Latest in Beauty – The Bloom Box

Latest In Beauty The Bloom-Box

Latest In Beauty The Bloom-Box

Latest in Beauty – The Bloom Box

Over the years I have ordered quite a few of these Limited Edition Collection Boxes from Latest in Beauty. They’re always so well curated and offer fantastic value and I really like that you don’t have to sign up to a subscription. You just order as and when you like a box and let me tell you they’re quite often hard to resist.

Their ‘The Bloom’ Box is only £20 but the contents are worth £84, that is quite a saving. This box is perfect way to update your beauty routine with some lovely Spring / Summer offerings. This box is described as featuring a bouquet of floral products, from fragrance to face mist, and even some cute floral nail art. #flowerpower

It really does have a great selection of brands and products all with a floral theme – so what can you expect to find in your box,

IZ Beauty of London Gel Effect Nail Polish (colour may vary)

This is a beautiful mint green nail polish, from a brand I have never tried before. It is always exciting to be introduced to new brands. These gel effect nail colours are designed for smooth application with a high gel-like shine with no need for a UV lamp. The patented plasticiser reduces risk of chipping and offers flexibility and a super gloss finish. Launching in over 40 shades in 6ml Mini Bottles.

iZ Beauty of London Deco iT nail decals

Also from iZ Beauty these floral decals are an easy way to make any manicure look cute. Or if like me you’re terrible at nail art, decals are fun alternative and often very inexpensive too.

LOLA Lipgloss

This is a stunning peachy pink and it looks so fresh and pretty on the lips. It has a high-shine finish and feels comfortable on the lips. It contains hydrating Hyaluronic Acid which works in combination with an active vitamin complex to help condition lips and give a plumped appearance. This is going straight in my handbag.

The Bloom Box from Latest in Beauty

THE BODY SHOP British Rose Body Butter

This is the perfect size for taking away on holiday. I adore The Body Shop Body Butters because they leave my skin so soft and nourished. This Instant Glow formula has a pearlescent finish that helps skin look glowing and healthy. So not only will your skin smell incredible but is is going to be nourished and look super healthy.

Una Brennan Superfacialist Rose Hydrate Calming Creamy Cleanser

I love everything from the Una Brennan range and I think this cleanser is a great introduction for people that have never tried this brand. It is extremely gentle and will suit most skin types. It is formulated with moisturising Shea and Cocoa butters plus Pro Vitamin B5 so it won’t leave your skin feeling greasy. Cleansing your face with this creamy rose cleanser will feel pampering and luxurious.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

I’ve spoken about this face mist so many times on my blog and think it is a fantastic product for the warmer months. This product is calming, hydrating and so refreshing, which is why I always travel with one of these mini bottles. This is one of Jurlique’s international best selling products and once you have used it you will see why.

Argan+ Moroccan Rose Super Repair Hand & Nail Cream

This is another new brand for me and I am one of those people that needs a hand cream with them at all times, so I can never have too many tubes. This Argan+ one sounds very luxurious and I am excited to give it a go.

The Bloom LIB Beauty Box

Miller Harris Rose Silence

I am so excited to see this travel friendly version of my favourite perfume included in this box. I adore this fresh rose scent and I can’t describe to you just how beautiful this perfume is. Miller Harris describe it as ‘fruity, flirty, and floral, Rose Silence is a breath of fresh air on a bright summer’s day’ and I have to say they sum it up perfectly. It is a modern rose scent and I always get compliments when I wear it.

Caudalie VineActiv Energizing and Smoothing Eye Cream

Another brand I am thrilled to see in this box, Caudalie skincare is luxurious and I have always found it very effective. Eye cream is often a product people overlook from their skincare routine but when you discover that perfect one you realise the difference they can make. This one from Caudalie is ‘designed to help your skin combat the effects of your hectic lifestyle, this gentle, smoothing eye cream visibly alleviates dark circles and energises the eye area’ It is gentle, lightweight and wears well under makeup.

The Vintage Cosmetic Company Duo Pencil Sharpener

A pencil sharpener is always a handy beauty tool to have and I love that this duo version is hot pink with white polka dots – who said tools can’t be cute too. A duo version is ideal too because we need to be able to sharpen all our beauty crayons and pencils!

Bloom & Wild Voucher

Last but not least Bloom & Wild are offering £10 off fresh flowers, delivered directly through your letterbox. So why not treat yourself to a Spring bouquet!

So you’re getting one jam packed beauty worth over £84 for only £20. Remember this is a limited edition box and when it is gone it’s gone. Get your box here >> Latest in Beauty  The Bloom Box

  • This beauty box was kindly sent to me for review but all words and views are 100% my own.

Jurlique Activating Water Essence

Jurlique Activating Water Essence

Jurlique Activating Water Essence

We are seeing Asian beauty influences in so many products being released by Western brands, only last week I blogged about the latest Lancome Cushion Makeup and it seems that the latest trend to hit our skincare routines is the Essence. I had to do a little background reading on just what exactly an Essence was and how best to use it in my skincare regime.

I thought I had a pretty rigorous regime and didn’t realise that there was room for one more step, a step that the Asian market have deemed to be one of the most important. So an Essence is not a toner, nope its used after both cleansing and toning, it can replenish moisture, balance skins PH levels and help skin look glowing. You use your hands to pat the product into your skin and let the rich, nourishing ingredients work their magic. One of the latest to hit the market is the Activating Water Essence from Australian skincare brand Jurlique & I have been putting it to the test.

Jurlique Activating Water Essence* £40

I thought adding another step to my skincare routine would be pointless and even more time consuming but I have to say this extra step has become one of my favourites. The action of patting the product into my skin is quite relaxing and my skin has felt a lot better too since introducing this. This product activates your skin in 3 ways

  1. Hydrates – Delivers continuous hydration and lasting moisture
  2. Conditions – Smooths skin to provide a soft, supple complexion
  3. Revitalise – Revitalises and re-energises for healthy-looking skin

New Jurlique Skincare Release 2016

At the centre of its highly concentrated formula is their star ingredient – Marshmallow Root Extract, which is great at deeply hydrating skin and improving its ability to retain moisture. So what is it about Marshmallow Root that makes it such a good skincare ingredient,

Marshmallow Root Extract has been used throughout history as a healing treatment, it has anti inflammatory properties, its gentle and soothing on the skin whilst also being a natural hydrator.

The Marshmallow Root’s ability to attract and retain water allows it to provide lasting hydration to the skin. It forms a protective barrier that helps rebalance dry skin and prevent moisture loss to leave skin feeling soft and smooth.

Along side the Marshmallow Root there are also quite a few other natural ingredients including,

  • Neem – Conditions and soothes
  • Lavender – Hydrates and calms
  • Rosemary – Invigorates and restores
  • Horsetail – Hydrates and balances
  • Witch Hazel – Clarifies and firms
  • Nettle – Rebalances and refreshes
  • Peach Leaf – Revitalises, regenerates and protects

Since using this my skin doesn’t look as fatigued or dull and it has been really good at reducing the redness in my cheeks. I am pretty pleased to have this step in my routine and can see why it is so popular. This bottle is going to last ages, you only need to splash a few drops into your hands and because it is so fluid a little goes a long way.

Let me know if you already have this step in your routine & if you’re a fan of any other Korean / Japanese beauty regimes or products.

*PR Sample

Jurlique Balancing Essentials Gift Set

Jurlique Gift Set #UnwrapJurlique

Jurlique Gift Set #UnwrapJurlique

This year Jurlique have released some lovely Limited Edition Gift Sets for Christmas, they look luxurious and utterly beautiful. I think if you’re buying a gift for someone that loves skincare Jurlique is a wonderful brand to either introduce them too or add to their collection.

I have been enjoying their Balancing Essentials Gift Set – the gift set comes beautifully packaged in a lovely festive red sleeve that slips off to reveal a beautiful gift box. The box is wood effect & is of great quality, its a box that you will be able to reuse and keep your treasures in. I know I will be keeping mine, its too pretty not too.

This set comes with 3 full sized products that will help keep your skin smooth, soft and hydrated. This set isn’t targeted at a specific age range which I like so its the perfect set to buy for anyone. The products are gentle and would be suited to almost all skin types.

#UnwrapJurlique

Jurlique Balancing Day Care Cream 40ml

I have used quite a few Jurlique products but this one was new to me and there hasn’t been a day this past month that I haven’t reached for it. This is a really nice lightweight cream, it feels comfortable on the skin and not at all greasy. This for me has been a really good moisturiser for these colder months because its lightweight but leaves my skin incredibly hydrated even around my nose which tends to get really dry and flakey. It also helps smooth skin, improve elasticity. It contains some lovely ingredients,

  • Calendula and chamomile to soothe and combat dryness
  • Marshmallow, avocado, safflower, jojoba, shea butter, macadamia and evening primrose oil all work to hydrate and prevent the loss of moisture
  • Green tea, grapeseed, turmeric, vitamin A & E all provide antioxidant properties to the skin

So its bursting with skin benefits and its also formulated to protect your skin from environmental aggressors which is becoming more and more important especially if you live in more of a built up area. Oh and scent is always important to me and this cream has a slight floral scent which I find relaxing.

Jurlique balancing essentials gift set

Jurlique Balancing Foaming Cleanser 200ml

I used this a couple of years ago when I was getting some redness in my cheeks and I remember it being very gentle so its nice to have this back in my skincare routine. I tend to use it in the evening because its its so good at breaking down makeup and dirt leaving skin clean, radiant and feeling soft. It has a gel like texture and is easy to massage into the skin. It leaves behind to greasy residue and your skin isn’t left with that tight stripped feeling. It cleans without removing all your moisture.

  • Rosehip Oil helps restore skin radiance
  • Ginseng Root helps firm the skin
  • Vitamins C & E and Ginkgo Biloba help to protect and restore skin
  • Marshmallow intensely hydrates, softens and soothes

It smells lovely and makes me feel like I am in a Spa. A little product goes a long way too so don’t use too much.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist 50ml

I was so happy to see this face mist in this set, I have spoken about this so many times on my blog and would name it in my top 5 skincare products. I just love it. Its such a refreshing face mist, I love how it stops my skin from drying out and the rose scent is very uplifting and calming. A few spritz of this leaves my skin feeling soft, soothed and hydrated. You can use it on top of your makeup without unsettling it and it just keeps your skin nourished and feeling fresh. Its easy to see why its one of Jurlique’s bestsellers!

  • Marshmallow and glycerin help prevent moisture loss and intensely hydrate and soften the skin.
  • Rose and Aloe Vera soften, soothe and calm the skin.
  • Grapefruit Seed provides antioxidant protection.

You can use it when you travel to keep skin fresh and hydrated, at your desk to refresh your skin, on top of your makeup and I also spray it before I use a face mask. There are so many uses for this face mist and I always have a bottle open and on my desk!

Jurlique Balancing Essentials

The Balancing Essentials Gift Set £59 is the perfect Christmas gift and as I said it comes beautifully packaged with 3 lovely Jurlique skincare essentials. What a treat it would be to get this under the tree this year!

If you want more gift inspiration make sure you take a look at Jurlique’s Christmas Shop they have so many limited edition sets for sale & there is a gift to suit everyone. Let me know if anything catches your eye.

This Weeks Happy 12

Bella

When we are in Scotland we stay with my brother & his girlfriend has the cutest miniature yorkies, Bella & Milo. Bella is the one in the photo and looks like a teddybear. I never had pets growing up, mainly because my dad was in the army and we lived all over the world so it wasn’t very fair to have animals. Also now that I am an adult I rent and its so difficult to have pets in a rental so it was cute having dogs around for a couple of weeks, they’re so tiny and cheeky, now we’re back home we miss them being around. I think another visit north of the boarder is on the cards soon.

St Andrews ScotlandSt Andrews Harbour

This visit to Scotland was quite a stressful one as my dad was in respite care after being admitted to hospital and was unable to go back to his house. So after an ordeal trying to find him sheltered accommodation we had to pack up his house (without him) and move everything to his new place within 2 weeks. His new place is much better and I hope he will feel more settled there and begin to make progress. Every time we are up in Scotland we always make time to visit St Andrews, I love to walk across the sandy beach & get a little wind swept before popping back into the centre to have a brew and relax. Its such a stunning coastal town and well worth a visit.

Florabunda Bando Planner Bando Planner October

Admittedly I haven’t been using my planner as much as I’d hoped in August, just due to the lack of time but when I do use it I remember how much I love it. The pages are so bright and the positive messages at the beginning of each month make me smile. I have written a review of my Florabunda Bando Planner if you’d like a more in depth look at it. I carry it around everywhere (yes I am that geek).

Ezra & Gil Manchester Ezra & Gil Manchester

I came across a new place to go in Manchester – its a cute kitchen style eatery called Ezra & Gil in the Northern Quarter. It feels like an extension of your home. Its relaxed and has a really good feel about the place and the staff couldn’t be friendlier. I had a beetroot barley risotto and it was utterly delicious, I also had to pretend I didn’t spy all the delicious looking cakes and pastries sat on the till (trying to limit my sugar intake) which was hard as they looked and smelt amazing.

Its reasonably priced and have a really good menu, oh and the part thats even better is it is open until 8pm, so I plan to head back over for dinner one evening & maybe have a cake too.

Jurlique Precious Rose Handcream

This Jurlique parcel arrived whilst I was in Scotland and it arrived just in time to cheer me up, inside were skincare treats to celebrate their 30th anniversary & I was happy to celebrate with them. What a beautiful package to arrive on my doorstep. If you want to read all about what was inside click here – Precious Rose Handcream.