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Posted by on Aug 14, 2016 in Makeup | 2 comments

Lip products from Lord & Berry

Lip products from Lord & Berry

I first heard of Lord & Berry a year or so ago and I was really tempted by the sleek black packaging and wearable shades. They seemed to drop off my radar a bit after that though, and it’s only recently that I’ve started to hear about them again. I was given the opportunity to try out a selection of their lip products and I’ve been using them for about the past 3 weeks. Read on to see what I think: First up it’s the 20100 Lipstick Pencils*, these are available in either Matte or Shiny and I’ve tried out one of each. The pencils are a bit slimmer than the usual chunky crayons that are popular at the moment and this makes it a bit easier to apply the colour straight from the pencil – although you could use a lip brush but it can be a bit tricky to coax enough colour off the slim nib and onto the brush. The pink one is called Flush, it’s...

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Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Skincare | 2 comments

Is Pycnogenol the new wonder skincare supplement?

Is Pycnogenol the new wonder skincare supplement?

Beauty supplements are big news at the moment, if it’s not a soft drink that promises to get rid of your wrinkles then it’s a herbal tea that helps you to lose weight or a supplement tablet that promises younger looking skin. But what’s the truth about this type of ‘get beautiful quick’ supplement and do they really work? I’ve been taking part in the Pycnogenol trial which involves taking a herbal supplement every day for a month and using Clarins Double Serum* on my skin alongside the supplement so that I’m treating my skin from both within and on the outside too. You’d be forgiven if you’ve not heard of Pycnogenol before, it’s a herbal supplement derived from pine bark that can be used in the treatment of many ailments including allergies, circulation problems, asthma and high blood pressure. But it has also been found to have positive effects on the skin, some of its benefits include: a potent antioxidant it can reduce and slow the effects of ageing...

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Posted by on Mar 18, 2016 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Essential oils for the cold weather

Essential oils for the cold weather

I love the idea of aromatherapy and what it can achieve, being able to change your mood just by inhaling a couple of drops of plant oil, even being able to heal the body by performing a simple massage. Essential oils start from just a couple of pounds for the cheaper ones but you really need to be careful and make sure you buy good quality – some suppliers dilute their oils or take the oil from the wrong part of the plant in order to try and save costs. I’ve recently discovered Buff & Butter, suppliers of aromatherapy oils and candle-making supplies. Their 100% natural essential oils can be purchased in varying size bottles – ideal for both those who are just dipping their toe in the world of aromatherapy and practitioners who want to buy in bulk. I chose five essential oils that are ideal for the cold weather: Lavender – chances are you’ve heard about the therapeutic benefits of lavender oil already. It’s so versatile and I just...

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Bath & Body | 2 comments

Crabtree & Evelyn – Citron Moisturising Hand Therapy

Crabtree & Evelyn – Citron Moisturising Hand Therapy

Just a really quick review today of Citron Moisturising Hand Therapy from Crabtree & Evelyn. Last Spring I attended a Garden Celebration blogger event at my local Crabtree & Evelyn store in York. I was pleasantly surprised with their products and have since tried out a few, including this rich hand cream. Crabtree & Evelyn Moisturising Hand Therapy is free of parabens, lauryl sulfates, mineral oil, and propylene glycol and it improves the skin’s barrier function to help reduce moisture loss. Fragranced with vibrant lemon, fresh coriander and a touch of sweet honey it has a fresh Spring-like scent. I’ve been using this for a couple of months now and it’s perfect to protect the hands during cold weather. It’s amazing on cuticles too – just massage a tiny smudge into the nails after a manicure. Crabtree & Evelyn’s Citron fragrance is also available in loads of other products too, including body mist, soap and shower gel. I’ve also tried the Citron Hand Wash at a friend’s house and I couldn’t...

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Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Bath & Body | 0 comments

Christmas treats from Roger & Gallet

Christmas treats from Roger & Gallet

Well, it’s December so we’re officially allowed to think about Christmas! And when we think about Christmas we have to talk about one of the brands that does gifts so well – Roger & Gallet. I’ve reviewed several of their products in the past, in particular their fragrances and hand creams, and they all make perfect gifts as their packaging is so beautiful. Today I’m reviewing two items from the Bois d’Orange fragrance collection: Bois d’Orange Eau Fraiche Parfumee* – I’d expected this Fragrant Water to smell really fruity and orangey but it doesn’t. The scent is supposed to encompass the leaves, flowers and wood of the orange tree as well as the fruit, so it’s more woody and musky than just an orange fragrance. I think it smells quite classic and traditional. The scent is quite light as this is a fragrant water rather than a perfume, and it’s unisex so suitable for both men and women. The smooth glass bottle with its yellow and gold label doesn’t...

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Skincare | 1 comment

GIVEAWAY – Pink&Green Organic Facial Cleansing Oil

GIVEAWAY – Pink&Green Organic Facial Cleansing Oil

THE GIVEAWAY HAS NOW ENDED. A couple of weeks ago I reviewed the October Blogger Beauty Box and included inside it was a small bottle of Pink&Green Organic Facial Cleansing Oil. It was my favourite item from the box, and following my review Carol Aplin, founder of Pink&Green, got in touch to thank me and to offer a full size 10ml bottle of Organic Facial Cleansing Oil and muslin cloth as a giveaway for one of my readers. This is a fab skincare product that won the ‘Best Facial Cleanser’ prize in the Janey Loves Platinum Awards 2015 competition for natural and organic skincare products. It’s 100% organic made from peach kernel, sweet orange, and lavender essential oils and it smells gently floral. Whilst a 10ml bottle might not sound very much you actually only need around 3 drops to cleanse the whole face, so if you cleanse twice a day, morning and night, it should last for 6 weeks. After applying the 3 drops to the fingertips the...

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Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Skincare | 0 comments

Paul & Joe – Autumn 2015 Lip Treatment Balm

Paul & Joe – Autumn 2015 Lip Treatment Balm

Just a quick review today on this very cute little tin of Lip Treatment Balm* from Paul & Joe Beaute. This is a limited edition product, part of their Autumn 2015 collection. I just love the bee and flower print on the little round tin, it’s so cute and bees are so popular at the moment. One of the reasons it has bees on is that the ingredients include Honey and Ginger. There is also another limited edition variant of the Lip Treatment Balm that contains Earl Grey Tea, Bergamot and Lemon, and the tin is decorated in a floral design. Other ingredients include Olive Oil and Lavender Oil to help hydrate the lips and lock in moisture. This will be a great little product for Winter, I like to go out walking in the cold weather so I’ll be able to keep this in my pocket to prevent my lips from getting chapped. The product itself is a translucent honey coloured balm, very different from your usual opaque...

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Posted by on Oct 25, 2015 in Makeup | 2 comments

Christmas 2015 Makeup Collection from Paul & Joe Beaute

Christmas 2015 Makeup Collection from Paul & Joe Beaute

Cats and make-up are two of my favourite things and Paul & Joe Beaute manage to effortlessly combine these two elements to create some stunningly different and quirky limited edition make-up collections every year. I was sent the new Christmas 2015 Masked Ball* makeup collection to try out and it’s a good one! The collection consists of four make-up items housed inside a cute satin pouch, with a mysterious and seductive masked ball theme. Of course the mask is cat’s eye shaped! The zip-up satin make-up pouch features a cat woman on the front and has an extra pocket inside plus a slot inside the back. It’s a good size to keep inside a handbag or desk drawer. Nestled inside the pouch are two eye products, one cheek product and one multi-tasking bodycare product: Creamy Cheek Color – this is a little tube of cream blush and it’s so cute, the tube is decorated with little masks and cat faces. The shade is a mid pinky brown, the sort of...

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