22 Nov 2014

Beauty Christmas Crackers 2014

A slightly different take on the traditional Christmas Crackers. It seems each year more beauty companies are releasing Beauty Christmas Crackers and I am all for them, if I had the cash I would be purchasing Jo Malone Crackers for all my nearest & dearest.

Budget Friendly Beauty Crackers

1. Montagne Jeunesse Christmas Cracker £4.99 – You get a selection of 6 Montagne Face Masks, I have tried quite a few masks from this brand & never been disappointed.

2. Cowshed Christmas Cracker £10.00 – This cracker has a 50ml Cow Herb hand cream & 12ml Lippy Cow lip balm. The perfect Winter duo.

3. Anatomicals Smacker in a Cracker £4.50 – You get a Minty tingling lip balm and Breath freshener so its ideal if you’re hoping to kiss someone under the mistletoe this Christmas.

4. Molton Brown Pink Pepperpod Christmas Cracker  £20.00 – This cracker is full of  body pampering products including Pink Pepperpod Replenishing Hand Cream, 40m, Pink Pepperpod Body Wash, 50m and Pink Pepperpod Nourishing Body Lotion, 50ml. So this is a little slice of luxury for only £20.

5. N07 Christmas Cracker Selection £14.00 – You get 6 crackers and inside them are a selection of mini N07 products, including nail polish and skincare. So these are great value for money at £14 for 6 crackers.

6. Philip Kingsley Body & Volume Cracker £10.00 – This is a great one for hair care fanatics. You get 3 minis and they include the very popular Elasticizer, 40m, Body Building Shampoo, 20ml and Body Building Conditioner, 20ml.

7. This Works Miracle Cracker £10.00 – This has a mini bottle of their best selling Deep Sleep Body Therapy Spray 10ml. Ideal for getting a good nights sleep post Christmas party.

 

High end Beauty Crackers

1. Harvey Nichol’s Christmas Cracker Set £50.00 – This is a set of 6 luxurious crackers, they contain an assortment of extravagant beauty treats. Including, ESPA Pro Serum 8ml, Bliss Energizing Mask 10ml, bareMinerals ‘Inspiration’ Ready Eyeshadow Duo 1g, Prada Candy Florale Eau de Toilette 7ml, Laura Mercier Lip Glacé 6ml and Deborah Lippmann Nail Varnish 8ml. So these really are the ultimate beauty addicts dream crackers.

2. OPI 6 Piece Christmas Cracker Collection £22.00 – One for the nail polish fans & OPI is such a well loved brand that it would make the perfect stocking filler for any beauty lover. This cracker includes, Avoplex Lotion, Avoplex Nail & Cuticle Oil, Unfrost My Heart Nail Lacquer in silver foil. Love is Hot and Coal Nail Lacquer in brown shimmer, Cinnamon Sweet Nail Lacquer in red crème and a mini crystal file. This is one big cracker packed full of nail treats.

3. Lancome Christmas Crackers £54.00 – You get a box of 6 Lancome Crackers which contains premium Lancome including Hypnose Volume Mascara, Le Crayon Khol Eyeliner, Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate, Lip Lover, L’absolue lipstick and Bi-Facil Eye Make Up Remover. So a great mixture of products & many of their best sellers.

4. Clarins Christmas Crackers £39.00 – This is a set of 6 crackers and they contain a lovely selection of luxury Clarins skincare and makeup including their Wonder Perfect Mascara 3ml, Gentle Refiner 30ml, Beauty Flash Balm 30m and Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 30ml.

5. The Best of Space NK Crackers £48 – A luxe spin on traditional crackers, our box of six, each contain a hidden beauty treasure. Which includes a Rococo Nail Polish, Oribe Supershine Hair Cream, Life NK Body Wash, Laura Mercier Primer, Caudalíe Beauty Elixir or Lipstick Queen Gloss.

6. Festive Favourites Cracker £25.00 – This cracker contains a trio Christmas party essentials. Including, Lipstick Queen’s Nude Metal Lipstick, Rococo’s Pro Glass Nail File and a Molten Metallic Rococo Nail Polish.

7. Jo Malone Christmas Cracker – This contains 3 mini but luxurious best selling products from Jo Malone including Lime Basil and Mandarin cologne 9ml, Blackberry and Bay body and hand wash 15ml and a Nectarine Blossom and Honey body créme 15ml.

So there you have it, some of the best value & most luxurious Beauty Christmas Crackers for 2014. I have to say I like the sound of the Jo Malone one, it looks so pretty & I adore all three of the scents included. I also really like the No7 ones & think they are such good value.

Have you bought any Beauty Crackers this year, I don’t have the budget for luxury but I might treat the ladies in my life to the No7 ones & pop one cracker in their stockings.

17 Nov 2014

Coming Up Roses

As you know Jurlique are a brand that I love to use & recommend to anyone that will listen. I wrote a post all about the history of the company & their ethos of making great products but also giving back to many causes and organisations, click here if you’d like to read that.

Jurlique have quite a few collections targeting specific skin concerns but I have to say my favourite and one that can be used by all ages most skin types is the Rose Moisture Plus. This range includes 5 products which cover all bases, including a serum, face mist, hand cream, moisturiser and a gel lotion.

Jurlique Rose Selection

The Rosewater Balancing Mist* comes in a frosted white glass bottle, it feels weighty and luxurious. It’s always within reach on my desk as I like to spray it throughout the day to keep my skin hydrated, soothed and feeling fresh.

The 100ml bottle lasts me a couple of months & I use it all the time, so its well worth investing in. The product comes out in a light mist that gently covers your skin & doesn’t spray out like a jet soaking you & giving you the fright of your life (that has happened to me before with quite a few facial toners). I love how it stops my skin from drying out and the rose scent is very uplifting and calming. A few spritz of this throughout the day leaves my skin feeling soft, soothed and hydrated. When I feel like my skin needs a pick me up throughout the day this face mist is my quick and easy solution. No mess no fuss & my skin loves it (so does my mum).

Its the perfect product for both the Summer & Winter as its lovely to cool you down when its warm & also to give your skin a boost of hydration during the colder months. It has a long list of beneficial ingredients including

The Rose Moisture Plus Revitalising Gel Lotion* also comes in a lovely frosted glass jar which looks pretty on my vanity. The product is lightly rose scented not over powering once I have applied it after a couple of minutes the scent has gone. This has a very light consistency, its a silky water – gel emulsion and once you have massaged it into your skin it sinks in almost instantly leaving your skin so very smooth and plump. I really like using this in the morning because its cooling and soothing and my makeup sits really well on top of it. After a month of using this face cream my skin looked plump and healthy.

If like me you don’t like the feeling of heavy face creams that throughout the day make your skin greasy then this lightweight gel will be perfect for you. Its targeted at people who need a cream that will replenish, protect and smooth as well as lock in moisture. It covers all bases. It has a long list of beneficial ingredients including

Daily Moisture Balancing Serum* this is such a lovely addition to my skincare routine, its a lightweight serum that I apply before my moisturiser and it leaves my skin smooth and soft. This like the other products in the Rose Moisture Plus range it protects your skin against environmental irritants, locks in moisture and addresses the signs of dehydration. With a potent blend of botanical extracts, including

So this trio of Rose products will be protecting, rebalancing and soothing my skin this winter as well as locking in moisture and giving it a boost of hydration. Its all lovely and lightweight so no heavy greasy feeling creams or serums here. If I was to recommend you just one out of the three although its a tough call I would have to say the Rose Moisture Plus Revitalising Gel Lotion would be a great addition to anyones skincare routine. 

I know that for many people rose products make them think of old fashioned products aimed at more mature women but that is so not the case with the Jurlique Rose range. It does smell floral but in a fresh and relaxing way not in an overpowering stuffy way. So don’t let yourself overlook this range just because it is Rose based, because it is a very light and perfect for skin that needs soothing.

Let me know if you have tried any Jurlique products or what skincare you are loving at the moment.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

13 Nov 2014

Delving In To My Sample Stash #3

Makeup Samples

ESPA ProSerum – I have been spending quite a few weeks in Scotland since Summer & I always like to have my favourite serum with me, this ESPA one ticks all the boxes. Its hydrating, calming and helps even skin tone. I love the scent too, it smells like a high end spa. This is ideal for this time of year when my skin gets dry & looks a little dull. Its a staple in my travel makeup bag.

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream* This is a popular Asian skincare brand & I’ve read so many great reviews of this BB Cream. I’ve always wanted to try it. I’ve been using this over the past couple of weeks & really like it. I like my base to give a light coverage and provide a touch of colour so my complexion looks bright & even. This BB Cream gives me exactly that, its a lovely creamy consistency which I found very easy to blend, I did lightly powder it but I don’t think thats 100% necessary. This BB Cream covers all bases it provides a SPF30, protects against free radicals, conceals imperfections & contains hyluronic acid for all day hydration. So you’re getting a lovely BB Cream with the added skincare benefits which Asian brands are renowned for.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray – This is a dual action eye primer so not only will it keep your eyeshadow in place but you can use it under the eye to keep your concealer put all day long and it works a treat! I love it that much I will be purchasing the full size & can’t believe I have never heard of this until now. It gives my eyelids an even colour & is the perfect base on which to apply eyeshadow. Its love.

Burt’s Bees Hand Salve – Not a massive fan of this I have to say, I did initially like it but the more I use it the less I like it & that pains me to write because Burt’s Bees is normally very reliable. I much prefer a hand cream & find the easier to use when I’m on the go. I will use it up & have been using it on my cuticles at night to stop them drying out in the cold weather. Let me know if you like this hand salve & how you make it work for you.

Makeup & Skincare Samples

Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer – I’ve not used this an awful lot & struggle to find a primer which doesn’t make my skin greasy after a couple hours of use. I like the cute spotty packaging, I will use this a few more times & then let you know if it worked well for me. 15 hours is a bold claim & I doubt very much that my makeup would stay looking flawless for 15 hours. Have you tried this? let me know if your makeup looked fresh & flawless for 15 hours.

REN BB Cream – This featured in my last Sample Stash post, I’m still using it & loving it. It gives me a healthy dewy finish and it wears well without oxidising. Its not my favourite BB Cream but I do like the finish and although I wouldn’t purchase the full size I have enjoyed trying it out.

Origins Super Spot Remover – This isn’t a sample size but it fits so well on my dish & its so dinky. I really rate this as a spot treatment, it starts working right away. Its so quick and easy to apply to your blemishes. It’s instantly cooling, and can sting a little but that only lasts a few seconds, this is a targeted treatment so you only need to put it on the area where you feel a blemish coming or if you have a blemish thats already erupted. It stops blemishes from becoming too sore & angry and helps them clear up much faster too. Its a wonder gel in a tiny bottle. If you haven’t already you need to add this to your skincare arsenal.

Kiehl’s Actively Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream – OMG this is the BB Cream of my dreams, It gives my skin an even coverage and It gives you Broad Spectrum SPF50 protection which makes me very happy. If you like a light to medium coverage that looks natural and radiant with excellent sun protection then you will love this BB Cream. Its simple but its all I need in a base and I am a massive fan.

Lancome Rouge In Love Lipstick – This is a gorgeous mini lipstick, I haven’t tried many Lancome products but this lipstick feels comfortable and hydrating on the lips & its the softest peachy pink. Not the most Autumnal colour but I have been enjoying wearing it.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser – This is another product that was in a previous Sample Stash post, I’ve used it a couple of times & I’m not 100% in love, I’m not exactly sure what I don’t like about it. It might be that its quite thick compared to other tinted moisturisers & BB Creams. It looks really nice just after I apply it but I don’t think it wears well on my oily skin. I much prefer the Ginvera & the Kiehl’s BB Creams.

Sample Stash

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

5 Nov 2014

October Beauty Purchases

Over the past few months I have made a real effort to shop my stash & use up products that are open before purchasing new ones & I’ve been doing so well. I haven’t bought much at all since the Summer & it feels great to rediscover some gems I have had in my collection all along. Although a beauty addict has to do a little shopping every now & then I’ve bought a few new products during October, I celebrated my Birthday at the beginning of the month & used a gift card to treat myself to a few things.

October Beauty Purchases

Essence Hello Autumn Eyeshadow Palette ‘Walk In The Park’ – This just had to come home with me, cute simple packaging & my perfect neutral shades. Its got it all. Autumn is my favourite season and this palette just called my name. I have used it a couple of times & the shadows are ok, a little crumbly but you can tidy up the fall out after you’ve finished. I would recommend a primer just so you get the best colour pay off. Its a nice slim palette & ideal for throwing in your makeup bag. I can’t wait to use it a little more.

Essence Studio Nails 24/7 Nail Base – I haven’t used this yet but I have an Essence topcoat that I love so I have high hopes for this & if there is one thing Essence do very very well its nail products.

Essence Nail Care Pen – I have been getting very dry nails & my cuticles are looking terrible so I’m hoping this helps hydrate & protect them. It’s enriched with Vitamin E and is meant to nourish nails & cuticle beds, so thats just what I need.

Seventeen Stay Time Concealer – This was a recommendation by HelenRamblesOn, I was after a concealer that covers blemishes without looking heavy and this has been working out great for me. It does have quite a strong sweet scent which is slightly odd but it doesn’t linger too long. The concealer is creamy and easy to blend, it gives good coverage & more importantly it stays in place, after a good few hours (not 18 as the name suggests) the areas I want to conceal are still covered & the product is still in place, so I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a budget friendly blemish concealer.

Collection Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner –  I am a big fan of liquid liner and I really like using the felt pen style nibs. I haven’t used this yet but I have swatched it & it is very black and the nib is quite thick but seems easy to use. The swatch dried down quickly on my hand & didn’t rub off until I physically washed my hands. So it seems it has good staying power. For the price, if this wears as well on my eyes as it did on my hands we might have a winner on the eyeliner front. Watch this space.

Collection Big Fake Curves Mascara – I am a Mascara junkie and I love trying new ones. Over the past couple of months I have used up quite a few and so I’ve been on the look out for a new one & I liked the sound of this Collection offering. Who doesn’t want big lashes without the hassle of wearing false ones! The wand is MASSIVE but after using up my Yves Rocher & Origins Gin Zing Mascaras & really liking those (they both have big wands) I thought what the heck lets give that big wand a go. I will let you know how I get on, if you have tried this mascara let me know how you got on with it.

Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot Translucent Powder – The beauty that is Essie Button swears by this powder & her skin looks FLAWLESS, so I had to give it a go. I love my S&G Solar Powder although the cardboard packaging sucks, I was pleased to see this powder was packaged in more robust plastic compact. I have used this a few times & it might be a little early to declare my love for it, but I like the way it sits & how little product you need to set your makeup. It makes my complexion look smooth but not unnatural. Its working out very very well so far & it is the only face powder I have packed for my 3 week stay in Scotland so that must say something.

Indeed Labs Fade To Bright – I’m always on the hunt for products that promise to brighten and keep my complexion looking radiant & this calls out the big guns in that department. It comes with lots of promises in terms of improving uneven skin tone, restore luminosity & maintaining moisture levels. During winter I feel like I have dull skin & this is going to be my skin saviour (fingers crossed). I have been using it for 1 week & I like the creamy consistency although it is a serum it feels hydrating and leaves my skin smooth. I will let you know how radiant my skin looks after a few more weeks of use.

Allure Magazine – I am so happy my local WH Smith now sells Allure. I love flicking through its glossy pages & lusting after all the make up & skincare. I have it with me in Scotland & I will be reading it cover to cover.

Let me know if you have tried & tested any of my new purchases or let me know what treats you have bought lately.

 

20 Oct 2014

Elizabeth Grant Skincare

Elizabeth Grant Skincare

I have been trying out a few products from the brand Elizabeth Grant. This is a brand that is sold on Ideal World & I call myself a skincare addict but I had never heard of them before. I quickly learnt that Elizabeth Grant was founded in London England in 1958 and has a rich history, its a brand focused on quality and customer satisfaction and is now sold worldwide.

I’ve been trying a selection of products from the Elizabeth Grant Collagen Collection over the past two months and there are one or two products that have really stood out to me that I wanted to tell you about. I do have to say the packaging for the products in this collection is gorgeous, they feel luxurious and are very good quality. They look pretty out on my vanity and all the pots of creams come with little spatulas, which is so good for hygiene and just a great extra touch.

The 7 piece Collagen Collection included the following products,

Elizabeth Grant Eye Pads

I really enjoy using Eye Pads / Masks & think they really help revive tired eyes & give your skin a boost of hydration especially when you’ve been burning the candle at both ends. I’ve been enjoying these Elizabeth Grant* ones &  found they’re great for puffy tired eyes, they hydrate and nourish your skin and help temporarily smooth the fine lines. They fit perfectly under my eyes & are very comfortable to wear, I leave them on as long as I can & once I take them off I pat the remaining products in around my orbital bone. I like to travel with these as they’re a great way of combating tired dark under eyes. They are great to incorporate into your pamper routine too. I get quite dehydrated under my eyes & for me its showing the first signs of ageing & those pesky fine lines are appearing so eye pads are a nice way of giving that area a little TLC.

Another stand out product from this range was the Elizabeth Grant Collagen Re-Inforce Silk Edition Extreme Wrinkle Serum*, Serum is a step I never miss out from my morning & evening routine but often it can be hard to see or feel the actual effects. From about the 3rd day of using this Elizabeth Grant Serum my skin felt so smooth and looked plumper. It feels lovely and silky and once applied its absorbed quickly in to my skin, I like to massage two pumps into my skin in the evening and I then apply my night cream on top. I don’t use this during the day as I find it a little too rich and think it works better for me at a night serum.

Elizabeth Grant Eye Cream

The Elizabeth Grant Collagen Re-Inforce Platinum 24hr Firming Eye Cream* is working wonders for me too, it looks like a cream in the jar but once you apply it to your skin it feels like a gel. It absorbs very quickly and is instantly smoothing, which is why I like to use it in the morning as I find it wears very well under makeup & provides a smooth base for concealer. The gel like consistency means its not greasy on your skin. You get a whopping 30ml of product & thats quite a lot for an eye cream this is going to keep me going for a while. I wouldn’t say is diminishes fine lines or firms the skin but it does feel hydrating it makes a nice primer for my concealer.

The other 3 products I am still trying out so expect reviews on those in the coming months. Let me know if you have tried this brand & if any of the range works for you. If you want to see more of the range you can here. Also Ideal world do lots of great offers (make sure you keep your eyes peeled for those) as this 7 piece collection was £39.99 instead of £183.94.

These products have been sent to me for my consideration. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

 

 

 

16 Oct 2014

I’ve Made a Friend For Life

LUSH Butter bear Bath Bomb

I have to admit that I haven’t tried a whole lot of LUSH products. They have such a huge range & many ltd edition products that its hard to try everything & I get so overwhelmed by it all. I tend to stick to bath bombs & I also like their face toners / spritz. I do get excited about the Christmas range & when I heard it was in stores despite it being October I had to pop in and I treated myself to two things, one being my old faithful & much loved The Melting Snowman & also  a new product called Butter Bear.

Lush Bath Bombs

I think like the ‘Ickle Robot this is a product aimed at children but who isn’s a big kid at heart? LUSH describe Butter Bear as

‘Cocoa butter creates a creamy soft bath that is great for nourishing and protecting your skin, with the same vanilla-like fragrance as Butterball bath bomb. Moulded into a friendly and sweet-smelling bear, this is sure to be a winner with little and big kids alike!’

This is a low key bath bomb it leaves your bath water a milky white colour with a few bubbles but nothing too OTT. It smells relaxing and soothing. I like citrus scents so love this, its perfect for a relaxing evening. The cocoa butter leaves your skin so very soft. I have fallen in love with this little white Butter Bear & have been back to buy a couple more. I think he is going to be my go to bath bomb for the festive season.

Let me know what your picks are from the LUSH Christmas Range.

5 Oct 2014

Current Favourite Cleansers

Cleansers

nspa Melting Cleaning Gel £6 for 125ml *

This is the first product I’ve tried from nspa & let me tell you it did not disappoint, in fact its fast becoming one of my favourite cleansers. I am a big fan of gel cleansers and I love how smooth, hydrated and clean they leave my skin. This one from nspa is available in ASDA so it is very affordable and readily available. Its packed full of skincare benefits and its suitable for all skin types.

It is a two phase cleanser which means it starts off as a gel which you apply to dry skin and massage in to breakdown your makeup / dirt and pollutants from the day. You will need such a small amount of this as once you begin massaging it in it turns in to an oil and a little goes a very long way. Once you have massaged it in, I like to do this for about a minute or two, you then rinse it off with warm water & I like to use a face cloth. The gel turns in to a cleansing milk when you apply the water and you will find this leaves your skin very soft, not stripped or tight but smooth and nourished. It has:-

I really like this cleanser and can’t believe how fresh and glowing my skin has been since I started using it. It is also very hydrating and my skin feels very plump and smooth after using it. If you have an ASDA near you, go & buy yourself a tube! You will thank me for it, I promise you that!

A trio of my favourite cleansers

Nip & Fab Deep Cleansing Fix £7.95 for 300ml

Both my mum & I have been using this cleanser and calling each other the next day to declare how much we both love it! This is a big old pot of product & it will last you for months! I do have to admit its not the most hygienic way to package a face cleanser as you have to scoop the product out but because I love it so much I am willing to over look that!

This product is a multi use 6 in 1 product and can be used in the following ways,

I have used it in 5 out of the 6 ways, I tend not to suffer from blemishes so I’ve had no reason to test that out but all the other ways to use this Deep Cleansing Fix have worked a treat. I would say that I prefer to leave it on as more of a face mask for about 10 – 20 minutes than sleeping in it overnight. Just because I love my night time skincare routine & that works well for me so I enjoy this more as a relaxing mask.

This is quite a thick cream but it is easy to massage in to the skin as a cleanser or smooth over the skin as a mask. It contains Sweet almond oil which nourishes and smoothes whilst the Tea tree oil cleanses pores. So your skin will feel clean and look bright. I just love it and the fact that its a multi use product is even better. For the price this is a cleanser you should have in your arsenal for those days when you’re skin feels decongested, dull or you need some thing that packs a punch to help those blemishes heal quicker. Did I mention how huge this tub is?! 300ml is bigger than most body products so this tub will be with you for a very long time. Which is good news for the bank balance.

ESPA Optimal Skin ProCleanser £30.00 for 100ml

This is the latest release from luxury brand ESPA and is also a multi use cleanser. This is a Tri-Phase Cleanser which means it is a gel cleaner, exfoliator and a mask all in one. This is aimed at all ages and all skin types so if you love luxurious skincare then this is the product for you. I have raved about the ESPA Optimal ProSerum many times on this blog and this is like the sister product.

This is a very gentle cleanser and is also packed full of skincare benefits,

It comes out as a white gel with tiny exfoliating spheres which when massaged into your skin melt away, they are so gentle and not in the least bit abrasive. I smooth this on to dry skin & leave it for at least 10 minutes then rinse with warm water and a face cloth. This leaves my skin incredibly soft and so hydrated, its feels like it has a moisturiser in there too. It is very luxurious and my skin always looks bright and healthy the next day. I use this as my second cleanse and not to remove my makeup as it is quite a high end cleanser and I prefer to use it as a treat. I leave it on my skin for a about 10 minutes to let the ingredients work their magic. It always feels like such a waste to wash it off straight away.

If you do like to use high end skincare, then you will adore using this new Optimal ProCleanser from ESPA and your skin will love you for it. I also know that a lot of people are on a budget & prefer to spend a more affordable amount on a cleanser & either of the other two I have mentioned in this post will give you nourished, cleansed and fresh looking skin. So you can take your pick, they’re all great at cleansing and I have enjoyed using them all.

Let me know what your current favourite cleansers are & if you have tried any of the three mentioned in todays post.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

30 Sep 2014

Jurlique Rose Duo

Jurlique is an Australian brand which was started in 1985 by a husband & wife dedicated to harnessing the power of nature to create incredibly effective products. Their ethos was Nature + Science = Beauty and to this day Jurlique develop high performance skincare, using potent, biodynamic (Biodynamics is a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach to agriculture, food production and nutrition), organic and natural ingredients sourced the world over.

Jurlique have an Organic Farm in the Adelaide Hills of Australia where the magic happens and this was the brain child of the founders Dr Jurgen Klien and his wife Ulrike, a Horticulturist and a Botanist with passion for combining nature with science to deliver natural skincare with long lasting effects. To this day the farm is thriving and its where many of the herbs, flowers and plants are grown for Jurliques products.

Jurlique Rose Scented Products

Jurlique is also a brand with an emphasis on the environment, they are committed to sourcing their ingredients from sustainable fair trade suppliers and use biodegradable & recyclable materials in their packaging. As a brand Jurlique is always helping to support the empowerment of women all over the world with their Ideas Of Beauty Fund which is not for profit, it focuses on supporting ideas that empower and educate women & children globally.

The more I learn about Jurlique the more I’m proud to use their products & support the brand and the work they do in Science, Botany, Horticulture and all aspects of their environmental goals. I have been using Jurlique products for a good 10 years & I love seeing my family & friends discover this brand too. I know its cheesy but this is a brand that isn’t just putting product on our shelves, they are involved in so many worthwhile projects throughout the world. Its so nice to see a brand giving back.

Jurlique Rose Box Set

Jurlique Blooming Roses Gift Set

If you’ve read my blog for a while you will know how much I like using face mists & in particular this Rosewater Balancing Mist so I was very excited to receive it as part of this Blooming Roses Indulgent Collection* alongside the Rose Body Oil, which is a product I have never tried. They come packaged in a beautiful rose illustrated box and is just perfect for a pampering treat.

The Rosewater Balancing Mist comes in a frosted white glass bottle, it feels weighty and luxurious. It’s always within reach on my desk as I like to spray it throughout the day to keep my skin hydrated, soothed and feeling fresh. I know that for many people rose products make them think of old fashioned products aimed at more mature women but that is so not the case with the Jurlique Rose range. It does smell floral but in a fresh and relaxing way not in an overpowering stuffy way. So don’t let yourself overlook this range just because it is Rose based, because it is a very light and perfect for skin that needs soothing.

The 100ml bottle lasts me a couple of months & I use it all the time, so its well worth investing in. The product comes out in a light mist that gently covers your skin & doesn’t spray out like a jet soaking you & giving you the fright of your life (that has happened to me before with quite a few facial toners). I love how it stops my skin from drying out and the rose scent is very uplifting and calming. A few spritz of this throughout the day leaves my skin feeling soft, soothed and hydrated.

Jurlique Rose Duo

Rose Body Oil, as I said this is a product from Jurlique that I had never tried before. I do like using body oils and the way they hydrate and keep my skin soft especially in the colder months. I have been using this body oil as a treatment for my very dry legs and it has been working wonders. Its light non greasy texture is easy to massage in to the skin, easily absorbed and you need very little product. Its an effective way of really targeting very dry and sensitive skin.

So not only is this hydrating and calming but it is soothing and ideal for using in the evening before bed as the sent is so very relaxing. This has been a real treat for me these past few weeks and as the weather gets colder I know my skin is going to feel the benefits.

Let me know what your favourite Jurlique products are & if you have tried either of these products.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

21 Sep 2014

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Haircare

Palmers Haircare

I love coconut scented products, they smell like Summer in a bottle and who doesn’t want to be reminded of sunny days & beach holidays? I never knew Palmer’s had a haircare range (where have I been living?), for me they’re best known for their Cocoa Butter products & I’m a huge fan of this range and in particular their gradual tanner which is just the perfect tan in a bottle.

So after experiencing great results and quality with their body products I had high expectations for this Coconut Oil Haircare range and I’m happy to say it did not disappoint. I have been trying 3 products from the range.

Palmers Haircare Range

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Conditioning Shampoo* 400ml

This shampoo is great at giving your hair a deep clean without leaving you with that dry stripped feeling, its very hydrating and nourishing and of course smelling amazing. This range contains Pure Polynesian Coconut Oil (gives you healthy, strong, glossy hair), Vitamin E (to help protect dry ends) and Keratin (smooths hair and tames frizz) so all these wonderful ingredients are going to strength your hair & eliminate frizz whilst keeping it glossy and healthy.

It is also gentle enough to be used on colour treated, relaxed, pressed or over styled hair. So if you have damaged locks this might be a good range for you. My hair is coloured and I found this didn’t fade my colour at all but instead left it looking very glossy and manageable.

You also get 400ml of product which will last months! Also the coconut scent in all 3 of the products I tried smells natural and not at all synthetic.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Repairing Conditioner* 250ml

Together with the shampoo this conditioner from the same range is so good at giving your hair that smooth, frizz free look. I have quite unruly curly hair and this gives my hair body without the frizz which is exactly what I want. Like the shampoo this contains Pure Polynesian Coconut Oil, Vitamin E, Keratin but this also has Panthenol to help smooth your hair and fight frizz, its works like a dream. It also strengthens and seals hair cuticles.

Palmers recommend leaving this on your hair for 5 minutes to give your hair an intensive treatment and I like to do that once a week. It leaves my hair feeling silky and soft. Its a great addition to your Sunday evening pamper session.

Palmers Haircare

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Curl Condition Hair Pudding* 396g

This is a leave in conditioner / treatment for curly hair, it’s quite an odd texture and feels a little like putting whipped cream in your hair. You apply this product to damp hair from root to end and comb it through. If you have curly hair and want your curls to look bouncy, healthy and eliminate frizz then this might be the ideal product to add to your hair care routine. I have to say this product works best for me not applied directly to my roots but more to the lengths of my hair. Otherwise my hair gets greasy too quickly (I only like to wash my hair every 2 – 3 days).

Like the shampoo and conditioner this contains Coconut Oil & Keratin but it also has some other great ingredients such as Avocado Oil, Aloe, Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil and Sweet Almond Oil to help tame frizz and keep your curls looking and feeling their best.

What I like about all the products I’ve been trying from this range is that my hair feels stronger and much more manageable. They all work well together although I don’t use the hair pudding as often as the shampoo and conditioner. So if you have naturally curly, wavy or frizz-prone hair, then you should check out this range and let me know what you think.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula is Alcohol, Sulphate and Paraben Free & smells AMAZING!

Let me know what haircare you have been loving.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Haircare Range is available to buy from Superdrug, FeelUnique and at select Sainsbury’s.

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

10 Sep 2014

ESPA Optimal Body TriSerum

ESPA TriSerum

The ESPA Optimal TriSerum* is the ultimate luxury for your body, we always spend the money on lotions and potions for our face but often the rest of our body misses out. This offering from ESPA is designed to give you naturally radiant beautiful skin. Also I must say that from the purple packaging through to the serum itself everything feels very luxurious.

ESPA have combined the potent power of a serum with the rich nourishment of Omega Oils (3,6,9), this advanced TriActive™ formula harnesses some of nature’s most effective plant, marine and essential oil extracts to deliver optimal results.

I like that this comes in a beautiful glass bottle with a spray top which makes applying it to your body very easy indeed and It doesn’t spray out too much product at once. So you won’t waste any product. I tend to use this after a bath, I spray it on to my skin focusing on my thighs and décolleté . I use it mostly on those areas because of the skincare benefits such as,

Turmeric Root helps even skin-tone and pigmentation to suffuse skin with youthful radiance, Balloon Plant soothes and calms, whilst Seaweed helps boost firming collagen and elastin for beautifully soft, smooth and supple skin. So you get a whole host of skin benefit from this TriSerum which is so exciting especially as we all spend so much money & time looking after the skin on our face and often our body gets a little overlooked.

Luxurious Body Oil

ESPA

This TriSerum is so much lighter than a body oil and after you’ve massaged it in you’re left with smooth, glowing, beautiful looking skin. It does give your skin a glow but it doesn’t look or feel greasy because it is a serum rather than an oil it sinks in quite quickly and feels very comfortable.

This serum smells incredible & if you’ve tried their Optimal Skin ProSerum then you will be pleased to know this has the same luxurious soothing scent. I love it & would wear the perfume if they sold it.

This is a luxurious pampering product that will also give your skin long lasting benefits that you can see and feel. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying using it and I try to use it sparingly because it is so luxurious so I have been using it more of a targeted treatment on specific areas. You can use this serum in a number of ways,

• Spritz as a quick, light body oil when you are pressed for time or travelling
• Layer beneath your body moisturiser as a targeted treatment
• Use on specific areas of concern as an active targeted boost

ESPA Optimal Body TriSerum £38.00

Products that are marked with an * have either been sent to me for my consideration or I’ve received at events. I’m under no obligation to review them on my blog. However if I do, the reviews are 100% my own.

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