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?

*complimentary

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. 
**complimentary
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?

*complimentary

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?

*complimentary

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

*complimentary

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?

*complimentary

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?

*complimentary

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
The Solid Earth: Petitgrain, Vetiver, Patchouli Oil & Amyris
Two Eternities: Wild Roses, Jasmine, Iris, Bergamot & Sweet Orange Oil

.Have you tried any of the Walden Natural Perfumes yet? Pick yours up HERE.

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

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Love Lula: Terranova Supplements+Pure & Light Organic Skincare


I've got niggling knee pain so in March picked products which I thought might alleviate some discomfort.

From Terranova Supplements I've been trying their Tart Cherry, Nettle & Turmeric Super Blend (£19 - 50g)* which is great to relieve joint pain, sports injuries, inflammation and discomfort. 

The supplements are in a super potent powder form which are fresh freeze dried to lock in important nutrients. (the supplements are suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians).

The blend contains anthocyanin flavonoids which have great antioxidant qualities and are found in Tart Cherries. Nettle Leaf helps with inflammation and joint health while Turmeric root helps with joint degeneration. Celery stalk and leaf are abundant in free radical scavenging antioxidants and ginger lessens inflammatory pain.

To use: blend 1/2 tsp with a small amount of juice or water before drinking. I found it easier to whizz the powder with a mini blender otherwise it can taste slightly gritty. 

I definitely found the supplements of some help so will continue to take them until I feel the pain lessens or goes away completely.

I also chose a topical cream from Pure & Light Organic Skincare - Holistic Yoga Body Cream (£29 - 150ml)* which is the "perfect alignment of body, mind and spirit". It's suitable for all skin types and contains homeopathic remedies (St John's Wort and Arnica) to help alleviate pain in muscles and joints. 

The cream is easily absorbed and feels quite firming on the skin. It contains Frankincense, Sandalwood, Spikenard and Orange Blossom. I've not noticed much of a difference with soothing aches and pains although it is quite nice to use.

I'm not so keen on the scent - it's slightly too herbal and medicinal for my tastes (even thought it contains some ingredients that I normally really like!) but as I've only been using it on my lower body it's not been too much of an issue. 

What products do you use for pain relief?

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

Monday, 1 May 2017

Tropic Skincare Body Wash Review & Giveaway - it's over!

I've been testing out Tropic Skincare's beautiful new body washes* (250ml - £10) which are gorgeous! I'm a huge fan of the brand and every product I've tried so far, I've loved.


The washes all have a creamy base made with soapberries and coconut natural cleansers which give the wash a light lather which feels gentle on the skin. Guava and Bamboo Waters refreshes and hydrates the skin.

Wild Mint, Lime and Pineapple Body Wash* is fruity and refreshing and the scent is really mouthwatering. Mangosteen, Thyme and Mandarin Body Wash* is again fruity with a herbal touch. It's uplifting in my morning shower. Frangipani, Star Anise and Tiare Flower* has a lush, heady and exotic floral scent which I love to use before a night out. The scent really lingers on the skin.

You can be in with a chance to win all three! Thanks to Tropic Skincare for hosting this UK giveaway.  Enter via the Rafflecopter below (making sure to read the terms and conditions below) and Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

The Giveaway will run from 12am on 1st May to 11.59pm on 14th May. Entries are open to UK residents only. Tropic Skin Care Ambassadors, Managers or Executives may not enter this giveaway.

Prize is for ONE of each of the below items, with the collective value of £30.


- Wild Mint, Lime and Pineapple Body Wash

- Frangipani, Star Anise and Tiare Flower Body Wash
- Mangosteen, Thyme and Mandarin Body Wash

There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter the competition.

No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

Winners will be chosen at random by Tropic Skin Care via Rafflecopter.

The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

Tropic Skin Care will send the prize via post and estimated delivery times will depend on couriers.

The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

*complimentary

Sunday, 30 April 2017

April Books

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




The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve** I took part in the blog tour for this brilliant read this week. See my review HERE.





The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis** - This is a great fast paced read which is due to be published on 1st June - I'll share my thoughts in my May roundup.



The Last Breath by Robert Bryndza (Detective Erika Foster #4)** - the next instalment of the Detective Erika Foster series is brilliant and I just couldn't put it down. Fast paced, interesting and enthralling I devoured it in 3 sittings. Definitely the best one yet!

Erika is whiling her time away on another team desperate to get back to Murder Squad. She's at the scene of a murder with Peterson and is desperate to be involved in solving the crime.

She suddenly finds herself SIO and hand picks a great team which includes friends and colleagues Peterson, Moss and Crane. The cunning murderer is using social media to search for dark haired beauties, befriending them before going in for the kill. We know who the killer is and Erika and the team have a couple of false starts before racing to a stunning edge of the seat conclusion. There are also some romantic moments for Erika which hopefully develops into something more in the next book in the series.




Friend Request by Laura Marshall** - this brilliant fast paced book which I read in two sittings isn't published until 27 July. I'll share my thoughts in my June or July book roundup. It's a cracker.



Running Blind by M J Arlidge - A Helen Grace Short Story - I love these novellas where we find out more about Helen when she's climbing the career ladder.  

Helen's just out of Police College, a rookie cop keen to solve crime and seek justice for those wronged. She's working in different police departments and is working in traffic when she comes across someone who is scared and running from something or someone. She's determined to find out and does some investigating on her own which leads to her being noticed from above. A great short story which I enjoyed.



The Diego Masciaga Way by Chris Parker - this is a fascinating read (many years ago I used to work in the Catering Industry so this book definitely interested me). Chris Parker interviews Diego Masciagna, who has worked for over 25 years as Director and Restaurant Manager at The Waterside Inn in Bray. We find out a bit more about Diego, where he came from and how he climbed the career ladder as well as how he defines and creates exceptional customer service.  It's a really interesting read which I recommend.




Random by Craig Robertson (Tony Winter #1) - the story is set in Glasgow and told through the eyes of "The Cutter" as named by the local media. He's a complex character who has marriage difficulties and can't get over the death of his daughter who was the light of their life. He hears all the problems of the day from those who get in his taxi cab.

"The Cutter" randomly selects his victims and DS Rachel Narey and the team have a difficult job trying to work out if they are connected and why he's choosing them. He makes a mistake and kills a small time crook and the big boss is also out to get him.. A fast paced read which had me on the edge of my seat with a racing heart. Absolutely loved it and have since bought the next in the series.



The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards** - this isn't published until 15 June so I'll share my thoughts next month.

Here are reviews from two reads from last month:



Well of the Winds (DCI Daley #5) by Denzil Meyrick*** which was published on 6 April. 

This is the 5th in the DCI Daley series which opens in 1945 with a murder on the shore at Kinloch which is connected to the present day. Daley and the team DS Scott and Chief Superintendent Symington are called to the island of Gairsay to investigate the sudden disappearance of the Bremner family. He's still reeling from the death of DC Mary Dunn but finds that throwing himself back into the job is helping to take his mind off her and his marriage breakdown. 

They find something unexpected at the farmhouse in a secret room and with Daley's discovery of his wartime predecessor's diary they realise there is more to this case than expected. A fast paced story with many twists and turns which I think is the best one yet!







Love me Not (Helen Grace #7) by M J Arlidge** which is published around about 18 May. A fast paced read which is captivating from the very first page. The story is told over a breathtaking 24 hour period and is full of twists and turns and edge of the seat moments.

DI Helen Grace has been released from prison and is struggling to come to terms with things that happened inside. She's finding it hard to bond with her team again, and in particular DS Sanderson.

The opening chapters set the scene for the whole book. I was both horrified with what took place as I was hooked on reading on. It's fast paced and you just don't know where the killer is going to strike next. The race is on to find out why and find out who's next...

What have you been reading this month?

**copy from Netgalley
***copy from LoveReading