Sunday, 30 March 2014

BEE YUMMY HONEY MASK

BIG LOVE for this product. I have to admit that it first caught my attention when I read in a magazine that Jade and Cara party prep with this product. I too wanted to prep like a super model and purchased. This does not disappoint.


Beautifully simple in its ingredients, I’m so used to face masks tingling or cooling (insert any relevant verb) that when I felt nothing for the duration of my sticky covered face, I feared I’d been mugged off (especially since the packaging isn’t particularly sophisticated). However, in reality it left my face glowing and unbelievably soft.

The texture is exactly like honey and although the pot is shockingly small, a little goes a long way. The ingredients reminds me of Egyptian Magic, but don’t be fooled. This is much much better! I’m not sure what makes the difference, maybe it’s the raw organic ingredient factor, maybe it’s the shrooms…

This is also great on flights because it can be kept on as long as you like (even over night) and looks very subtle (no chalky war paint here!). I applied this on my recent flight to morocco and my skin felt unbelievably great when I stepped off the plane.

Thank you for this suggestion Miss Jagger. Have you tried any of the Bee Yummy products?

Price: £24
Ingredients: Honey Cappings, Kombucha Mushroom, Royal Jelly and Purified Water


axxx

Friday, 28 March 2014

THE GOOD LIFE EATERY


In London there are numerous great restaurants, but not so many that focus on healthy eating. The Good Life Eatery however revolves around this notion. Located on Sloane Avenue between Earl’s Court, South Ken and Sloane Square, it’s a place I can imagine flourishing in health-crazed California with its amped up smoothies and A LOT of kale.


For me, the notion perhaps goes a little too far. When I ordered ‘The Good Life Salad’ I was presented with a mountain of sassed up kale. Initially it was delicious but about a third of the way through this virtuous experience became an endurance test (… One I didn’t complete). Similarly, when I bought the ‘Drink Your Salad’, I didn’t realize that this beverage sometimes served as a substitute for a meal. I was only enlightened once I was probed as to whether I’d been influenced by Gwyneth Paltrow’s Juice Diet. Again, finishing this drink was a challenge and I’m definitely not one to advocate swapping solid meals for liquids. No thank you.


However, the hot beverages are delicious and the Chai Tea Latte sweetened by agave nectar is a personal fav. Their Peanut Butter Bites seem too good to be true and I’m also mildly obsessed with their nut drinks (in particular the Matcha Almond Mylk – look weird tastes so good). Although I’m yet to try them, their selection of gluten free bakeries also looks amazing.

The Good Life Eatery is definitely worth a try. The atmosphere’s fun and you’re guaranteed to come away feeling virtuous. I guess the key here is to choose carefully from the menu, it’s hit and miss, but when it’s hit, it’s a bull’s-eye.


Any thoughts?

xxx




Tuesday, 25 March 2014

KLORANE OATMILK GENTLE DRY SHAMPOO SPRAY

I’m a bit of a dry shampoo fanatic and this is most definitely my favourite. Unlike some of its competitors it doesn’t leave behind any obvious residue and feels light yet effective. It’s not the most volumizing of the dry shampoos I’ve tried, but it does give my hair a little extra oomph. It also feels very gentle (a savior for those of you like me with a sensitive scalp). I’ve gone through plenty of cans and as far as I can see, this parabens free formula doesn’t have anything too offensive in its ingredients… Have you got a favourite dry shampoo? I’m constantly on the hunt for good ones, but I think I may have found a winner.

Price: Large £7, Small £3

Ingredients: Butane. Propane. Isobutane. Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch (Oryza Sativa). SD Alcohol 39-C (Alcohol Denat). Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate. Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel extract (Avena Sativa). Cyclodextrin. Cyclomethicone. Fragrance (Parfum). Isopropyl Myristate. Silica.

xxx

Saturday, 22 March 2014

DR HAUSCHKA CHORUS LIMITED EDITION MAKE-UP


I am already a huge fan of Dr Hauschka (particularly the brands makeup) so I got very over excited when I saw evidence of the Chorus collection popping up on various beauty blogs… So excited in fact, when I couldn’t find a UK distributor online, I panicked and decided to ship it in from Germany… A panic buy that paid off.




Matte & Shimmer Blush Trio – I’ve been looking for a great natural press powder blush and here it is! Surprisingly subtle when it’s on cheek, I just swirl my brush in all three shades and apply. From left to right there’s a beautiful shimmery, peachy, coral colour, then a beautiful light rose, matte pink, followed by a deeper shade of cool pink (which I thought was going to be too much but actually works perfectly in the trio). Such a sophisticated finish and I think these colours would suit any skin tone. It just adds the right degree of colour.

Price: 23 Euro
Ingredients: Talc, Kaolin, Diatomaceous Earth (Solum Diatomeae), Magnesium Stearate, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Silica, Silk (Serica) Powder, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Citral*, Eugenol*. [May contain (+/-) Mica, Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)].

Lipstick 18 – I was worried this would be too orangey or the wrong shade of coral when I saw this online but purchased it anyway (panic buy mode). It’s absolutely the perfect summer nude, golden apricot - probably best with a tan. It’s not sparkly but has a slight enhancing shimmer. It smells amazing (like jasminey rose I think), is highly pigmented and lasts. I also find that in opposition to the many lipsticks i've used in the past, this one actually conditions.

Price: 17 Euro
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lanolin, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Linalool*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Farnesol*, Limonene*, Geraniol*, Benzyl Salicylate*, Eugenol*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Alcohol*, Lecithin, Silica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Kajal Eyeliner 08 – A very useful dark brown, grey shade. Easy to apply (which is not always the case with natural eyeliners) and long lasting. This taupe Kajal Eyeliner defines my eye with the intensity of a black eyeliner without the harshness (if that makes sense). I’m not sure why there aren’t more taupe shades like this as a permanent fixture on the market as I think it would be a great shade for every eye colour.

Price: 12 Euro
Ingredients: Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Mica, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Canola Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Pyrus Cydonia Peel/Fruit Wax, Diatomaceous Earth (Solum Diatomeae), Glyceryl Caprylate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf Extract, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum)*, Citronellol*, Geraniol*, Linalool*, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

So in love with these products am I that I’m considering stocking up before it’s discontinued. Have you tried anything from this drool-worthy range? I’d love to hear your thoughts. There are also two eye shadow duos in the Chorus range that I’m contemplating getting since my success with these other products...

xxx

Friday, 21 March 2014

MARCH LOVE LULA BOX

 I’ve been seriously enjoying the goodies in this month’s Love Lula Box…








Balm Balm Rose Geranium Face Balm - A multi purpose balm for anywhere in need of TLC. I like it a lot, in particular on my lips and cuticles; it’s simple and easy with cute packaging. I don’t think I’ll ever find myself particularly raving about a multi purpose balm just because their purpose and the results are always a little vague, but they’re definitely a great handbag or bedside table staple, and with its rose scent this one smells especially great.
 
Would I buy it? Probably.
Price: £8
Ingredients: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Pelargonum Graveolens (Rose Geranium Essential Oil), Cera Alba (Beeswax), Calendula Officinalis (Calendula Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil).


Gwdihw Smoochy Lips Balm – Perfectly nice but nothing to write home about… I love the cherry scent though!

Would I buy it? I think there are better ones out there for the same price so I don’t think so.
Price: £4.50
Ingredients: Coconut oil, olive oil, calendula, natural cherry flavour


Odylique Superfruit Concentrate – I’ve been enjoying this. Not the easiest to get drops out of the tester dispenser but as it claims, the product certainly gave me a healthy boost of moisture and a bit of a glow. I was personally using this after toner, before moisturizer in the morning and loved it. Then I read the directions which suggested using it after moisturizer to lock in moisture etc. so do what you will with it, both techniques seem to work. It can be a little tricky to move around the face so sometimes I've ended up patting it on. Use it as you will, day or night, the products certainly a good one.

Would I buy it? Yes
Price: £33
Ingredients: Persea gratissima fruit oil*, Simmondsia chinensis seed oil*, Rosa canina fruit extract*, Punica granatum seed extract*, Hippophae rhamnoides fruit extract* 


Argentum Sachet – This came in a mysterious black envelope and I have to admit, a part of me felt like I’d got in to Hogwarts… I was surprised by how effective this was… When I found out how much it cost, it made more sense, but still, I was very impressed with its performance! I think this would be great for more mature skin. The texture was thick and creamy but easy to spread... I will say that it can feel a little cloying, but I think that’s just a kind of ‘firming sensation’, the ‘potent’ ingredients doing its thing. It leaves skin feeling seriously moisturized without leaving any greasy residue. It smells unreal, so so good, but it’s the kind of scent I’m not convinced I want on my face all morning and night… It’s a scent I think I’d love on a mysterious French man, not necessarily in my skincare.

Would I buy it? If I had the funds I certainly would! But purely because of the price I’d have to say no… At least not at the moment…
Price: £147
Ingredients: Colloidal Silver (Hydrosol), Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut Oil Wax), Hydrogenated Vegetable Glycerides (Palm Oil), Dicaprylyl Carbonate (Vegetal Origin), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond Oil), Glycerin (from Karanja Tree), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil (Argan Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (from Coconut Oil), Aqua, Cetearyl Glucoside (Sugar and Coconut Extract), Caffeine, Sodium DNA (DNA HP), Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate (from Vegetal Oil), Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower Oil), Xanthan Gum (Vegetal Origin), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (Aloe Vera Extract), Parfum (Essential Oils), Potassium Sorbate (Soil Association / Ecocert Preservative), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (Soil Association / Ecocert Preservative), Citric Acid (Vegetal Origin), Limonene (Essential Oils), Linalool (Essential Oils), Eugenol (Essential Oils)


Egyptian Magic – I actually already have the large tub of this. I really wish they would make a small version as I mainly use this as a lip balm. It’s a multi purpose balm that can be used pretty much anywhere for pretty much anything! It’s quite impressive in this sense, and it does a good job of moisturizing anywhere I apply it (mainly lips, elbows, feet, sometimes face) but the results never seem to blow me away.

Would I buy it? Already have but can’t decide if I will again.
Price: £22
Ingredients: Olive Oil, BeesWax, Honey Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Bee Propolis.


xxx