of Botanicals Radiance Serum (30ml) which is worth £30!  Expect a review soon!

Two brands which I absolutely love are Skin & Tonic and Terre Verdi and from them we have Rose Mist 20ml (review) and Good Oils Cleansing Oil 30ml. I recently tried Terre Verdi's FranChouliPom Body Oil & Balancing Facial Serum (review) so I'm looking forward to trying the cleanser.

Also inside is cult Neal's Yard Remedies Wild Rose Balm 15g a best-seller which smells divine and is multi-use - it can be used as a mask, a moisturising balm or a deep cleansing balm. Truly lush!

A full size Odylique Organic Eyeliner in Black (you can never have enough eyeliners!) is also inside and worth £12.50.

The box is completed with some Natracare Cleansing Make-Up Removal wipes x 5 and Kiki Health Food Supplements which are all 100% raw and pure - Camu Camu, Wheatgrass, Acai, Baobab and Maca powders which you can add to smoothies for an extra boost.

Did you pick up a box? What are your thoughts on the contents? Pick yours up HERE.

Monday, 12 September 2016

My Oils & Serums Stash

Random Surfer who follow me on twitter asked a while back if I'd do a post on my oils and serums. I promised (but just hadn't got round to it). So here it is better late than never! 

I have reviewed quite a few of them but there are some new additions which are awaiting review. Here goes..

Oils:


And up closer..


Kiss the Moon After Dark Face Oil 5ml which is a super luxe and pampering oil which smells beautiful. See my thoughts HERE.

Not even out the box yet is Dr Botanics Vegan Advanced Anti-Oxidant Superfood Facial Oil*. I've just received this to review so look out for a review shortly.

Holistic Green Beauty Orchid Cellular Protection Oil 20ml* this beautiful oil has been created by Danny (Holistic Green Beauty blog) and is one from a range of products. You can see my review HERE.

Ooh! Oils of Heaven are a new to me brand and I'm looking forward to testing the range out. I received both the mini set* (Organic Argan, Organic Rosehip, Organic Moringa and Natural Cacay) and the full size Organic Baobab* from Love Lula via their Accredited Blogger Program - so expect reviews soon!

Estelle & Thild Superbioactive Repairing Oil Complex 30ml* is beautiful used in conjunction with their BioDefense Multi-Action Youth Serum* see my review of both of them HERE.

Algenist Advanced Anti-Ageing Repairing Oil 7ml which I received in a SpaceNK GWP. I've still to review this one.

Viridian Ultimate Beauty Organic Rose Oil 15ml* is deeply nourishing and has a beautiful rose scent. It really is a luxe oil and perfect for coming into Autumn/Winter. See my review HERE.

I just recently reviewed Alucia Organics Rosehip Oil 30ml* which is a really beautiful nourishing oil. See my review HERE.

Angela Langford Bloom & Glow Radiance Restoring Face Oil 15ml* which nourishes and cares for the skin leaving it glowy and healthy. See my review HERE.

I picked up this tiny Aromatherapy Associates Hydrating Revitalising Face Oil 3ml as a sample. It's really lovely like all Aromatherapy Associates products!


Just peeking from the corner of the photo is the gorgeous l'etoile infinie elixir 30ml* from ARgENTUM Apothecary which I'm nearly ready to review. 

Mitchell & Peach Flora No.1 Fine Radiance Face Oil 10ml came in a YOU Beauty Box and featured in a shopping my stash post.

Clarins Blue Orchid Treatment Oil 5ml which is a cult Clarins product. Rich and super nourishing it is the perfect product to use for a home facial treatment. Lush!

I recently reviewed MOA's fabulous Aphrodite Facial Oil* and you can see my thoughts HERE.

Indie Lee was I think the first brand I tried from a beautiful world and it's still very much a favourite today. I love her Squalane Facial Oil 1oz (it's just SO good) You can see my review HERE

Blue Labelle Light & Balancing Facial Oil 10ml which smells gorgeous. It uses a blend of Geranium, Sweet Orange & Frankincense and you can see my review HERE.

I'm nearing the end of Plant ØÅ Face Oil 30ml* which I absolutely loved. See my review HERE

I've still got a teeny bit of my de Mamiel Autumn Facial Oil 20ml which was from last Autumn! See my review HERE.

Huge love for Bodhi & Birch (and a real pleasure to meet founder Elijah Choo at last in August - it was so lovely to also meet Andy (Pampered Prince) too). I adore both Neroli Luce and Desert Rose (review) face oils.

Mallow + White Revitalise Facial Oil 30ml* I'm actually on my last few drops of this one! See my review HERE.

AD Organic Rose Geranium Nourishing Night Treatment 50ml which came in a YOU Beauty Box. It's really lovely. I haven't actually done a review of this one but way back in 2012 I reviewed their original Nourishing Night Treatment - see HERE.

MV Organics Pure Jojoba 35ml which came to me via a Cult Beauty GWP. I've used it a few times and it seems lovely.

Serums:





When I first got the NIOD products I used them night and day but now I just use a few times a week. I have MMHC and CAIS 1.00% in my stash. I know they are not "green" but I find they do help with lines other oils and serums do not!

The FoM London Hydra Plump Serum sample came in my September Love Lula Beauty Box and I'm excited to try it!

My pal Julie and me exchange Birthday and Christmas gifts and this Su-Man Velvet Skin Serum Brightening Serum 15ml came from her! It feels really luxurious on the skin and is perfect to use before applying make up. Definitely want to try more from the range.

Estelle & Thild Super BioActive Age Control Serum* (mentioned above with the matching oil).

YTTP Serum* 1oz is absolutely fantastic! It instantly tightens and brightens and is made with ingredients such as Kale, Tripeptide 37, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid. Love! 

A.S Apothecary Facial Serum #3 25ml* is one of the most luxurious serums I've used. See my review HERE.

Bee Good Hydrate, Smooth & Prime Serum 30ml* is just fantastic. See my review HERE.

Nearly there...


A few months back I won Terre Verdi's 1st Instagram competition and picked for one of my items their Balancing Facial Serum (review). Their FranChouliPom Facial Serum came in Edition #5 of the Pure Natural Box (initial thoughts) and I can't wait to try it!

One of the most luxurious serums I have ever tried has got to be Emma Hardie's Midas Touch Face Serum 15ml I just love everything about it. It makes my skin look radiant and nourished, it feels lovely on the skin and smells amazing. Really love it!

I received the duo of Odacite* products from Face Gym and you can see my thoughts on Gt +L (Green Tea & Lemongrass)* and C a R (Wild Carrot) serums* HERE. I'm a huge fan of the brand.

AEOS Realive Serum 30ml* came in a set and you can see my thoughts HERE. It is a really beautiful product.

Tata Harper's Rejuvenate Serum 30ml again came in a GWP and gulp I've not really tried it much!

What's in your Oils & Serums stash and do we share a love of any product?

*PR samples