21 June 2017

JOIK Exfoliating Facial Scrub

JOIK Exfoliating Facial Scrub*, £16.50/75ml

This facial scrub from Estonian brand, JOIK, contains natural ingredients such as bamboo stem powder, sugar maple sap extract, coconut oil and shea butter. With a gritty cream paste formula, this scrub is housed in a screw-top jar and comes with a hygienic plastic spatula for dispensing. Only a small amount is needed per application, as this does go a long way. This product has a very delicate and inoffensive scent.

Please note that this product now comes packaged in tube form! I personally think this will be even better.
Applying to damp skin, massaged in circular motions, you will find this exfoliating scrub gentle enough for sensitive skin and for regular use. After rinsing off and patting skin dry, I find this scrub helps to gently remove dead skin cells, brighten my skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth! I really enjoy using this as my regular facial scrub!
Have you tried anything from JOIK yet?

Ingredients:
Aqua, cocos nucifera oil, butyrospermum parkii fruit butter, glycerin, helianthus annuus seed oil, bambusa arundinacea stem powder, stearic acid, carthamus tinctorius seed oil, olea europaea seed powder, vaccinium myrtillus fruit extract, saccharum officinarum extract, cetearyl glucoside, citrus aurantium dulcis fruit extract, citrus limon fruit extract, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, acer saccharum sap extract, citrus aurantium amara peel oil, linalool*, limonene*.
*Components of natural essential oils.

Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

17 June 2017

The Last Few Months At A Glance

Hello! I haven't posted a life update since January and quite a lot has happened in the last few months, so I thought it was about time you got caught up with me!
Firstly, I just want to say that although I barely manage one blog post a week at the moment, I am still passionate about my blog and am doing my best to update it when possible - life is just so busy at the moment!

Let's go back to the very end of February, when I made the spontaneous decision to join an online dating site - the only intention I had was to just "have a look" and I thought, "Why not?!". I was surprised to get a few messages from local people in my area, and chatted to a few of them to see if we had any common interests e.t.c.
One person in particular stood out to me; we clicked immediately and we were chatting away so easily and openly. We felt there was a mutual connection, so we arranged to go on a date together! I was so nervous, but also really excited. Considering my situation at the time, it felt quite surreal! We met on the first Tuesday in March at a local park to go for a walk and then headed off to a local Indian restaurant for a meal. We had been chatting pretty much 24/7 for about a week before we met up, so this made the face-to-face meeting a little less daunting! When I met Ian, there was an instant spark and he was so easy to talk to. We laughed a lot during our walk - we couldn't have picked a muddier day! We enjoyed a lovely meal at the Indian, although I couldn't eat much due to my nerves, and being a perfect gentleman, Ian paid for us both. The evening ended in a kiss (ok, a few!) and we made plans to meet up again at the weekend. Neither of us wanted to part and say goodbye! Somehow, in amongst us both working during the week, we met up several times before the weekend! We enjoyed more dates and spent a lot of time together in a short space of time. He even planned a surprise getaway to Inverness, where we enjoyed a couple of days together; we stayed at a lovely little B&B, ate a delicious meal at an Italian restaurant, enjoyed a cocktail at a local bar, spent hours browsing the shops and ended the trip with a visit to Nairn beach on the way back!
Fast forward three months and Wilson and I are currently living with Ian at his little coastal cottage, while my own place is being renovated. We are completely and utterly in love with each other, we are so comfortable in each other's company and everything is just so effortless! It feels amazing and I can honestly say that this is the happiest I have ever felt in my entire life. We usually only get to see each other for a few hours each weekday, so every moment is precious and cherished. We have a trip to London planned next week to celebrate Ian's sister's 30th birthday, so we are really looking forward to that! We also have a dog-friendly holiday in Fife planned in September, so that's another trip to look forward to! When my cottage is all ready - hopefully by October, Ian, Wilson and I will be moving in together there! We are really excited and it's been great making plans together on how the cottage will look once it's finished.

So, I guess you could say that life is pretty damn awesome! I still can't believe how lucky we were to find each other, and although we've only been together for 14 weeks, it feels like we've known each other for years!

I hope all of my readers are enjoying happiness in their lives too, because we all truly deserve it!
Love,
Emma xxx

14 June 2017

The Weekly Wish List

1. Sass & Belle Ashley Farmhouse Scalloped Chalkboard, £10
I think this chalkboard with shelf and hooks would look great in the kitchen! I love the little wooden heart detail.
2. Carvela Reptile Effect Winged Tote Bag, RRP £69 £39.99
I'm on the hunt for a new bag and this silvery grey one is a contender! I love the simple, chic design and silver hardware.
3. Rahua Color Full Hair Mask, £60/200ml
This hair mask, aimed at colour-treated hair, sounds great! The price is eye-watering, but the lilac and gold packaging is gorgeous!
4. Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramel Cocoa Vodka, £15/250ml
Okay, this sounds divine! Definitely one for the birthday wish list!
5. Pacifica Nail Polish in "Pink Moon", £9.99/13.3ml
This baby pink nail colour looks gorgeous and the formula is 7-free and 100% vegan.

What's at the top of your wish list this week?!
Love,
Emma xxx

30 May 2017

Alma Briosa Coffee 'n Tea Rosso Moisturiser

Alma Briosa Coffee 'n Tea Rosso Moisturiser*, £14.52/150ml

I've recently been enjoying using this Italian multi-purpose moisturiser as my daily face cream. This vegan-friendly product is housed in a practical and user-friendly airless pump bottle, allowing you control of how much is dispensed. Only a small amount is needed per application - a little goes a long way! The formula is a silky, smooth cream which glides onto skin, giving an even application. It has a pleasant, subtle citrus scent which I really like. The key ingredients in this moisturiser are red tea extract, red coffee extract, cocoa butter, watermelon seed oil and rosehip oil.
This moisturiser is deeply hydrating, great for my sensitive skin and leaves me with soft, smooth skin. It helps reduce and soothe redness and blemishes, while being a good base for make-up, leaving no dry patches anywhere. I have also enjoyed using this as a body and hand moisturiser - it works well all over the skin!

Unfortunately I cannot find a source to purchase Alma Briosa products from; I think they may be sold via individual distributors.

Ingredients:
Aqua **, Vitis vinifera seed oil **, Glycerin **, ** Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium cetearyl sulfate **, ** Cetyl alcohol, Caprylic / capric triglyceride **, ** Ethylhexyl stearate, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice * / * *, ** rooibos leaf extract, Simmondsia chinensis oil **, Citrullus lanatus seed oil **, Rosa moschata seed oil **, Theobroma cacao seed butter **, ** Tocopheryl acetate (Vitamin E acetate), Retinyl palmitate ** (Vitamins A), Cichorium intybus root extract * / **, ** Roselle flower extract, Vitis vinifera fruit extract **, ** Glucose, Citrus aurantium dulcis oil **, ** Sorbitol, Sodium glutamate **, Panthenol * *, Hydrolyzed wheat protein **, Benzyl alcohol, Potassium sorbate, Limonene **, ** Urea, Glycine **, ** Lactic acid, Sodium PCA, Citral **.
*Ingredients from organic farming.
**Ingredients of vegetable/natural origin.
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

23 May 2017

The LoveLula May Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £13.95
The May beauty box contained a total product value of £45, including three full-size products!

Included in the box was:
OGARIO London Styling Mist, £16/60ml
I tend to keep my haircare products pretty simple and don't really bother with styling products; mainly because I wouldn't know how to use them correctly! This hair mist promises to boost volume and keep your hair under control, while targeting damaged hair and sealing split ends.
John Masters Organics Rosemary Shampoo, £5.50/60ml
Looking forward to trying this organic travel-size shampoo, suitable for all hair types.
John Masters Organics Citrus & Neroli Detangler, £5.50/60ml
This travel-size detangler smells lovely and is suitable as a rinse-out or leave-in conditioner.
PHB Shea Butter & Apricot Gentle Moisturiser, £16.95/50ml 
This moisturiser has a thick, cream consistency and has a pleasant, yet subtle floral, fresh scent. This product is organic and vegan-friendly. Looking forward to trying this, as it's aimed at sensitive skin.
Laidbare DIY! 2 in 1 Cleanser & Toner, £6.99/125ml
Another well-priced product from this brand; this multipurpose product has a fresh, tangy apple scent and is in a clear gel form. With liquorice, Brazil nut extract and aloe vera, this cleanser and toner aims to reduce inflammation, tone and strengthen the skin. Can't wait to try this!

Have you tried any of these products yet?
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

14 May 2017

Botanicals Lavender & Tea Tree Organic Sanitiser

Botanicals Lavender & Tea Tree Sanitiser*, £5.95/50ml or £9/100ml

My usual hand sanitiser of choice is Dr. Bronner's lavender version, but I recently had the opportunity to try a new option available on the organic beauty market; British brand, Botanicals, have released their own hand & foot sanitiser, which is certified organic and contains ingredients such as lavender flower oil and tea tree leaf oil, creating a lovely scent.
This organic sanitiser comes in two sizes, the smaller of the two being a perfect size for keeping in your handbag. The spray mist pump is practical and user-friendly, while the formula is refreshing, cleansing and quick-drying. This will also be great to refresh and cool down feet during the hotter summer days!

Natural sanitisers are far and few between - especially organic ones - and I love both of the two I've mentioned in this post. What's your favourite?
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

11 May 2017

Alchemy Oils Grapefruit Hair Remedy

Alchemy Oils Grapefruit Hair Remedy*, £24/100ml

This hair oil is crafted from a beautiful blend of five natural oils; grapefruit essential oil is a natural hair cleanser and gives this product an amazingly refreshing, fruity scent; castor oil helps to prevent hair loss and thicken hair; virgin avocado oil locks in moisture and acts as a natural SPF; coconut oil disinfects and de-frizzes hair, while sweet almond oil brings shine, moisture and protection from heat styling.
I absolutely adore the citrus scent of this hair oil! The oil itself is just the perfect all-in-one treatment for your hair; it does everything from reducing dandruff, adding shine and strengthening damaged hair. My hair felt so much softer after use and the smell lingered for ages! I also noticed a lot more shine and reduced frizz. The only thing I feel this product could benefit from is a dropper for an easier application. Have you tried this yet?

Ingredients:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil), Persea Gratissima (Virgin, Organic Avocado Oil), Ricinus Communis Seed Oil (Organic Castor Oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Organic Sweet Almond Oil), Citrus Paradisi Peel Oil (Organic White Grapefruit Essential Oil).
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

08 May 2017

Botanicals Nourish Organic Body Oil

Botanicals Nourish Body Oil*, £25/100ml

This organic body oil features nourishing ingredients such as rosehip oil, rose flower oil, green tea extract and camellia leaf extract. This trial size version came with a handy little dropper for application. This body oil smells lovely and delicately floral.
This organic body oil is the perfect accompaniment to a massage, allowing for a more comfortable massage that also benefits your skin with lovely, natural ingredients. After a massage with this oil, you will feel relaxed, yet surprisingly rejuvenated and calmer. I have also used this oil on dry areas, such as elbows and hands, with long-lasting hydrating and softening effects. This is a really lovely product with multiple uses and I'd definitely recommend trying it!

Ingredients:
Helianthus annus (sunflower) seed oil*, prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil*, rosa canina fruit oil*, simmondsia chinensis seed oil*, camellia sinesis leaf extract*, rosa centifloia (rose) flower oil*, pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) flower oil*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*, cymbopogon martinii flower oil*, cananga odorata flower oil*, tocopherol***, geraniol**, citronellol**, linalool**, limonene**, citral**, farnesol**, benzyl benzoate**, benzyl salicylate**. (*Certified organic ingredients. **Natural constituents of essential oils. ***Natural origin.)
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

05 May 2017

The LoveLula April Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £13.95
The April beauty box contained a total product value of £44!

Included in the box was:
Apple & Bears Pomegranate & Aloe Vera Body Wash, £5/50ml
This body wash smells deliciously fruity and inviting! Looking forward to trying this.
Greenfrog Botanic Geranium & Peppermint Soapberry Handwash, £7.80/300ml
I've tried the bodywash version of this scent and loved it! Lovely combination of scents and feels good on the skin.
FoM London Hydra Plump & Firm Cream (sample), £49/50ml
I'm looking forward to trying this on tired skin, as I'm expecting great results with such a high price tag! Packed full of natural oils, butters and botanical anti-oxidants.

Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask, £20/60ml
This is one of my favourite face masks, because it's natural, yet delivers great results! Great to revive dull, tired skin.
Marlenha Petal Delicate Eye Serum (sample), £44/30ml
This luxury eye serum sounds promising!
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

20 April 2017

TurBliss Bioactive Peat Toner

TurBliss Bioactive Peat Toner*, £16/100ml

I've been using this toner for quite some time now, so I thought I'd let you know my thoughts! TurBliss are a Nordic company who use peat as their star ingredient. Their products have a high level of humic, fulvic and hymatomelanic acids that penetrate deep down into your skin, helping skin to appear younger-looking and healthier. Peat also contains minerals, lipids, amino acids, enzymes, microelements, phytonutrients and sulphur, all of which are beneficial to our skin.
This toner comes in a glass spray bottle, which is really handy and user-friendly. The toner doesn't seem to have any particular scent, which is fine. Misting this over my sensitive skin, it feels very refreshing and hydrating. It's also good as a setting spray for make-up. I find this toner helps to cleanse my skin, reduce redness and inflammation, while brightening my complexion and keeping my skin hydrated and feeling softer.

Ingredients:
Peat water.
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.