Balance Me #FACEtheday

BalanceMe Tinted Wonder Eye Cream

Balance-Me #FACEtheday

On the theme of #FACEtheday balanceMe have released a few products to help us do just that. They kindly sent them to me to try out along with some delicious healthy snacks and tea. I’m a complete tea addict and have to say that my early morning cuppa is one of the only thing that helps me #FACEtheday – a Pulsin Chocolate Brownie always helps too (so tasty).

Balance Me Instant Pore Minimiser £22.00

Its aimed at smoothing pores, plumping fine lines and giving your skin that flawless finish. This is an incredibly lightweight product, and is light enough to use on top of your moisturiser. Its quite fluid but doesn’t feel oily or greasy. I like to use it under my makeup too because it gives such a nice finish to my foundation and my makeup applies so smoothly.

It contains a blend of Active Botanical Oils including rosehip, frankincense and bergamot. As well as lots of other skin beneficial ingredients –

  • Visible pores – Acacia Gum refines and lifts the skin’s surface to instantly tighten and blur enlarged pores
  • Mature skin – Acemlla Oleracea Extract relaxes muscle contractions to reduce depth of fine lines and wrinkles while preventing future signs of ageing
  • Normal skin – Hyaluronic Acid instantly smooths and plumps for a flawless, refined skin surface

I found this did give me that smooth, soft focus finish and even brightened my complexion. It was great at lessening the appearance of fine lines, especially on my forehead but I think in terms of seeing a lifting result this wasn’t instantly visible. I think this is a result that may happen over time and be a long term benefit of using this product. It gets my seal of approval but my only criticism is that I wish it was fragrance free because the scent is quite strong.

 

Balance Me Tinted Wonder Eye Cream*

If you struggle to look bright eyed and bushy tailed in the morning without applying half your makeup arsenal then I think you will love this simple but effective makeup skincare hybrid. I have naturally dark under eye circles, so even when I want a makeup free day I still find that I have to apply a little concealer to that area just to add a touch or brightness so I was excited to learn that this Balance Me Eye Cream is tinted and offers not only coverage but also hydration and radiance. Its so easy to use and get noticeable results.

It contains some great skin beneficial ingredients,

Cucumber Seed Oil: Gently cools, calms and moisturises skin to reduce puffiness and brighten skin tone

Rosehip Oil: A powerful and vital skin antioxidant that encourages cell growth and renewal.

Arctic Cloudberry Seed Extract: Rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin E this wonder-berry creates a barrier, protecting skin from environmental damage.

A little product goes a long way and as I said on no makeup days this gives my under eyes enough coverage to look fresh and awake and much less dark. Its smoothing and lightweight, I have been using this religiously for a couple of weeks now.

New balanceMe Skincare

*PR Sample

Pai Perfect Balance Discovery Collection

Pai Skincare Gift Set

Pai is a brand that I hear so many lovely things about but I have never tried any of their products so I was excited to receive one of their skincare collections to try out. I have the Perfect Balance Discovery Collection* which is a great set for oily skin, the set includes

  • Pai Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser 30ml
  • Pai Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Tonic 12ml
  • Pai Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream 10ml
  • Pai Organic Muslin Cloth.

Pai Perfect Balance Discovery Collection

The Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser is so gentle and very good at removing makeup, dirt and impurities without striping the skin and leaving it feeling tight. I use this all over my face and I even remove my eye makeup with it and it doesn’t sting my eyes. It contains omega 3 and vitamins A, B, C & E, so it will hydrate your skin leaving it feeling supple and clean. I have found it calms my skin and thats great during the Winter because i tend to get redness in my cheeks and this helps soothe and reduce that.

Next step is the Rice Plant & Rosemary BioAffinity Tonic I love using a face mist I find them relaxing and a great way of keeping my skin hydrated not only as part of my skincare routine but also throughout the day. I spritz this on top of my makeup to rehydrate and give my skin that fresh glow. This is also really gentle and contains no alcohol, Pai does not use alcohol, even natural grain varieties, as it strips the face of natural oils, often leading to excess sebum production and breakouts.

Like all of Pai skincare this toner contains beautifully natural ingredients like

  • Rice Plant: Extracted from the fresh shoots of the rice plant, this ‘living water’ contains the skin-benefiting minerals calcium, sodium, magnesium, and potassium. Its active antioxidants cool and rebalance skin, making it ideal for combination skin types.
  • Rosemary: The strong anti-inflammatory powers of Caffeic Acid and Rosemarinic Acid in Rosemary soothe sensitive skin and help to strengthen the capillaries. Natural antioxidants purify and rebalance congested skin and the oily T-zone.

Pai Skincare Trio

And the last product in this set is the Pai Geranium & Thistle Rebalancing Day Cream This has become my secret weapon in the fight against my oily t zone. Its lightweight but still very hydrating, it won’t leave your skin feeling greasy at all in fact it gives your skin a velvet matte finish. This also helps with calming the redness in my cheeks so its a great moisturiser for people with sensitive skin too. Its is formulated

  • Organic Geranium Oil which has a balancing and calming effect on the skin
  • Thistle Oil is bursting with Omega 6 which mattifies the skin and reduces the appearance of enlarged pores whilst
  • Borage Oil nurtures the skin with Essential Fatty Acids and evens out skin tone.

Again its gentle on the skin and bursting with lovely ingredients.

Pai Skincare Gift Set

I have really enjoyed this Pai skincare kit and think it would make the most thoughtful Christmas Gift for anyone with sensitive, oily or blemish prone skin. The products are all cruelty free and Pai are proud to carefully select ingredients with proven remedial and skin soothing properties and keep their products free from irritating chemicals and alcohol.

Pai have Collections for all skin concerns so pop over & take a look & also have a look at their Christmas gift ideas.

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.

Arran Aromatics

Arran Aromatics Products

I have recently been introduced to a lovely Scottish brand called Arran Aromatics, which started back in 1989 on the beautiful Isle of Arran by a husband & wife (there is something quite romantic about that). Over the past 20 years the brand has gone from strength to strength and is dedicated to producing affordable quality products. I have been trying out two products from their incredible range and I’ve been blown away with how effective and luxurious they’ve been.

After The Rain Bath Salts*

These bath salts come beautifully packaged and look lovely out in your bathroom. I wasn’t prepared for just how incredible they would smell. I emptied a good amount into my running bath, closed the door & pottered about for a couple of minutes whilst they dissolved in the water and by the time I went back into the bathroom the whole room smelt of the most soothing and calming scent. Even my husband commented on how good they smelt.

So these bath salts are part of the After The Rain collection and the scent is an Arran Aromatics best seller, its easy to see why. After the Rain fragrance blends citrus top notes of lemon, and essential oils of lime and mandarin with rose, musk and precious woods to form the heart and base notes of the fragrance. I like that its a combination of floral, citrus and more masculine musk and woods, its such a wonderful blend. I love the scent that much that I will be purchasing the candle and the body lotion. The scent was so soothing and I felt relaxed after my bath.

The After The Rain Collection has something for everyone from bath salts to perfume so make sure you take a look.

Sea Mud Cleansing Mask*

This mask is from Arran Aromatics Feel Good Formulas which is an everyday body care range with natural-inspired traditional ingredients, extracts and essential oils, which are centuries old – yet bang up-to-date, allowing you to enjoy positive benefits from head to toe! This Mud Mask is a great way to pamper the skin and draw out impurities and balance oils leaving your skin looking radiant and feeling clean. Its like your traditional Mud Mask and you apply a generous amount to clean skin & leave it on for about 10 minutes, I never let my mud mask dry completely I like to wash it off just as it starts to set, that way my skin never feels dry and tight when I wash it off. I remove it using a warm damp cloth & I love how smooth and soothed my skin feels after using this.

This Sea Mud Mask contains natural Kaolin to draw out impurities and replaces lost minerals, whilst essential oils of Bergamot and Mint act to tone and revitalise, protecting against oiliness and spots, leaving your skin clean and conditioned. So your skin is in good hands!

What products have you tried from Arran Aromatics? I’d love to hear your suggestions. Oh and they have a lovely selection of Christmas gifts including an advent calendar filled with 24 luxurious treats from candles to shower gels and much more. I am very very tempted by this!

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.

Liz Earle – QVC Today’s Special Value

Liz Earle Skincare

Liz Earle - QVC Today Special Value

I am sure you’ve all heard of the QVC Today Special Value! British Skincare brand Liz Earle are celebrating their 20th anniversary and to continue the celebrations they will be presenting their biggest ever QVC Today’s Special Value on Sunday 25th October with The Best of Botanical Beauty Collection*. Its an incredible selection of Liz Earle products and fantastic for both loyal users and people who have been eager to try the brand.

Liz Earle has put together six botanical bestsellers and these are all full-size products, in fact it’s even better than that because two of the products the Cleanse & Polish and Botanical Body Wash are new larger sizes and the new Cleanse and Polish 200ml with pump is exclusive to QVC. So thats very exciting!

Liz Earle QVC TSV

As I said this is Liz Earle’s biggest ever Today’s Special Value which is so exciting, You will save nearly £70 the content value is £119.00 but the QVC TSV price is just £49.96! Included in The Best of Botanicals Beauty Collection are the following products,

New & Exclusive Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 200ml pump

This is such an iconic product and this is a new larger size and it also comes with a pump which is exclusive to QVC. This is a rich cream formula and its gentle but effective at removing grime, makeup and even stubborn mascara. It leaves skin feeling extremely clean but also soft and smooth. You get 2 muslin cloths with this Cleanse and Polish and it also comes in this pretty festive Christmas canister so you can either keep it for yourself or give it to a loved one for Christmas.

Instant Boost Skin Tonic 200ml

This is a beautifully scented toner which refreshes and gently tones the skin without ever drying it out. I love using a toner and this one is very gentle and is one of my favourite products in this collection.

Skin Repair Moisturiser 50ml

This moisturiser is lightweight and perfect for the colder months. It will leave your skin feeling hydrated but not greasy. It has vitamin E, avocado oil and natural antioxidants, so its packed full of skincare benefits.

Liz Earle Skincare

Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion 150ml

This is a wonderful product for the morning as it feels cool and refreshing on tired eyes. It’s so soothing and its a step in my routine that I love. It contains aloe vera, witch hazel, cornflower and the herb eyebright.

Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash 500ml

This is a huge bottle and it smells botanical with a citrus twist, it’s gorgeous. It contains naturally active ingredients which include organic oats, a natural source of vitamin E, orange flower water and 10 pure essential oils. This also has foaming agents derived from soap bark, corn, and coconut so it’s not going to dry your skin out. Oh, & your bathroom will smell incredible after you have used this!

Nourishing Botanical Body Cream 200ml

This is quite a lightweight body cream and it left my skin feeling velvety soft. It is hydrating and enriched with nourishing West African shea butter and avocado oil. It has orange, lavender and rose-scented geranium essential oils which make this product smell relaxing and quite delicate.

Botanical Essence No.20 Eau de Parfum 2ml

This is a brand new product and has been created to mark Liz Earle’s 20th anniversary. It is a spicy floral with a heart notes of Damask rose, jasmine and sandalwood. Its a very pretty scent and I love that it is a little spicy with a hint of floral notes.

Liz-Earle The Best of Botanical Beauty Collection

Contents Value: £119.00

QVC TSV Price: £49.96

That’s a huge saving and as I said you get 6 full sized products. This set goes on sale on QVC on Sunday 25th October & get your hands on this The Best of Botanical Beauty Collection. The products would make great gifts for family and friends. I have a feeling it will sell out very quickly so make sure you make a note of the date.

*PR Sample