Saturday, 3 October 2015

MyPure Review: Isle Of Wolf Natural Perfumed Camdels

MyPure sells a giant range of natural beauty and makeup products what I didn't notice until now is this beautiful range of natural perfumed candles also adorn the site.

This packing is beautiful. Simple and elegant the Isle Of Wolf  box is crisp and clean. I love the golden banding which just gives a little decadence to the box.

There are a range of different scents but I picked Hibiskus Orangery as it was a little more unusual.

The back of the box gives a beautiful description of the scent and also a little bit more about the company- which is based in Latvia.  The products are 100% natural too which is a bonus as I try to move away from products which are nor natural. 

The candle itself is lovely. A lovely weighty white glass container holds a pure white candle. It smells wonderful, a delicate blend of floral and crisp citrus orange bosom. When lit the scent is subtle but noticeable and it lingers well in the air frangrencing your room.  This candle has a slow burn time so it will last for a good amount of time, The box says you can get 40 hours from this.

This candle will make a lovely gift and I already know someone who will love one. It is very relaxing and soothing and I love the fact it is completely natural yet doesn't compromise on it's beautiful design. 

The product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy. 
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MyPure Review: Bentley Organic Foot Balm

Today I am reviewing another lovely product from Mypure- a company that sells a massive range of natural and organic beauty and makeup products.

My job means I spend lot of time of my feet and as it starts to get colder my feet start to suffer. So I decide that it would be a good opportunity  to try Bentley's Organic Foot Balm.

The first thing to notice is the packaging screams natural to me, the green label and the proudly boasts it is organic twice!  The balm comes in a screw top pot and it small enough that you can take it away if you travel alot. 

As this is a balm rather than a cream it is quite thick and waxy. To use this product you need to warm the top of the product by rubbing your fingers over it until the product softens slightly. A little of this product goes a long way. I have been using this product for a month and hardly made a dent in the amount of balm I have.To start with you feel like this product amount will never cover your feet but if you slowly work it in the essential oils soften it up  and it spreads quickly.

I was surprised also at the fact that this doesn't feel oily or sticky once applied. This balm is packed with Tea Tree and Peppermint Essential Oil but they seem to be dry oil as there is no oily residue. The balm also absorbs in really quickly and both cools feet and warm them as needed, refreshing your feet easily after a long day. I also found that I have less dry skin and peeling  (yuck!) since I have started using this balm and my feet just feel softer.

The scent of this balm is very strong- luckily I like these scents but this is something to consider if you have a sensitive nose. 

In all I find this product is great, it is really well priced at £7.20 and a this pot will last for a very long time. The blend of organic ingredients really works well and I would highly recommend for anyone in a job that involves standing alot.

The product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy.
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Saturday, 19 September 2015

The Body Shop Satsuma Body Polish

If I am honest I wasn't expecting to like this product, I am not the biggest fan of Satsuma-type scents as I much prefer stronger orange ones. I received this product in a body shop bundle I had manged to snag on ebay and it was one of the products I thought I would never use. How wrong I was..

 This body polish promises gentle daily exfoliation and cleansing with zesty Satsuma using walnut shell and loofah to gently exfoliate and Community Trade Honey to moisturise the skin. This Body Polish and shouldn't be used on the face according to the packaging.

The scent reminded me alot of Solero ice-lollies, fruity yet sweet and was much more pleasing than I hoped. I found that the scent lingered on my skin after my shower and I got waves of it throughout the day. The bright orange polish has a very gel-like consistency and was quite thick but easily spread onto wet skin.

The exfoliating granules are super gentle and not too scrubby on the skin. Therefore it not a heavy duty scrub which I guess is why it is called a body polish not a scrub. However because it is gentle it is fine to use everyday without irritating your skin It  also rinses off completely with water and doesn’t leave any kind of residue on the skin. It  leaves your body skin clean and smooth without feeling drying too.

In all I love this Body Polish from The Body Shop I have almost used up my tube and will certainly look at purchasing again. 

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Monday, 14 September 2015

Arkocapil: Hair, nails and beauty suppliments

I am now converted to beauty supplements although I can be a bit lazy in taking them. When I was asked to review Arkocapil I thought this would be a great way to get back into taking them.

I have a couple of goals at the moment, the first is to grow my hair. The other is to get my nails in a stronger condition as with my new manual job I always seem to have broken nubbins.  Arkocapil (which was called Forcapil) is a supplemt combining  vitamin B, Vitamin D, Amino Acids L-Cystine & L-M├ęthionine, Biotin and Zinc.

So what does it claim to do?
• Helps to improve hair growth following temporary hair loss due to stress and fatigue, dietary imbalance, vitamin deficiencies, excessive sebum etc.
• Helps too restore your hair’s bounce and shine
• Helps to strengthen your nails

The recommended dosage for these is two tablets (in the morning with water) for three months.

You receive 60 tablets which is a months supply in a single box in three blister packs. The tablets are quite large so this is something to be aware of, however they are similar in size to other combined multi-vitamin tablets I have taken. I find that they are easy to swallow with no issues.

So have I seen any results since taking these? The short answer is YES! Firstly my nails are both stronger and longer which is fabulous. My hair is a slow progression obviously but I have noticed that my hair is far less greasy than it used to be which is something that I hadn't expected or been able to control with just hair products alone. Alot of products that stop greasy hair seem to dry it out but by using my normal hair products my hair just feels softer but without that iky oil-spill look.  I also find that I have more energy in general- I guess this is probably the additional Iron intake into my diet. I have finished my first box and will happily continue the course in order to get maximum results.

In all I am really happy about the results of taking these. I am amazed at the difference it has made to my hair and would repurchase on this fact alone  (and my nails are longer too, which is a great bonus!).

Arkocapil Forte costs £8.95 for 60 capsules and is available from selected health stores and pharmacies nationwide.

The product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy.

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Thursday, 3 September 2015

MyPure Review: Konjac Sponge Co Premium Face Mouse Sponge

Today I have another product to share with you from MyPure who sells a massive range of natural and organic beauty products. Konjac is a brand that I have never  heard of before but they have taken the blogging world by storm with their natural fibre sponges. I chose the Premium Face Mousse Sponge to test. 

So what is a Konjac sponge?  Konjac comes from a potato-like plant in Asia. The sponge has been handmade from this vegetable fibre. Some of the sponges in the range (I think MyPure stock them all!) contain extra ingredients like French clays or charcoal for different skin types.  As a result, the Konjac sponge is all natural and 100% biodegradable. You can use this sponge in your cleansing/cleaning routine. You can buy both face and body sponges.

I must admit I was a little bewildered and underwhelmed when my sponge first arrived. It reminds me of a giant packing peanut and I just couldn't see this working. For one thing is was still hard and not at all sponge-like!

However the instructions for this sponge were on the back of the packet and were simple to follow.  You will need to wet it under warm water until it’s completely soaked through and soft. Once it is wet and puffy, simply use it in a circular motion around your face to exfoliate and remove dirt and grime.The Premium Face mousse is design to be ergonomic and fit to the shape of your hand- meaning it is perfect for first time users!  Also Konjac is 100% alkaline meaning that it will help balance the pH of your skin while cleansing.

Once you are finished with your sponge, squeeze it between your hands to get the water out, do not wring it out as this will break down the fibers and cause it's lifespan to shorten.

While this sponge won't work miracles and take off your waterproof makeup for you I feel I really helped easily clean my face. This is a great alternative to a facial brush which can be a little scrubby and harsh. I just love the jelly like texture of this product. It is just so soft and gentle! 

In all I cannot express how this has changed my cleansing routine. These sponges do start to break down after a while and I know for a fact I will be buying another one. Is is just so odd but not at all gimmicky as it really does what is says it does. My skin feels soft and clean after using this and that is a big result from a small sponge! 

The product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy.
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Tuesday, 1 September 2015

MyPure Review: Yes to Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub

One of my goals this year was to start a better skincare routine, however something I have always neglected is a facial scrub. After trying some of the "Yes To Tomatoes" range I decided to give the face scrub a go. Luckily MyPure had me covered with their great range of natural beauty products.

As I have stated a few times before I love the simple yet effective "Yes To..." packaging. The Tomatoes range is developed for greasy and acne prone skin and this scrub is designed to fight blocked pores. The natural ingredients and supposed to to banish blackheads by lightly exfoliating the face as well as healing blemishes. This sounds great to me. The Tomatoes in this product are a antioxidant (yet the product doesn't smell veggie like at all!). There is also ginger extract and bamboo in this product too as well as salicylic acid which is something that always seems to help with my acne.  Also all Yes to Inc. products are manufactured without phthalates, SLS, SLES, parabens and no animal products besides beeswax and honey.

I try not to overuse facial scrubs- maybe using them twice a week even though the packet says you can use this one daily as it is very forgiving on the skin. I love how gentle this scrub is, it has a very fine sandy texture but isn't too thick. After using this scrub my skin felt very soft and without any oilyness. I was concerned that stripping so much oil would actually up my oil production but this wasn't the case at all and it kept any shine at bay!    

I would like to point out you still need to remove your makeup before applying this product as this scrub will not remove it but this is something I do anyway. Also I haven't noticed any reduction in pore size while using this scrub, although undoubtedly my pores as less congested.

In all I really loved this scrub. it stopped any oil build up but withot being drying. It is certainly gentle enough to use everyday and is a great addition to the "Yes To..." line up. I would highly recommend this product.

The product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy.
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Saturday, 29 August 2015

Products That Suck: Soap and Glory Make Yourself Youthful Facial Wipes

It pains me to write this post as I normally am the biggest lover of anything Soap and Glory but these facial wipes really didn't impress me. The Make Yourself Youthful wipes were reduced in Boots and I decided to pick up a pack to try as I really don't like spending alot on facial wipes.  These wipes are supposed to remove makeup and are "4-in-1 super-rejuvenating cleansing cloths"  which cleanse, clean and rejuvenate the face.

My problem with these wipes was they were really dry, they weren't damp enough to remove any makeup without really scrubbing my face. This was made worse by the texture of the wipes that  was almost scratchy and while the didn't noticeably mark my face I found them less than comfortable to use. I also found that the packaging wasn't ideal, the resealable 'baby wipe' type flap didn't stick down well at all and seal the packet. (I can't make any remark on the 'youthful' aspect of this wipe, honestly how much can a facial wipe do anyway?)

I can no longer find these wipes on the Boots website but they can still be found on line. I guess that shows how popular they are!  I really love the Fab Pore wipes which are also by Soap and Glory and would urge you to buy those instead. 
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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Beauty Wishlist

It has been a little while since my last wishlist post so lets see what I am currently craving:

Makeup Revolution Mermaids Forever Eyeshadow Palette
This was on my last wishlist post too but I have avoided making a Revolution order yet. All the beautiful sea inspired jewel tones are still calling to me though.
Zoya's Natural Satin Collection
I am a big fan of Zoya's matte finishes and this collection went under my radar when they first came out but lots of internet stalking lets me know I need these polishes for impending Autumn days.
I jest but after buying my first lipstick last month I am dertind to buy a couple more if I can narow down my wishlist!
Lush Pink Peppermint Foot Lotion
My feet have started to get very achy from all the standing up at work and I am told this lotion is a great way to get feet feeling better.
Gucci Bamboo
I manged to get a sniff of this at work and it smells lovely! I think this might be a sneaky Christmas purchase
Estee Lauder Clear Difference Hydrating Gel
I need a new moisturiser and after trying the sample size of this I am in love. The price tag for this is pretty steep so I might have to just dream about this one!

What are you lusting after currently?
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Beuty Besties: Beauty Box Swap

I have been a terrible blogger, this post should have gone live two weeks ago but alas time has got away from me. I just get so tired when I get in from work, like I literally have no energy. It is really horrible. Anyway this lack in blogging is no reflection on the awesome post I have to share with you today. My dear real life blogging pal Alyssia from Alyssia Rose and I met up a decided to exchange some beauty goodies with each other. You can see what I gave Alyssia here.

So lets start with eye shadows, Alyssia has single-handedly  helped double the size of my nude eyeshdow collection with these gorgeous eyeshdows. The large palette is Go To Heaven! by Makeup Revolution and contains some more pinky neutral shades including both mattes and shimmers. There is also a single eyeshadow by Makeup Revolution in the shade Make it Happen which is a lilac toned brown-taupe. The smaller pallette is  Essence Quattro Eyeshadow in the shade To Die For. Ever since Alyssia posted her full face of Essence products video I have been meaning to try some of their products out so I am very excited to try this one!  I am so happy that I can now shake up my eye looks for work with these beautiful new shades!

Alyssia also gave me a couple of other eye-related products. The I Heart Makeup (Makeup Revolution) Eye primer  which I had been wanting to try for a while now and will work work perfectly with the shadows mentioned above! Also she has given me another Essence product in the form of a black Eyeliner Pen. Alyssia raves about these pen-type eyeliners where I have yet to be converted so I am am interested to try this and see how I get on (hopefully I can master flicks now!)

The next two products are face products. We have the Makeup Aceademy Undress Your Skin Flawless Skin Primer. I am yet to find a primer that I can rave due to my fussy oily skin  and  having tried both highstreet and high end products I still can't find my Holy Grail item so I am very interested to try this one. I can't believe Alyssia manged to find a primer that I haven't tried yet. I also got given Collections Speedy Blush in the shade Tickled Pink. This is a beautiful peach toned pink and will look lovely with some neutral smoky eyes!

Lastly we have this Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipgloss in the shade Flamingo!  I love this so much and it shows how well Alyssia know me! I am always wearing my daring lipsticks and pink sis one of my favorite shades! I am also the biggest matte fans so this is just perfect and I can't wait to try it! Alyssia also sent me a more work appriote shade of lipsticks but that has alreasy been sojourned into my handbag as  it is a perfect work wear shade but it will have it's own post (hopefully) later in the week.

In all thank you so much Alyssia for doing this swap with me, I love it all. I can't wait to do another one! 
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Saturday, 8 August 2015

Lush Angels On Bare Skin Review

Lush's Angels On Bare Skin is my first step into the world of (semi) solid cleansers. I will admitt it takes a little while to master but the results are so worth it!

Angels On Bare Skin is a paste like concoction mixing lots of herbs and ground almonds together.   The ground almonds gives a slight texture to the product which works to gently exfoliate the skin and un-clog pores. There is also a mixture of  also, kaolin clay  lavender and rose which work together to balance any oil production and mattify the skin.

The most predominant scent in this cleanser is lavender which you would expect so if you don't like this scent then this cleanser probably isn't for you. It is far more earthy smelling than floral and to me just smells fresh!

At first I used way too much of this cleanser but once I worked out that less is more I could see that my little 100gram pot would last for a good amount of time.  You take a pea size amount of this cleanser and mix a few drops of water to form a mushy pasty substance which you can use on your face. You don't need to apply this like a mask and cover your face but rather just use enough so that all the parts of your face have had a thin layer of cleanser applied and rubbed into the skin.

This cleanser is really lovely, it gives my face a lovely glow right after use, I think this is from the almond milk in the product (which is created when you add water).  My face felt clean and fresh. The light exfoliation in this product isn't enough to irritate the skin meaning that you can use this product everyday. 

In all this is a lovely product, if you are venturing near a Lush it is really worth trying! 
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