Saturday, 21 October 2017

Giveaway #6: ooh! Oils of Heaven & Love Lula


Love Lula has very generously been collaborating with me with some of my Blog Birthday Giveaways. This is the final one and open is world wide. I'm a huge fan of the lovely Ooh! Oils of Heaven and one of my readers can win their Natural Cacay Anti-Ageing Face Oil (30ml - £39)*.

You can see my spotlight on Ooh! Oils of Heaven HERE (although there have been a couple added to the range since I wrote my review).

Good Luck!

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Friday, 20 October 2017

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box: Autumn Glow

I've only been getting the Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box a few months now and it's definitely my favourite beauty box! This month I've only tried one product before. I'd already heard of three of the other brands and there's one totally new to me too! Costing £21 plus £3.95 P&P a month it really is great value for money (there are also money off codes included for most of the brands).


WOW!


One of the items which I knew was going to be in the box (Paula gives us a few little spoilers in the run up) was the MONO Radiance Facial Oil (20ml - £44) which doesn't disappoint! It smells beautiful and I tried it for the first time last night. The oil is crystal infused and amplified with the high vibrational energy of citrine. Expect a full review soon! There is also a little try me sample of their Radiance Face Cleanser & Mask.

From Poppy's Natural Skincare there is deliciously scented Organic Chia Seed Hand Butter (50ml - £10) which is light as air and absorbs instantly upon contact with warms skin - LOVE!  It has a beautiful neroli scent and I know I'm going to keep reaching for this both in autumn and coming into winter. In fact it might be my new favourite hand product! So lush.

THE WILD MIX has been on my radar for a while but this is my first try (the Regeneration Nourishing Body Balm melts if the central heating is on so I've popped my pot in the fridge for a little while) It does smell beautiful and I'm looking forward to trying it.

I've also been aware of XO Balm (45ml - £12.50) which soothes and nourishes the skin. It can be used on the face, body and hair to moisturise and protect. Again, looking forward to testing it out.

The final item this month is one I've tried before Southsea Bathing Hut's Botanical Facial Steam (8g - £5.00).

What do you think of the contents this month?

See my previous reviews - August (Self Care)* and September (Revive).

*complimentary August Box

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Zil Nature: Starter Kit



A while ago Zil Nature Luxury Baobab Hair Treatment was a pick at Latest in Beauty. I unfortunately wasn't quick enough to pick one up! I did however pick up their starter kit which contains 3 decent try me sizes.

The products are hand crafted in London in small batches. The British brand is made with natural ingredients, with no animal testing, no parabens, petrochemicals, artificial fragrances, sulphates, silicones, propylene glycol and alcohol.

The set is cutely packaged and the bottles can be recycled after use. Inside is:

Luxury Baobab Hair Oil Treatment 20ml - which combines a blend of 13 oils packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals to care for, stimulate and nourish the hair and scalp. The ingredients include Baobab oil which is high in vitamins and essential fatty acids which regenerate and boost moisture. Castor oil promotes hair growth while Argan oil softens and adds shine. Macadamia oil moisturises while Jojoba oil helps with hair growth and Shea Butter oil strengthens. Broccoli Seed oil leaves the hair super glossy. The hair treat is scented with Cedarwood, Rosemary, Patchouli and Peppermint Essential oils which makes for a zingy uplifting treat.

To use: Shake before use. Apply to the hair and leave for at least 1 hour before washing. Use at least once a week. It can also be used to smooth the hair after blowdrying. I'm a huge fan. It's a luxe treat, smells great and leaves the hair feeling nourished and in control!

Cleansing Oil for Normal, Combination & Oily Skin 10ml - the cleansing oil deeply nourishes and cleans the skin. It contains Castor, Baobab, Jojoba, Argan, Rosehip and Tamanu oils and is scented with Lavender and Geranium essential oils. It has quite a nutty slightly floral scent.

To use: massage 2-3 pumps onto the skin before removing with a warmed damp muslin cloth

Rejuvenating Face Oil 10ml - which is a rich blend which melts instantly onto the skin (and is the star of the trio for me). It's good for combination/normal and mature skin types and has a nutty and woody scent (and is lush!) Inside this little bottle is a powerhouse of skin loving ingredients - Apricot Kernel, Argan, Avocado, Olive, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn, Macadamia, Tamanu, Sweet Almond, Carrot Seed oils along with Pomegranate seed extract, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Geranium, Wild Rose, Sweet Fennel, Lavender, Neroli and Jasmine oils and Vitamin E.

To use: apply 2-3 drops onto cleansed skin AM and PM for glowy nourished skin.

The set is a great try me and would be the perfect stocking filler or gift. Pick yours up HERE.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

My Top 6 Natural Deodorants



These are the six natural deodorants which I've found work the best for me. I absolutely love Schmidt's Bergamot+Lime deodorant which I buy again and again from a beautiful world. I also love the Jasmine Tea (Sensitive Stick) which is formulated without baking soda. See my reviews of Schmidt's deodorants HERE and HERE.

From lovely Awake Organics is their super effective Aura Clean Natural Deodorant. I've gone through loads of travel size pots. The deodorant is very long lasting and smells gorgeous. See my review HERE. I'll definitely pick up full size when I use the mini pots up (they are great for travel as they don't take up much room!)

From Indigenous Beauty I have their gorgeous Uplifting Natural Deodorant Cream which has an uplifting citrus scent. It's easy to apply and leaves me feeling fresh and clean all day long. A full review will follow.

Latest launch from Evolve Beauty is their Cotton Fresh Deodorant which has a gentle fresh laundry scent. The deodorant is made with Organic Shea Butter, Coconut oil, Kaolin, Bicarbonate of Soda along with Sage oil and natural essential oils. It really is lovely and keeps me fresh all day. Again, a fuller review will follow.

I first tried Aurelia Probiotic Skincare's Botanical Cream Deodorant as a sample size pot and fell in love! It featured in Shopping my Stash #85 (see HERE). I totally fell for it and I'm now delighted a full size pot is mine!

The final natural deodorant in my line up is from The Ohm Collection - Deo Dorant Neroli Powder which is available to buy at Love Lula. It's a powder deodorant which is easy to use and long lasting. See my review HERE.

Do you use any of these natural deodorants?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Sukin: Oil Balancing + Charcoal Purifying Gel Cleanser

As you'll probably know I just love Sukin Australian Natural Skincare, having recently tried their fabulous Purifying Body Scrub* (REVIEW). I'm also currently testing their new Super Greens Body Contouring Cream* which is gorgeous and very effective (expect a review soon!)

I've been trying out their Oil Balancing+Charcoal Purifying Gel Cleanser (125ml - £9.99)* for the last few weeks. It sits beside my shower and I use it every morning.


The cleanser is packed in a pump action recyclable bottle and is easy to use. The gel cleanser is black in colour as it's enriched with bamboo charcoal which helps to purify and balance normal to oily skin types and it's free from parabens.

It's formulated Bilberry, White Tea and Pomegranate which impart antioxidants and vitamins onto the skin. Chamomile, Aloe Vera and Cucumber soothe while Moringa and Coconut extract help to keep the skin clear. Rooibos and Willowherb help to combat breakouts.

To use: wet face, apply a small pump to wet hands and lather before massaging onto the face and neck before rinsing. It leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed and clear (it can be used AM and PM but I choose it for my morning cleanse).

Have you used this cleanser? What's your favourite Sukin product?

*complimentary

Monday, 16 October 2017

Love Lula: Alteya Organics

It was so nice to spot Alteya Organics back at Love Lula. I tried their Certified Organic Hair Treatment Bulgarian Rose way back in 2015 - see my review HERE.

As part of the Love Lula Accredited Blogger Program I picked their Certified Organic White Rose Water Spray (100ml - £8)* this month. I adore any kind of rosewater and their white rose one so appealed!


The white rose water comes boxed and packaged in a spray bottle which are both easy to recycle. It's made with 100% pure steam distilled white rose water made from fresh organic Rosa Alba blossoms which is one of the rarest oil-bearing roses.  It has a lighter and more delicate, almost powdery floral aroma. 

To use: to spritz the skin after cleansing, to soften hair, to soothe sunburn, set make up, soothe the skin after shaving, as a room & linen freshner, a natural flavour enhancer for food and drinks and as a household cleaner - WOW you know how much I love a multi-use product!

I'm very impressed with how lovely, effective and how reasonably priced this beautiful product is. It's one I'll definitely buy again.  Have you used any products from the range?

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

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Magical Tree: Body Butters


Co-Founder Laz got in touch and asked if I'd like to try some of the products from their range. I love a good body butter and scrub so said yes please! Emmy creates the scents and formulations while Laz makes sure the products get noticed!

I love the simple but pretty recyclable packaging. Suppliers are carefully chosen and the ingredients used are all organic, Vegan and certified by The Soil Association (except the beeswax). They first created the products for themselves and family and friends making the decision to sell to the public in December 2016.


I've been lucky enough to try the full range of body butters* (£19.99 each) which are simply divine! Rich and luxurious they deeply nourish the skin. The scents are all beautiful. I pick and choose according to my mood.

Flower Power Body Butter* is scented with Geranium Bourbon which balances both the body and mind. It has a rich and sweet floral scent (and is one of my favourites!) The blend is made with Shea, Cocoa and Mango Butters along with Grapeseed, Coconut and Sweet Almond Oils. 

To use: massage over the body after a hot bath or shower. The butter will melt onto the skin leaving it feeling comforted, nurtured and deeply moisturised. It can also be used as a deep treat on the hands or on rough areas like knees, elbows and feet.

Sweet Delight Body Butter* is enriched with Organic Virgin Coconut Oil with natural butters and oils. It is scented with uplifting Orange and Grapefruit Essential Oils. 

To use: as an all over body moisturiser. It can also be used as a make up remover and for hand and cuticle care.

Velvet Touch Body Butter* is perfect to use on holiday or coming into autumn as it contains soothing Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oils. The nourishing blend is a combination of Shea, Cocoa and Mango Butters with the addition of skin loving oils. 

To use: use all over the body to calm, soothe and nourish.

Choko Kiss Body Butter* smells like mint chocolate! It's a delicious blend of nourishing oils and butters with a peppermint aroma. 

To use: use on your hands after gardening or treat your feet to some TLC.

I've been so impressed with these lovely butters. They are such a treat for the skin and senses. Pick yours up HERE. Look out for my review of Sweet Delight Body Scrub* soon (it was shortlisted in the Free From Skincare Awards this year).

*complimentary

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Sanatio Naturalis: Sweet Orange 100% Pure Natural Essential Oil



I've been testing out Sanatio Naturalis Sweet Orange Essential Oil (10ml - £15)* which is multi-use. It can be used as an anti-depressant, detoxifier, antiseptic, a kitchen and bathroom cleaner, added to a room & linen mist, as a bath time treat mixed with a carrier oil or used in a diffuser.

The scent is sweet juicy oranges which is joyful and uplifting and can help to reduces stress, anxiety and tiredness. The award winning blend (2017 Mama & Baby Awards & 2017 Janey Loves Platinum). It really is one of the best quality essential oils I've used.

The Oranges are grown in Calabria and Sicily and the pure therapeutic quality oil is cold pressed from the rind of sun ripened oranges. The fruits are harvested by hand during November to February when the fruit is at it's best. Sanatio Naturalis works with a family owned producer whose company was founded in 1926. Traditions and skills have been passed down the generations.

100% pure and natural the essential oil is made in the UK and packaged in lapis lazuli blue glass. There are no parabens, petrochemicals, mineral oils or preservatives used.

To use:

Kitchen & Bathroom Disinfectant: 10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil + 10 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil in a spray bottle with distilled water. Spritz over surfaces to clean.

Room & Linen Spray: 5 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil + 5 Drops Frankincense Essential Oil in a small spray bottle of distilled water.

Bath Treat: 2 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil, 2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil, 3 drops Geranium Essential Oil + tsp carrier oil.

Room Scent: place a few drops with some water in the top of a melt burner, light the tea light and await a delicious calming orange aroma.

You can check out the range of essential oils available HERE. What are your favourite Essential Oils?

*complimentary

Friday, 13 October 2017

Be Botanical Skincare

I spotted Lynn's lovely range of skincare, Be Botanical in the window of Cahoots in Portobello and went in to investigate! I selected two items and Kelly from Love Books Group Blog passed on some others she'd received directly from Lynn at a Vegan Festival which was really kind (but she felt they didn't really fit in with her blog so passed them to me!)


Lynn handcrafts her ethical, organic and Vegan range in Leith from raw materials and plant sources - vegetable oils, waxes, fats, essential oils and herbs. She's been making products since her teens for herself and her family and has been selling to the public for about a year at market stalls and select shops. You can also buy from Etsy.

The products are great value and I picked up a 15ml size of Naturally Rehydrate Me Facial Moisturiser with Orange, Geranium, Lavender & Benzoin (£4.50) which is a great price and size - perfect try me/for holidays or even a stocking filler! It's made with Organic Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and organic essential oils. It absorbs quickly, deeply nourishing, firming and toning the skin, plumping out lines and wrinkles.

The second item I chose is Luxurious Organic Lavender & Helichrysum Organic Hand & Foot Milk 30ml (£10) and although I wanted to like it found it far too runny (almost like water in consistency rather than a milk). It is nourishing and smells gorgeous but is a bit of a faff to use.

Kelly passed me on the follow items (the baby range I've still to forward to Ana, another blogger who is going to review them).


It was nice to try another moisturiser from the range this time with Mandarin, Sandalwood, Neroli & Jasmine 50ml (£10.50) which hydrates and smoothes. The essential oils of Neroli & Jasmine can help to lessen thread veins.


Have you tried any products from Be Botanical?

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Laura Thomas: ROHR REMEDY


As you'll know I'm a huge fan of Australian ROHR REMEDY which can be bought in the UK at Laura Thomas.  See my review of their Desert Lime Body Moisturiser HERE.

I bought their Lilly Pilly Omega 3 Moisturiser on sale a while back (£11 instead of £22). It's perfect for coming into autumn and winter months while although lightweight it deeply hydrates the skin. It also protects from sun damage (so perfect to take on your skiing holiday!) and helps to plump out wrinkles and fine lines.

The moisturiser comes in a recyclable squeezy tube and has a sweet scent. It can be used AM and PM and is free from parabens, petrochemicals, propylene glycol, sulphates, synthetic fragrances, bisphenol A, artificial colours, aluminium and silicones.

Have you used any products from ROHR Remedies?  Laura currently has in stock - Australian Wildflower Deodorant, Boab & Rosehip with Vitamin E oil, Desert Lime Body Moisturiser and Kakadu Plum Vitamin C serum - see HERE.

Also check out the beautiful ranges available at Laura Thomas - (including bedding, candles and diffusers, beauty, clothes, towels etc).

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

OBL Club: Inner Senses Rose Precious Face Oil


I first became aware of beautiful brand Inner Senses after being a tester for OBL Club. Way back in May I left a mini review for their Rose Precious Face Oil (30ml - £31)*.
    
Beauty Balm






The artisan range is hand crafted with love and passion. Founder Lisa Basso has two decades of professional experience and knowledge of the Aromatherapy industry. The products are Vegan, free from parabens, synthetic fragrances and preservatives.  Highest quality organic ingredients are used to formulate the range and it's now available to buy at Love Lula.

The blend is formulated with the finest rose essences (Geranium Flower oil, Rosa Damascena flower extract and Rosa Damascena flower oil) and skin loving oils such as Hemp Seed, Argan, Rosehip Seed, Evening Primrose, Jojoba Seed, Black Cumin Seed, Avocado, Wheatgerm and Vitamin E.

The face oil nourishes, tones and hydrates dry, tired and ageing skin. Use 6-10 drops per application massaging into the face and neck after cleansing and toning. (Use AM/PM).  The oil is really is beautiful and I'm looking forward to trying more from the brand soon. Have you used any Inner Senses products?

*sent to me by OBL Club for review

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Green People: Celebrating 20 Years of Organic Beauty: Special Edition Collection - A Divine Treat

I've had the real pleasure of trying out Green People's Special Edition Collection - A Divine Treat (£50) in Orange Blossom* which was created along with Damask Rose to celebrate 20 years of Organic Beauty. The scent is divine - Orange Blossom with Black Pepper & Cypress which gives the products a beautiful fragrant scent which is uplifting, joyful and helps to de-stress and calm.


The set is boxed and makes the ideal gift or treat. Nestled inside the box you'll find:



Orange Blossom Cleanser (50ml) a light milk which gently removes all make up and daily grime leaving the skin feeling clean and refreshed. The blend is enriched with Organic Shea Butter, Jojoba oil, Rosemary and Calendula.

To use: using fingertips apply the cleanser to the skin in circular motions before removing with a flannel or cotton wool.

Orange Blossom Exfoliator (50ml) which is a Janey Loves 2017 Platinum Winner. It contains ultra fine particles of bamboo and apricot kernel which gently buff the skin removing dull, dry dead skin. The skin is left looking and feeling revitalised and bright. 

To use: apply a pea sized amount of the exfoliator to damp skin, massaging gently in upwards motions. Rinse thoroughly.

The final item in the trio is Orange Blossom Moisturiser (50ml) which although lightweight deeply nourishes and balances the skin and helps to plump out fine lines and wrinkles.

To use: in the morning apply a small amount to the face and neck.

I've been really impressed with how effective and lovely all three products are. You can also pick them up individually. See HERE.

*complimentary

Monday, 9 October 2017

Organic Shop: Body Desserts: Pomegranate Sugar Sorbet Sugar Body Scrub & Royal Chocolate Nourishing Body Souffle


Organic Shop have been brought to the UK by Nature's Dream (the brand also create Natura Siberica). The packaging for the body desserts range is really fun, they just look like an ice cream tub!)

The products are free from parabens, SLS, mineral oils and polyethylene and are formulated with natural ingredients and are great value for money. Selected items from the hair care range are available at TESCO.

I've been testing out two from the Body Desserts range (both delicious).


Body Desserts Pomegranate Sugar Sorbet Sugar Body Scrub (£9.99 - 450ml)* smells good enough to eat! It has a super fruity scent (and looks just like jam). It has a decent amount of "scrub" and is lovely to use. Organic Jojoba oil softens while mint makes the skin feel a bit more supple. Organic pomegranate and Organic cane sugar exfoliate and cleanse the skin.

To use: apply a small amount onto damp skin massaging in circular motions before rinsing.


My favourite from the two I tested was the literally mouthwatering Body Desserts Royal Chocolate Nourishing Body Souffle (£7.99 - 450ml)* which really does smell good enough to eat (In fact it looks like chocolate mousse!) Shea butter, Organic cocoa butter and milk protein nourish and protect the skin while the addition of Olive oil helps to slow premature ageing.

To use: apply a small amount onto the skin and massage in.

Have you tried anything from Organic Shop?

*complimentary

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Shopping my Stash #93

Here are the products I've been reaching for:


I picked up Stella Says Soap's gorgeous Rosewood & Geranium Hand Balm at Maltby Street Market last weekend. I first tried Stella's soaps a couple of years ago. The hand balm is a rich and nourishing blend of 100% pure and natural oils and butters including Organic Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Vitamin E and Beeswax. The hand balm smells glorious and deeply moisturises the hands. It's a keeper! My next purchase is going to be the Brittany Sea Salt Reed Diffuser - see HERE

I absolutely adore Antipodes's Sweet Pacific Coral Lipstick. The coral colour is simply beautiful, long lasting and moisturising. I definitely want to try more colours soon.

I'm testing out Renunail's Sensitive Nail Strengthener** which helps you to achieve stronger nails in 28 days. I had a bit of a setback recently so I'm determined to start again! Expect a full review soon.

I'm trying out all of the body butters* from Magical Tree and they are simply gorgeous! Flower Power is scented with Geranium Bourbon essential oil and has a sweet and floral scent. It's a rich blend of Shea, Cocoa and Mango Butter with Grapeseed, Coconut & Sweet Almond oils. I just adore them! Expect a full review soon!

It was nice to spot Alteya Organics back at Love Lula. I used the brand's Certified Organic Hair Treatment with Bulgarian Rose way back in 2015. See my review HERE. I've been testing out their gorgeous and very affordable Certified Organic Bulgarian White Rose Water (£8 - 100ml)*. It's very effective and lovely. Again, a fuller review will follow.

I love OKKO's balms and this Coconut & Lime Lip Balm is lovely (and leaves me dreaming of summer!) My only negative is that if you push the balm up too much it won't go back down again. I love the recyclable packaging though and the lush scent and how deeply it moisturises the lips.

I'm a huge fan of cleansing balms* and this one by Lucky Cloud Skincare is one of my favourites. See my review HERE

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

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Lola's Apothecary Try Me Set

I can never resist the try-me sets Naturisimo offer from time to time. This one by Lola's Apothecary is simply exquisite. Gift boxed and tied with ribbon it makes the perfect small gift (£18 and worth £25). Naturisimo have 10% off at the moment with code TREAT so it's the perfect time to treat yourself!



Nestled at the top is a rainbows & whirlwinds energising & wellness tea bag. I've not tried Lola's Apothecary tea so looking forward to brewing up!


Also inside is:

Orange Patisserie Warming Body Polish 50ml
Sweet Lullaby Body Oil Roll-On 10ml
Breath of Clarity Bath & Shower Oil 10ml
Bath Milk 5ml

It really is a great try me which will pamper and soothe the body and mind. Did you pick one up? Are you tempted?

Friday, 6 October 2017

September Books

Here's what I've been reading in September (my round up is late due to being in London last weekend)


Betwixt by Evie Gaughan - this is a really atmospheric short read which I absolutely loved! Catherine revisits Hollowbrook Cottage, a place where she'd been really happy before on a stormy autumn night. She meets a stranger who makes her look at everything differently. A short read which I thoroughly enjoyed.


The Health of Strangers by Lesley Kelly - I absolutely loved this first book in a new series. The North Edinburgh Health Enforcement Team who are a mix of seconded police and health service staff. The team help to stem the spread of the Virus - a mutant strain of flu and track down people who have missed their monthly health check. Mona and Bernard are paired up and she feels that he holds her back, is indecisive and doesn't have a cop's mind.

They are trying to track down two students who have gone missing but the path to finding them is not easy - they encounter a cult, drug dealing and need to find out the link to the biker's bar. A great read which I highly recommend. I'm looking forward to catching up with the characters in book 2.


The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick - I simply loved this story which was set in the past and the present day. It's just un-put-downable and I can't wait to read more by this author (thanks must also go to Adele as I won it in her giveaway). 

Alison Bannister discovers an old portrait which is supposedly of Anne Boleyn..but Alison knows it's not her but "Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr who was taken to Wolf Hall in 1557 as an unwanted orphan and presumed dead after going missing as a child".

Alison believes the portrait holds the key to unlocking everything that happened in the past including the whereabouts of her beloved son and also the key to her future.

The story is told in the present day and the past and makes such interesting reading. We find out about the lives of Alison and Mary. Alison with the help of historian Adam with whom she's having a relationship again makes the leap back into the past to find her son. It's a fantastic historical story with many twists and turns and I absolutely loved it. 



She Did it by Mel Sheratt* - WOW! What a rollercoaster of a read!  Tamara, who has her own PR business is lonely, not great with money and feels she has to prove herself to her family all the time. She hires a part time member of staff Esther who comes with glowing references to inject new ideas into her failing business.

They win the coveted contract to promote a new novel by Dulston Publishing and it quickly becomes apparent that Esther is out to hurt someone who works there. I found it hard to warm to either woman who both seem to have secrets from their pasts but I found I was mainly was rooting for Tamara. 

It's a fast paced read with twists and turns, lies and secrets. Highly recommend! I loved it.



Operation Goodwood by Sara Sheridan - I absolutely adore the Mirabelle Bevan series. The latest installment starts with a fire in Mirabelle's block of flats, she escapes alive but her upstairs neighbour, Dougie Beaumont, a successful racing driver does not.

They find out that it was arson and Mirabelle's inquisitive mind works overtime. She and her assistant Vera as ever make investigations of their own.  These take her to Fleet Street and Goodwood itself.  There is a second murder which is definitely connected... A fast paced read which I loved (the next one is sitting in my TBR pile)


Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza** - a fantastic read. I took part in the Blog Tour and you can read my review HERE.




The Break by Marian Keyes** - I just loved The Break - witty, full of laugh out loud moments, heartbreak and sorrow. It's a really great read.

Hugh decides he needs a break after his dad's death and sets of on a 6 month trip around the world. Amy, his wife is totally devastated. She's sure this will be the end of her marriage and doesn't want to be single again. She broke up badly with daughter Neeve's dad and can't bear it happening again. But she picks herself up and gets on with life until she sees the photo on facebook.....

She's absolutely brokenhearted and throws herself into her work and looking after the girls. When in London for work she meets Josh, a features editor whom she used to meet sometimes for lunch. Their attraction is instant and they fall head over heels into a hot and passionate affair....then Hugh returns from his travels early and expects to slot back into family life.. A great read. Highly recommend.


Our Altered Life by Charlene Beswick* - I took part in the blog tour for this book and you can see my review HERE

What have you been reading lately?

*e-copy from the author
**e-copy from Netgalley

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask Giveaway #5 - it's over!


Due to a long weekend in London last week I got behind with my birthday giveaways. You can still enter Giveaway #4 with Bodhi & Birch - see HERE but it is ending soon!

Love Lula have very kindly collaborated and one of my readers worldwide can win their very own pot of Balm Balm's rather fabulous Hibiscus Face Mask* (40g - and worth £9.50).

The mask comes in powder form which you mix with water to form a paste. Apply (avoiding eyes and lips) and leave for 10 minutes before gently massaging into the skin and removing with warm water.

this is my mini pot (for illustration purposes)

Enter via the rafflecopter below - and good luck!

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

balmkind: Alpine Rose & Lysine Lip Balm



I've been trying balmkind's Alpine Rose & Lysine Lip Balm* (£14.50 - 10ml). I love the clever packaging idea - flat packing the boxes so your order will go through the letterbox and it's easy enough to reassemble the box.


The lip balm is perfect coming into chilly autumn and winter days for a nourishing, soothing and protecting treat for the lips. It contains Antioxidant rich Alpine Rose, Lysine (an essential Amino Acid), Oat lipids with skin active ceramides, soothing Licorice root, lipid rich Pomegranate sterols and Vitamin E. It has a slight rose aroma.

balmkind work with highly skilled cosmetic formulators and the product is free from parabens, mineral oil, petroleum, lanolin, phthalates and palm oil.

You can apply directly to your lips from the slanted applicator. Use as often as needed to give your lips a shiny natural look.

*complimentary

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Glasgow Soap Company


The shop at House for an Art Lover is an absolute treasure trove of unusual and locally made gifts. (It's where I first discovered Mobros candles). A nice new discovery is the Glasgow Soap Company. The products are natural, Vegan, SLS, paraben free and are made in small batches with love and care.

I picked up three products - Sea Salt & Driftwood Handmade Soap (£3.99) which is a lush seaside inspired bar (and one I'd pick up again!) It's been created to look like waves crashing on the shore and the "sand" is scrubby with exfoliating particles of olive stone, pumice and collodial oatmeal. Love!


Of course I couldn't resist Irn-Bru lip balm (£3.99) which has a sweet taste just like Irn-Bru! The balm is made with coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax and comes in a cute little tin.

The third item I picked up were Meditation Epsom Bath Salts with Cornflowers (£3.99) which smell gorgeous and make for a relaxing soak. They are great to use after exercise to soothe aching muscles or to detoxify.


I'll definitely pick up some more items from this lovely brand. See the Etsy shop HERE. Do any of these products appeal to you?

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Holding onto Summer

Much as I love autumn I do love warm summer days. Here are the products which will help me hold onto the summertime feeling going into autumn:


A little bit of bronzer keeps me going into autumn days. This one by Bobbi Brown in Golden Light adds a light glow to the skin.

Olivine Among the Waves Lotion transports you back to the beach and summer living. It smells simply of the beach - salt air, coconut oil, tropical flowers and sea breeze. 72% organic with a cute little wooden reusable tag. It's just summer holidays in a bottle for me. 

Innovative Sun Drops* (£22) by Tropic Skincare are just perfect for holding onto summer skin and a light tan (all through winter!) Add a few drops to Skin Revive Moisturiser* for a tailor made tan with this gradual build up serum. The colour will develop leaving your skin lightly tanned and healthy looking.

Yes to Coconuts Ultra Moisture Conditioner which smells instantly of summer! The conditioner deeply nourishes the hair leaving it smelling of coconuts.

Do you use any products to help you hold onto summer?

*complimentary