Saturday, 27 May 2017

Live in the Light: Pure Anada Body Care

I've been testing out some body care products* by Canadian brand, Pure Anada which are available to buy at Live in the Light. I've previously tried some of their skincare (review) which was effective and nice to use.

Tahitian Garden Shower Gel (300ml - £14.50)* is presented in a pump action bottle. The wash is creamy, luxurious and richly scented. It deeply nourishes while cleaning the skin. The coconut oil base gives the wash a gentle lather. The scent is exotic and floral.

I chose to try a non-matching Hand & Body Lotion in Wild Cherry (300ml - £18.50)* which has a rich fruity scent. The lotion is more cream like in texture (and may have been best suited to a pot rather than a pump action bottle). Again, the product is nice to use and the lotion deeply nourishes the skin leaving it delicately scented.

The star product of the trio for me is Lemongrass Sugar Scrub (340ml - £21.50)* which is in a giant tub! The zesty and uplifting scent lifts the spirits while the scrub deeply exfoliates and moisturises the skin. I've found it has the perfect amount of scrubbiness to exfoliate and smooth the skin. Love!

Have you used any Pure Anada products? See the range available at Live in the Light HERE.

With any order over the Bank Holiday Weekend you'll receive a FREE (while stocks last) Orgaid Sheet Mask! 

"These masks are amazing to revitalise, nourish and brighten your beautiful faces, are perfect to take with you if you are going on holiday, relaxing at home or are just a little wrinkly!!

If you have spent the day in the sun, the Greek Yoghurt Mask is ideal to nourish, soothe, tighten and condition. If your skin is feeling a little dull - the Vitamin C Mask will revitalise, firm and boost collagen. And if you are worried about those wrinkles, the anti-ageing Mask will hydrate, calm and reduce those fine lines.

Pop one on in the bath, on the plane or after a day on the sun lounger..

They can be reused so once you have finished fold the mask back up, put back in the wrapper and seal with a clip ready for next time".

Once you have placed your order, add your choice of Orgaid Mask to your cart and this will be added free of charge. 

Offer ends Monday 29 May 2017 at midnight.


Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Empties

I'm not going to use anything else up so here's what I've been using up in May:

Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream 5ml which was beautiful. This is a pricey cream so I'll probably not buy it. I'll definitely try and pick it up in one of the mini pots again.

Ermana Cleanse Balm 15ml* a lovely balm cleanser. See my review HERE. I'll definitely buy when my stash reduces a bit.

Botanicals Nourish Moisturiser 5ml* I adore any form of travel/try me size so I loved using this gorgeous moisturiser. See my mini review HERE. Would buy this moisturiser full size.

Madara Micellar Water 100ml which is a staple product for me. I've just cracked open a new bottle. See my review HERE.

Gallinee La Culture Foaming Facial Cleanser 120ml* which I simply adored. See my review HERE. It's one I'd buy when my stash of cleansers reduces a bit.

Aster & Bay Rosewater Mist 100ml I simply loved this beautiful mist which also contains Himalayan Pink Salt and Honeysuckle as well as Bulgarian Rose. See my review HERE. I'll definitely buy this again as I loved it. 

Guerlain Midnight Secret Late Night Recovery Cream 15ml I used to use this years ago. Was nice to revisit and I'm sure to pick this up again. Great to use if you have a late night as it helps to revive the skin overnight.

Omorovicza Refining Facial Polish 30ml which is one of my favourite facial exfoliators. I've just opened another tube.

Molton Brown Frankincense & Allspice Hand Wash 100ml I adore this Christmassy hand wash and buy it up in the sales (it's only available at Christmastime). See my review HERE. I've got plenty remaining in my stash currently but I'll be stocking up again in December.

Philip B Oud Royal Forever Shine Shampoo 15ml which is a good size sample. This was nice to use and made my hair look and feel good. Might buy full size at some point.

TOSe Apothecary French Clay & Lemongrass Detoxifying Body Scrub 200ml* which was beautiful. It had a really uplifting scent and make exfoliating into a luxurious ritual. See my review HERE.

Humble Sweet Pea & Verbena Hand Cream 75ml* a beautiful hand cream from a gorgeous range. See my review HERE. Sure to buy when my stash reduces a bit as this was very effective and had a beautiful scent.

JOIK Rejuvenating Beauty Elixir sachet this seems like a lovely product but it is a small sample. I also loved JOIK's Silky Facial Serum with Cranberry & Wheatgerm oils.

bliss fatgirl slim arm perfecting cream 7ml this gel-cream absorbed quickly and seemed like it would be a nice product to use. Not sure if I'd buy full size or not.

Jo Loves Smoked Plum & Leather sample vial which I simply adored! Full size is on my to buy list. 

Esse Gel Cleanser 5ml sachet I wasn't expecting this gel cleanser to be minty scented. I got four uses from this sachet (making it a great try me) and yes, I want the cleanser full size! 

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue 1ml huge fan of this eye cream. My pal Julie got me a full size pot at my birthday so expect a review soon!

Starling Aromatics Jasmine & Ylang Ylang goddess essence* this little gem of a product was a beautiful luxe treat. It smells simply heavenly and is studded with Himalayan salt crystals. It can be used for moisturising the skin, for massage or just pop it in your bath for a relaxing soak. They are £6 each so it really is an indulgent treat (it would be perfect for that romantic weekend away) I got two uses from it. I'd prefer less packaging (although it is sweet) and more product for the money.  I was give this one complimentary from the owner at Pretty Pink.

What have you been using up this month?


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Giveaway: Win a Jar of Frankin-Sense Divine Face Care

I've got an absolutely fantastic giveaway for a UK reader. You can win a jar of the fabulous Awake Organics Frankin-Sense Divine Face Care Wellbeing Hydra Cream 30ml (£28.99) which I reviewed HERE*.

All you need to do is click on this link and follow the instructions! Good luck.

"Please note that by entering this competition, you are agreeing to receive email newsletters from Awake Organics from time-to-time. We will not spam you or share your details with anyone. Limit one entry per email address. UK residents only. No substitutions or cash value. Competition closes June 30, 2017". 

See HERE for full product details.

Monday, 22 May 2017

JOIK Energising Bath Salts with Orange, Lemon & Grapefruit Oils

My May Love Lula picks were all by JOIK (see what I picked HERE). I've been really enjoying all the products and will be reviewing the rest soon. My "price low" item was the Energising Bath Salts with Orange Lemon & Grapefruit Oils (500g - £6)*.

The salts are packaged in a recyclable plastic jar and smell absolutely incredible. Simply mouthwatering and uplifting. Mineral rich sea salt along with essential oils make up this 100% natural product.

To use: add 3-4 spoonfuls to a warm bath jump in and enjoy!

These are simply lovely and make for an uplifting yet relaxing soak.  They are also great value for money. I'm sure I'll pick them up again. See the range HERE.

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

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Try Me Kits: Inika Try Me Set & Pai Skincare Blemish Control Mini Kit

I adore travel size/try me sets. I picked up these two by Inika and Pai Skincare at Naturisimo.

Inside the Pai Skincare Blemish Control Mini Kit (worth £18) and costing a tenner is:

Rice Plant & Rosemary Tonic 12ml - an alcohol-free toner which calms and rebalances. See my review HERE.  Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream 10ml - a mattifying moisturiser which balances while nourishing the skin. See my review HERE.

Copaiba Deep Cleanse AHA Mask 6ml - which is a deep cleansing detox mask. See my review HERECopaiba & Zinc Perfect Balance Blemish Serum 2ml - which is great for congested skins. It heals and protects.

It really is a great kit and ideal for travel.

My second pick is a try-me set by Inika which costs £14.50 and is worth £24)

Inside is:

Liquid Foundation (Cream) 4ml
Perfection Concealer (Light) 4ml
Loose Mineral Powder Foundation SPF25 (Unity) 0.7g
Loose Mineral Bronzer (Sunkissed) 0.7g
Loose Mineral Blush (Booming Nude) 0.7g

Have you picked up any travel/try me kits recently?

Friday, 19 May 2017

FOM London: Antioxidant Repair Oil Complex & Hydra Pump Serum

I'm a huge fan of FOM London having tried several of their products in the past. A while back they relaunched their skincare range which is luxurious, innovative and scientifically evidenced (and gorgeous!)

I've been testing two generous trial sizes (10ml) which came to me via the Love Lula's Accredited Blogger Program.

Antioxsilk is a unique blend of silk which forms a skin barrier and enhances collagen in skin, antioxidants repair and protect from free radicals and adaptogens balance.  The range is formulated by founder Zaga and every ingredient has a specific purpose helping to deliver targeted results.

Products are free from parabens, colours, silicones, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils and sulphates and are made with sustainably grown botanicals and naturally liquid actives in small batches. Packaging is simple but pretty and recyclable.

Antioxidant Repair Oil Complex* is suitable for all skin types and is easily absorbed. It's rich in plant oils which are high in Vitamins, Minerals and Omegas 3, 6 and 9. Mineral rich Manketti supports and restores. Fatty Acid infused Melon Seed Oil promotes the production of collagen and elastin while Marula, Grapefruit and Pomegranate oils boost the skin while plumping and nourishing. The oil has a beautiful rich floral scent

To use: AM: mix one pump with your serum/cream and apply to face & neck PM: use alone or with Hydra Bright Night Complex Treatment.

Hydra Plump Serum* again is suitable for all skin types (including men). This serum is full of good things for the skin including Hyaluronic Acid which moisturises and protects. Rich Fig Complex energises and protects the skin against environmental stressors.  The skin is left luminous and smooth. 

To use: mix one pump of Hydra Plump Serum with one pump of Antioxidant Repair Oil Complex for an extra nutrient hit.

Have you used any FOM London Skincare Products?

*sent to me as part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. My post contains 2 affilate links.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Love Lula Beauty Box: May 2017

My May Love Lula Beauty Box* arrived the other day and as ever it's fantastic value for money (from June it's going up to £13.95 recurring a month for UK subscribers which includes P&P) but even with the tiny rise it's one of the best value monthly beauty boxes out there. This month the contents are worth £45 and there are 3 full sizes inside as well as 2 travel sizes.

So what's inside:

From Laidbare there is DIY! Two in One Cleanser & Toner 125ml (£6.99)* which cleanses and tones the skin and is suitable for all skin types. I'm looking forward to trying this one!

I'm a huge fan of John Masters Organics haircare and inside there are two 30ml travel sizes - Lavender & Rosemary Shampoo (£2.25)* and Citrus & Neroli Detangler (£2.25)*. These are both being popped in my travel bag.

From PHB Ethical Beauty we have Gentle Moisturiser with Shea Butter & Apricot 50ml (£16.95)* which soothes, calms and nourishes sensitive skins. My skin isn't really sensitive but this seems lovely so I'll definitely be trying it out. 

The final item in the box this month I've tried before (review) which is Ogario London's Styling Mist for Natural Hold & Volume 60ml (£16)* it really does boost volume and leaves the hair looking and feeling good.

As ever, there is also a 20% off code to use on any of the brands this month.

Did you get a box this month? What are your thoughts on the contents?

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

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Apple & Bears: Body Wash & Body Silk Travel Sizes

I've recently been testing out Apple & Bears travel sizes. The company is family owned and British. Finest organic ingredients are used and the formulations are created by a team of specialists. Husband and Wife founders, Dean and Kay wanted to make a difference to people's lives (they donate a portion of their profits to worthy causes close to their hearts like Breast Cancer Care). 

Apple was chosen for it's healthy skin and organic goodness and Bears for their ability to live in a natural rhythm. The packaging is plain white recyclable plastic and it's the story behind the logo which makes it shine which is a tribute to the many men and women diagnosed with breast cancer. The mermaids represent a graceful, loving and carefree being, true of heart and open to a live of adventure. Koi fish is a symbol of courage and perseverance. 

All the products are free from parabens, SLS, Phthalates and have 100% natural fragrances. They are gluten and alcohol free, natural and organic and EcoCert Greenlife certified.

The body washes* (£5 - 50ml) gently clean the skin and are really lovely to use - the scents are all beautiful.

Anti-oxidant boosting Bergamot & Green Tea* has a beautiful uplifting floral scent which rejuvenates the body and mind. Anti-ageing and healing Pomegranate & Aloe Vera* is very fruity. It contains anti-oxidant rich punic acid which helps to slow down ageing. Nourishing Aloe Vera rejuvenates and hydrates.

Nutrient Rich Grapefruit & Seaweed* restores the skin while nourishing and detoxifying. Balancing Honey & Hemp* revitalises. It nurtures and protects while balancing dry skin.

The matching body silks* (£6 - 50ml) deeply nourish and smooth the skin. They absorb quickly leaving the skin feeling comfortable and moisturised. 

Bergamot & Green Tea* balances, uplifts and nourishes. It firms and leaves the skin with a delicate scent. Pomegranate & Aloe Vera* nourishes and soothes while being gently hydrating. Grapefruit & Seaweed* is made with freshly squeezed grapefruit and nutrient rich seaweed. It will firm and tighten the skin and Honey & Hemp* replenishes and hydrates. 

Have you tried any of the Apple & Bears Body Washes or Body Silks?


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Budget Beauty: 5 under £6

Here's some of my top picks for bargain beauty:

AA Skincare Green Tea & Aloe Vera Soothing Cleansing Wipes (£3.30 for 25 wipes). I don't always use cleansing wipes but find them handy to use after a night out or on holiday. These ones are super gentle on the skin and leave the skin feeling clean and refreshed.

PHB Ethical Beauty Peppermint Sugar Scrub* (100g - £4.95) which is fantastic! It's shaped like a bar of soap making it easy to use in the shower. It has quite a scrubby texture and is made with sugar, cocoa butter, plant oils, peppermint essential oil and cornflowers. It's absolutely fantastic value for money and very effective. 

John Masters Organics Sea Mist (60ml - £5) which creates the perfect beachy waves.

Herbal Forest Chai Spice Lip Balm (0.15oz - £3.49)** which smells like chai tea! A rich and fragrant lip balm. See my review HERE.

My final pick is the most expensive of the lot at £5.50 for 50ml. It's the gorgeous Bodhi & Birch Ylang Ylang Incensa Bath & Shower Therapy mini. A perfect try me, small treat or for holidays. See my review HERE

What's your favourite budget beauty items?

*sent to me as part of the love lula accredited blogger program. 
My post contains one affiliate link

Monday, 15 May 2017

MAKE Skincare Skincare: Face Glow

I've been testing out MAKE Skincare's best selling luxe Face Glow (30ml - £22)* which is gorgeous. It's made with a skin loving blend of Moringa, Rosehip and Vitamin E and scented with Rose Otto, Geranium, Lavender and Sandalwood Essential Oils.

Each ingredient is chosen with care to nourish, moisturise and heal. Moringa Oil gives the skin a glow as well as being deeply moisturising, Rosehip Oil is full of Vitamins A, C, E and D and Essential Fatty Acids which help to protect, heal and rejuvenate while natural Vitamin E protects from free radical damage. The blend also contains flower extracts, Evening Primrose oil and Chamomile.

Face Glow is suitable for all skin types including sensitive and is packaged in a pink pump action bottle.

To use: apply AM or PM alone or under your face cream.

I've been loving using Face Glow. It's a real treat for the skin and senses and is a joy to use. See my review of some of the other products in the range HERE. Have you used any products by MAKE Skincare?


Sunday, 14 May 2017

100 Acres Apothecary Rose & Lavender Bubble Bath

I received this gorgeous bottle of 100 Acres Apothecary's in my The Spring Edit box which is currently available to buy at Latest in Beauty. I was aware of the brand but hadn't had the pleasure of trying any products before.

100 Acres Apothecary is based in the Cotswolds and they create a small range of beautiful natural and organic products which you can check out HERE.

The products are made using natural botanicals and essential oils and are hand blended in small batches with love and care and are free from parabens, petrochemicals, sulphates, artificial colourings and fragrances. There is no animal testing and products are suitable for Vegetarians.

The Rose & Lavender Bubble Bath (£14 - 300ml) is presented in a recyclable plastic bottle with flip top lid. I think the design is super pretty and looks great sitting bath side.

The blend, a luxurious floral soothes and calms the body and mind and makes bathing a relaxing experience and there are lots of lovely foamy bubbles!

Have you used any products from the brand?

Saturday, 13 May 2017

New In: MOA Hello Sunshine Energising Body Oil

I'm a huge, huge fan of MOA - Magic Organic Apothecary. I simply adore their Fortifying Green Bath Potion (review) and spotlighted the brand last year (link) so imagine my delight when browsing at Cult Beauty I came across their latest launch - Hello Sunshine Energising Body Oil (150ml - £22.50).

It really is a beautiful oil which makes me smile (and will be bought again!) The name reminds me of happiness and sunny days. It's stuffed full of active organic ingredients and the oil absorbs quickly leaving the skin feeling nourished and smelling delicious.

It has notes of zesty antibacterial lemongrass, marjoram which awakens the senses and kick starts the circulation as well as purifying the skin. Eucalyptus refreshes while yarrow soothes.

Hello Sunshine has a gorgeous citrus and slightly herbal scent. "In folklore marjoram or mountain joy, is a lucky plant bringing joy and good fortune".

To use: massage over the body to seal in moisture before or after a shower, use for massage or after exercise.

Have you tried it yet? What's your favourite MOA product?

Friday, 12 May 2017

[M] Botanicals: Rose Oud Soy Wax Candle

I've been trying the absolutely exquisite artisan [M] Botanicals Rose Oud Soy Wax Candle (£15 - burn time 20-25 hours)* and I can honestly say it's one of the nicest scented candles I've ever used. 

It has a beautiful deep rose scent with a touch of smokey, woody Oud and I think it's the perfect combination. Essential oils and fine fragrance molecules are combined with 100% Vegetable and Soy Wax.

The candles are handmade in small batches with love and care. I love the simple but pretty recyclable packaging.

Other scents available are: Warm Lemongrass and Wild Grown Mint. Buy yours HERE - both of these scents appeal to me too.

I recently reviewed the mini [M] box sampler. See my review HERE. Have you tried any products from [M] Botanicals?


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Awake Organics: Frankin-Sense Divine Face Care: Wellbeing Hydra-Cream

I first tried Awake Organics when I got a sample of their fabulous Aura Clean Deodorant in my March Best of British YOU Beauty Box. Also, see my review HERE.

I've been testing out their exquisite Frankin-sense Wellbeing Hydra Cream* (30ml - £28.99) and I can honestly say it's one of my favourite products this year. As well as being a delicious treat for the skin it soothes and calms the senses.

The cream is 100% waterless, absorbs instantly and feels light as well as nourishing on the skin. It's made with 5 Active Essentials - Frankincense, Carrot Seed, Rose Geranium, Patchouli and Lavender which hydrate and calm. 9 Organic unprocessed, raw and consciously sourced botanicals along with 7 bio-oils which are unrefined cold-pressed fruit, seed and kernal oils which deeply nourish and replenish dull, dehydrated and ageing skin.

Skin is left healthy, glowy and moisturised. The cream has a really beautiful scent and is a real treat and makes moisturising into a lovely ritual. It can also be used in conjunction with Frankin-Sense Divine Face Serum

To use: apply in small quantities to the face, neck and eye area.

You can buy your very own JAR and get £5 off. Use code bbalm+awake. Limit to one coupon code per order. Not valid on any other products and can't be combined with any other coupons. Expires June 15 2017. 

Shipping Terms: Free Standard shipping to mainland UK (£3.99) is automatically applied at checkout on all orders over £50.00. If you use a promo code, your total cart value must be over £50 to qualify. Sorry, this offer is available for UK addresses only


Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Travel Size Treats

I'm a sucker for travel size/sample sizes and these are the ones I've been using lately. The Daisy & Mallow Rose & Chamomile Lip Balm is a full size but handy enough to pop in your handbag/suitcase as a travel treat.  It deeply nourishes the lips and I've also used it for flyaways.

this works in transit camera close-up is a fantastic product. I received this as a magazine freebie and it's the perfect travel size treat as it works as a moisturiser, mask and primer. It will brighten, plump and moisturise the skin.

The new 5g samples at Botanicals are a great try me size or for travel. I've been testing out their Nourish Moisturiser (£2.95)* which is a delicious blend scented with rose, geranium and palmrosa. The cream deeply nourishes and hydrates the skin and is perfect for normal, dry and mature skin types.

Scentered Be Happy Therapy Balm sample* may be small but it's the perfect size to travel with or to pop in a pocket or handbag. This award winning "sunshine in a stick" balm which is scented with grapefruit, lemon myrtle and spearmint uplifts and energises. Love it & full size is now on the to buy list.

Josh Rosebrook's Ethereal Botanical Fragrance available at a beautiful world is unlike anything I have in my collection. This was a little tester sample with two tries. It has notes which evolve and change over wear but include things like geranium, rose, blue chamomile and rosemary.

For evening time, Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax rollerball helps to relax and unwind at the end of the day. With restful oils of Vetiver, Chamomile and Sandalwood it's the perfect bedtime treat.

What's your favourite travel treats?


Monday, 8 May 2017

SheerLuxe Box: The Spring Edit

My friend Julie gave me for part of my birthday The Spring Edit Box by SheerLuxe which came from Latest in Beauty. There currently are some in stock - it's an excellent box and it's contents are worth over £260.

It's absolutely stuffed full of beauty goodies!

Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban
Luxe T-Shirt 
100 Acres Rose & Lavender Bubble Bath 300ml
balance me Supermoisturising Hand Cream 100ml
Soigne Nail Polish in Creme au Beurre 10ml
Living Proof Healthy Hair Night Cap Overnight Perfector 118ml
Perricone MD Photo Plasma Broad Spectrum SPF30
Smith & Cult Above it All Top Coat 14ml
thisworks Stress Check Breathe in 8ml
Scentered Love Candle 85g
Browtician Minimalist Square Tip Tweezers
Institut Esthederm Gentle Deep Pore Cleanser 75ml
Konjac Sponge
Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips 15ml

I'll let you know how I get on with the products. There are are a few I'm really excited to try. Did you pick up a "The Spring Edit" Collection?

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Love Lula: May Picks: JOIK

I've found doing a 'Spotlight' on a brand is a great way to get to know a brand and its products (click on the names for my recent ones - MOA and Ooh! Oils of Heaven). 

This month I'm letting you know my #llabp picks (Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program) before I've actually tested them out. I've got a huge amount of love for JOIK's decadent bath truffles which I've reviewed HERE and HERE

The brand has a lot of lovely products which are really good value. I decided to choose via Love Lula's picks - Price - High, Price - Low, What's New and Rating (I did miss out "name") and so I've ended up with a lot of lovely "random" products to review (which I haven't tried before!) I also picked some samples (chose up to 5 with a £10 spend, the samples cost too but they are a great way to try a product - see HERE).

So what did I pick?

Price High & New: Smoothing & Cooling Eye Gel 10ml - £19.50*
Best Seller: Alcohol Free Facial Toner with Aloe & Sea Buckthorn Oil 100ml - £9*
Price Low: Energizing Bath Salt with Orange, Lemon & Grapefruit 500g - £6*
Rating: Hot Chocolate Soy Wax Candle 145g - £12.50*

I also selected some sample sachets:

Exfoliating Facial Scrub*, Cleansing & Softening Shower Oil with Apple & Elderflower*, Silky Facial Serum* and Rejuvenating Beauty Elixir*. Love Lula were running a promotion of a free bath truffle with purchase so they popped a Lavender one in.

What's your favourite JOIK product?

*I received these products are part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program. All thoughts are genuine and my post contains 3 affiliate links.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Shopping my Stash #88

These are the products I've been reaching for this week:

ROHR Remedy Desert Lime Body Lotion - this beautiful lotion from Australia is just gorgeous and is the perfect late spring and summertime treat. See my review HERE and buy yours at LT Linens HERE.

I'm a huge Madara fan and this duo - Time Miracle Cellular Repair Serum and Total Renew Night Cream are just fab. They firm and regenerate the skin. Pick yours up at Love Lula.

The Jo Malone Grapefruit Cologne mini is the ideal size to pop in my handbag. I love it's zesty notes.

Daisy & Mallow Jasmine & Chamomile Facial Nectar 50ml - is a delight. It deeply but gently cleanses the skin ridding it of make up and daily grime. Pick yours up HERE.

Make Skincare's Lip Revive* is a real treat for the lips (I've also used it on fly-aways). See my review HERE.

I just love Antonia Burrell's incredibly good Bright+Light Eye Cream*. See my review HERE.

What have you been using lately?


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Recent Buys

Here's some of the things I've bought recently:

A beautiful and good quality plain notebook by Emerald & Lime. You can never have too many notebooks, well that's my opinion!

I can never resist a new launch at 4160Tuesdays and I had to have fruity and fizzy Lemon Sherbet which is from the #mrsglossmademedoit range. It has notes of lemon, orange, grapefruit, sherbet dibdabs, musk and vanilla and is perfect for spring and summer...and I got a sample vial with order - Goodbye Piccadilly "a scent for suffragettes, first made for London Transport Museum with materials used in 1914: violet, iris, lavender, leather, vanilla and patchouli".

I discovered Wax+Wick on Sasha's Instagram and found I couldn't resist a little splurge. The bottles are repurposed wine bottles picked up (empty) from the wine bars of Primrose Hill. They are ruddgedly cut making them look more interesting I think. 

The artisan candles handmade with 100% soy wax and interesting blends of essential oils. Grapefruit+Sage is just amazing and I can't wait to buy MORE. They are very well wrapped for postage and come in a drawstring cotton bag making them great for gifting if you can bear to part with them that is!

I'd tried products from Ravenscourt Apothecary before (link). Again, an instagram spot was the delicious sounding Blood Orange Body Butter, which really is mouthwatering. I also picked up a lip balm set. Love the simple packaging and that the products are made with care, love and natural ingredients.

My final recent buy was a reduced Mary Greenwell Plum candle at The Fragrance Shop. Totally bargainous at a tenner (RRP £45).  The packaging is super luxe and I've not decided yet whether to keep or gift!  The Perfume shop also give away 2 fragrance samples with order and I also picked 3 perfume sample vials for £3.

What have you been buying lately?

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Love Lula: Walden Natural Perfumes: Two Eternities EdP 50ml

I've been testing out two* of the new Walden Natural Perfumes (EdP 50ml) which are exclusive to Love Lula and are named after Henry David Thoreau's seminal work Walden, a book which is part meditation and part handbook for simple living in natural surroundings.

The perfumes are packaged in white and black boxes and have a quote on the side from the book which inspired the scents. On Two Eternities (50ml - £60)* it says "In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line".

The bottles are simply gorgeous. Chunky glass with a wooden lid - perfect to display on your dressing table and definitely too pretty to store out of sight. The perfumes themselves are made in small batches with the finest natural absolutes, resins and essential oils.

As I'd been an early tester I was invited to pick two perfumes* to try and review. After much deliberations I picked the two which spoke to me the most (although now having tried sample vials of all five could quite easily say I'd happily have all of them in my collection). A Little Star-Dust* was a finalist recently for Best Natural Beauty Product in the Natural & Organic Awards Europe 2017 (review to follow).

Today I'm sharing my thoughts on Two Eternities* which I immediately thought sounded exquisite. It has notes of forest flowers including wild roses, jasmine and iris with a base of bergamot and sweet orange oil.

The perfume opens with bright, zesty and sweet notes before becoming deeply floral with sensual jasmine, rose and iris. Citrus notes appear again in the base notes. I absolutely love the scent but I wish it was a little longer lasting.

The 5 perfumes are named after snippets from Walden:

A Little Star-Dust: Ylang Ylang, Iris & Jasmine with Amyris & Tonka Bean
A Different Drummer: Pepper, Cedarwood, Amber, Amyris & Sandalwood
Castles in the Air: Citrus, Tropical Flowers and Lavender
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