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Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Skincare | 2 comments

Living Nature – Sensitive Day Moisture

Living Nature – Sensitive Day Moisture

It’s been a while since I did a post about natural skincare, but it’s something that I’m really passionate about as I think it’s important we know exactly what ingredients we are putting onto our skin. If you’ve not heard of Living Nature before it was launched in 1987 in New Zealand. Their products contain no synthetics, use only 100% natural ingredients, preservatives and fragrances and are never tested on animals. Their full range of cosmetics and skincare is Certified Natural by BDIH Germany, and their policy is ‘if there is any doubt about the safety of an ingredient, we don’t use it’. I love their philosophy! They also harness a lot of New Zealand’s native botanicals like Manuka Oil, Hallo Clay and Kelp and use these within their products. I’ve been using new Sensitive Day Moisture cream for almost two weeks now, part of Living Nature’s new Sensitive range. It’s a perfectly pH balanced, gentle daytime moisturiser that contains Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Harakeke Flax Extract and Avocado Oil. The Harakeke...

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Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in Bath & Body | 1 comment

Perfume Of The Day – L’Occitane Cerisier Rouge

Perfume Of The Day – L’Occitane Cerisier Rouge

I got this L’Occitane Cerisier Rouge Eau Intense for Christmas and I’m so in love with it! I first spritzed it in their York shop in December, and then dropped enough hints to my husband that he bought me it. Cerisier Rouge translates as ‘Red Cherry’ and it’s a beautiful sweet fragrance – as well as the scent of cherry it’s got hints of lemon, orange, blackcurrant, raspberry and Lily Of The Valley. It’s not too fruity though, the floral edge really does come through, and it is supposed to replicate the ‘changing beauty of cherry blossom announcing the arrival of Summer days’. It’s my absolute favourite scent at the moment, I wear it every day. It’s so uplifting and fresh – probably more of a Spring/Summer scent than an Autumn/Winter one. It lasts all day, after a few hours the top notes start to disappear and it reduces down to a warming, fruity fragrance. I was also lucky enough to receive a great free gift with my perfume. L’Occitane...

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Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Skincare | 1 comment

Zuzka Natural Beauty – Skincare Selection

Zuzka Natural Beauty – Skincare Selection

The name “Zuzka”  is slovakian for Susan, and Zuzka Natural Beauty was named by owner Susan Kohutova inspired by her Slovakian husband. Medical research shows that significant amounts of cosmetic ingredients (including some carcinogenic substances) penetrate the skin & end up in the blood stream – with this in mind, only certified organic herbs, plants & flowers free from pesticides & chemicals are used in Zuzka cosmetics. They are also free from harsh detergents, sodium lauryl sulphate, synthetic ingredients, parabens, animal ingredients or artificial fragrance. I was sent three Zuzka skincare products to try – Organic Precious Oil, Coconut Cream Cleanser and Cool Blue Contour Day Cream.     Organic Precious Oil Created for oily/problematic skin Organic Precious Oil contains calendula, soya & jojoba oils blended with organic essential oils including lavender, tea tree & lemongrass. The citrusy scent of the lemongrass really comes through, it smells divine and warming. I have combination skin with an oily chin and nose and I regularly suffer with spots and blemishes. I’ve been applying...

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Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Bath & Body | 2 comments

Clinomyn – 14 Day Challenge for Whiter Teeth

Clinomyn – 14 Day Challenge for Whiter Teeth

I was contacted recently to ask if I was interested in doing the Clinomyn 14 Day Challenge for whiter teeth. I wouldn’t consider my teeth particularly stained but they’re definitely not as white as Simon Cowell’s, so I decided to give it a go! I had to use Clinomyn Anti-Stain Fluoride Toothpaste in Fresh Mint* for 2 weeks and then post my results to show whether there had been an improvement in the colour of my teeth. Clinomyn contains a cleaning system called Polynam, and in a consumer test on 112 smokers 71% experienced whiter teeth in 14 days or less. Clinomyn Anti-Stain Fluoride Toothpaste has been developed for smokers (I am not one of those) in order to help remove the stains caused by nicotine from teeth. It also helps to remove stains caused by tea, coffee, red wine, curries and other colourful foods – now I don’t drink red wine or coffee, neither am I a big fan of curry, but I have recently increased my intake...

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Makeup, Skincare | 0 comments

Beauty Expert – Latest products & offers

Beauty Expert – Latest products & offers

Welcome to the second in my occasional series of posts looking at all the fab beauty products that are out there and particularly those that are on offer – who doesn’t love a discount?! This post is focusing on beauty specialists Beauty Expert – the main reason I love them (apart from the huge range of brands they offer) is that they offer FREE worldwide delivery, so no matter whether you just want one item or a whole haul, it won’t cost you any extra to have your beauty products delivered. There’s £20 OFF this Magnitone Lucid Facial Brush which aims to give you softer, brighter skin in as little as 7 days. It has 2 cleansing modes and is waterproof so you can use it in the shower, plus you get 2 weeks of use from just one charge. Pack includes worldwide charger and 12 month warranty. The Magnitone Lucid Facial Brush is priced at £49.99 (usual price £69.99) from Beauty Expert while stocks last. I love Nuxe...

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Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Skincare | 1 comment

Urban Veda – Purifying Day Cream

Urban Veda – Purifying Day Cream

I got this small sample of Purifying Day Cream from Urban Veda in my August Glossybox, but it’s taken me up until now to get round to trying it out. Urban Veda’s range of natural skincare is based on the ancient principles of Ayurveda, which originated 5,000 years ago in the Himalayas. Ayurveda promotes the idea of using nature to help live a healthier and more balanced lifestyle – a philosophy that I really admire. All of Urban Veda’s products are free from Genetically Modified ingredients, parabens, artificial colours and Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), and none of their products have undergone animal testing. Plus all of their packaging is both recycled and recyclable. So you can use Urban Veda products safe in the knowledge that you aren’t harming yourself or the environment. Purifying Day Cream is a light, white cream, ingredients include cold-pressed pure Neem oil, healing Witch hazel and refreshing Spearmint. It contains antioxidants to aid healthy skin cell renewal and it has a fairly strong ‘planty’ fragrance. As...

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Posted by on Oct 12, 2013 in Bath & Body | 2 comments

Perfume of the day – Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau de Parfum

Perfume of the day – Elizabeth Arden Untold Eau de Parfum

I got this miniature bottle of Elizabeth Arden’s Untold Eau de Parfum in my September Glossybox. Although it’s only a small sample I love the fact that it’s in a proper little glass bottle that was nestled inside a pretty box, not in one of those little glass phials. The design of the bottle is really pretty too, it really catches the light and would look nice on any dressing table. Elizabeth Arden describe Untold as ‘a luxurious and modern rendition of a sensuous floral composition’, for ‘the multi-faceted modern woman’. I would describe Untold as warm and gentle, it is floral without being too sweet and has a bit of mystery about it. Untold is probably not a fragrance I would have rushed out and bought if I had smelled it on someone else, but I do really like it and I will definitely be wearing it this Autumn. A full size bottle of Untold Eau de Parfum from Elizabeth Arden starts at £35 for 30ml, available from...

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Posted by on Jun 18, 2013 in Makeup | 10 comments

Max Factor – Lashfinity 3 Day Mascara Review

Max Factor – Lashfinity 3 Day Mascara Review

I was so excited when I saw that Max Factor was bringing out Lashfinity 3 Day Mascara! Imagine…. a waterproof mascara that lasts for 3 days… so I registered on the waiting list for 2 packs and they arrived last week. I have been a fan of Max Factor mascaras for a long time, I used Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara for a long time and my current favourite is Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara, so I couldn’t wait to try out this new product! Max Factor describe the product, ‘Max Factor Lashfinity 3 Day Mascara is Life Proof; Lasting Multiple days enabling you to live your life through sleeping, showering and rubbing. A brand new technological advancement that brings long wear lashes to cosmetics.’ They then goes on to explain, ‘Although the mascara will stay on your lashes over a 3 day period, during wear, especially sleeping and showering, you may experience some smudging under the eyes. This can be easily removed by dipping a cotton bud in the built in...

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