Monday, 24 April 2017

Giveaway: MuLondon White Chocolate Truffle Moisturiser

I've got a fab UK giveaway for you today. One of my readers can win a pot of the gorgeous and mouth-watering (please don't eat it) MuLondon award-winning White Chocolate Truffle Moisturiser 60ml (which is worth £21). This heavenly scented moisturiser can be used all over the body making it the perfect multi-use product. See my review HERE.

This is what it looks like (don't worry the winner will get a fresh untouched pot!)

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Friday, 21 April 2017

AA Skincare Conditioners

AA Skincare recently launched a range of shampoos* which I loved trying. See my reviews of their Peony, Bay and Brahmi* one which is nourishing and Rosemary, Sage & Burdock* which lifts and repairs HERE

Latest launch are a range of conditioners and I picked two different ones to try. Amla & Clary Sage Conditioner (250ml - £5.94)* rejuvenates all hair types. It has a lovely scent, fruity and slightly woody (and is my favourite from the duo). It balances and nourishes leaving the hair feeling smoothed and conditioned. Clary Sage, Amla and Lemon add shine and strengthen while Grapeseed oil locks in moisture.

To use: massage into clean damp hair, leave on a minute or two before rinsing.

The second conditioner I selected to try is Ylang Ylang, Argan & Rosemary (250ml - £5.94)* which revives and nourishes dry hair, repairing and smoothing split ends while adding shine. 

Ylang Ylang encourages healthy and shiny hair while conditioning Argan oil smoothes and nourishes split ends. Cucumber, Rosemary and Moroccan Lava clay boosts volume.

To use: massage into the hair after shampooing, leave on a minute or two before rinsing.

As with all AA Skincare products I've really enjoyed using these, they smell nice, are effective and are great value for money. What's your favourite product in the range?

*complimentary - sent for review

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Best of Skincare Tag

I spotted this tag over on Carrie's blog and I couldn't resist doing it too!

Skin Type: Combination - that dreaded shiny t-zone! 

How do you store your skincare: in my overflowing bathroom cabinet mainly. Still to be tried products are kept in a cupboard in the spare room.

Favourite Ingredient: Rose

Most indulgent product: It's got to be anything by ARgENTUM - see my review of their l'étoile infinie*.

Best Budget Buy: I love Balm Balm which is available to buy at Love Lula. Prices start from just £4.50.

Do you use any tools: My Foreo Luna* at least once a week. See my review HERE.

Best Mask: Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask** - every Antipodes product I've tried I've loved. This mask is one of the nicest I've ever used. See my review HERE.

Best Multi-Use Product: like Carrie, it's got to be Weleda's Skin Food. I only recently discovered just how good it is. See my review HERE.

If you had to stick to one skincare brand: it would have to be the gorgeous Bodhi & Birch. I'm currently testing their latest launch - a new blend of my favourite Desert Rose Facial Oil*. Pick yours up HERE.

Best Spot Treatment: Indie Lee's Blemish Lotion - see my review HERE. It just works!

Favourite step in your Skincare routine: Cleansing for sure. With a balm or oil and a muslin cloth. Current favourite is Skin & Tonic's STEAM CLEAN.

I've also included a new question - What's your favourite new brand: Mine has got to be the gorgeous Aster & Bay. See my review of their exquisite Rosewater Mist HERE.

What's on your Skincare wishlist: I'd love to try Leahlani Skincare

Do we share any favourites? What's on your list?

**sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Shopping my Stash #87

Here's what I've been reaching for this week:

From Botanical Brands Living Nature's gorgeous latest launch Bliss Rose Tinted Lip Hydrator** which is a "my lips but better" kind of shade. It deeply nourishes and leaves the lips with a pop of natural colour. Love!

I received the new Hurraw! Papaya Pineapple Lip Balm* in March's Love Lula Beauty Box. It's a totally tropical treat which nourishes and treats the lips.  I love lip balms and this one's a welcome addition to my stash.

I can't live without Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion which keeps my eyeshadow on all day long. It'll be one I'll definitely be replenishing although this little tube has lasted ages.

Make Skincare has been one of my favourite recent tries. All their products are just totally exquisite. I reviewed Feet Revive** HERE. It's one of these must try brands as the scents and formulations are just dreamy.

I'm such a fan of the glorious Shay & Blue and I just love Blueberry Musk which I received from hubby at Christmas (after dropping a few unsubtle hints I must add haha). It's a beauty. It featured on Wishlist #2 in November. Just the other day their latest launch landed on my doorstep via Amazon birthday vouchers. And it's gorgeous!

On the wishlist (a long time) were Alexis Smart Healing Flower Remedies. When I spotted Naturisimo were stocking them I was absolutely over the moon! I'm currently trying Peaceful Worrier. It's early days so I've not really felt as if they are working for me yet - but I'll keep you posted!

What have you been reaching for lately?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program
**PR sample

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Daughter of the Soil: The Onyang Collection - Shea Body Butter White Mulberry

I've been trying Shea Body Butter with White Mulberry from newish brand Daughter of the Soil (£39 - 200ml)*.

Maria Magembe, the CEO of Daughter of the Soil's great-grandmother Onyang was a strong and influential woman in her community and the brand is motivated by women backing women as well as using natural ingredients and recipes from Africa.

Connecting the DOTS is a training program for women in agriculture and Daughter of the Soil's goal is to have 10m DOTS certified women farmers in Africa by 2025. This will also help to raise the standard of living and protect the incomes of women.

Shea Body Butter with White Mulberry* is a rich and creamy butter which deeply nourishes the skin leaving it delicately scented and moisturised. The Shea Butter native to Africa is high in fatty acids and Vitamins. The butter is great for dry skin types but suitable for all. You can also buy an unscented version.

It's a beautiful brand and I also love that it gives something back. Pick yours up HERE.

*complimentary - sent for review

Monday, 17 April 2017

Pukka Clean Me Green Organic Wellbeing Kit

I've been testing out Pukka's Clean Me Green Organic Wellbeing Kit (£19.99)* which is the perfect kit to use for a detox in January or like me in springtime.

The kit is packed in a sturdy cardboard box which is perfect to re-use for more products or to store teabags afterwards.

Inside is:

  • A booklet telling you everything you need to know about your 14 day wellbeing programme along with handy hints and tips
  • 14 sachets of Clean Greens Superblend powder
  • Clean Matcha Green Tea/Detox Herbal Tea
It is suggested that when on the programme to eat light organic meals, drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous exercise. Going for a massage is also recommended.

I initially found the Clean Greens Superblend Powder quite powerful so started off taking less in my morning smoothie and building my intake up over the 14 days. It's a blend of 11 super-rich green foods including nettle, kale sprouts, wheatgrass juice, vegetables, seed sprouts, seagreens, freshwater plants and digestive herbs. 

From the tea duo I absolutely loved the suggested morning blend Clean Matcha Green Tea, so much so I've gone on to re-purchase. It's a refreshing blend which tastes delicious. 

I was less keen on Detox Herbal Tea which had quite a strong and spicy taste. It contains sweet aniseed, fennel, cardamon and licorice root which gives your body the fresh start it needs.

It's a great kit and one I'd definitely use again. Probably next January!

*complimentary - sent for review

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Love Lula: Earth Mother Soul Sister Organic Perfume Collection

As you'll know I love perfume and am always looking for interesting new ones to try. I've been sampling Earth Mother Soul Sister's Organic Perfume Collection Box 1 (£55 - 6 x 5ml)* which is available from Love Lula.

Earth Mother Soul Sister is a brand I've been aware of but I haven't tried anything from the range until now. There is a real boutique and treatment room in Ramsbottom in Bury and the products are certified organic by the Soil Association, are Vegan and are made and formulated by sisters Rachel and Joanna.

Rachel is a facialist and aromatherapist while Joanna a fine artist, reiki practitioner and aromatherapist. They both have studied natural perfumery and Joanna's artwork appears on the packaging. The perfumes are made with 100% natural and botanical essences and 100% certified organic grain alcohol and are EdP strength.

Inside this selection is:

Violet Rose: a beautiful sweet floral which smells deeply of rose with a hint of violet (this is my favourite)

Petitgrain Green Tea: a woody and refreshing scent. The addition of green tea brightens and uplifts

Vanilla Tonka: a creamy sweet vanilla with a hint of spice

Bergamot Sage: uplifting bergamot with herby sage notes (my second favourite and unlike anything in my collection)

Jasmine Sandalwood: heady, rich and floral with a touch of woods

Angelica Marjaram: this is my least favourite from the selection - it's just a little bit too herbal for my tastes

It's a great selection however and a fab way to try out new scents. Of course, I now want Collection 2 which contains bottles of Sandawood, Neroli Mandarin, Spice Silver Fir, Geranium Bergamot, Orange Patchouli and Ylang Ylang Jasmine.

Have you tried any products from Earth Mother Soul Sister?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. I added £5 to my monthly allowance so I could try this selection. All thoughts are genuine and my post contains some affiliate links.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Sandwick Bay Candles: Chai Latte Candle

I came across Megan and her beautiful candles on Twitter. Being a lover of hand crafted soy wax candles I went over to the website for a look and being a Chai tea fan I couldn't resist a Chai Latte candle which is a blend of spices including cinnamon and clove with black tea and vanilla. It smells just as good as the real thing!

The candles are handmade with love and care in small batches in Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides. They are made with 100% natural soy wax, premium fragrances and essential oils and have cotton wicks.

Flat rate UK postage is £3. I chose a small quilted kilner style jar (£8 - 20 hours burn time) which arrive well packaged in a branded drawstring bag (which would also make a great gift, if you can bear to part with it!) You can also buy 3 wick candles (£22), Large Glass Jar (£12), Large Travel Tin (£10), Small Travel Tin (£6), Wax Melts (£4) and Reed Diffuser (£17).

The candle burns well and has a gentle yet enticing scent. Next time I want to try Coconut & Lime, Sandalwood & Vanilla and Fig Tree. Pick yours up HERE.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Love Lula Beauty Box - April 2017

April's Love Lula Beauty Box is worth £44 and stuffed full of beauty goodies (£12.50). Sign up HERE. Also included every month is a voucher code for 20% off any of the brands in the box. So if you find something you can't live without..

Inside is:

A full size of Madara's AHA Peel Mask (60ml - worth £20) an active AHA peeling mask which provides instant radiance with a super dose of nature's active fruit acids for bright and radiant skin. I've tried this before and my skin loved it. Receiving a full size product is fantastic in a beauty box.

The item which really jumped out at me is FoM London's Antioxidant Hydra Plump & Firm Cream 15ml which contains FoM's signature anti-aging Silk complex, an active ingredient that promotes collagen and optimal moisture retention while creating a skin-like moisture veil to protect against environmental skin ageing. 

From Apple & Bears we have a 50ml (£5) (great for travel/weekends away) of their Pomegranate & Aloe Vera Body Wash which smells delicious.

There is a generous trial size from Greenfrog Botanic of their Soapberry Hand Wash with Geranium and Peppermint 100g which is made from organic soapberries.

The final item is a sachet (2ml) of Petal Delicate Eye Serum from Marlenha which revitalises and rejuvenates the delicate eye area.

As ever, it's a great box. What are your thoughts on the contents?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. All thoughts are genuine and my post contains some affiliate links

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Therapie Inner Light Rescue Essentials

As you'll probably know I'm a huge fan of Therapie's Himalayan Detox Salts (REVIEW) and I always have them in my stash. I've been testing out two products from Inner Light range which you can see HERE.

The products are packaged in black velvet pouches and come with information cards.

Inner Light Energy Lift (5ml - £38)* this rollerball of magic will re-energise and awaken a tired mind (great for mid afternoon slump) which is made with an exquisite blend of essential oils which restore, awaken and recharge. The formulation is infused with high frequency haematite crystal which offers "adrenal support to recalibrate hormonal and nervous energy for greater balance and clarity". 

To use: apply a small amount to palms, rubbing together to activate the fragrant atoms. Cup over the nose and inhale breathing deeply for a quick energy boost. You can also apply to pulse points (wrists, breastbone, base and crown of skull, soles of feet and thymus, located in the chest four fingers down from the collarbone).

Sweet basil refreshes the mind while naiouli helps with emotional fatigue, shock and tension. Lemon aids recovery from tiredness, rosemary supports inner strength and helps to break apathy while wild rose soothes and helps with depression. Silver Fir balances and helps with focus while Holy basil helps to reduce stress and anxiety and wild mint help you to snap out of an emotional or mental perspective.

I've found it great for giving me an energy boost in the afternoon and it also helps me to feel more motivated.

The second item from the new range I've been trying is Inner Light Calm Balm (15g - £38)* which is a beautiful intoxicating fragrant balm which instantly calms and soothes the mind.  Anxiety and worry is gone and everything is calm and relaxed. 

To use: apply a small amount to the palms, rub together and cup over the nose. Breathe in and relax.  You can also apply to your pulse points - wrists, centre of chest, behind ear, back of neck. Reapply regularly for a dose of inner peace and calm.

Bergamot calms, lavender rids you of stuck emotions, frankincense protects and relaxes, sandalwood grounds, neroli soothes anxious-ness, bay is a cozy comfort, petitgrane helps with inner serenity and calmness, fragonia reduces anxiety, sweet marjoram calms and vetiver soothes the mind.

It's a beautiful blend which soothes and calms but also smells great!

I've been really impressed with the duo - they really work! See the range HERE.


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Micheline Arcier Aromatherapie: Skincare

Back in January I revisited fabulous aromatherapy brand Micheline Arcier Aromatherapie and reviewed two of their body products - see HERE. I've recently been trying products from their skincare range (the items are boxed so are perfect for gifting).

Lavande Face Cleansing Oil (100ml)* which gently but deeply cleanses the skin. It has a light lavender scent and makes cleansing into a real ritual. It easily removes make up and daily grime leaving the skin fresh and renewed. This is a beautiful product which is very effective and luxurious. 

To use: apply with fingertips, massaging over the skin taking care to be gentle around the eye area. Remove with a warmed muslin cloth or dampened cotton wool. 

I love using rosewater on my skin and Rose Organic Floral Water 100ml* is just gorgeous! Lightly scented with roses the floral water gently tones and refreshes the skin.  It can also be used throughout the day to freshen and perk up the skin.

To use: spritz on straight from the bottle or apply with a cotton wool pad.

Next, use the face oil which is most suited to your current needs - Sensible (Sensitive)Seche (Dry/Mature) and Mixte (combination).  I've been testing Beaute (15ml)* which is suitable for normal and dry skins.

The oil (which was a Beauty Shortlist Winner - Editor's Choice this year) is scented with aromatic oils of patchouli, rose and geranium making it a real treat for the skin and senses.

To use: apply a few drops to the face and neck massaging until absorbed.

I've been so impressed with all the products I've tried. They leave my skin looking healthy, nourished and glowy. Pick this selection up HERE (choice of oil) (£65).

*complimentary - sent for review

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Shopping my Stash #86

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

My pal Julie gave me the Miller Harris Tea Tonique EdP 15ml at Christmas which is refreshing, energising and aromatic.  With top notes of bergamot, petitgrain and lemon with a heart of smokey tea and nutmeg with base notes of mate abs, birch tar and musk. It's the perfect scent coming into spring and summer.

rms beauty tinted 'un' powder sample 9g shade 2-3 I'm a huge fan of the un-tinted version so was keen to try. I bought this as a sample at Love Lula (£5). It's the perfect shade for me and I'll buy full size at some point.

Fairfield Gardens Raspberry Rose Lip Balm 4.25g* which is a delicious blend of Raspberry & Rose. See my review HERE.

The Body Deli Almond Milk Cleanser sample which I received in one of the a beautiful world sampler boxes. It nourishes while it cleans leaving the skin feeling comfortable, refreshed and moisturised.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Calming Botanical Essence 50ml** is one of the lushest skincare products I've ever used. It smells glorious and helps to calms both the skin and senses. Use AM and PM before moisturiser. You can also use it throughout the day to boost radiance or refresh make up. It can also help to calm and destress.

What have you been reaching for lately?

*received as a member of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program
**received as a Stylist mag reader judge

Sunday, 9 April 2017

The Perfume Society: Latest Launches

I can never resist a The Perfume Society box and the current one "Latest Launches" is just great. Costing £15, including P&P if you are VIP member and £17.50 plus P&P if you just want a one off box.

Here are the sample vials inside:

Shay & Blue Dandelion Fig 2ml (FRESH) - was one I was keen to try (having loved just about all the perfumes from the brand).  With top notes of dandelion and lemongrass, a heart of tomato vine and juniper and a base of fig. I find it dries down to an earthy fruity note and full size is now firmly on the wishlist. Love this!

Annick Goutal Tenue de Soiree EdP 0.8ml (CHYPRE) - in which the main accord revolves around iris with patchouli. It's not too powdery and I kind of like it.

Parfums de Marly Delina EdP 1.2ml (FLORAL) - which has top notes of bergamot, lychee accord, rhubarb accord and nutmeg with a heart of Turkish rose, petalia, vanilla and musk. With base notes of Hatian Orpur vetiver, cedar, frankincense and cashmeran.

Yardley London Royal Pink Diamond EdT 1ml (FLORAL) - this is also one of my favourites. It has top notes of mandarin, pear, peach and cassis with a heart of pink pepper, peony, rose and orange flower water with base notes of sandalwood, cedarwood and musk. It's a really pretty floral and one I'd buy full size. It's made with 90% naturally derived ingredients with a vegetable derived alcohol base.

MontBlanc Lady Emblem Elixir EdP 2ml (FLORAL) - with top notes of litchi and mandarin, a heart of Damask rose absolute, jasmine and orange blossom with base notes of patchouli, sandalwood, black pepper and vanilla.

Abercrombie & Fitch First Instinct for Women EdP 2ml (FLORAL) - which has top notes of magnolia, grapefruit and passionfruit with a heart of orange flower, butterfly orchid and water lily with a base of amber, tonka bean and musk.

I'm looking forward to testing them all out - I do have initial favourites which I loved from first try.

There are 3 larger samples too in the box:

From Miller Harris there is a duo (2 x 7.5ml EdP) which I already love having first tried them via sample vials - Lumiere Doree (CITRUS) which is a delightfully fresh blossomy scent. It has top notes of bergamot, petitgrain and orange with a heart of neroli, and Sambac jasmine absolue with base notes of cashmere woods, vetiver, amber and white musk.  

The second (also much loved) perfume in the duo is Etui Noir (LEATHER) which has top notes of bergamot, tangerine and elemi gum with a heart of Moroccan iris butter, incense and cashmere woods with base notes of Indonesian patchouli, Haitian vetiver, leather, amber, birch and labdanum. Really pleased that these two are included in the box (and nice to now have them in my collection.)

Also in the box is a 10ml perfume from E Coudray which hasn't yet launched. Rose Tubereuse (FLORIENTAL) which has top notes of bergamot, tangerine, clove, guava and rhubarb. With a heart of rose, tuberose, ylang ylang, geranium, jasmine and orange blossom and base notes of patchouli, sandalwood, tonka, vanilla, benzoin and musk. I do find this a bit heady and powdery for my liking but I'll make sure to try it a few times before passing it on (I do love their Ambre et Vanilla).

The extras:

10ml Weleda Lavender Body Oil and a scented sachet from The Very Nature which can be used in the car or wardrobe.

Did you pick up a box? What are your thoughts on the contents?

Saturday, 8 April 2017

You Beauty Box: Organic & Natural: April

This month's shortlist was Organic & Natural products. As ever I went for the 2 items at £6.95 with a couple of small extras. See HERE.

My picks:

AA Skincare Green Tea & Aloe Vera Cleansing Wipes x 25 wipes (£3.30) - sometimes only wipes will do! Especially after a night out or on holiday. I'm looking forward to trying out these natural wipes (which are alcohol, paraben and fragrance free) as I already really rate this brand.

My second pick is an old favourite Jurlique's Rosewater Balancing Mist 15ml (£5) see my mini review HERE. I've not had this in my stash for a while so looking forward to using it again.

The extras:

Pip & Nut Coconut & Almond Butter Squeeze Pack (yum)
Lavera 2-in-1 Hand & Cuticle Cream 1ml sachet

What did you pick this month?

Friday, 7 April 2017

Latest in Beauty: Perfect 10 Black Label Collection

I spotted Perfect 10 Black Label Collection had been reduced to £20 so I had to have it! The contents are worth over £370! Pick yours up while stocks last HERE. Perfect 10 Black Label is an elite member's only club which offers on demand beauty services in the comfort of your own home (within the M25 area).

Inside is a branded robe and a selection of beauty goodies (if anyone fancies yearly membership card & £20 off your first booking voucher let me know - I can pop it in the post!)

Aromatherapy Associates Instant Wellbeing duo 2 x 4.5ml (£18) - this was the item which instantly jumped out at me. I'm always looking for things to calm and relax and I love this brand a lot. Inside is Revive Morning & Deep Relax rollerballs. 

Love My Skin Clear Skin Pen - which tackles spots in a flash. Its concentrated red light helps to speed up the natural healing process to clear spots faster. Looking forward to testing this out.

Connock London Kukui Oil Nourishing Hand Cream 50ml (£15) and a sample vial of the matching EdP which is scented with gardenia, white jasmine, calla lily, sandalwood, vetiver and white amber.

essie Really Red Nail Polish 13.5ml (£8) - which is the perfect red.

Also included are various money off discount codes. Have you bought anything at Latest in Beauty recently?

Thursday, 6 April 2017

[M] Botanicals: Mini [M] Box

I love try me sets and this little one by [M] Botanicals is exquisite. It's the perfect try me kit, small gift or holiday set. The packaging is so simple yet gorgeous. It retails at £20 and you can pick yours up HERE.

The products are hand made in London in small batches. Plant based ingredients meet ECOCERT certification for organic and/or natural products. There are some active lab ingredients used which can't be certified like Niacinamide and Peptides but these are only used in products which "do something special for the skin".

I love that each ingredient is selected for a reason. Formulas heal repair and rebalance the skin. The essential oils used smell gorgeous but also treat. 

Inside there is enough product for two-four weeks:

10g Exfoliating Bamboo Cleanser which revives and brightens dull skin. Bamboo and Clay exfoliate while plant based actives protect. Natural fruit acids clean the pores and naturally exfoliate. The skin is left radiant and healthy.

10g Hydrating Beauty Balm a rich and nourishing balm suitable for dry/mature skins. Stuffed full of Evening Primrose and Borage oils which are rich in essential fatty acids. Cocoa butter and Olive wax lock in moisture while Rosehip oil repairs, hydrates and firms. Seabuckthorn C02 extract supports and heals. This has a floral/woody scent. Use where the skin feels dry.

10g Daily Rejuvenator is a Beauty Shortist 2017 Editor's Choice winner. It's best for mature skin types. Palmitoyl tripeptide-5 helps to prevent collagen breakdown while Vitamin B3 helps fade pigmentation and dark spots. Hyaluronic acid draws moisture to the skin and amino acid rich Prickly pear, Rosehip extract and Pumpkin Seed oil improve texture and rejuvenate the skin.

5ml Rejuvenating Facial Elixir is suitable for all skin types. Lightweight, it absorbs quickly. Use it under moisturiser, as a night treatment or on its own. Amino acid rich Blackseed oil is activated by Prickly pear. The elixir nourishes and protects leaving the skin looking healthy and glowy.

10g Pink Clay Soap for Face an Body in a cute little owl shape.

I've loved trying out these beautiful and very effective products. Have you used any [M] Botanicals products before?

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Tropic Skincare: Body Love Firming Buttercream

Tropic Skincare's Award Winning Body Love Firming Buttercream 250ml (£20)* is good enough to eat! It's a delicious rich cream enriched with cocoa and shea butters along with green algae and pink peppercorn actives which help combat cellulite and firm the skin.

The scent of the buttercream is beautiful. Really refreshing and citrussy. It contains essential oils of lemon myrtle, bergamot, lime and lemon.

To use: apply liberally to the skin massaging until the cream is rubbed in (it does take a few minutes) but oh so worth the effort as it leaves the skin soft, nourished and hydrated. LOVE!

See my other Tropic Skincare reviews:

What's your favourite Tropic Skincare products?

*PR samples

Monday, 3 April 2017

Herbal Forest: Chai Spice Lip Balm & Skin Serums A & C

I've been testing out some products from new brand Herbal Forest.  Founder, Ehsan had been creating skincare products for personal and family use for many years before finally launching the beautiful range to the public in 2016.

Products are made from 100% natural ingredients and are free from petrochemicals, chemical preservatives, artificial colours, fragrances and synthetic additives. They are made in small batches which helps to ensure the customer gets as fresh a product as possible.

Chai Spice Lip Balm (£3.49 - 0.15oz)* is just like Chai tea! It's a warming blend of cardamon, cinnamon and ginger. Calendula extract, natural waxes, cocoa butter and nourishing oils soothe and protect the lips. Apply to the lips as often as needed. I love this as I'm a huge chai fan.

There are three body and face serums in the range. I've been testing out Serum-A and Serum-C (£17.99 - 50ml)*. The skin loving serums deeply nourish leaving the skin soft and moisturised.  All the serums are enriched with mango and cocoa butters which heal, nourish, rejuvenate and regenerate the skin.

Serum-A* is formulated with mango and cocoa butters, and seabuckthorn berry extract to soothe and nourish dry and irritated skin while Serum-C* has the addition of apricot kernal oil and rosehip seed oil along with mango and cocoa butters. It rejuvenates and nourishes dry and ageing skin.

To use: shake bottle well before use. Pump out a few drops onto the palm and apply to the skin with your fingertips using light but firm strokes.

I've been really impressed with the quality and performance of all three products. 

If you fancy trying the range you can get 15% off with code BBALM15 which is valid until the end of April 2017.


Saturday, 1 April 2017

Dafna's Personal Skincare: Recovery Cleanser Review & Giveaway - it's Over!

I'm a huge fan of Dafna's Personal Skincare and recently reviewed Nutrition Night Cream* and Eye Care* (see HERE). I've been testing out new product - Recovery Cleanser (50ml - £35)* which is fabulous and a treat for the skin and senses.

The balm to milk cleanser contains organic oils of Moringa, Bamboo and Argan. Lemongrass and citric essential oils detoxify and calm. It deeply cleanses and nourishes the skin making cleansing into a luxury daily ritual (it smells gorgeous too!) The rich balm melts on contact with the skin making it easy to massage over the face and neck. 

To use: take a pearl size amount and massage onto dry skin. Leave to act for a few minutes before rinsing with warm water.

Vata dosha: warm the balm and let it melt before applying
Pitta dosha: use in cool format (can even be placed in the fridge) before use
Kapha dosha: warm before massaging into the skin

Dafna very kindly sent me an extra cleanser to giveaway to one of my UK readers.


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Friday, 31 March 2017

March Books

Here's what I've been reading in March:

Well of the Winds (DCI Daley #5) by Denzil Meyrick* this is the fifth book in the much loved series. It isn't published until the beginning of April so I'll review it in my April roundup of books but let me tell you it's brilliant!

Truestory by Catherine Simpson - Alice lives on a rural farm with her husband and their autistic son, Sam who she home schools. She lives for the two hours on a Tuesday when she gets away from her life and her troubles.

She's annoyed when her husband Duncan brings a stranger who he met in the pub to live and work with them. Duncan is always trying money making schemes which never work. Larry brings Sam out of his shell and she starts be drawn to him too... A great debut novel which stayed with me long after I'd finished reading it.

Brighton Belle (A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery) by Sara Sheridan** - this is a fantastic series set in the 1950s.  Mirabelle Bevan works for a debt collecting agency (during the war she worked behind the scenes at Whitehall) in Brighton. She felt she had to get out of London when her lover Jack died. When her boss dies in mysterious circumstances she feels the need to solve the case and does so with new found friend Vesta who works in the office next door. An easy reading and compelling story which I found hard to put down.

London Calling (A Mirabelle Bevan Mystery) by Sara Sheridan - having loved book #1 I was eager to read the second in the series (I've since bought #3 and #4).  A young woman goes missing at a seedy jazz club in Soho and the prime suspect is a young sax player called Lindon Claremont who was the last to see her. He calls on his friend Vesta to see if she can help him. 

Mirabelle decides to involve Brighton's Inspector McGregor whom we encountered in Brighton Belle. He arranges for Lindon to be questioned by the Police in London.  Meanwhile Mirabelle decide to do some digging of their own which takes her and Vesta to the seedier side of London. Again, loved the characters and storylines and can't wait to delve into book #3.

Love me Not by M J Arlidge (DI Helen Grace #7)*** which is not published until May. An absolutely edge of the seat read which I devoured in two sittings. Will review this nearer time of publication.

Minty by Christina Banach** which is a young adult read. Twins Minty and Jess do everything together and knows exactly what the other is thinking and feeling. When a tragic accident happens where Minty dies trying to rescue her dog from the sea Jess just feels she can't go on.

Minty and her dog are stuck in the afterlife and she has to watch her family suffer. Her new friend Jack is also stuck and shows her the ropes. Jess blames herself and Minty can't move on until she knows Jess will be okay. A sensitive read about death and bereavement with believable characters. Would recommend.

What have you been reading this month?

*copy from Love Reading
**copy from the author
***copy from Netgalley