Monday, 16 November 2015

My Christmas List

I always have a wishlist of things I would love to get. Let me get this straight I don't need any of this but it doesn't stop me dreaming! Here are a list of things that I would love to receive this year for Christmas.

1. Animal Crossing Amiibo 3 Pack
2. Your Beauty Mark By Dita Von Teese
3. Rapunzel and Pascal Funko Pop Figure
4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler
5. Hot Feminism by Polly Vernon
6. Gucci Bamboo
7. Official Slytherin Scarf
8. Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone Illustrated Edition
9. 'Lil Sebastian T-shirt
10. No7 Beautiful Skin Cleansing Brush
11. Nip and Fab Party Prep Glycolic Set
12. Sleek Makeup Gold Giftbox
13. English Tea Shop Superfruit Tea Selection
14. Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation (shade Desert Beige)
15. Adventure Time- Finn and Jake Investigations ps4 

I would also love a new handbag and have been looking at these Babyliss Heated Curl Pods 

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Living Nature

Today I have a review of a cute miniature skincare kit from Living Nature which is perfect for Oily/Combination  skin like mine!

Let me just say how cute this set is, it comes in a black fabric roll up case and looks very professional and is also ideal for traveling with. The material is nice and sturdy and keeps everything inside nice and secure . It is the perfect gift or stocking filler!

So what do you get inside? So many cute travel sized bottles!  Also all the ingredients are 100% natural which is a big bonus when there are so many artificial additives in beauty products in today's market.

As you can see from the photo below you get a purfying cleanser, hydrating toning gel and balancing day lotion. These are 30ml squeezy type bottles.  This is a classic three-step cleansing routine and it similar to my current routine so was easy to adapt to.

The cleanser lathered up well and you don't need a great deal of product to cleanse your whole face meaning that even though this is a small bottle it will last for a long time. The cleanser was unscented and so had a alcoholic/medicinal smell to it which I wasn't personally too keen on but it wasn't offensive to use. After using the cleanser my face felt very clean and my pores felt tightened.

I really like the toning gel, it melted quickly into the face and didn't leave any resideue. Again only a small amount of product was needed. This had a much nicer scent than the cleanser, which was almost floral. I used a cotton pad to apply my toner but you could also just used your hands if you wanted.

Lastly we have the lotion, this had a scent similar to the toner and again was very nice. The cream was very light to apply and soaked in quickly to the skin. I was a bit worried about using a non-mattifying lotion on my oily skin but it didn't make my skin feel any more greasy or oily and actually made my skin feel quite soft and supple. I had a bit of an issue with getting the lotion out of the squeezy bottle as it was quite thick  and it required a bit of shaking and pressure to get it out  but this wasn't a major issue as I know travel sized bottles can be a little on the fidley side. 

 You also received some small sachets of Manuka Honey Gel which is a topical spot treatment. I found this was very soothing for any particularly painful spots and acne- specifically those that then to sit under the skin. As well as this there were also some Clay Deep Cleansing masks which are used to pull any impurities from the skin. I really love this mask, it was easy to apply and my skin felt lovely after I had used it. I would suggest making sure you use the day lotion after this as it can be a little drying on the skin as it is sucking up any excess oil.

In all I like the fact that this set contains literally everything you will need for your facial routine, this would make a great travel companion kit or good for people who would like to try a new facial routine without too much of an investment. I think this kit would also suit teenagers as there is something really simple about this set which makes the whole idea of skincare alot more manageable for those just starting to develope a proper skincare routine  My skin felt very nice throughout using this set and I noticed that my skin didn't feel too oily , even at the end of the day. I would highly recommend it.

Where to Buy: available from a nationwide network of salons, pharmacies and health stores and online from

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, 7 November 2015

The Body Shop Satsuma Body Sorbet

After receiving a bundle lot of The Body Shop products I have become obsessed Body Sorbet. As someone who fails at regularly applying body moistureiser  I am happy to say I have found my Holy Grail product.

So what is a Body Sorbet? Well it really does sound good enough to eat doesn't it?

It is basically a gel-based body moisturiser. Because of this the texture is very light  and sinks into the skin in a matter of seconds, leaving a cool feeling on the skin (  the bottle goes further to say that you can put your Body Sorbet in the fridge for an even more refreshing moisture sensation!). Because it is such a light texture you get no greasy residue and while for dry skin it means it isn't the most moisturising of products for my oily skin it is just sheer perfection in a bottle.

Like the Satsuma Body Polish  this shares the exact same fruity and sweet scent. It smells so juicy it almost makes the mouth water! The scent lingers on the skin for a good couple of hours and will last longer still if layered with other products.

 Texture wise the sorbet is really interesting. It is almost a translucent orange gel with a whipped feeling to it  yet isn't sticky at all and just melts into the skin.

The only downside to this product is the fact that the texture is quite thick and while this doesn't impact using it at all I find that you do tend to use this up quite quickly compared to other Body Shop products.

In all this product is magical and I highly recommend. If you don't like Satsuma's there are lots of other Body Sorbets in the range too!

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Monday, 2 November 2015

Dead Sea Natural Black Mud Mask Soap

When I saw this 'Mud Mask' style soap in Boots a few months back I thought it would be worth a try. I expected it to be like a solid block of face mask that I could use all over my body. The result was slightly different but I will get onto that in a moment.

This ask is by the Dead Sea Company and cost me £3.75  

For the price I think this soap is beautifully presented. The box has a wealth of information and it looks really interesting.

The soap bar itself is also lovely, it has an embossed  logo on one side and the name of the product on the other side. It looks really professional and classy and take away some of the fear that this is actually black.

Once lathered up the suds do have a slight grey tinge but this doesn't colour the skin at all. In fact I was a little dissapointed at how 'soap-like' this product was. I expected it to have a thick consistency when warmed between your hands  like a mask but it certainly was in the soap end of the spectrum. In fact I found it slightly harder to lather up than an average soap. The instructions say to let this 'sit' on the skin for a few minuets before washing off but I found that it didn't really feel like it was making any difference as it didn't feel like the product was thick enough to make any real impact.

I think I have been spoilt by mud masks as they are so thick and suck up any excess oil that I wanted this soap-mask thingy to do the same and it just couldn't live up to my expectations. This soap did an alright job of clenaing my face and body and keep nasties at bay but really no better than any other soap for oily skin. 

Overall for the price I think this is a good product- but not amazing. It certainly won't revolutionise your skincare routine  but for a cheap soap for oily skin it is worth picking up. 
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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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