Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A Closer Look: Leave in Conditioners, Treatments & Oils

I do love my hair products!  Here's what is currently in my stash of Leave-in Conditioners, Treatments and Oils.

Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Strong Roots 150ml - this is great for refreshing the hair and scalp, to soothe tightness and hair prone to dryness or to refresh the hair between shampoos. 

Argan Dew Miraculous Argan Oil Daily Hair Treatment 3.5ml sachet* - a fantastic treatment oil which you use prior to blow drying. It leaves the hair shiny, healthy and frizz free.

Hairy Jayne Pre-Shampoo Treatment Oil 30ml - I like to use this as an overnight treatment shampooing out in the morning.  See my initial thoughts here.

Philip B Katira Hair Masque 60ml - this masque makes my hair look amazing. Like I've just stepped out the hairdressers - frizz free and super bouncy and shiny. Love it! 

A'Kin Lavender & Anthyllis Leave-In Conditioner 150ml - one of my all time favourite products. Leaves the hair feeling conditioned and soft.  I've mentioned it numerous times on the blog.

Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil 28ml - this is a newish purchase. It smells gorgeous, is rich and super moisturising and leaves the hair looking silky soft and in great condition. I like to use this as an intensive treatment or tame frizzy bits of hair after blowdrying. 

John Masters Organics Rose & Apricot Hair Milk 118ml - I adore this! See my review here.

John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler 30ml
- I've been using this on and off for years. It just does what it says and leaves the hair smooth and silky soft as well as smelling nice.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer 40ml - a pre-shampoo treatment which although a bit of a faff to do leaves the hair smooth and looking gorgeous!

Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Replenishing Hair Milk 250ml - this smells of coconuts yum! See my initial thoughts here.

Yarok Feed Your Youth Hair & Scalp Serum 1oz* - love this pre-shampoo treatment and love that you can also add it to your conditioner for an added boost. See my full review here.

Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave In Conditioner 2oz - a lightweight mist which conditions your ends. This featured in my Summer Saviours - see here.

Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment 10ml* - this is one I've used for while and always seem to come back to. Love it's scent.  See my review here.

BiOrganics Salon Secrets Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil 12ml - a natural oil which softens, smooths, repairs and leaves the hair looking healthy.  Can be used before and after blowdrying.  Would like to try more from this brand.

Leonor Greyl Huile de Palme 25ml - this came in the much loved Boudoir Privee Box. In fact I loved it so much I ended up with about 6 or 7 via swaps! See my review here.

Kerastase Elixir Ultime 50ml - I got this as a freebie and it's really nice to use. Leaves the hair soft, frizz free and shiny. Can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment or to tame flyaways.

Holy Lama Hair Oil 30ml - this came in a cute little set in July's Souk Souk box. I've not tried it yet! But plan to soon.

The Argan Company Argan Oil 30ml* - I won this in a twitter competition. Love how versatile it is - use it on your hair, face, hands, cuticles and body. I love a multi-purpose product.

Have you used any of these? What is your favourite Leave in Conditioner, Treatment or Oil?

*PR samples

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

DGJ Organics Hair Juice Clarifying Shampoo & Conditioner

I'd just run out of my usual Redken Nature's Rescue Refreshing Detox Shampoo when I was asked if I'd like to review DGJ Organics Hair Juice Clarifying Shampoo* and Conditioner* (both 250ml & £5.99).

The range was originally developed by celeb hairdresser and colourist, Daniel Galvin Jnr. ten years ago when there were few organic hair care products available.

All products are salon tested and approved by Daniel. The same formulas he created are used today.  Products are just over 70% organic and contain no harsh chemical and little or no foaming ingredients.  Medichem (who make the products now) work in conjunction with The Soil Association.

Hair Juice Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner smell fantastic. They are scented with Mandarin Essential Oil and Rose Extracts and are perfect for hair which feels greasy, dull and limp.  The shampoo gently cleanses refreshing the hair and removing styling product build up.  Used in conjunction with the conditioner hair is left shiny, healthy and refreshed.

Have you tried any DGJ Organics products before?  I've got my eye on the Hangover Hair range next.

*PR samples

Monday, 15 September 2014

Shopping my Stash #57

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

Shay & Blue Atropa Belladona Natural Spray - I'm now on my second bottle of this fruity, floral and heady scent. I just love it. See my review here.

Skin Blossom Facial Toner - this came in this month's Love Lula beauty box. An effective toner which is reasonably priced and smells good! I'm enjoying using it and a full review will follow.

Schmidt's Ylang Ylang+Calendula Natural Deodorant* - I simply adore this natural deodorant.  See my review here.

Bee Yummy Skin Food* - I'm nearly at the end of this super moisturising cream. It's scent takes a bit of getting used to but now I love it!  I've been mixing it with a drop of Indie Lee's Squalane Facial Oil* for extra moisture. See my review of Bee Yummy here and Indie Lee here.

bite beauty Lip Gloss No.6 - I simply adore this beautiful glossy lip gloss. I just love this shade. Gives the lips a pop of colour. 

de Mamiel Rosey Lip Balm - my favourite lip balm. See my review here.  

What have you been reaching for lately?

*PR samples

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Natural & Organic Make-Up

I've got a huge stash of make up but not much of it is natural and organic. 

I know I want to try an ILIA Lipstick and some more from rms beauty.

And onto my (very small) collection...

Madara Moon Flower Rose Beige Tinting Fluid - love to use this at weekends for very light coverage. Love the grassy type scent it has too!

rms beauty "un" cover up and "un" powder - these are both staples I use everyday. Expensive but worth it.

bite beauty deconstructed rose lip glosses - my most favourite lip glosses ever! I love the range of shades which give a glossy pop of colour and they are scented with rose. Love.

Neals Yard Remedies Lip Gloss in Goji Berry - this came as a magazine freebie. Glossy sheer colour which is super moisturising.

Medusa Lipstick in Baroque* - a vegan lipstick in a really pretty shade. This came in February's Vegan Cuts box.

Xenca Perfection Lipstick in Spice* - long lasting moisturising colour - see my review here.

PHB Ethical Beauty Lip Pencil in Nude - this came in April's Souk Souk box and works well with the lipstick above.

Lily Lolo English Rose Lip Gloss*, Miami Taupe Mineral Eyeshadow* (review) and Romantic Rose Lipstick. All really wearable shades.

BWC Natural Mineral Eye Pencil in Brown - my main colour choice for eyeliner.

Modern Minerals Eyeshadow in Vixen* - this is a brown with golden shimmer.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip & Cheek Stain in Forever Pink - this is always in my stash as I love its natural shade.

What do you suggest I add to my collection?

*PR samples

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Odylique Gift Set

I took advantage of Love Lula's very generous 20% off for Beauty Box subscribers and treated myself to an Odylique Gift Set (Essential Care). I've been keen to try more of their skincare items for a while.  The set comes boxed and tied with an orange ribbon and I think it would make a fab gift.

Love Lula also offer 3 samples per order and I chose a selection from REN.

Silk Touch Cleanser 20g - I've been keen to try this cleanser for a while now having read lots of positive reviews.  With a double action formula the cleanser deeply cleanses removing all make up and daily grime.  With an oil-gel texture it turns to a milk on contact with water. Review will follow!

Calming Rose Super Tonic 5ml - I love anything rose and this smells gorgeous! The tonic is a special concentrated distillation and packed full of antioxidants and phytonutrients. It uplifts, stimulates cell regeneration and calms the skin.

Organic Superfruit Concentrate 5ml - another product I've been keen to try for a while. A super serum which is stuffed full of good things for the skin. It give the skin an instant radiance boost and is the ultimate pre/post party pick me up!

Organic Calendula Balm 20g - a multi-use balm for dry and cracked skin. Use it on heels, lips, hands cuticles, elbows, knees even as a cleanser! 

I can't wait to try everything out.  Have you used any of these?  What's your favourite Odylique product?

Friday, 12 September 2014

Nourish Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser

Nourish's latest launch Kale Enzymatic Exfoliating Cleanser (50ml - £16.50)* is a multi-use product (the kind which I love).  You can use it as a cleanser - massage over wet skin before rinsing, as a daily mask - smooth over dry skin and leave for two minutes or for a weekly facial - apply as a mask, leave for five minutes or so and then spritz with toner/water which will soften then massage in circular motions before rinsing. I've tried all three ways and find them all effective at leaving the skin radiant and healthy. The exfoliating grains are gentle and the scrub has a floral scent.

It contains Pomegranate enzymes to exfoliate, Organic Kale extract increases suppleness, Probiotics oxygenate the skin and Griffonia extract shields against environmental aggressors.  The exfoliating cleanser is 81% Certified Organic and is suitable for all skin types.

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

*PR sample

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Love Lula Beauty Box - September

September's Love Lula Beauty Box is fantastic! It celebrates Organic Beauty Week (8-14 September) and is packed full of goodies! Seven full size and sample sizes - we've been spoiled this month!  As always Love Lula offer a generous 20% off the brands featured in the box.

Skin Blossom Facial Toner 150ml (£5.95) - Skin Blossom is an affordable Certified Organic Skincare range. The toner is suitable for all skin types it conditions and purifies the skin. Witch Hazel tightens pores and Aloe Vera and Glycerin soothe and condition. Scented with Rose Geranium, Ylang Ylang and Lavender essential oils. Looking forward to trying this.

Odylique Lip Silk 4.5g (£5.50) - a deeply nourishing lip balm made with beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and orange essential oil to moisturise, repair and protect. Can be worn alone or under lipstick.

Bentley Organic Moisturising Hand Sanitiser 50ml (£3.65) - I've use their bar soaps before which I enjoyed.  The Hand Sanitiser is alcohol, paraben and fragrance free and there are up to 125 uses in this bottle!  This little bottle is going in my desk drawer.

Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum 30ml (£13.25) - a super luxe serum made from a blend of Rosehip, Jojoba and Borage Oils along with Frankincense, Rose Geranium, Palmarosa, Juniper and Mandarin Essential Oils. It smells gorgeous!  It "feeds your skin", absorbs easily leaving the skin radiant and rejuvenated. Can't wait to try this!

Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty Balm 15g (£7.25) - I simply adore this facial balm! See my review here.  Really pleased to see this feature again in a Love Lula box.

Finally, there are two pai trial sizes - Kukui & Jojoba Bead Brightening Exfoliator - I've had a couple of samples of this gentle exfoliator which gently polishes the skin leaving the skin refreshed and radiant and Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream for dry/sensitive/normal skin which hydrates, softens and protects.

My favourite box to date! What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

New! Aromatherapy Associates Miniature Bath & Shower Oil Set

Aromatherapy Associates have just launched a new Miniature Bath & Shower Oil collection which now includes Inner Strength Bath & Shower Therapy. What you get are ten 3ml single use oils which can be added to your bath or smoothed over your body before showering.  I'm a huge fan of these bath oils and especially love Inner Strength - see my review here.

The set retails at £35 and would make a great gift for a friend or as a treat to yourself! 

Deep Relax: (another favourite) contains Vetivert, Camomile and Sandalwood. Relaxing, Comforting and helps you get a good night's sleep.

Relax Light: with Lavender, Ylang Ylang and Petigrain which helps to gently relax, unwind and soothe.

De-Stress Mind:  contains Frankincense, Petigrain, Wild Camomile and Rosemary to focus and ease emotional stress.

De-Stress Muscle:  with Rosemary, Black Pepper, Lavender and Ginger. Great after a workout as it eases aches and pains.

Revive Morning:  refreshing, invigorating and reviving this bath & shower oil contains Grapefruit, Rosemary and Juniper.

Revive Evening:  reviving and re-energising it contains Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and Sandalwood.  

Support Breathe:  great to use when you have a cold/flu as it contains Eucalyptus, Pine, Tea Tree and Peppermint.  Refreshing and Cleansing.

Support Lavender & Peppermint:  comforting and relaxing with simply Lavender and Peppermint.

Support Equilibrium: comforts and uplifts containing Geranium, Rose and Frankincense.

Inner Strength:  to make you feel positive and uplifted. It contains Clary Sage, Frankincense and Cardamon and gives you strength during difficult times.  10% of proceeds from a full size bottle goes to Defence Against Cancer Foundation. It helps to relax, calm and focus the mind.

Have you tried these Bath & Shower Oils?  Do you have a favourite?

*PR sample

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Revisiting: Natural Wisdom

I was thinking about brands I'd loved in the past and hadn't used for a while and thought I'd do a sort of "revisiting" type post.  First one up is Natural Wisdom, a small company based in Hampshire with strong eco and ethical values. The company was founded in 2007 by Maeve Smith, a Homeopath with a passion for organic agriculture, ecology, herbal medicine and nutrition.

You can see my review of their Rose & Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydrating Toner here.  I also tried the Rosehip & Pomegranate Facial Cream Cleanser which I had to try after reading Danny's excellent in-depth review.

On browsing the website these products caught my eye:

Vitamin C & Pomegranate Antioxidant Hand Cream (50ml - £18) - a rich and nourishing hand cream which is easily absorbed. Love that you can choose your scent or choose unscented.  I like the sound of Happiness with essential oils of Ylang Ylang, Lime, Cardamon, Rosewood, Black Pepper and Sandalwood.

Rosehip & Pomegranate Antioxidant Skin Survival Balm (100ml - £24) - this balm sounds like it will be perfect coming into Autumn/Winter. It soothes, nourishes and protects the skin leaving it soft and supple. Use on dry patches, hands, feet, lips, cuticles and to tame flyaway hair. I so love a multi-purpose product!  Packed full of nourishing ingredients like raw Shea Nut Butter and cold blended Rosehip, Raspberry and Pomegranate Seed oils.  You can buy this balm unscented or Wisdom scent which is a blend of Frankincense, Marjoram, Cedar Wood, Lavender and Rose.

Have you used any Natural Wisdom products lately?

Monday, 8 September 2014

Organic Beauty Week: Pinks Boutique Try Me Set - Lemongrass Facial

Pinks Boutique is holding it's second Organic Beauty Festival to coincide with The Soil Association's Organic Beauty Week which runs from today until the 14th September.  Pinks Boutique Spas, Salons and Treatment Rooms will be running special discounts, offers and free gifts with treatments.  There is also an exclusive offer running on Try Me Sets - two boxes can be purchased for the special price of £25 (instead of £40 but this excludes the anti-ageing set although it will be available during the festival at a special price of £15).

I was sent the fabulous Try Me Set - Lemongrass Facial (£20)* which includes a range of mini try me sizes suitable for normal/combination/oily skin types. The sets are super luxe and beautifully packaged - would make great gifts too!  All products are natural, certified organic and hand blended with love and care in England.

Lemongrass & Mandarin Cleanser - this cleanser is great at removing all make up and daily grime and smells simply divine.  Massage onto damp skin and remove with a warmed damp muslin cloth.  It is soothing and purifying. Use AM and PM.  Loved this and would buy full size.

Lemongrass & Mandarin Toner - a refreshing light spritz which is restorative and balancing. It also contains green and white tea to sooth an calm. Apply to a cotton pad after cleansing. This is my favourite item from the set.

Bamboo & Oatmeal Facial Polish - bamboo and oatmeal gently exfoliate the skin for natural regeneration of skin cells. Massage in gentle circular movements before rinsing. Suitable for all skin types.

Green Clay & Camellia Mask - this mask deeply cleanses and draws out impurities. My oily T-zone has been loving this mask.  Apply to the skin avoiding eye and lip areas leave on for 10 minutes and remove with a warmed mitt.

Lemongrass & Camellia Moisturiser - a balancing and refreshing lotion which contains Camellia oil and Aloe Vera to soothe and heal.  This is a perfect moisturiser for spring/summer but if you feel your skin needs a bit more moisture as the seasons change try Face Balm or Night Balm

I really enjoyed using this little Try Me kit and I'll definitely be picking up one or two of the others available - see the range here.

Have you tried any Pinks Boutique products before?  What are your favourites?

*PR sample

Sunday, 7 September 2014

IW Natural Candle Company: Tuberose & Hibiscus

I adore scented candles and the ones from IW Natural Candle Company are gorgeous! I was very kindly sent one from their Restoring & Rebalancing Range. Each range has a selection of candle scents to chose from.

The candles are handmade in a garden workshop on the Isle of Wight and are made using natural soy wax and the finest essential oils.

I was sent a medium candle* which retails at £12.50 gift boxed. The candles start at £5.50 for a small one which is great as there are a lot of scents and you may wish to sample a few or give as a small gift.

Postage & Packaging is reasonable - £2.50 if your order is up to £20, £4.50 for purchases up to £30 and for orders over £30 postage is £6.50.  European and International orders carry a surcharge.  

Tuberose & Hibiscus has a sweet and floral scent with honey and spicy tones. Tuberose is one of my favourite scents and this candle lightly scents the room.

These other ones caught my eye (I'll be adding them to my wishlist) are - from Comforting & Soothing - Cinnamon & Vanilla, from Relaxing & Calming - Neroli, from Uplifting & Refreshing - Pink Grapefruit and from Restoring & Rebalancing - Rose Geranium.

Have you tried these candles?  If so, what's your favourite scent?

*PR sample

Saturday, 6 September 2014

YOU Beauty Discovery Box - Birthday Special - September

My YOU Beauty Discovery Box arrived yesterday afternoon. Costing only £6.95 including P&P it's the best value box out there!

I chose Wild about Beauty Nutrilips Colour SPF15 Lipstick which is full size and worth £15.00. The shade I got is called Bobbie, a nude shade. The lipstick feels super moisturising on the lips and I quite like the colour.

My second item(s) were an ARK duo of Shower Gel & Body Butter (which has a texture more like a lotion). Both are 30ml and in the scent Loving which combines Ylang Ylang, Neroli, Patchouli, Camomile, Bay, Rosewood, Myrhh, Rose and Black Pepper. I'm looking forward to trying these out.

As this is YOU Beauty Discovery Box's first birthday everyone received an extra product in the form of Toni & Guy's Glamour Volume Plumping Whip 90ml and worth £7.19. It is said to create all day body and bounce without flyaways.

Extras: two Crabtree & Evelyn Teabags in Afternoon Tea and Blackberry Green Tea, a make-up sponge and a £25 Hello Fresh Gift Voucher (which is only available to new customers of Hello Fresh).

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

Friday, 5 September 2014

Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Shower Gel

I'm trying to prolong summer with Organic Surge's Fresh Ocean Shower Gel 250ml - £4.75* which is scented with Lemon, Lime and Rosemary. A perfect wake up call in the morning or if you still have a beach holiday to come, great to refresh and cleanse after a day sunbathing.

Perfect for all skin types it cleanses, conditions and soothes.  Certified Organic by EcoCert, 98.9% natural it is suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans and there is no Animal Testing.

Organic Lime revives, Organic Rosemary purifies and tones and Organic Lemon cleanses, detoxifies and rejuvenates. It has a great uplifting scent.

You can buy direct from Organic Surge - see here (and check out the current offers) as well as John Lewis, Peter Jones, Ocado, Waitrose and Co-op.

*PR sample

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Therapie Awaken Skin Rehab Scrub & Joie Uplifting Bath Infusion

Galina at A Curious Russian in London sent me Therapie's Awaken Skin Rehab Scrub - thanks Galina! 

Full size of 125g retails at £28 - see more info here. This is unlike any scrub I've ever used before.  A powder which you either mix into your shower gel or with a little water and apply the paste over wet skin in sections paying attention to knees and elbows.

Awaken Skin Rehab boots circulation, removes dead skin cells, draws out impurities, reconditions, polishes, nourishes, cleanses, tones, heals and enlivens the skin.

It contains freeze dried pineapple, yoghurt and lime which are rich in enzymes and lactic acid and help to dissolve dead skin cells.  Zeolite Clay draws out impurities while Sandalwood, Rose, May Chang and Lotus give the scrub and amazing scent.  Mother of Pearl and Green Bamboo soften and polish the skin. As with all Therapie products I love this and will definitely purchase.

I received the Joie Uplifting Bath Infusion in a Cult Beauty GWP - see here (these run at least twice a year - you can sign up at the website to be one of the first to be notified).  Fulls size 200g retails at £44 which comes in a sleek black container.

This is a gorgeous bath soak which lifts you up when you are feeling down in the dumps.  "Aromatic fairy dust" which lifts the spirits, tones, softens and protects the skin.  It contains Organic Buttermilk to moisturise, grounding Sandalwood, protective Frankincense resin, Himalayan Cedarwood and Organic Rose powder to tone, soothe and rejuvenate.  Pink Clay softens while powdered Jasper protects and helps to make you feel secure.  Rose Quartz brings love and comforts. Scented with Rose, Tangerine, Geranium and Honeysuckle. It honestly does make you feel happier!

Have you used either of these?

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

JOIK White Chocolate Bath Truffles

I recently came across new to me brand JOIK at Love Lula.  The brand was founded in 2005 in Estonia by Eva-Maria Õunapuu. She was trying to source natural soy wax candles and was struggling to find any so she decided to create her own. She found others loved them too and JOIK was born.  It is the most successful Estonian natural cosmetic brand and is sold in the best stores locally and exported to 12 countries throughout the world.

I'm a huge fan of soaks in the bath so knew I'd love the White Chocolate Bath Truffles (6 for £11.90) which are topped with rose petals.

They are stuffed full of moisturising cocoa butter and smell just like white chocolate - yum! Add one to a warm bath and let it slowly melt.

Packaging is stylish and would make great gifts. The products are also reasonably priced.  Here are a couple of other things which have caught my eye: Grapefruit & Mandarin Body Lotion with Carrot Oil (150ml - £14)Light Eye Cream with Mango Butter & Argan Oil (15ml - £16) and Alcohol Free Facial Toner with Aloe & Seabuckthorn Oil (100ml - £10.90).

Have you tried anything by JOIK?

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Empties - My Re-Purchases

Last year I showed you what products I'd bought again from my empties (September 2012-August 2013) see here.  I decided to do this again for the period September 2013-August 2014 - you'll see I favour some of the same brands again and again.. oh and I used up some 270 products.

Dr Bronner's 18-in-1 Peppermint Pure Castile Magic Soap 236ml - I've bought this time and time again. It's my favourite Dr Bronner scent. I use it to clean my make up brushes (and sometimes the bath!)  See my review here.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand & Nail Cream 75ml - a hand cream I keep coming back to and I always seem to have one in my stash. It featured in my post about my hand cream collection - see here.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser 120ml - one of the most effective and luxe cleansers I've ever used. See my review here.

bodhi (now bodhi & birch) Mint Thé Bath & Shower Therapy 250ml - recently re-branded I picked up this in the old style bottle at half price.  See my review here. One of my all time favourites from the brand.

Organic Surge Tropical Bergamot Shower Gel 250ml - I simply love the fruity and exotic scent of this shower gel. One of my favourite products - I'm now on my third tube. I've mentioned it quite a lot - see herehere and here.

bodhi (now bodhi & birch) Neroli Luce Revitalising Face Oil mini - I love to use this delicious scented face oil in the spring & summer months while I prefer to use Desert Rose Rejuvenating Face Oil 30ml in autumn & winter. See my review here.

Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion 200ml - I love this light and fruity body lotion. See my review here.

Therapie Himalayan Detox Salts 100g - I always have these salts on the go as they just work. Great for de-stressing and if you use before bed you are guaranteed a restful night's sleep.  See my review here.

Dahliana Wildflower Youth Serum 1oz - this is my second one. I simply love this beautiful serum.  See my review here.

Jane Iredale Just Kissed Lip & Cheek in Forever Pink - I keep picking this up as I love the light tint and moisturising properties.

Naturally Nourished Exotic Body Balm 90g - a rich and beautifully scented balm.  It contains nourishing butters and oils and is scented with monoi, ylang ylang and palmarosa.  See my review here.

Raw Gai Organic Coconut Body Butter 90g - a deeply moisturising body butter which smells of coconut. A super indulgent treat. See my review here.

Dr Organic Pomegranate Deodorant - this is one of my favourite deodorants and I've lost count of the number of times I've picked it up!

Are there products you buy again and again?

Monday, 1 September 2014

YOU Beauty Discovery Maddi Alexander Rose Limited Edition Box

I knew I wouldn't be able to resist this Rose scented Limited Edition box! Pick it up at YOU Beauty Discovery for £16.95 plus P&P (free P&P if you buy the monthly box). The contents are worth over £70!

A blend of rose, cardamon and pink pepper it is a floral scent with a spicy edge. 

The Rose Soaking Salts (200g) are a luxurious blend of sea salt, epsom salt, rose petals along with chunks of shea butter - so looking forward trying it. The Rose Bath Oil (30ml) is packed full of nourishing oils. Having used some of the other bath oils before I know I'm going to love it. There is a Rose Natural Pillow Spray (50ml) which helps to relax and unwind and a Rose Beauty Balm (15ml) a lovely rich balm which is great for cuticles, elbows, heels and feet.  Added extras include a loofah, a do not disturb door sign and a short story "Moments with Rose".

Did you buy this too?  What are your thoughts?

Sunday, 31 August 2014

August Books

The Elemental (Blair Dubh Trilogy #1) by Heather Atkinson - Freya MacAlister wishing to lay ghosts to rest arrives back in Blair Dubh, an isolated Scottish village where she spent some of her childhood.

There is a murder and due to things that happened in the past fingers point Freya's way.  A storm cuts off the village with a murderer in it's midst.  There is a second murder, a woman is burned to death which mimicking a series of old murders using the elements. Craig Donaldson, Freya's childhood friend and local Policeman is racing to find the killer. A great read with interesting characters.

My second book this month is The Drowning Tide (Blair Dubh Trilogy #2) by Heather Atkinson - Glasgow in a heatwave. Rioting breaks out at Barlinnie Prison. John Docherty a violent prisoner escapes and sets out to destroy the lives of those he believes destroyed his.  Top of the list is Freya Donaldson (nee MacAlister).  Craig and Freya have been happily married for 2 years with the Elements murders behind them.  They are trying for a much longed for baby and Craig's ex girlfriend is making a nuisance of herself so they decide to take a break and have a holiday.  They borrow a boat and decide to cruise to Arran. Freya isn't happy on water so they make their first stop Blair Dubh. They are being watched and things happen - their boat is damaged, Freya's parents graves are vandalised and Freya fears for her live.. Looking forward to book #3.

Blood in the Water by Gillian Galbraith* - I was sent this book to review by Love Reading. I really enjoyed it. 

A new detective is in town. Meet DS Alice Rice, a single, ambitious woman in her 30s who needs to find a killer.  A series of murders take place and Alice needs to find the connection.  The first person murdered is a Consultant Gynaecologist then a handyman/odd job man, a QC and his Trainee.  The story takes us to the world of the legal profession and a medical negligence case. The story kept me interested throughout and I'd recommend it. Looking forward to reading more Alice Rice mysteries.

Whisky from Small Glasses by D A Meyrick - this is a stunning debut novel set in the rural Scottish town of Kinloch.  A woman's body is found in the sea and this is closely followed by two more murders.  Chief Inspector Jim Daley is sent to investigate with his DS Brian Scott - they have a great relationship and work well together. They uncover a drug smuggling ring, violence and corruption. Great characters and storyline. I guessed who the murderer was quite early on but this didn't spoil the enjoyment of the book. Would recommend. I'm looking forward to reading Denzil's second book The Last Witness - edit: I'm reading it just now and can't put it down!

Watch Me by James Carol - Having loved Broken Dolls I was eagerly awaiting James's second book. I did enjoy it but it didn't wow me like the first book. Ex-FBI profiler Jefferson Winter has a new case in Eagle Creek, Lousiana. The story opens with a man being set on fire and the video clip along with a link to a chilling website is sent to the Police.  Winter works with Taylor, a junior cop and his girlfriend helps out too. We find out the dead man is a well respected lawyer Sam Galloway. We learn more about Sam and his life. I didn't see it coming who the killer was. Quite fast paced with many twists and turns.

Little Lies by Liane Moriarty - Jane is a single mum to Ziggy. She moves to Piriwee a pretty seaside town. She makes friends with loud Madeline and beautiful Celeste. Their children are in the same kindergarten class.  An incident occurs in the playground and a witchhunt ensues.  We know at the beginning of the book there has been a murder at the Audrey & Elvis Trivia Night.  I enjoyed finding out more about the characters including some sad and shocking things.  There are some funny moments too along with bullying, cliques and competitive parents.  A really good read.

Your Beautiful Lies by Louise Douglas - I'm a huge fan of Louise's books - I've read all the others - if you haven't I highly recommend them all.

Anne Howarth lives in the mining village of Matlow in South Yorkshire with her Chief of Police husband and daughter.  The strikes of 1984 mean tensions are high.  A body is found on the moor and fingers are quick to point to Tom, Anne's ex boyfriend who has recently been released from prison spending 10 years of his life inside for manslaughter.  Anne struggles with her feeling for Tom as they resurface now he's back in town...  I loved the description of the moors, the town and the characters. A great read which I couldn't put down.

The Ways of the Dead by Neely Tucker - this is a first novel and it's brilliant! The body of the daughter of a Federal Judge is found in a dumpster in a rough neighbourhood in Washington DC.  Three local boys are suspected of the murder.  Sully Carter, Veteran War Correspondent and now journalist for the local paper suspects there is more to it and pursues his own line of enquiry with the help of local gangster, Sly Hastings. A really great book which keeps coming at you with twists and turns and an ending I didn't see coming. Can't wait for book 2!

My final book this month is Secrets on the Estate:Their Diaries Reveal All by Mel Sherratt* - Mel very kindly sent me a copy of the book to read. This is a great companion to The Estate series. It features diary entries from the main characters and includes stories from some of the characters in the next book in the series - Written in the Scars which is due out on 14 November.  It also features snippets from Josie Mellor, the Housing Officer, Prologues for the first three books and secrets from the author.

What have you been reading this month?