Wednesday, 6 August 2014

STEALING BEAUTY SLEEP AT NYR


The price reduction on Neal’s Yard Beauty Sleep Organic Spa Collection is a bit of a steal. From £47.50 to £33, the beauty sleep concentrate alone is usually about this figure. Saving over £10? Don’t mind if I do.

What it includes:

Aromatic Foaming Bath: a lovely Rose scented product that allows a very luxurious and relaxing bubble bath. This is pamper city.

Beauty Sleep Concentrate: which helps condition the skin over night and smells D-I-V-I-N-E. It moisturizes, replenishes and refreshes. I can see this one being a bit of a savior in the winter months.

Beauty Sleep Body Butter: turned out to be my favourite of the bunch. Again, this smells unreal and oh my gosh my skin felt amazing when I woke up.

Calming Organic Aromatherapy Candle: I actually already had the full size of this candle. I love to light it after work when I’m having a little down time, reading, watching tv etc, I find it quite restorative. In the spirit of the Spa Collection though, I lit this while I was bathing in the Aromatic Foaming Bath and together, the two are a bit of a relaxation power couple.

The Spa Collection provided me with oober relaxation, and I had a seriously good night sleep after trialling the products. I would definitely suggest treating yourself to this NYR Collection. While all the products are quality flying solo, I found that using all four together got me some real pampered beauty sleep.

Have you tried any of the Neal's Yard Spa Collections? I'd love to hear your thoughts...

xxx

Monday, 4 August 2014

COLLAGEN PAPER FACE MASK


I haven’t posted in a while, partly because of the beaut weather we’ve been having and partly because I’ve just discovered instagram (late to the party I know), but as I lay in the bath the other night, I popped on a collagen face mask for the first time and was so impressed I thought I’d share my finds…

If you’re into fast, effective and fuss free products, this is has got the lot. It looks a little Hannibal Lector but it’s worth the 15 minutes of creep. Just place the paper mask over a cleansed face, leave, then remove and rub in the residue.

Honed in Korea, this face mask is packed with active ingredients and collagen derived from carrots and it definitely left my skin plumped and perfected. It feels like something’s happening without being harsh.

Price: £10 for 5
Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Trehalose, Butyrospermum Parkii, Shea Butter, Polysorbate 60, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Crosspolymer, Xanthan gum, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Raffinose, Sorbitan Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Citrus Junos Fruit Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Camellia Sinesis Leaf, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Jojoba Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Allantoin, Disodium EDTA, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Lavender Extract, Rosemary Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Peppermint Leaf Extract, Potassium Hydroxide, Hydrolysed Extensin, Sodium Hyaluronate

Quick, easy and effective, this mask will definitely be a regular on my shopping list. I’d go as far as to say this may be a mask favourite! Who doesn’t love a quickie…


xxx

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

THE BODI DELI: LIVING HAIR SPROUTED GREENS SHAMPOO

This may be the most expensive shampoo I’ve ever purchased but it’s also the best.

The product has been formulated with raw ingredients to condition and stimulate the hair follicle as well as recharge the hair with necessary proteins, minerals and enzymes. The result: healthier hair and growth.

With an oober sensitive scalp that’s prone to psoriasis this is one of the only shampoos I’ve found (other than T-Gel which I’m trying to avoid) to soothe my scalp.

Not only have I found this shampoo to have scalp health benefits, my hair has never been in better condition. I can’t afford to be using this every wash, but even once a week application seems to leave my hair stronger, more manageable with more shine.

As a treatment shampoo, this is to be applied to wet hair and massaged into the scalp for 2 minutes for best results. I follow it with Rahua conditioner and have loved the results.

My verdict: Lovely jubbly. Painfully expensive but worth the price… Just.

Price: £18.50
Ingredients: *Aloe Vera Juice, Antioxidant Micro-Clustered Water, Decyl Polyglucose (Corn Sugar Derived Surfactant), Sea Salt, *Shea Butter, Pro-Vitamin B5, Vegetable Glycerin, *Barley Grass Juice, *Oat Grass Juice, *Wheat Grass Juice, *Dandelion Leaf Juice, *Kale Juice, *Spinach Juice, *Carob Pod, *Maca Root, Spirulina, Kelp, Chlorella, Icelandic Kelp, Dulse, Nori, Bladderwrack, Papain, Bromelain, *Chamomile, *Calendula, *Yarrow, *Horsetail, *Comfrey, *Yucca, *Melissa, *Oat Protein, *Carrot Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, *Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Essential Oils of *Rosemary, *Peppermint, *Spearmint, Lemon Verbena, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate (Natural Preserative System)


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Sunday, 15 June 2014

REN MOROCCAN ROSE OTTO SUGAR BODY POLISH

The Moroccan Rose Otto range from Ren is raved about, but I have to say this is the only product that I’ve really fallen for (and repurchased thrice). Exfoliation is a great way to prep for summer, but I love this exfoliator all year round.

I’m a bath girl so what I particularly enjoy about this exfoliator is that I can use it on dry skin then hop in the bath and enjoy the rose essence. When I’m out I don’t have to faff around with moisturizer, the ingredients have already left my skin beautifully conditioned, soft and scented. Maximum results, minimum effort.
  

The sugar granules gently exfoliate skin, boosting cell turn over and enhancing skin renewal. Active ingredients include olive and almond oils to restore moisture and improve skin condition whilst theophylline (derived from Paraguay tea) and kola nut caffeine boost circulation, energize and tone. Damascus rose is also found on the ingredients. Renowned for treating dry, damaged skin, the scent is also incredibly uplifting… This is not your average exfoliator.
  
Price: £32

Ingredients: Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Parfum* (Fragrance), Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Geraniol, Linalool, Citronellol, Ilex Paraguariensis (Paraguay Tea) Leaf Extract, Cola Acuminata (Kola Nut) Seed Extract, Coco Glucoside, Tocopherol.

Have you got any favorites from the Moroccan Rose Otto range? I also really want to try the Ren Guerande Salt Exfoliating Body Balm.


xxx

Thursday, 12 June 2014

CHOCOLATE SUN COCOA GLOW

This is a summer must have (and a winter like to have). It’s expensive but worth the pennies…


I can’t see this product having the ability to turn you shades darker than your natural skin tone, but I found it gives an amazing, natural glow, that definitely enhances skin tone and evens out the complexion.

I’ve read different reviews that suggest it is void of all fake tan smell. I can’t entirely agree with this – as I lay in bed I could definitely smell the familiar scent – but this doesn’t linger. As you apply it, it smells of lovely cocoa and although I can’t deny a fake tan scent as it develops, there’s no trace of this at all after a couple of hours.

One of the biggest benefits of this natural fake tan is its easy application. It’s highly moisturizing and you can slap it on fairly confidently without it streaking. It takes the same amount of time to dry as a normal moisturizer, and doesn’t transfer onto clothing. It’s foolproof.

This quick and easy fake tan has trustworthy ingredients and provides a natural sun kissed look. It’s definitely worth a purchase if you’re getting ready to bare all on the beach or just want a little extra colour! I got compliments on my colour having used this, and once I admitted it was fake, a number of people wanted to know what the products was...

Price: £26

Ingredients: Aqua, Dihydroxy acetone (DHA) derived from sugar beets, Helianthus annuus (sunflower seed) oil, Prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera gel), Cocos nucifera (coconut oil), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba oil), Cetearyl olivat, Sorbitan olivate, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Glucono delta-lactone, Sodium benzoate, Calcium gluconate, Sodium PCA, Theobroma cacao (cocoa absolute), Vanilla planifolia (vanilla extract), Camellia sinensis (green tea leaf extract)

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Friday, 6 June 2014

ILIA LIPSTICK: FEMME FATALE


I would describe this shade as less berry and more dark brick red. I had hoped for the former (I love me some berry shades) but it has actually turned out to be a hit for me anyway. The colour gets a lot of compliments and somehow makes teeth look whiter.

It lasts impressively well. I like to use a lip liner as well just to add definition and staying power (I’ve been using a red Borlind one). I will say that with too many layers, it can look and feel a little cakey and end up settling unevenly so don’t be tempted to get too heavy handed, one or two layers should be enough.

I have actually found that Ilia lipstick conditions my lips just as well as their lip conditioners, so if you’re umming and ahhing about which route to take (as I was) the decision here comes down to colour pay off (or get both as I did). If you prefer to go bold, go with the lipstick. The lip conditioners have a great colour pay off as well but are a little more sheer. It depends on preference… I’ve reviewed the Hold Me Now Ilia Lip Conditioner here.


I love Ilia! Have you tried their products?

Price: £22

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Triisostearyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch *, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Sage (Salvia Officinalis) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol.


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