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The Konjac sponge is one of those products that I have had for a long time in my bathroom but until now it has never featured on my blog. I got in my abw beauty box quite some time ago and have only recently got round to using it.
The sponge is described as being:
"The ideal Konjac Sponge for those suffering from the weather extremes of air conditioning, excess sun exposure and central heating. Pure French Pink Clay gently purifies even the most sensitive skin and has a softening and plumping effect to improve elasticity and refresh your skin’s appearance".
It is a sort of sponge ball cut in half shape which fits perfectly into the palm of my hand. It is a 100% natural vegetable fibre sponge with nourishing rich french pink clay and is designed for those of us with tired or devitalized skin. Reputed for its health giving properties it has been and it has been used in Japan for over 1500 years.
So why do you need a Konjac sponge? Well the list of benefits which I have listed for one!
The natural alkalinity within the sponge is said to balance the acidity of the skins oil and because of its unique structure, when used on the skin it gently massages to stimulate blood flow and the growth of new skin cells. When I first used my sponge, I was surprised at how soft it was, for some reason I was convinced it was going to be a little bit rough so that when I used it, I would be able to feel some sort of exfoliation process taking place - wrong! It does however leave your skin feeling soft, smooth and incredibly clean after using it. It is said that you can use the sponge to remove make-up, not something I have tried, I use mine whilst in the shower after using a face wash/exfoliator to ensure I have removed every possibly trace of any lotion or potion that I have had on my skin, even if it was a facemask.
To use the sponge, all you need to do is, run it under running water and gently squeeze out any excess but do not wring out your sponge! Then all you do is massage the skin in circular movements with the damp sponge. Once finishing, simply rinse the sponge thoroughly and again gently squeeze out the excess water. As you can see with my sponge there is a white string in the middle, this is so that you can hang your sponge somewhere to allow it to dry, you are told not to leave it in your shower.
The shelf life of these Konjac sponges is around 1-3 months, it obviously depends on how often you use it and how you look after it. Once you start to notice changes such as the colour fading or it not doing as good a job on your skin anymore, then it's time to change it.
Lush''s Let The Good Times Roll fresh cleanser for the face and body is not just for Christmas anymore. Back by popular demand, this cleanser has become an all year round product and is a treat for the skin. Made with maize flour and polenta to gently exfoliate, and cinnamon powder to stimulate and leave your skin feeling soft. Let The Good Times Roll is topped off with corn oil and popcorn to leave your skin with an irresistible caramel buttery scent and a natural glow. For me this cleanser is quite similar to ''Angels on Bare skin'' which I also love, but instead of having the exfoliating ingredient of ground almonds this has ground corn or maize. WHAT LUSH SAY Fresh Cleanser "A Maize In, gentle facial wash We popped corn oil, polenta, maize flour and cinnamon in here. The perfect recipe to gently exfoliate, moisturise and soften your skin for those times when you want to get ready for close-ups. Let The Good Times Roll is a gentle treat for the skin, leaving you soft to the touch with a lingering buttery caramel popcorn fragrance - when you look and feel this good you can give your Body Double the day off.." As with most Lush products there is a huge list of ingredients and within this one there are some worth mentioning: Maize Flour - gives the product a nice doughy consistency whilst also effectively cleansing the skin, helping to scrub away excess dirt and leaving skin clean and soft. Polenta - is packed with good amounts of iron, thiamine, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium. It''s also a good source of fibre. Cinnamon Powder - good cleansing herb, it also has powerful antiseptic properties. Its sensual aroma has been proven to have an aphrodisiac effect when used in baked cinnamon rolls! Corn Oil - Corn oil is great for good skin and hair due to it being a rich source of linoleic acid, which is one of two essential acids necessary for growth. Corn oil is also recognized as an excellent source of tocopherols. Tocopherols function as antioxidants and provide a good source of Vitamin E. To look at, this looks like some dough, it has a rich buttery colour and as soon as the lid is removed the scent is really lovely, reminds me of biscuits. Once on the skin it has a slight sandy texture to it and naturally there are bits of popcorn which gives it some added oomph. As you mix it with water to make a paste you can feel those fine particles working on your skin to remove anything dead or dry, sounds gruesome but it does actually do that. Then wash any excess off with warm water and then pat your skin dry. As this is an exfoliating cleanser the ingredients are designed to exfoliate, stimulate and nourish your skin and no sooner had I patted my skin dry, my skin was soft and smooth to the touch.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited to a Lush Event here in London as a Beauty Blogger and I got to see and try out some of the products from the Valentines Range. Lush as you know have certain times of the year when they bring out themed products that become limited edition and are only available at certain times, like Snow Fairy at Christmas.
As part of my goody bag from the Lush Event was this brilliant solid lipgloss called The Kiss and I have been using it every since I got it. Nestled inside a little tin, similar to the sample pots of Charity you can buy, this lipgloss has become an item that has found its way into my handbag and something I use a lot. Designed and produced as part of the Valentines Day Range, The Kiss costs £5.75.
" A delightful, whipped up gloss made from luxurious and protective butters including Fair Trade shea and cupuaçu. This preservative free tinted lip gloss gives a touch of colour to the lips. It's so easy to apply you won't even need a mirror!.
We've created a light balm using the same aerating technique we use for our massage bars. It will moisturise and protect the lips, whilst giving them a subtle pink glossy sheen. It contains delicious organic agave syrup to leave your lips deliciously sweet".
Firstly it is pink, anything pink is going to get me excited and the scent is absolutely divine, Lush use organic mandarin and almond essential oils to give it this amazing scent, not to mention that it tastes pretty good too. To use it you simply swipe your finger across the top of the balm and apply it to your lips, one thing I love about this is that it is a solid lipgloss rather than a liquid one, so you don't get that horrible sticky and tacky feeling once it is applied. That said, once it has been applied to the lips, there is a very slight pink colouring and a natural gloss look. It can either be worn on its own or over the top of your lipstick or lip crayon if you prefer.
Lush being Lush don't just put things together for the sake of it, there is usually some hidden meaning behind each product, usually within the ingredients and this one is no different. As expected there is a long list of what ingredients it has such as:
---> Guarana seed powder which is a natural skin plumper to make your lips irresistible.
---> Cupuacu Butter which is used for its nourishing and softening properties as well as its ability to moisturise the skin
---> Shea Butter which has amazing moisturising properties,
---> Organic Caster Oil which helps to lock in moisture, protect the skin and prevent damage by the elements and environmental toxins.
As always, you can find the full list of ingredients on the Lush website plus a few explanations as to what each product does.
As I said, I have been using this every since I got it in my bag and it is perfect for everyday use, whether you are going out, going to work, meeting friends for coffee or have a duvet day, the scent alone puts you in a good mood and you have lovely looking lips.
I am a huge fan of Palmers Cocoa Butter products, not only do they remind me of Caramac bars with their scent, but they are a great moisturiser for my skin, particularly when it becomes really dry. I was sent this Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil to try and I have become quite a fan.
Palmers describe their product as follows:
"Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Skin Therapy Oil is an advanced multi- purpose skin perfecting product that can be used all over the body including the face.
This fast absorbing, preservative-free, light-weight 'dry' oil is ideal for daily moisturisation and to help improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks, dry & damaged skin and uneven skin tone".
Packaged inside a lovely pink box, this oil used a blend of botanical oils such as Rosehip, Sesame and Canola Oils along with pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E to make this an Skin all-in one skincare solution. One thing I dislike about body oils is the greasiness left behind, thankfully once this oil is applied, it instantly absorbs itself and it does so because, as Palmers again explain, it is:
"Formulated with the unique Rapidermal Absorption Système for maximum penetration of the epidermal layer allowing our powerful ingredients to deliver targeted benefits".
Once you have covered your skin with this oil, it brings about an instant feeling of hydration leaving your skin feeling soft, smooth and moisturised. It is really easy to apply because it comes with a no mess pump dispenser and one pump of this oils gives enough to cover your entire arm, well mine anyway. The oil itself is also quite a thick consistency, so once it is applied, it doesn't drip everywhere and nor does it stain clothes if you manage to do what I did and dribble it down my top, it washes straight out with no problems.
Although you can't see any of my photos, this product is also good for and formulated to improve the appearance of:
--->Dry, Damaged Skin
--->Uneven Skin Tone
---> Aging Skin
I tend to use this oil the most once I have been in the shower and because it instantly absorbs, you don't have to wait around for it to dry before getting dressed and it also means there will be no stains on your clothes from the oil. I have found that by using this as an after shower moisturiser my skin is lovely, soft and smooth to the touch, as the colder weather comes, I do as much as I can to ensure my skin is looked after, especially my shins where I tend to suffer with horrible dry skin which can look scaly and horrible. I am also hoping that they turn it into a spray rather than a pump, because for me, that would work better, but in the meantime I will still persevere with it as it is.
This oil has an RRP of £9.99 is available from many outlets such as Boots and Superdrug.
Herra hair perfume, yes you read that right, are a brand who seem to be popping up everywhere. Created by James Davis who has 20 years of experience within the hair industry, decided that he wanted to create a product that he believed would excite and revolutionise the hair industry. Three years later Herra has featured in many publications and magazines including OK! and Vogue and it is beginning to get quite a following in the world of celebrities.
The actual product is called Herra Protect Hair Perfume and it is exactly what it states it is, a perfume for your hair, yes really. Now I am sure we are all massive fans of perfume, have a huge collection and more often than not when spritzing ourselves will spray some in the air and walk through it, thus perfume hits the hair, well I was told not to do that by my hairdresser because it dries your hair out.
Before I got my hands on it, Herra has featured in many publications and magazines including Vogue and it is beginning to get quite a following in the world of celebrities.
'Herra Protect Hair Perfume is an innovative product created by the joint expertise of London's finest hair talents and a leading fragrance expert. A revolutionary product with weightless, protecting and hydrating ingredients accompanied with the Herra epsilon signature fragrance.'
One thing I love about products is their packaging, if it catches my attention, I am more likely to want to know more about it and find out what it is and Herra does just that. packaged inside this sleek black box with gold writing, the bottle itself is just as sleek and stylish and the right size for putting in my handbag or make-up case without any problems.
I do as much as I can to look after my hair, I get it cut regularly, I shampoo, I condition and I use treatments when my hair is in need of it. One thing about living in London is that washing and conditioning my hair is fine, but wandering around all day amongst smog, pollution and other irritants (such as people smoking) can make my hair smell and make me paranoid and if I am going to an important meeting, I don't want to smell like I have been sat in a smoking shed all day, I want to smell good. Also, if I am too lazy or running late in a morning to wash my hair, I don't want the world to know ive been using Batiste (it is a scent I've come to recognise people), so I have been putting Herra to the test. I will admit, I did think it was a bit of a fad and not something I would really use, as good as it sounds, but I will admit I was wrong and have used it a lot more than I thought and everyone in my office have also been spritzed and sprayed and are equally impressed, the boys not so much, but you can't have everything.
Herra has three main components to protect, moisturise and to add fragrance:
--> PROTECT - Sunflower extract protects the structure of the hair. It helps provide protection against UV and can prevent colour fade, whilst olive fruit extract is rich in antioxidants that help shield the hair against pollution and free radicals.
--> MOISTURISE - Glycerin helps provide ample hydration and seals in moisture, without weighing down the hair.
--> FRAGRANCE - The Herra signature fragrance is a blend of the finest key notes creating a fresh modern, uplifting experience that appeals to all. Ingredients include: Italian bergamot, loquat fruit, midnight orchid, rose, white jasmine, mimosa, heliotrope, lily, vanilla, tonka bean, sandalwood and musk.
For me the scent is something I have to like to use a product and I love the scent of this, I find it quite uplifting and a mixture of being fruity and floral, neither one being more dominant than the other, it simply works and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Herra Protect Hair Perfume is available from Herra Hair Care at £24.99 (50ml)
Simple skincare never ceases to amaze me with their wonderful products and I have recently been using the Simple Kind To Skin Moisture Boost Hydro Mist Spray.
Described as "Our Moisture Boost Hydro Mist is a perfect blend of ingredients including lotus flower extract to help give dehydrated, tired and dull skin a boost of hydration for naturally dewy skin. The fine mist absorbs instantly into the skin, helping to refresh and restore optimum moisture balance and can even be used over make-up. Perfect for even sensitive skin" you pretty much have everything you need to know about it right there in front of you.
It arrives packaged inside a cardboard box which clearly gives you the information above as well as reminding you what the product is. This spray is meant to give you that naturally dewy skin which to me means moisturised and natural look. As with most Simple products there are two vitamins within this product which are pro vitamin B and vitamin E and add to that two further ingredients which are referred too as two "skin loving ingredients" which are lotus flower and glycerin. Like other Simple products this product has no perfume, colour or harsh chemicals.
The actual spray itself is totally brilliant in my opinion. All I need to do is just spray it a couple of times (for best results I suggest 2-4 sprays) holding the bottle around 20cm from the face and as the mist comes into contact with your skin, you feel an instant cooling sensation which is actually really refreshing. After a few minutes on your skin it does feel totally hydrated and there is no residue left behind and no tacky or stickiness either. I was quite surprised at how soft and smooth my skin felt after using and because my skin is combination, leading more towards the oily side, I am always conscious that I might suffer from a breakout or increase the oiliness of my skin, but infact I suffered from neither. Obviously it isn't a miracle cure and isn't going to have long lasting effects, for me the effects last for the entirety of the afternoon at work when I have sprayed and for £5.99 I cannot grumble, it does what I need it to do.
Simple Skin products for me are really underrated, every product I have used from the range so far has been brilliant and has delivered what it said it would do, whether that was to help dehydrated skin, moisturise, scrub, soften or soothe. They are also purse friendly when it comes to purchasing and given that they can be found in places such as Boots, Waitrose, Sainsburys and most high-street stores such as Superdrug, you are never going to be paying for more than £10 for any one item and they are usually on an offer of some kind in one or other of these places
For me this is such a lovely and handy product to have and it is perfect to have on my desk at work, after spending hours in front of a computer screen I often find I need to splash some water on my face to wake up, but now I can use this and it does the job just as well if not better.
Moisture Boost Hydro Mist retails at £5.99 for 50ml bottle which makes it very handbag friendly and easy to carry around and for me, I keep one on my desk, you just never know when you might need it.
Something I have been meaning too do for a long time is sort out some Business Cards for my Blog, a lot of other bloggers have them and use them all the time. Having been lucky enough to attend a few events I was surprised at how many people asked for one, so it made me realise how handy they would be to have with me.
When I typed business cards into Google, I quickly found that there are endless websites that you can use to get your business cards and essentially, it all comes down to personal preference and cost because the difference in cost is quite phenomenal depending on what site you use and how many you want. I decided to use Moo.com in the end and my reasons for doing so are not only because it a stress free process, it was easy to use, I felt I had some control over the design, there are a lot of other people who I respect that use Moo and I liked the process and turn around time not to mention quick delivery and you also get little updates as to when your cards would arrive.
The hardest decision I felt I had to make was what size business cards I wanted, which of course reflects the price. You can also choose to use a pre-designed package and simply add your name and address in and you will be finished within a few minutes. I opted to design my own and use my own logo.
So designing my cards was easy enough, I decided that I wanted my logo to be on one-side and fairly big, so as a quick as a flash, I uploaded the logo and it appeared on the screen before me and after a little helpful guidance with moving the logo around so it would fit, that section was complete in a matter of minutes. The second side was one I debated about for a while, I took the time to ask for advice from other bloggers about what information to include, I Googled a lot and played around with different ideas and in the end I decided to keep it as a simple as possible and include information such as web address, email address, twitter handle and one or two other minor pieces of information which are relevant to me plus I created a QR Code, which again Moo helpfully do for you, all you need to do is follow the on-screen advice and it is really simple and easy to do. I opted for the QR code because people can simply scan it using their phone, Ipad or whatever gadget they have and be taken directly to my blog with little or no hassle.
Throughout the whole process you can see any changes you make on the screen in front of you and a mock up of your final business card before sending them to print. You also get the opportunity to review everything before that final 'send to print' option appears.
I opted for 50 business cards to start with and including VAT and delivery they cost £14 which works out at around 3.5p per card. From start to finish, the whole process took just 5 days, which in itself is really impressive. Once they do arrive and mine did so before the expected date of delivery, you then get a little follow up email to check you are happy with your purchase. The smallest of touches which I found to be really nice.
I love the little box the cards arrive in, it is so handy and really well designed as it is quite sturdy and I always have this box in my bag. I also like the section 'theirs' which is brilliant for putting other bloggers cards in, I have accumulated a few from meets, so now I have somewhere to put them. Sadly I can't show you the finished detail on Dooyoo, so you will have to take for my word it on how good they are and how good the quality is.
I had been looking for an eye cream for some time when HealGel dropped through my letterbox. Healgel is a product which I have read quite a few rave reviews and now having tried it myself I am about to join its fan-club.
The eye area to me is quite important, a bout of insomnia can leave e looking like Alice Cooper's number one groupie with eyes black enough to make a Panda look pale and sometimes no amount of concealer is going to make my eyes look more alert, wide awake and ready to go, instead I look sluggish and then feel sluggish. So, over time, I have used quite a lot of eye products which make claims they banish the bags, make your eyes look alert and so on, and then I came across HealGel.
For those who have never heard of HealGel before, it was created by a team of leading British plastic and cosmetic surgeons along with the help of a renowned dermatological biochemist and a well known actor. They got together and wanted to create products that helped them with their work, and to be able to provide the reassurance of genuinely effective skin care. Putting all of their expertise together, HealGel was created and within the range you can currently purchase HealGel Eye, HealGel Face and HealGel Intensive. You can also read more about each one of them, plus find out who is involved within the company on the official website.
What I love first of all is the packaging, it kind of looks like it has come from some very old fashioned pharmacy with its design and typeface and for me that really stood out. The bottle itself is also as eye-catching and mimics the design of the box as you can see.
This is what they say about the product and what it claims to do:
"HealGel Eye is an advanced corrective formula designed to condition and lift the delicate eye area. HealGel Eye contains Arnica and Madecassoside which are suspended in liposomes with powerful peptides and biodynes to initiate a uniquely soothing and collagen boosting process. Sluggish micro-circulation is stimulated and irritation is soothed. In addition, HealGel Eye contains a duel action hyaluronic acid complex that locks moisture deeper into the skin and firms the eye contours.
The effect is to soften the appearance of fine lines, even skin tone and improve the elasticity of the skin through intense hydration. Light diffusers in the gel further improves sallow areas for a brightening and smoothing effect".
This product is a serum and it is quite a thick consistency so you only need a really small amount to be able to ensure that both eyes get equal coverage. When I use it, I tend to put a blob onto my hand, as this is pump action the task is really easy, and then using my index finger apply to one eye and then to the other dabbing it onto my skin as I go.
As soon as it touches the skin there is an instant cooling feeling and I cant describe how wonderful that feels not to mention how quickly the gel absorbs into the skin.
I have mentioned before that I often suffer from bouts of insomnia, so you can only image what the suitcases under my eyes can look like and why I love concealer. Remember this gel is said to "soften the appearance of fine lines, even skin tone and improve the elasticity of the skin through intense hydration. Light diffusers in the gel further improves sallow areas for a brightening and smoothing effect" and I can honestly say it does that. I was so surprised that it made such a difference, even when looking in the mirror there was no visible signs of so much as a bag never mind suitcase under my eyes, instead my eye area looked positively bright, as though I had slept for a week and was fully rested. I don't have many lines nor wrinkles around my eye, so for me there was no notable difference with that, but the puffing of the under eye being diminished is more than enough for me. Add to that my eyes felt and looked hydrated and the skin is so smooth.
How does it work? Well it uses hyaluronic acid as one of its main ingredients, an ingredient I have come to know and got used to seeing listed, what it is locks moisture deeper into the skin and firms the eye contours. It also contains two further ingredients which are worthy of a mention and they are contains Arnica and Madecassoside both of which, as HealGel put it more succinctly than I ever will "are suspended in liposomes with powerful peptides and biodynes to initiate a uniquely soothing and collagen boosting process" putting those few ingredients together, you have a wonderful eyecream.
This product does cost £32 for the 15ml and whilst is is expensive, as you need to use so little it will last such a long time time, for me it is totally worthy of its price tag.
Have you tried this? do you have a favourite eye cream?
If someone asks me if I want to try a new candle, I am never going to say no. I have what some might call an addiction. Now that autumn/winter has well and truly arrived, I love nothing more than coming home from work, closing the curtains and lighting some candles to create a relaxing environment. For me, candles are a must have household item and I have them in every room except my kitchen. Even if I am in the bath, I have a few candles at one end burning away whilst I relax and before going to bed, I usually have a candle burning, one with a relaxing scent that will help me drift off to sleep.
Let me introduce you to Jewel Candle, a new company who are based in the UK. They offer 100% handmade candles which have a burn time for around 130 - 150 hours. But they are not called Jewel Candle for no reason, as they are burning down, buried somewhere inside your candle, wrapped inside some heat resistant packaging you will find either a ring or pair of earrings which are valued between £15 and £250! How cool is that?
The candle I chose was 'True Love' and the scent it gives when burning is literally stunning, no sooner has the candle been burning for 10-15 minutes the scent is lingering around the house and I would describe it as a rose scent and not at all like I expected, instead what I have is a lovely fresh scent rather than one which doesn't smell authentic.
You have the choice of either choosing a candle that contains a ring or a candle that contains a pair of earrings. There is a choice of six scented ring candles to choose from:
Also there are nine different scented candles, that contain earrings and they are:
Vanilla Apple Pie
Ice cream Vanilla
So once your candle is burning, where do you find your jewel? Well sadly as there are no photos I cannot show you, but if you look on my blog all is revealed there. However, After enjoying the wonderful smell of your JewelCandle for a few hours, something glittering will appear on the surface of the wax in the form of what looks like some screwed up tin foil, don't worry this is your jewel which is wrapped up nice and securely in some heat resistant foil, so nothing will damage your valuable surprise. I would then suggest getting some tweezers to pluck your jewel out from the wax and then lay it on some kitchen roll to protect any of your surfaces from the wax, then carefully unwrap the foil and inside there is a little heat resistant black bag and inside there is your jewel. On that Jewel you will find a label which will tell you its value.
So I am sure you are dying to know what I found within my candle right? Again, sadly because there are no options to put photos on Dooyoo I cannot show you, but, if you know the address for my blog, then you can find out there.
Now I think these candles are pretty amazing and if you are stuck for buying a gift for someone and want something that a little bit different, then how about a Jewel Candle, not only are the candles themselves amazing, but there is an added surprise inside. So, if you want more information on these JewelCandle's they cost just £16.95 for earring candles and £24.95 for ring candles and can be brought online from the JewelCandle website.
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of the Amie skincare range, not only is the entire range natural but it can also be used by those with sensitive skin. I have in the past used a few products from Amie and it is fair to say I have loved everything I have used, be it a mask, a face wash or a moisturising cream, each and every product has been wonderful.
Amie is the French Word for a friend and the skincare company of a woman named Fiona Parkhouse who used to work for Estee Lauder. She had an idea about making skincare products for her daughter and says the reason she decided to do this was because she wanted something that would "respect her still child-perfect skin but deal with the changes that puberty was starting to bring, such as increased oiliness and breakouts. But I didn't want her using harsh, aggressive chemicals or medicated products. I wanted a natural range that would be gentle yet effective, appealing and affordable". Not only that, but every product within the Amie range is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Let me introduce you to a product called Amie Skincare New Leaf Skin Exfoliating Polish. Described as being a moisturising exfoliating cream wash that cleans deep down into pores removing excess oil and dirt. What I love about this product is that it is really creamy and it smells absolutely delightful not to mention that the exfoliating beads are really gentle on your skin.
The exfoliating ingredients within this product are finely ground bamboo and jojoba beads which are gentle yet effective enough to remove those pesky dry and dead skin cells from your face as well as to stimulate the skin's circulation ensuring healthy blood flow which gives you that healthly looking glow. When it comes to exfoliating, I believe you should exfoliate at least once, if not twice a week and you need to find something that works with your skin, that isn't overly harsh or abrasive because you can end up scratching your skins surface and that is quite painful. As Amie explain:
"Exfoliating lifts off dead skin cells from the surface of the skin that can make the skin look dull and which can block pores leading to spots and blackheads. What's more, exfoliating also helps lift dirt, oil and grime out of pores leaving your skin super clean".
When I use this on my skin, I don't find it harsh or abrasive but I can, when massaging my skin, feel the little beads working away to remove those dead and dry skin cells along with any impurities such as dirt and grime and it is also soft enough to use on your neck and decolletage area too. Once I clean my face of any left over product I never find I have red or blotchy patches on my skin where I have been a little over zealous with massaging, instead what I find is soft, smooth skin and that healthy fresh glow I previously mentioned, add to that the fresh clean skin feeling we all like to achieve.
Mango and cocoa seed butters form that lovely scent I described earlier and they are added to help soften and moisturise whilst orange blossom and sweet almond tone and soften your skin. A fab product at a purse friendly price at £4.95 and you can purchase online via the Amie website or find in stores such as Waitrose and John Lewis.
Also these product are cruelty free, Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians, are not tested on animals and do not contain:
---> Mineral Oils,
---> GM Ingredients
---> or Petrochemicals
For me these products are more than more the price they cost, they are brilliant for my skin, I love their scent and best of all they are readily available to purchase.
A few months ago I was lucky enough to win a competition which contained Bodhi Mint Thé Refreshing Bath & Shower Therapy and I absolutely love it.
I am new to Bodhi products, I had at the time only read about them across the Bloggersphere and other review sites and had never tried anything from the range, so trying something for the first time is always quite exciting.
This is the description from Bodhi about Mint Thé Refreshing Bath & Shower Therapy:
"Rejuvenate the body and mind with our revitalising fusion of Peppermint, Marjoram and Frankincense. This is not for the faint hearted - get your skin and senses ready for an instant burst of life! Skin is highly refreshed and rejuvenated, cleansed but never taut or dry. All skin types, especially dull or oily. Great for after sports"
All I can say to you is that it is simply amazing. If you want something to wake you up in a morning when you have a shower, well it certainly does that with both the Peppermint and Spearmint working together to wake you up and alert your senses, not only that but they also work to boost your circulation and if you have dry skin, they help to nourish. There are a whole host of other essential oils within this product too, such as:
---> Frankincense - is a calming ingredient which can help soothe and relieve muscle aches and pains. It also rejuvenates the skin
---> Marjoram helps to relieve stress and like Frankincense helps to calm and soothe as it has good muscle relaxant properties
---> Lavender & Rosemary whilst both have antiseptic properties but also have other uses such as - Lavender tones and revitalises the skin, so if like me you can be prone to oily skin it can be useful. Rosemary on the skin helps to ease congestion, puffiness and swelling as well as improving your circulation.
---> Lactic Acid helps to rejuvenate as well as help with anti-ageing.
Naturally there are many more essential oils such as Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, May Chang, Thyme and finally Clove, all of which you can read by visiting the website.
The bottle itself is designed really well, features a flip top lid so you don't waste too much at any given time and given the brown coloured plastic bottle, it is somewhat different to every other product I have in the bathroom, in that the bottles are either clear, white or pink. Inside the product is a fairly thick texture, so you only need a really small amount to create that lovely lingering scent and if using in the bath, you do get a few bubbles.
As well using this in the shower, you can use it in the bath which I have done on quite a few occasions and put simply it is so relaxing I almost fall asleep everytime I use it. The scent is really lovely and not at all over-powering like some products which contain Mint and Eucalyptus, but it does linger for a long time around your home and on your skin. That said when using it in both bath and shower, there is a slight tingle to the skin but you also get that washed and cleansed feeling too. After bathing or showering my skin was lovely and smooth not to mention smelling rather lovely.
For more information on this product or anything else in the Bodhi range you can find them HERE and this particulatly product retails at £23 for 250ml and it is worth every single penny! They also only test their products on humans and not on animals!
With weather like today where the wind is blowing a gale and my hair has been straightened nicely, I don't want to arrive at places looking like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards, I want my hair to stay in place and look like it did when I left the house, not really too much to ask for is it?
I am not a fan of hairspray, I probably more than over did it in my teens after spending an infinite amount of time styling my hair only to make it uber crispy and over sprayed to the point where even a tornado would have met its match. These days there are many products on the market which claim they will keep your hair in place with one spritz and generally don't do very much at all. Then I came across Helmut finishing spray by Evo, a product that surprised one and one that I have recently really enjoyed using.
Described as being "a strong-hold aerosol spray designed to provide maximum control to finished styles" this spray is recommended for use on all air types.
In the past I have used a wide variety of finishing sprays which no matter how careful I have been with using it, have left a slight crispy finish to my hair and this is not a finish I actually like and I live in fear of those white flakes covering my scalp making me look like a snow globe when I walk. So when using Helmut I followed the instructions and held the can away from my head and sprayed lightly, this is an aerosol can so as soon as you press down on the nozzle it is going to release the spray.
What it is does is lightly cover your hair to hold your style in its place and what it doesn't do is leave your hair feeling like you have covered it in a whole can of hairspray and nor does it feel stiff or tacky to the touch. Instead it dries as soon as it comes into contact with your hair and adds a slight shine to your locks which I was really impressed with. Once applied the hold lasts for a good 6-8 hours and when you brush your hair it doesn't feel a though you have to drag your brush through to break up the product and nor does it leave any kind of build up on your hair.
What I also love about this product is the lack of chemical smell, the one I associate with hairspray and the scent for this is one which is quite sweet and not too dissimilar to the scents you get with Batiste dry shampoo. An added bonus with this product is that it also protects against UV Rays and humidity.
This has been one of my favourite new discoveries and I got it in the Limebox a beauty subscription box for hair products. This product arrived in a 111ml can and retails for just £5.95 - an absolute bargain and one I intend to repurchase until I can find something to rival it.
Do you use a product similar to this or have you tried Helmut?
When somebody asked me if I'd like to try the anti-ageing moisturiser with an SPF of 30, my hand shoots up in the air like the classrooms swot. Perricone MD has recently launched its Photo Plasma product, a powerful anti-ageing moisturiser with an SPF 30 and I was sent some to try. I am fairly new to the Perricone range, by that I mean this is the first product that I have tried, but I am aware of the brand.
Most people think that now it is autumn we can shove the sunscreen to the back of the cupboard and forget about it until next July or August, how wrong we are, we still need to be using creams, lotions and potions with an SPF to protect our skin, even now.
This product is described as:
"Once in awhile comes along a genius product that raises the bar for what people have come to expect From traditional skincare products. The genius in photo plasma. Is not only in its Anti-ageing Powerhouse, But equally in the way it looks and feels on the skin".
Photo plasma is scientifically formulated to deeply moisturise the skin whilst protecting it from age accelerating UVA and UVB damage. Photo plasma protects against "The 10 most common skin aggressors" which are:
--> UVA damage
--> Chemical irritants
--> Extreme cold
--> Excessive heat
--> UVB damage
--> External stress
--> Free radicals
When my pot arrived I was really looking forward to trying this brand as I'd read so much about it across the world that is the internet and it had so many rave reviews, it made me wonder how good this product really was.
Encased inside a very stylish looking black box is a lovely little glass jar of the photo plasma, now with a product like this and for the price you are paying, you can always expect the packaging to be a little something special. The glass jar itself, whilst quite small was fairly heavy for something of that size and with one twist of the lid, I am inside.
The cream itself is a lovely dusty pink colour and when you touch it, it feels a little bit like a mousse or angel delight whichever you prefer as it is so soft, smooth and incredibly lightweight. As you apply to the skin you instantly notice how soft a cream it is, I don't think I have come across another cream that is as light, soft and smooth is this. Once on the skin, this cream immediately absorbs itself leaving behind soft smooth skin to the touch.
There are four key ingredients which give this cream it's protection. Now I am not expert when it comes to the scientific stuff, I can only give you the information that I have to hand and it is this:
Alpha Lipoic Acid
A powerful antioxidant that minimizes skin's surface imperfections such as fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores, while encouraging healthy cellular function and increasing radiance. Topical application as part of an anti-aging treatment or acne treatment is patented by Dr. Perricone.
A powerful antioxidant with photo-protective, Astaxanthin has anti-aging and hydrating benefits that contribute to Photo Plasma's natural pink color.
A mineral-based sunscreen.
Vitamin C Ester
The ideal therapy for sun-damaged skin, Vitamin C Ester minimizes discoloration while visibly firming and brightening skin's appearance
For more information on these ingredients, please use the website where there is further information and explanations available
Photo plasma retails for £54 and was launched in late August, it is recommended that this cream Is applied in the daytime as a finishing and final step to any skincare regime. For me, I love it and I love that my skin is soft and smooth to the touch and knowing that my face is being protected from so many aggressors puts my mind at ease especially living in London where daily life certainly takes a toll on your skin. Plus it is also oil and paraben free!
I've finally have my hands on a Korres lip Butter. I have seen posts and comments about them and I really wanted to try them. So about a month or so ago whilst in Waitrose getting some Strawberries (random I know but they were on offer), I remembered we needed some hand wash at work, so off I went down to the toiletries section when I came across as the Korres Lip Butters and they were on offer at £4.66 each instead of £7 - BARGAIN!! So I stood there for about 20 minutes debating whether to buy Guava, Quince or Wild Rose and ended up with Guava.
Korres is a brand I am almost familiar with, I have tried one or two of their products that I have come across in Waitrose and bought on a whim and that is exactly what I did with their Fig Shower gel. Korres is Greek and as a brand they are relatively new because they have only been around since 1996 and the company is the brainchild of George and Lena Korres whom you can read about on the Korres website. Today you can find a huge array of Korres products ranging from Shampoo, Conditioner, hair treatments, make-up, suncare, fragrances, shower gels, scrubs, body butters and there is even a men's range to name but a few of their specialist areas.
What I really like about the lip butter is its packaging. Yes I know it is a bit like buying a book because you like the cover (Well I do that too), but it is like a maze of boxes that you have to work your way through until you come to your little pot, almost like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. The pot itself is a 6g tub and has a cream coloured lid which is similar to the lip butter you find inside the tub.
Korres say the following about this product:
"This buttery Korres Guava Lip Butter melts into your dry chapped lips & leaves a natural colour and scent, perfect to wear alone or underneath your favourite lip gloss for extra moisture.
The shea butter and rice wax in Korres Guava Lip Butter provides your lips with deep, long-lasting moisture and protects from the elements, leaving you with perfectly soft and conditioned lips that are good enough to kiss! Guava is a natural vanilla shade that leaves your lips shiny and delicious."
Well as soon as you put it onto your lips it absorbs itself with no problem and instead of clinging to your lips like Vaseline does, instead it does leave behind a shiny glint to your lips, totally naturally and it looks really nice, the texture is slightly thicker than your usual lip balm might be, but for me this just adds to how much it moisturises. My lips feel lovely and soft when I put this on and hopefully in a week or two, with the help of Lush Bubblegum, my lips will be back to their usual kissable selves, the joys of having a cough and cold and the havoc and it plays on your skin.
The thing I like most about this lip butter is the fruity smell, really lovely and if you have tried the shower gel in the same flavour, it is just as wonderful. Korres Lip Butters are widely available at places like Waitrose and online through Feel Unique, Look Fantastic and independent pharmacies like Lloyds
Have you Tried a Korres Lip Butter? Do you have a favourite flavour?
With all the gorgeous weather we have had recently and the fact the Mister and I spent a few days by the seaside, I decided to try out a new SPF I've been waiting to review - MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield Unscented SPF 28.
The product arrived packaged inside a lovely green and white cardboard box and everything you need to know about the product is clearly visible on the box. Inside there is a 68ml plastic squeezy tube which is perfect for carrying in your handbag ready to top up during the day as it takes up very little room when yu compare it to a bottle of sunscreen that you might carry around instead.
Described as "MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield SPF 28 is an unscented, environmentally-safe, full spectrum UVA/UVB sun defense that offers powerfully effective protection, yet is gentle enough for infants* and non-irritating near the eyes. Translucent Zinc and Titanium Dioxides provide a safe alternative to harsh chemical sunscreens".
You have to admit, us Brits love nothing more than moaning about the four wonderful seasons that we have. The Winter is cold, the spring is wet and with it comes April Showers (or snow), the summer is stifling hot if we are lucky and as soon as that yellow ball of fire appears in the sky, people begin to wish for winter but before that comes Autumn and with it comes darker nights and mornings before once again we are back to much colder temperatures with people wishing for summer. I personally am a huge lover of all the seasons and think we are lucky to have them, so I am never one to complain once the sunshine comes out, that said I am always conscious about sunscreen and am the kind of person to always be wearing it and carrying some in my handbag.
So, with this cream, I applied it in a morning before going outside, as instructed to do and then every few hours during the day. The Cream itself is quite thick and luxurious but absorbs itself quickly into the skin and the best part is that it has no 'sunscreen' smell that you associate with sun-cream, something I have to admit I am not a fan of. Once applied onto the skin there is no stickiness or tacky feel left behind, another pet hate of mine when it comes to sunscreen and it also left my skin feeling moisturised.
As I have mentioned, this product is completely unscented and uncoloured and because it is made entirely from natural ingredients there are no harsh chemicals. Infact this product is also:
--> Cruelty Free
--> Vegan Friendly
--> Gluten Free
Add to that it also contains Aloe Vera and Vitamin E to help reduce signs of sun-induced irritations.
I have quite fair skin and tend to wear a factor of between 25-30 depending on where I am, some people might think that is a tad high for the UK but having once burnt rather badly on my shoulders, it is not a pain I intend to go through again. Whilst wearing this suncream, even by the sea, I did not burn, so for me it definitely offered the relevant sun protection, especially on my shoulders and face which would be the two areas I am the most keen to protect. Having worn it daily during August, I am also pleased to say that it did not cause any reaction or breakout, something I have suffered from in the past when applying sun-cream to my face,
MyChelle Dermaceuticals Sun Shield SPF 28 retails for £19.50 and you can find it online via a host of different websites.