July 2016 Product Empties

July 2016 Product Empties

July 2016 Product Empties

Lacura Argan Oil Shower Oil

I mentioned this quite recently in a post, I really like the products from this new Argan Oil range from Aldi, they’re affordable and great quality. This shower oil has a thick oil consistency and I like to use it to shave my legs, as its soothing and it helps my razor glide smoothly over my skin. I will repurchase this and highly recommend checking out this collection next time you’re in Aldi.

The Organic Pharmacy Herbal Toner

I do like using these facial toner mists & find they work well to perk up and refresh my skin throughout the day. This one from The Organic Pharmacy was nice but I have used a few that are more affordable and just as good. This witch hazel and aloe vera-infused toner does feel lovely and hydrating but so too does the LUSH Tee Tree Toner. I know that this one contains a few more skin loving ingredients, 18 organic herbs which act to to minimise pores and keep the skin in perfect condition and smells beautifully of fresh Sicilian lemons which lifts and tones the skin which is wonderful but still comes with quite a hefty price tag. I would rather pay more for a serum, SPF or a moisturiser and have a more affordable toner. Have you tried this toner, or do you have a more affordable one you would recommend?

Black Chicken Remedies Love Your Face Serum

OMG I absolutly loved this serum. I have a few samples from this Australian skincare brand which I managed to miss place during my house move last year but thankfully rediscovered last month, so I am excitedly working my way through them all. This is the first product I have tried from them & if they are all as good I may have found my new favourite skincare brand. So this is a serum, it has a thick consistency and at first you think it may be a little too thick. Once you start massaging it in to your skin it starts to thin out and you can make a little product go a very long way. It instantly feels like you have put a hydrating, protective barrier on and my skin felt amazing. So smooth, plump and very soft to the touch.

This serum contains 11 therapeutic oils, which are beneficial for dry, dehydrated skin, balancing moisture, repairing skin, reducing redness, preventing premature aging & protecting skin from free radicals (and so many more benefits)

Apricot Kernel oil*, Jojoba oil* , Evening Primrose oil*, Vitamin E oil, Argan oil*, Rosehip oil*, Neroli essential oil , Sandalwood essential oil, Palma Rosa essential oil*, Rose Maroc Absolute essential oil, Ylang Ylang essential oil.

This just sinks in to the skin leaving it feeling so soft and nourished, I am blown away by the quality and how incredible my skin feels and looks. I have used this am, pm and under face masks for a little extra treat. The only thing that makes me sad is I have used up my bottle, but I get to buy the full size now though. Let me know if you have heard of Black Chicken & if you have any product recomendations.

Sanctuary Spa Body Butter

I’m never disappointed by this brand and adore the scent of their products, its such a beautiful spa scent. This body butter lasted me a very long time. I use it mainly in the evening as it can feel a little heavy on the skin, especially on a warm day. So I save it for when I have a bath in the evening & it makes my skin feel so soft. I also really like their Body Moisture Spray and layer them both if my skin is feeling really dry.

NSPA Jojoba and White Jasmine Body Polish

This was OK – I like my body scrubs to be a little more scrubby. I used this before fake tanning along with my shower mitt and that worked quite well to exfoliate my skin. I wouldn’t say I would rush out and repurchase but I would really recommend their Melting Cleansing Gel.

DHC Make Off Sheet*

I think I liked the cute box more than the actual face wipes. These were not moist enough to remove makeup, so I ended up using them to remove swatches or clean my foundation bottles. I have re used the plastic box to keep my cotton buds in because it was just too cute to throw away. I do however recommend the Deep Cleansing Oil or the very very handy Olive Oil Cotton Swabs from this brand. Just give these wipes a miss.

Clarins One Step Facial Toner

This is a cleanser and toner in one so I use this as my second cleanse in the morning just to refresh my skin and wake it up a little. It has Orange extract which refreshes, tones and revitalies skin whist Moringa Seed neutralises the effects of pollution on the skin. It is a two phase solution, so you need to give it a good shake before use & I sweep it all over my face on a cotton pad, it feels instantly refreshing and not at all drying. Oh and it has the most lovely citrus scent.

*PR Sample

KIKO Purchases from Amsterdam

I have wanted to try some products from KIKO for so long, if you didn’t already know, KIKO is an Italian makeup brand & although there are a a few KIKO shops in the UK they’re quite hard for me to get to. So I was very excited to stumble across a small (but cute) KIKO shop in Amsterdam Centraal Train Station and even more exciting was the 50% sale. I didn’t buy much because many of the shades I wanted had sold out & If I’m honest with myself I really don’t need any more makeup, that being said I couldn’t leave empty handed.

Kiko Makeup Haul

They had so many cute Summer releases but I didn’t need any more bronzers or bright eyeliners so I opted for a Facial SPF50 Solid Sunscreen Stick, this KIKO one I thought was not only cute being in pink packaging but it is a solid stick so easy for travel and carrying with you on the go so you can reapply it throughout the day. I’ve only used it twice but its easy to apply, and it feels OK on the skin. Not greasy or slippy, it doesn’t leave a white cast and makeup sits well on top. I swipe it on my face straight from the stick and then I blend it out with my fingers to make sure I get good coverage all over my face. It is SPF50  UVA & UVB Protection so my skin is in good hands. This was half price at 4 Euro. Bargain!

Kiko Summer Haul

I bought 2 of their Long Lasting Wet & Dry Use Eyeshadows, I wanted a few more but they had a limited shade selection by the time I got there. These look very much like the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows but a fraction of the price. I bought the shades 207 – which looks more green in the pan but once swatched it looks more brown with a grey undertone. 205 is my favourite of the two and in the pan it looks like a plum but swatched it looks like a deep brown with a slight rusty copper finish. I love these and the colours are so pigmented both wet & dry. The colour lasts so much longer if you apply it wet and its so intense. I wish they had more shades left but sadly they seemed to be popular & I found these by chance amongst the face wipes. Score!

The packaging of these is also very NARS. They are in robust sleek black packaging and do come with a mirror which is cute and handy. Its sturdy and feels quite luxurious too.

KIKO Eyeshadow SwatchesKIKO Longlasting Eyeshadows

They also had a great selection of makeup wipes but I saw these KIKO Summer Wipes and thought they looked and sounded unusual. They are for cleansing and refreshing your skin after you have been in the sea, they have salt water dissolving ingredients. I have never seen anything like them before & I now need to swim in the sea so I can test them out. You get 20 wipes in a pack and they are come in a foil pack with a really great plastic seal so your wipes won’t dry out. These were half price at 5 Euro.

KIKO Summer Wipes

So thats my modest KIKO haul, let me know if you have tried any of my purchases or better still if you have any KIKO product recomendations for me. Its a really affordable brand but they don’t seem to compromise on quality which I really like. I’m excited to use my purchases a little more and also try some of your recomendations.

If you’d like to know where your nearest KIKO store is in the UK just click through to the – KIKO Store Locator

Mendill Organic Towelettes / Wipes

Organic Mendill Towelettes

These Mendill Towelettes* are pretty damn good, I’ve been using them on the days I don’t wear makeup just to freshen up & keep my skin clean and hydrated. I work from home so tend not to wear makeup day to day and these handy wipes are perfect to have on my desk / handbag and use when my skin is feeling a little dehydrated (bloody central heating) or just in need of an afternoon freshen up.

Mendill Pure Organic Wet TowelettesMendill Wipes

These towelettes are certified Organic and smell incredible, this also makes them so refreshing. They’re also made using Organic Cotton and Organic Essential Oils. Mendill pride themselves on being Cruelty Free and their products contain no parabens, chemicals, preservatives or fragrance.

You get 20 individually wrapped wipes in a box, the fact that they’re individually wrapped means that each wipe stays fresh, clean and won’t dry out & you can just throw a couple in your bag for keeping clean on the go. Great for travelling.

Mendil Towelettes are available in 5 scents,

Tangerine : Tangerine can be attributed to its properties like antiseptic and calming. This wonderfully sweet, fresh and citrusy oil is thought to promote happiness, and help with nervousness and anxiety.

Lemon : Lemon Oil can be attributed to its detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant and antifungal properties. Lemon oil is rich in vitamin C, a necessary component to healthy skin care and wellnes

Orange : Orange Oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities which promotes joy and happiness. The natural disinfectant qualities of orange oil also make it useful for cleaning and treating scratches

Eucalyptus : Eucalyptus Oil has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties and acts like a disinfectant. Eucalyptus is well known to give relief from sinus infections, blocked nose, common cold, bronchitis and flu.

Lavender : Lavender Oil is a natural antiseptic, antibacterial and detoxifier which encourages healing and cleaning. Lavender is known to purify the body and spirit with its scent. It is an essential oil that soothes, calms, heals and regenerates.

These towelettes have so many recommended uses from massaging the lemon one on your forehead for helping concentration, place in the dryer for an all natural dryer sheet, clean baby’s bottom and prevent diaper rash, the Eucalyptus one can be smoothed over sunburn to cool and heal – and the list goes on. These wipes really are multi use.

I’m a big fan and will be treating myself to a box of the Lemon ones.

A box of 20 costs £10 from www.lovelula.com