Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Austin Austin Organic: Neroli Petitgrain Body Cream

I discovered Austin Austin Organic back in March at The Method, Stockbridge. Tried a few of the products in the range, got home and ordered their Palmarosa & Vetiver Hand Cream. See my review HERE.

As you'll probably know I'm going through an neroli addiction at the moment so their Neroli Petitgrain Body Cream (£14 - 120ml) just slipped in my basket. It's simply glorious with the texture of thick cream and that scent is truly amazing - uplifting and calming at the same time.

Packaging is simple but stylish and is recyclable. The range is such excellent value for money. It will be being bought again and again as I just love it! I want at some point to try it all!

The cream deeply nourishes the skin, absorbing instantly and leaving the skin with a delicate and delicious scent.  It's formulated without GM ingredients, SLS, silicones, parabens, mineral oils, artificial colours or fragrances, certified organic and vegetarian (contains beeswax).

Have you tried any Austin Austin Organic products?

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Sisley Beauty Subscription: May - Country Escape

As you'll know I signed up to the Sisley Beauty Box Subscription after having had to try their March selection - In the Name of the Rose. Last month the theme was Hair Rituel and it was fab to try the new haircare range (I especially liked the Precious Hair Care Oil). The subscription costs £35 for 6 months or £70 for 12 months including p&p. Sign up HERE.

Here's what I received this month:

Express Flower Gel Aux Fleurs 10ml 
Hydra Global Serum 2ml
Ecological Compound 10ml
White Ginger Contouring Oil for Legs 8ml
Eau de Campagne EdT 1.4ml

I've used the Express Flower mask before and my skin loved it. Will let you know my thoughts probably in an empties post of the other items.

Next month the theme is Caribbean Escape (can't wait!)

Monday, 21 May 2018

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box - May - Beauty Balm Curates

I'm very excited to share with you my top picks from my favourite UK brands. Thanks so much to Paula at Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box and the brands inside for collaborating. This is the 1st Birthday box too.

So now for a closer look..

Inside are two beautiful balms - from Edinburgh based Lucky Cloud Skincare (which I've loved from the beginning when there were only a few products in the range) we have their Nourishing Cleansing Balm (£8 - 15ml). See my review HERE. This beautiful balm made my top products of '17 - see HERE.

From AS.Apothecary there is a pot of their exquisite Wild Beauty Balm Concentrate #30 (which is worth £21). See my review HERE. Amanda's products are truly gorgeous and so very carefully handcrafted. Once you've tried this balm you'll definitely want more from the RANGE.

There had to be face oils in there as they are one of my favourite products..ever! Inside is bodhi & birch's Award Winning Desert Rose Facial Oil (5ml - £9.95) which was a Winner at the Beauty Shortlist Awards this year and is always in my stash. See my review HERE.

New to me this year is the wonderful Botany Blend which won the Beauty Shortlist's Editors Choice Award. I totally fell in love with their MERU Omega Rich Luxe Face Oil and inside is a 1ml trial size of the oil (£2.50). See my review HERE.

And these two are my most favourite bath and body products...ever! I once said if I could only ever use one bath product for the rest of my life it would be these salts! Inside is 100g pack (£10) of Therapie Roques O'Neil Himalayan Detox Salts. See my review HERE.

Award Winning (Beauty Shortlist Awards Best Body Oil Winner 2018) Isla Apothecary's Neroli Body Oil (15ml - £4.50) is one of my most favourite body oils..ever! See my review HERE. It made my final cut of best products of '17 also - see HERE.

The final item is a bar of delicious Aromatherapy Dark Chocolate with pure rose oil and rose petals (it's outstanding!) from JustBe Botanicals. See my review HERE (check out the others in the range HERE).

As ever, there are discount codes included from some of the brands. So there you have it... What do you think of my choices?

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Book Review: ABSENT (DS Coupland #4) by Emma Salisbury

Today is publication day for the fabulous fourth book* in the DS Coupland series by Emma Salisbury.  Emma very kindly sent me an e-copy to read and review.
The worst things happen in plain sight.
When he stopped a serial killer in his tracks earlier in the year he thought that would be the end of it, but for DS Kevin Coupland his nightmare has just begun.
A child’s body is discovered hidden in a bag, kicking off a major investigation for Salford Precinct’s murder squad. Soon the National Crime Agency roll into town and Coupland is under strict instructions to play nice.
He’s got enough on his plate to worry about politics. A shock discovery in his personal life is starting to take its toll, causing him to make decisions that bring him to the attention of the powers that be for all the wrong reasons.
DS Alex Moreton returns from maternity leave to find her partner deeply troubled, but with a cold case to review she’s in no position to prevent him hitting the self-destruct button.
As he hunts down the child’s killer Coupland is forced to reflect upon his own life and find an answer to the question he’s been avoiding. Is it possible to accept the things you cannot change?

My thoughts?

Oh wow I think this is the best in the series yet! A fast paced and twisty story which I read quickly - I just couldn't put it down.

A decomposing body of a child is discovered in the wardrobe of a flat stuffed into a gym bag. DS Kevin Coupland and the team are quickly on the case questioning neighbours and trawling the missing children lists. The case quickly escalates and they have to give it up to the National Crime Agency which causes friction among both teams.

Sidekick, DS Alex Moreton is back from maternity leave and is reviewing another case leaving little time for her to help Kevin and the rest of the team. There's also trouble at home with his wife and daughter and nothing he can do or say is right. 

I love the character of DS Kevin Coupland and the banter within the team. His colleagues on the NCA decide they've enough on their plate with the other issues of the case and let Kevin and the team find out what happened to the child and who she left behind.

A brilliant read which I thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommend. Looking forward already to book #5.

*e-copy sent to me by the author

Friday, 18 May 2018

MÅNGATA Baume de la Rose

I've had the real pleasure of trying MÅNGATA Baume de la Rose* (30ml - £83) which is one of the most luxurious products I've ever used. It's brought to us by Danny and Scott of Holistic Green Beauty (Danny used to write a blog of that name and he always wanted to create his own skincare, so it's been a pleasure watching it all unfold). The range is 100% organic, raw, handmade and cruelty free.

The anti-ageing beauty balm comes simply but beautifully packaged and the pot is reusable or recyclable.

The scent when you open the pot is simply incredible. The balm is infused with the essence of true rose which calms and soothes the mind. It's a beautiful blend of skin loving ingredients which will nourish, hydrate, smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, repair and regenerate leaving the skin glowy and content.

To use: massage a pea sized amount onto damp skin after cleansing and toning. It can also be applied to the pulse points for a moment of calm.

My thoughts?

WOW I just love this exquisite balm which is handcrafted with love and attention to detail. It feels gorgeous on my skin, absorbs instantly and I just adore that true rose scent. In fact, it will be featuring in my favourite products of '18. Pick yours up HERE.

See the whole MÅNGATA range HERE.

I've also previously tried two products from the Holistic Green Beauty range - see my review HERE.


Thursday, 17 May 2018

Weleda #CleanerBeauty Campaign

Weleda are celebrating #CleanerBeauty Campaign and MD, Jayn Sterland says "For Weleda, it's all about being conscious of everything we use on our skins and in our personal care routines, where it comes from and where it goes after application". "Research tells us that we use (on average) about twelve different cosmetics daily, many of which can contain a whole host of different synthetic ingredients, and we know we may be absorbing up to 60% of products we put on our skin". You can read the full article with YOU Magazine HERE.

#CleanerBeauty means for me products with organic, natural, sustainable, ethically sourced and Fair-Traded ingredients with no harmful chemicals including parabens, SLS etc. I also love a multi-purpose product and recyclable or re-usable packaging (and less outer packaging is also a hit with me!)

I adore a multi-purpose product and for me the best multi-tasker is Skin Food which customers have been loving since 1926! This wonder natural moisturiser can pretty much be used anywhere on the body - use it on your face, body, feet, elbows, knees, hands and I've even used a small amount for flyaways (and dare I say it for soothing sun parched skin) It's the one to pack for that weekend away or holidays. See my review HERE.

I'm also a huge fan of their Arnica range, especially the super relaxing and soothing Arnica Muscle Soak which is perfect to use after exercise, if you are feeling rundown or flu-ey or just need a boost See my review HERE.

Totally new to me is their Wild Rose range*, which is sweetly rosey. It helps uplift, soothe and calm both the body and mind. I've been trying out 3 products from the range (which I'll definitely buy full size!)

Wild Rose Creamy Body Wash - this creamy wash gently cleanses the skin leaving it smelling of roses and feeling deeply nourished. Lovely to use (I've also used it for shaving my legs!) Wild Rose Pampering Body Lotion - absorbs instantly leaving the skin feeling comfortable, moisturised and delicately scented. Wild Rose Body Oil - is super luxurious, absorbs quickly and leaves the skin feeling deeply nourished and smelling of roses! (you can also add a few drops of the body oil to the lotion to enrich it). 

What's your favourite #CleanerBeauty products?


Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Vanderohe No.1 Nourishing Face Serum

I've had the real pleasure of trying Vanderohe No.1 Nourishing Face Serum (10ml - £33)*. The serum is super luxe and a real treat for the skin and senses (and I can quite honestly say it's one of my favourite products this year).

Formulated with the highest grade Organic cold pressed oil and 100% pure Organic and wild harvested essential oils. All oils are sourced from countries where the plants have optimal conditions for growth and each oil is chosen for its unique skin healing and mood enhancing properties.

The scent of the serum is instantly calming and a real pleasure to use. It's fresh, floral, earthy and herbaceous. 

Organic Apricot Kernel Oil from Pakistan is high in antioxidants, helps to fight free radicals and is good for ageing skin. Organic Grapeseed Oil from South Africa is rich in flavonoids which help to remove free radicals and promote collagen production. Helps to slow down the ageing process and can help with broken capillaries. Organic Rosehip Oil from Chile is rich in antioxidants and is great for ageing skin. 

Organic Cedarwood essential oil from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco helps to improve tone, tighten pores and balance. It's also calming and soothing on the mind. Organic Rose Geranium from Egypt heals and balances and lifts the mood. Organic Lavender from Bulgaria is anti-inflammatory, balancing and calming. Organic Rose Otto also from Bulgaria is the queen of essential oils - it soothes, tones, lifts, softens and adds radiance to the skin. Organic Frankincense from Kenya regenerates and boosts the skin. Organic Roman Chamomile from the UK calms and soothes the skin. Organic Neroli from Morocco regenerates and helps to shrink pores. Wild crafted Myrrh from Somalia is anti-inflammatory, soothes and reduces wrinkles.

10% of profits go to Marine Savers programme at the Four Seasons Resort in the Maldives. They also run a carbon offset scheme and plant a tree for every pound donated to help undo their carbon footprint for transporting oils from around the globe.

To use: apply 3-4 drops to the palm, breathe in before massaging onto the skin, pressing carefully around the delicate eye area. Use AM/PM on it's own or add a few drops to your daily moisturiser

All the packaging is recyclable and the box is 100% cotton. Pick it up directly and soon at Net-a-Porter.

My thoughts?

I absolutely loved trying this beautiful serum which made my day complete! I fell totally head over heels for it. I'm now rather sad I've finished it as it's truly a treat for both the skin and senses. My skin's texture and feel has improved with fine lines smoothed and my skin feels firmer, radiant and evenly toned. I'll definitely splurge when my stash reduces a little bit.

Have you tried Vanderohe?


Monday, 14 May 2018

D’ALCHÉMY Oily-Mixed Face Care: Age-Cancellation Booster Travel Pack

Having recently tried and loved Polish brand D’ALCHÉMY's Essential Body Balm Mini (review) I knew I was definitely in for a treat with the skincare (it's stunning!)

D’ALCHÉMY Age-Cancellation Booster Travel Pack (£45.45)* is the perfect try-me set or for holidays. Inside is Micellar Cleansing Water 30ml, Age Cancellation Booster 15ml and Intense Skin Repair Oil 5ml. The products are just exquisite, hardworking, effective and beautifully scented. I'm totally smitten!

The range is free from parabens, phthalates, SLS, SLES, mineral oils, petroleum, paraffin, silicones, lanolin, PEGs, DEA, MEA, TEA, PABA, synthetic dyes and fragrances and no animal by-ingredients. Packaging is luxe and recyclable or reusable.

Micellar Cleansing Water gently removes make up and is formulated with rose hydrosol. It's suitable for all skin types, is antiseptic, anti-ageing and soothing and is also suitable for the sensitive eye area.  To use: spray onto a cosmetic pad wiping face, eyes and lips. I tend to use this on non-make-up days or as a first cleanse. It's lovely to use and very gentle on the skin.

Intense Skin Repair Oil is WOW gorgeous! It is based on precious rose oil and the blend heals, regenerates, hydrates and firms. Wrinkles and fine lines are smoothed and a feeling of calm descends.. To use: massage 2-3 drops onto a cleansed face and neck in the evening. This is one of my most favourite oils ever! It's an absolute dream.

The final item in the trio is also fabulous! Age Cancellation Booster lifts and firms (and smells glorious - it's similar to the gorgeous body balm - uplifting citrus with a herbal edge). It helps to stimulate collagen fibres to firm, tone, improve elasticity and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles.  Hydrating as well as balancing it will help to reduce shine and leave the skin feeling comfortable. To use: apply AM and PM to cleansed skin.  Absolutely love this.

I've loved trying the trial sizes and I'll be buying the Intense Skin Repair Oil (£50.80 - 30ml) and the Age Cancellation Booster (£42.78 - 50ml) soon!

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. My post contains a couple of affilate links. All thoughts are genuine - I just love this brand!

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Love Lula Beauty Box: May 2018

It's always a happy day when Love Lula's Beauty Box lands. Inside this month are five products and the total value of the box is over £46. As ever, there's a 20% discount code to use on any of the brands in the box.

So what's inside...

The first item to jump out at me is Alteya Organics Certified Organic Rosewater (100ml - £7.20). I'm a huge fan of this brand so more than happy to see it feature in the beauty box this month. See my review of their Certified Organic White Rose Water Spray* HERE.

Next up is Lyonsleaf's Calendula & Marshmallow Balm (30ml - £8.99) which soothes, repairs and nourishes the skin. Use it on dry, cracked, chapped, hard, rough or irritated skin. I'm a huge fan of the brand so looking forward to testing this out.

Also inside is a full size Bellapierre Shimmer Powder in shade Lava (brown) (2.35g - £12.99). This looks a shade too shimmery for me but will provide long lasting vibrant colour (and it's nice to see a make up item in the box).

PHB Anti-Ageing Eye Gel (15ml - £16.95) which firms and nourishes and is good for targeting lines and wrinkles.

The final item is a sachet of Botanico Vida Omega Oil I'm currently testing a full size bottle out and it's fabulous. Expect a review shortly.

What do you think of the contents this month?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. My post contains a few affiliate links

Saturday, 12 May 2018

Inner-Soul Organics Energising Hand & Body Set

I've had the real pleasure of trying Inner-Soul Organics Energising Hand & Body Set (£22 - 250ml each)* which was originally created for clients of London Square, a British housing company who gives this exclusive set as a completion gift for new buyers. 

The blend is delicious and contains certified organic extracts of grapefruit, ginger and oregano (and it's unisex if you don't mind sharing!)

Perfect for use in kitchen or bathroom (and both can be used all over the body). Grapefruit detoxifies and cleans, Geranium balances and calms, Oregano is a natural anti-bac and fights free radicals while warming ginger tones.

The set really is lovely and very pleasant to use. The wash gently cleans the skin while the lotion absorbs instantly leaving the hands (and body) feeling comfortable, nourished and delicately scented. Pick yours up HERE.

Inner-Soul Organics won "Best Night Balm" for their Healing Balm in the 2018 Beauty Shortlist Awards and their Roses & Lemons Tender Cleanse Balm and Supreme Comfort Day Cream scooped "Editor's Choice" Awards. See my top picks as a Judge HERE.


Friday, 11 May 2018

Blog Tour: Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone

Today I'm on the blog tour for the fabulous Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone*. You can see the others taking part on the poster below.

"In a reimagined contemporary Edinburgh, in which a tectonic fault has opened up to produce a new volcano in the Firth of Forth, and where tremors are an everyday occurrence, volcanologist Surtsey makes a shocking discovery. On a clandestine trip to The Inch - a new volcanic island - to meet Tom, her lover and her boss, she finds his lifeless body. Surtsey's life quickly spirals into a nightmare when someone makes contact - someone who claims to know what she's done..."

My thoughts?

Surtsey, who is named after a Volcanic Island off Iceland is studying to be a Volcanologist just like her mum. When she was born a fault line opened up under the Firth of Forth causing a new Volcanic Island to emerge which is called The Inch and it's one of Surtsey's favourite places to be. 

She arrives to meet her married lover and boss, Tom and finds him dead. She panics and leaves him there telling no-one what she's found. But someone knows and starts to send her startling text messages which really frighten her.

Her life starts to spin out of control and she finds no comfort anywhere. Iona, her sister is blocking out the fact that their mum is dying, her flatmate thinks everything can be solved with a large glass of red and a smoke and her on-off boyfriend is just complicating her feelings.

The police know she's lied to them about her whereabouts that night and can she convince them she's not to blame...

I loved the local references to places and things I know well (in Portobello) and these two twists I didn't see coming! An absolutely brilliant read which I highly recommend.

*copy sent to me by the publisher

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Tropic Skincare: Jasmine, Neroli & Vetivert Body Wash

I'm a huge fan of Tropic Skincare body washes which all smell delicious and are great value for money. See my earlier review of the other ones in the range HERE.

I've been trying their latest body wash launch indulgent Jasmine, Neroli & Vetivert Body Wash (250ml - £10)*. It really is a beautiful scent combination.

The wash is made with natural cleansers found in soapberries and coconuts along with guava and bamboo waters which refresh and hydrate. The wash is also pH balanced for sensitive skins.  The rich lather gently cleanses and leaves the skin delicately scented.

To use: use with a shower puff or massage directly onto the skin with your hands. Lather and rinse.

What's your favourite Tropic Skincare product?


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

D’ALCHÉMY Essential Body Balm Mini

I love spotting new brands at Love Lula and I have to thank Ana, at Ana Goes Green for flagging up this new one!

I love the simple but stylish packaging (it's the little things..)

 D’ALCHÉMY is 100% Vegan friendly, organic and offers a range of deluxe anti-ageing skincare (I'm currently trying their Age Cancellation Booster Travel Pack for Oily/Combination Skins*).

Their Essential Body Balm mini (15ml - £15.78) is the perfect try me size or for travel. I love it's uplifting zesty scent and how easily it melts onto the body leaving it feeling nourished and delicately scented (full size is now firmly on the wishlist!)

The rich balm nourishes, revitalises and rejuvenates the skin with the formula stimulating skin regeneration and protecting the hydrolipid barrier. Scented with essential oils of mandarin, grapefruit, orange, pine and rosemary with hydrosols of verbena, witch hazel and orange blossom. The formula is enriched with plant oils and butters.

To use: apply generously to the skin after your bath or shower.

Love Lula currently have an offer on (while stocks last) to receive one of these minis with any D’ALCHÉMY purchase. Use code MINI.

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program - expect a review shortly

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Dafna's Personal Skincare: Review & Giveaway: REVIVAL Bio-Active Beauty Mask - it's over!

As you'll know I'm a huge fan of Dafna's gorgeous Personal Skincare range.  They featured as winners when I was a recent The Beauty Shortlist Judge for the 2018 Awards. 

See my top picks HERE and reviews HEREHERE and HERE.

I've been testing out fabulous latest launch REVIVAL Bio-Active Beauty Mask (50ml - £78)* which is amazing (I've also got a pot for a giveaway prize, more on that later!)

The mask is a combination of bio-active ingredients including Capsulated Charcoal, Hyaluronic Acid, Gingseng and Reishi. The mask brightens, refreshes, softens, hydrates and balances.

REVIVAL is based on two bio-active phases, the first intense hydration and regeneration and the second activates the capsulated Charcoal which "magnetizes" free radicals at the surface of the skin, inhibiting skin oxidation while promoting balanced complexion and even look".

Suitable for all skin types but especially for those who live a stressful lifestyle (work, city life, parenthood, lack of sleep) or for those who need to nurture and hydrate the skin.

This wonder mask hydrates, nurtures and reduces the impact of free radicals. To use: Phase 1: Tap mask onto clean and dry face. The mask should be white-cream coloured with black spots. Leave to act for 5-10 minutes before following Phase 2: with damp hands massage the mask for about a minute until all the Charcoal capsules are merged to the mask and it changes colour to grey. Leave 3-5 minutes before removing and moisturising the skin.

I've found my skin looks healthier and more radiant and even toned. It's an absolutely fantastic product.

I've got a pot up for grabs - the giveaway is open worldwide and all you need to do is follow the rafflecopter instructions below. Good luck! Thanks to Dafna for both my pot and the pot for the giveaway.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, 7 May 2018

Blog Tour: A Fractured Winter by Alison Baillie

Today I'm taking part in the Blog Tour for Alison Baillie's fabulous second novel, A Fractured Winter.

"A missing girl.
Threatening notes.
Sinister Strangers.
Olivia's idyllic family life in a Swiss mountain village is falling apart. She thought she'd managed to escape the past, but it's coming back to haunt her.
Has somebody discovered her secret - why she had to leave Scotland more than ten years ago?
What is her connection to Marie, a lonely schoolgirl in a Yorkshire seaside town, and Lucy, a student at a Scottish university?
A story of shadows of the past, the uncertainties of the present and how you can never really know anybody".

My thoughts?

WOW. I couldn't put this book down and when I wasn't reading it I was thinking about it which is always the sign of a great read.

The story is set in Switzerland (wonderfully descriptive, you almost feel you are there), Edinburgh (including Portobello) and Scarborough and follows the story of Olivia and her family, husband Christian their two children and her elder son.

Two children go missing one of them is her daughter's friend and Olivia can't get them out of her head. She starts to receive chilling notes which make her blood run cold.. who here in Switzerland can know what happened in the past... 

We also learn about Marie who lived in Scarborough with parents who don't understand her and Lucy who's studying at St Andrew's Uni. Olivia meets some people who seem to understand all she's going through and she's drawn to them. Christian believes his wife shouldn't be spending time with them and this causes some friction between them - I also thought he should have been more supportive of his wife at times.

I loved how cleverly the stories are weaved together and there were lots of things I didn't see coming! It's a fast paced and twisty story which I highly recommend.

*e-copy from the author

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Lilfox Miami @ a beautiful world

I've had the real pleasure to try two products by Lilfox Miami which are available to buy in the UK at a beautiful world. It's a "performance driven range of luxury botanical skincare" and I must say I've been impressed with both products I've tried from the range.

Their Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar* (30ml - currently £85) is absolutely beautiful. Prickly Pear Seed Oil will brighten and even skin tone, nourish and hydrate and instantly improve the skin's look and feel. As well as rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil the blend contains Pomegranate Seed Oil which regenerates and revives, Jasmine Flower Oil which helps dry and sensitive skin types as well as smelling exotically divine and Sandalwood Oil which soothes, moisturises and firms. The blend is infused with Brazilian Tourmaline which has been cleansed under the light of a full moon.

To use: apply a few drops to the face and neck after cleansing and toning (I've also added a couple of drops when mixing up the mask).

Cleopatra Milk & Honey Beauty Mask* (100ml - £88) is absolutely fantastic. The mask celebrates Ancient beauty rituals of Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile. White Clay cleanses, while mineral rich French Rose Clay decongests and tones. Pineapple & Payaya resurface and renew. Baobob and Camu Camu deliver a dose of Vitamin C and antioxidants to the skin while Rose petals, Coconut Milk and Honey nourish and soften. Rose Quartz gem powder brightens while activiating and opening the heart chakra to give and receive love.

To use: scoop out a small amount of mask into a dish and add water or toner to make a paste (I also added a drop of Prickly Pear Illuminating Beauty Nectar*) apply to the face and neck and leave for 20-40 minutes (skin can be spritz with toner at regular intervals to extend the treatment). Remove with a warm damped face cloth. 

The skin is left feeling toned, firmed and radiant. I absolutely love it! 

What's your favourite Lilfox Miami product(s)? Pick yours up HERE.

*complimentary - I tried and loved!

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Tabitha James Kraan: Clean Range Sample Set

As you'll know I adore travel and samples sizes so imagine my delight when I came across the Clean Range Sample Set at Tabitha James Kraan

What you get is a 10ml sachet of Clean Shampoo Golden Citrus (which lasted me 2 washes), a 10ml sachet of Clean Conditioner Amber Rose (which lasted at least 6 times) and a 3ml mini bottle of their amazing Amber Rose Hair Oil sample (which was my favourite of the three). The try me set is £2.50 making it an affordable way to try SLS and Paraben free cult haircare.

My thoughts?

I've tried the original range from TJK and wasn't keen on the non-foaming Hair Cleanser but loved the 4-in-1 conditioners. I was excited to try the new Clean Shampoo which does lightly foam. The range contains no synthetic ingredients at all and uses 100% natural preservative system. The range is also Soil Association/COSMOS Organic Certified.

I got two uses from the Clean Shampoo sachet (making it ideal for weekends away). I found it foamed lightly, left the hair feeling clean and delicately scented. I feel I'd have to try it out more fully to give a measured review.

However, the Clean Conditioner sachet has multiple uses (at least 6). It's a rich and creamy deliciously scented conditioning cream (which is best used on areas needing moisture as it's super rich). TJK says "apply only to mid-lengths and ends after washing". Leave for 2-5 minutes before rinsing.

My favourite from the trio is their Scented Organic Hair Oil which is a real treat for the hair. It'll protect, polish and nurture leaving the hair frizz free and smooth. It can be used on wet or dry hair or on flyaways.

What's your favourite product(s) from Tabitha James Kraan?

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Letterbox Luxuries: Time to Sparkle

I'd given hubby a list of things I'd like for my recent birthday and said to him to pick a few. The boy did good - he got me beautiful Tada & Toy earrings, Tom Ford Neroli Portofino perfume (which I picked in Jersey), my favourite Billecart Salmon Pink Champagne and this beautiful Time to Sparkle set from Letterbox Luxuries (I was SO spoiled!)

Letterbox Luxuries, offer a luxury letterbox gifting service with the products being carefully curated. They are nestled in a "letterbox" friendly recyclable box. 

I love everything about Time to Sparkle but initially the beautiful Eve of St Agnes Owl compact (one side is magnified) was the item which made me lust after this box (and it went straight in my handbag on receiving it!)

The Weathered Penny necklace and Daisy & Mallow Jasmine & Vanilla Lip Balm have been worn and used a lot. It's such a perfect gift. Pick yours up HERE.

Monday, 30 April 2018

April Book Round-Up

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

Cross Your Heart (Detective Jess Bishop #2) by Kierney Scott* - this series just keeps getting better and better. I took part in the Blog Blitz this month. See my review HERE.

Keeper (Emily Roy & Alexis Castells #2) by Johana Gustawsson** - an amazing second novel in the series (I now need to go back and read the first one!) This could be read as a standalone like I did however. I took part in the Blog Tour so see my review HERE.

The Sapphire Widow by Dinah Jefferies* - I simply loved this easy reading and descriptive story which tells the tale of Louisa Reeves and her dashingly handsome husband Elliot.

Their life is perfect apart from one thing. Louisa is desperate to become a mother. Her husband is away from home a lot overseeing business interests at Cinnamon Hills, a cinnamon plantation. When he dies suddenly in tragic circumstances Louisa's life could fall apart, especially when she learns what Elliot has been keeping from her but onwards she goes. Absolutely loved this book.

Mark of the Devil (Inspector Jim Carruthers #3)* by Tana Collins* - this series keeps getting better and better. I think this is the best one yet!

DI Jim Carruthers and the team are investigating a series of art thefts when they receive the tip off that a woman's body is on the beach. They also find some suspicious items on the clifftop and the woman has an unusual tattoo on her body.

The local estate owner would like Jim to believe he knows nothing but gut instinct makes Jim think he's up to his neck in it. One of his young gamekeepers is pulled from the sea death - what did he know and why would it have cost him his life? There are links to Estonia, people trafficking and Eastern European gangs.

Are the cases connected? And if so, where's the connection? Fast paced and enjoyable. I also liked how the main characters are developing and we are beginning to know them well. A great read.

Murderabilia by Craig Robertson - I've read one of Craig Robertson's earlier books in this series. This is the 6th in the Tony Winter series. 

Set in Glasgow, an early train's leaving Queen Street Station and just out of the tunnel the screams start - a body is hanging from the bridge, naked with his clothes neatly folded under him. Detective Inspector Narey is on the case briefly before being sent on enforced sick leave. She needs Tony to help her check some things out.. she also ventures onto the dark web to find out why and what people are buying in connection with death. A fast paced read which I couldn't put down. Definitely must read the rest in the series.

Restless Coffins by M P Wright** - this series is one of my all time favourites. I've followed JT Ellington and his cousin Vic since the beginning and Heartman. This story is fast paced, exciting, scary, nerve wracking and brilliant! 

JT gets a phone call bearing bad news. He has to go home and Vic sends and airline ticket for him to come via America. He's picked up by a streetwise but beautiful girl by the name of Evangeline Laveau and from that moment everything seems to go scarily wrong... When he eventually arrives back home he has to deal with Conrad Monroe and all that his sister Bernice left behind. A great read. So recommend.

Theo - One Love, Two Stories by Amanda Prowse - having adored Anna, I couldn't wait to read Theo's side of the story. Dear Theo struggles through boarding school, a sensitive and quiet child who is prone to bullying. He finds a friendship at school which brightens up his day until it's cruely taken from him. 

He has a period away at University where he meets working class Spud, a lifelong friend. Working life's not that great either. His Dad is forever putting him down. The day he meets Anna is a bright spot in his life. She's nothing like him, so full of life and takes everything life throws at her. He's besotted by her pretty quickly. Anna wants a family more than anything in the world but Theo's not so sure.. So brilliant to see the other side of the story. I loved this book as much as Anna.

A Fractured Winter by Alison Baillie** - I'm taking part in the Blog Tour for Alison's second novel so I'll share my review in my May roundup.

Fault Lines by Doug Johnstone** - Again, I'm taking part in the Blog Tour for this book early next month so I'll share my thoughts in my May roundup.

No Way Back by Kelly Florentia - Audrey Fox is expecting to marry the love of her life Nick when he drops the bombshell that he can't marry her feeling it's too much of a commitment. Going into meltdown Audrey goes on holiday to Cyprus with her parents and meets charming and gorgeous Daniel Taylor. They start seeing each other. He's got a bit of baggage in the name of a grown up child he worships and when Audrey finds that Nick's been in an accident she's torn..A great read which I thoroughly enjoyed with interesting characters and storylines. Looking forward already to book #2.

Last month I enjoyed (it wasn't published when I did my March roundup):

Deadly Secrets - Detective Erika Foster #6) by Robert Bryndza* - Detective Erika Foster has a random day off for Christmas when she drives past a murder scene. Of course being Erika she has to stop. It's the body of a young woman, beautiful Burlesque dancer, Marissa Lewis who is found in her snowy front garden. Who would do such a thing to someone who has her whole life ahead of her?

The team throw themselves into the investigation - it's nice to see Peterson back although that brings some unwelcome heartache for Erika. Erika has some personal stuff to sort for her father-in-law so Moss takes on the case which could have devastating personal consequences....she does a good job but decides she prefers being part of a team.

What's the connection to the case of the man in the gas mask who's been assaulting people in the street..and is there more to Marissa than meets the eye... an absolutely brilliant fast paced read with a surprising ending I for one didn't see coming!

What have you been reading this month?

*copy from the publisher via Netgalley
**print copy direct from the publisher