Wednesday, 26 October 2016

AA Skincare Essentials Frankincense & Rose Face Toner

I was lucky enough to win a giveaway on the Beauty Balm Blog and the prize was the AA Skincare Essentials Frankincense & Rose Face Toner*.  
AA Skincare Frankincense & Rose Face Toner
This toner is for all skin types and is rejuvenating and rehydrating. The toner contains the following active ingredients - Rose Water, Frankincense Water, Witch Hazel, Honey Suckle and Japanese Honeysuckle, White Willow Bark Extract and Oat Kernel Extract.  It's vegan friendly and costs £7.98 for 150ml.

It's great for preparing skin for applying moisturiser, but it's also nice for those rare hot days and nights to spray onto my skin for a cool down.  It's very refreshing and smells lovely and floral, although it's not an overpowering scent.

AA Skincare is a new natural skincare range from Amphora Aromatics who have 30 years experience sourcing the best quality essential oils and natural ingredients. 

*I won this product from a blog giveaway

Saturday, 22 October 2016

It's All About The Hair - My Favourite Hair Products

I have shoulder length curly hair and it's always a battle to tame the frizz I can tell you.  So here's some of the products that I love to use on my hair (I have already written about my favorite eye, lip and face products).
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditione
I try a lot of shampoo and conditioner products and my favourite right now is quite a new purchase.  I am using Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo, Conditioner and Leave-In Conditioner. You can read my review here.
Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner
I also like using Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner as it's gentle on my hair and prevents tangles.  It doesn't contain any sulfates or parabens. I like the fact that it's a wash and go product and there is no need for a shampoo and conditioner.  It's £5.99 for 473ml.
L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss Conditioning Colour
I like to colour my hair as I have a patch of grey hairs around my parting.  I don't like to commit to a colour right now, so I am using L'Oreal Casting Creme Gloss Conditioning Colour as it lasts up to 28 washes.  I am really loving the red shades and as I have dark hair I have been using Cherry Red. It gives my hair a nice shine and a lovely subtle red tint.  It costs around £6.79, so I try and stock up when it's on offer.

Hairspray - I usually just buy the cheapest own brand and I don't feel the need to spends loads on this type of product.
Sebastian Professional Potion 9 and Sebastian Professional Whipped Creme
Mouse/Gel/Creme - I have really enjoyed using Sebastian Professional Potion 9* and Sebastian Professional Whipped Creme* as they keep my curls loose and frizz free.  You can read my review here.

Hair Serum - I always go back to my old favourite John Frieda Frizz-Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects+ Serum as it really does help to keep the frizzies at bay.  It's £6.99 for 50ml.
L'Oreal Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray
If I dont have time to colour my hair then I cheat and use L'Oreal Instant Root Concealer Magic Retouch Spray*.  See my review here.

I like to use a salt spray to help hold the curls and waves in my hair and I have just finished using Schwarzkopf got2b beach matt mermaid look texturizing spray which works really well and is a very reasonably priced £4.19 for 200ml.

Finally, to keep the short frizzy hair around my hairline at bay I use Ojon Rare Blend Tamer  which I have reviewed here.

What are your favourite hair products?


*I was sent these products to review but the opinions are my own.  All other products were purchased with my own money.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Lord & Berry Seta Eyeshadows

I was recently sent some Lord & Berry Seta eyeshadows* and I've loved putting them through their paces. I received the following 4 shades:

Deep Ocean is a lovely deep dark blue shade.
Espionage is a chocolate brown shade.
Victoria is a gorgeous olive green shade and is my favourite. I've not stopped wearing it.
Sumptuous is a deep purple shade.
Lord & Berry Seta Eyeshadows
From Top Left Clockwise : Sumptuous, Victoria, Espionage & Deep Ocean
Lord & Berry Seta Eyeshadows
From Left : Deep Ocean, Espionage, Victoria & Sumptuous
These eyeshadows are highly pigmented and stay put on the eyelid.  They are really easy to build up the colour with, so you can go as light or as dark as you want and they are easy to blend in.    They are also long lasting which is great.

The Seta Eyeshadow is a micronised pressed pure eyeshadow with intense colours to shape your look.  It has perfect hold and excellent payoff. It also has a ECOCHIC refill system which means the pot can be reused when your eyeshadow runs out.

Lord & Berry is a boutique Italian Fashion house which started in 1992 and has revolutionised make up into an important fashion accessory.  

Lord & Berry Seta Eyeshadows are not tested on animals.

They are available on the Lord & Berry site here for £12.


*I was sent these products to review but the opinions are my own

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Love Lula Beauty Box - October 2016

I have just subscribed to the Love Lula Beauty Box and I have received the October 2016 box. The Love Lula Beauty Box costs £12.50 within the UK and contains the natural brands sold on the Love Lula website.
Love Lula Beauty Box - October 2016
The October box contained the following products worth around £40:

Barefoot SOS Nourishing Cleansing Cream - Full Size - 125ml.  This product is worth £20.  This is a gentle and refreshing cleansing treatment formulated with Rosa Mosqueta Oil, Calendula extract, Cocoa butter and Rosewater.   I have never come across this product, so I can't wait to try it out.

PHB Orange & Grapefruit Natural Soap - Full Size - 100g - worth £3.95. This is 100% natural, handmade and palm oil free.

John Masters Organics Lip Calm - Full Size - 4g - Worth £6.  This contains olive oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil and is certified organic.

REN Flash Hydro-Boost Instant Plumping Emulsion - 10ml - Worth £8.50. I really like REN products and this is one that I have not used before, which is great.

Finally I received BON Natural Pure Tissue Oil for Scars, Stretch Marks, Wrinkles and Dry Skin - 5ml sample - worth approx £1.33.  This is a face and body oil.

The box also includes an offer for 20% off all the brands in this box which is a nice touch.

I am really pleased with this box.  It's great value and a good opportunity to try out some natural and organic brands that I have not heard of before.  Love Lula insist on No Parabens, No SLS and No Animal Testing which is reassuring.


I bought this beauty box with my own money

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Harvey Nichols, Boots & M&S Beauty Haul

I recently went on a bit of a shopping spree using vouchers I had saved up from completing surveys (see my post here) and a voucher I had received as a reward from work.  Here's my Harvey Nichols, Boots & M&S Beauty Haul.

I bought the following from Harvey Nichols:
  • Benefit Browvo! Conditioning Primer - £21.50
  • 2 Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipsticks in Secret Salma & Very Victoria - £23 each
Harvey Nichols, Boots & M&S Beauty Haul
In Boots I bought the following (I also used some Boots Advantage points for this purchase as well):
  • Liz Earle Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion - £13.25
  • Barry M Coconut Infusion Nail Polish in Aloha - £5
  • 3 L'Oreal Sexy Balms in Go Pretty or Go Home, Break The Rules and As If! - £4.99 each.  3 for 2 offer used as well.
  • Sensationail Nail Shield 2in1 solution - £8
Harvey Nichols, Boots & M&S Beauty Haul
In M&S I bought the following (I had a 20% off voucher for this purchase as well):
  • Pixi By Petra LipLift Max Glossy Lip Plumper in Sheer Rose - £12
  • Mascara Correction Buds - £2.50

Harvey Nichols, Boots & M&S Beauty Haul
I had a great time shopping especially as it was all bought using vouchers & Boots Advantage points. I'm definitely going to do more surveys so I can go on more shopping sprees. 

I'll post my reviews when I've had a chance to use the items I bought.


I bought these products with my own money or vouchers

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

EOS Lip Balm Pomegranate Raspberry

EOS Lip Balms have become a bit of a cult product here in the UK, probably because they were so hard to get hold of over here for quite some time.  We all stocked up whenever we were lucky enough to travel to the USA.  Now they are much easier to buy over here, so I was happy to be given the opportunity to review one of the EOS Lip Balms*.  I chose the pomegranate raspberry version.
EOS Lip Balm Pomegranate Raspberry

The lip balm contains shea butter and jojoba oil and is 100% natural and 95% organic and also paraben and petrolatum free.  It has a lovely fruity smell and leaves lips feeling instantly moisturised.  Above all, it's the cutest packaging for a lip balm ever and it's great that the actual product is just a good as the packaging.

EOS Lip Balms can be purchased at Boots, Topshop, Cult Beauty, Urban Outfitters, Beauty Bay, Naturisimo & Superdrug from £5.99.

EOS stands for Evolution of Smooth, just in case you were wondering.


*I was gifted this product to review but the opinions are my own

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Tili Beauty Box from QVC

I am pretty new to QVC, but I do love a bargain beauty box, so I couldn't resist the Tili Beauty Box Second Edition.   It costs £20 including postage and packing and it's worth over £100.  The Tili Beauty Box contains some great brands that I can't wait to try out.
Tili Beauty Box from QVC
The box contains the following:
  1. NIOD Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex (15ml worth £19)
  2. Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara - black (7ml worth £18)
  3. Laura Geller Spackle Tinted Under Make-up Primer - Bronze (59ml worth £25)
  4. Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen - Black (0.8g worth £8)
  5. Percy and Reed Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse (200ml worth £12)
  6. Caudalie Resveratrol Face Lifting Moisturiser (15ml worth £14.63)
  7. OPI Nail Polish - Russian Navy (15ml worth £7.95)
  8. Philosophy Amazing Grace Shampoo, Bath and Shower Gel (30ml  £1.19)
Overall this is a great box and the only item that I won't use is the Percy and Reed Abundantly Bouncy Volumising Mousse as I have curly hair that does not lack volume.  The box is still available to buy here.


I bought this beauty box with my own money