03 January 2018

The LoveLula December Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £13.95
The December beauty box contained an amazing total product value of £58, including three full-size products! This box was a great Christmas gift with a few skincare products that were on my wish list!

Included in the box was:
Dr. Hauschka Hydrating Cream Mask (sample), £39.50/30ml
With quince seed extract, rose wax, shea butter and a blend of almond, jojoba and avocado oils, this hydrating face mask should help to soothe and protect dry, sensitive skin. I'm hoping this will give my dry winter skin a boost!
Mossa Age Excellence Miracle Peel Mask (sample), £15/60ml
This peel mask promises to perfect your complexion in as little as five minutes! First impressions were good... My skin felt a little softer, I had no bad reaction to the product and I loved the fact that it sparkles! It also has a pleasant, subtle fruity scent. I've already ordered the full size to test out fully. Star ingredients include vanilla bean oil, rose flower water and black elder fruit extract.
Mádara SOS Hydra Mask, £35/60ml
Over the harsh winter months, my skin has become more irritated and dry, so I'm hoping this hydrating treatment will sort it out! This mask can be applied and removed or left on for a more intense treatment. Ingredients include Northern peony extract, nettle leaf extract, shea butter and hyaluronic acid.

PHB Lip Crayon in "Peach", £8.95/4g
This peachy pink lip crayon should suit many skin tones and will be great for natural, low-key make-up looks.
PHB Black Liquid Eye Liner, £12.95/4.5ml
I'm not a big user of eye liner, particularly the liquid kind, but I may give this a try!
UrbanVeda Reviving Facial Oil (sample), £29.99/30ml
This oil aims to hydrate, moisturise and nourish the skin. With asparagus root extract, sweet cherry seed oil and cacay seed oil.
UrbanVeda Reviving Day Cream (sample), £18.99/50ml
This day cream aims to soften, smooth and plump skin. With rosehip oil, pomegranate juice extract, sweet almond oil and rose flower water.
UrbanVeda Purifying Protecting Night Cream (sample), £19.99/50ml
With cold-pressed neem oil, spearmint and witch hazel, this night cream aims to reduce excess sebum, whilst healing and rejuvenating the skin. Sounds good!

Have you tried any of these products? As always, as a LoveLula beauty box subscriber, you will also receive 20% off all brands in the beauty box!
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

21 December 2017

The 2017 Christmas Gift Guide (Part Three)


Welcome to the third and final instalment of my 2017 Christmas gift guide! This one is rather pink and girly... my favourite!
Elli Foot Scrub*, £2.95/15g and Elli Face Mask*, £2.95/15g
These cute little sample tins from Elli are great stocking fillers! The foot scrub contains peppermint, shea butter, marula oil and Kalahari desert salt to exfoliate, soften and soothe skin. The face mask contains shea butter, beeswax, sweet almond oil and African mountain sage to cleanse and nourish skin.
Bomb Cosmetics Very Berry Scented Candle Tin, £7.99
This candle smells amazing! I love these candles as they look great and the packaging is so pretty. This one smells super sweet and fruity!
Elli Nail Balm*, £7.95/30g
This nail balm comes packaged in a little tin, perfect for keeping in your handbag! With ingredients such as shea butter, beeswax, sweet almond oil and a blend of African oils, this nail balm aims to give long-lasting moisture and protection for hands and nails.
Balm Balm Starter Kit*, £15.50
This gift set from Balm Balm contains mini sizes of their coconut cleanser, rose floral water, rosehip serum, beauty balm and hibiscus face mask! Also included is an organic muslin cloth. This is a perfect gift to introduce someone to this brand before buying full-size products!
Apple & Bears Pomegranate & Aloe Vera Luxury Gift Set*, £34.95
This generous gift set comes packaged in a sturdy handmade gift box and contains a 300ml bottle of body wash and a 250ml bottle of body silk! The packaging is really elegant and pretty and the products are certified natural and organic by Ecocert Greenlife. The pomegranate & aloe vera fragrance is really fruity and smells lovely!

I'm sure the majority of us have finished our Christmas shopping now, but there's still time to pick up a few bits and bobs before the big day!

I'd like to wish my readers a very merry Christmas and all the best for the new year! We will be spending Christmas in Yorkshire with Ian's family (Wilson too!). It's our very first Christmas together and we are very much looking forward to it!

What are your Christmas plans?
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.
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19 December 2017

The 2017 Christmas Gift Guide (Part Two)

Welcome to the second part of my Christmas gift guide! Today's selection is mainly aimed at the men in your life.
Ted Baker Brogue Hip Flask, £41.95
This stainless steel hip flask is encased in a leather sleeve with brogue detailing and would make a great gift for the perfect gentleman!
Eden Perfumes No. 107 Angel Men, £18/30ml
This vegan-friendly men's fragrance is a natural version of A*men by Thierry Mugler. This has notes of caramel, coffee, mint and vanilla, creating a gorgeous scent which keeps on developing the longer it's on your skin.
Laidbare Scrub A Dub Dub Face & Body Exfoliator*, £6.99/125ml
This is a great unisex product and is really purse-friendly. With ingredients such as corn powder, grapefruit seed extract and green tea, this promises to leave your skin feeling smooth and soft!
Saach Organics Dandruff Control Shampoo*, £10.95/200ml
This shampoo includes tea tree, rosemary and lemon to help control dandruff and strengthen the hair roots.
Beauty Kitchen Bamboo Charcoal Facial Konjac Sponge, £6.99
This konjac sponge is such a great product and can allow for a rather low-maintenance skincare regime!

Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

15 December 2017

The 2017 Christmas Gift Guide (Part One)

Hi guys! Apologies for the impromptu blog break - life has been rather hectic! I hope you are getting on well with your Christmas shopping - I'm almost finished mine. Today I'm sharing part one of my 2017 Christmas gift guide to give you some festive shopping inspiration!
Montezuma's Peanut Butter Chocolate Snowballs, £5.49/150g
If there's someone with a sweet tooth in your life, I bet they'd love these yummy gluten-free chocolates!
Bomb Cosmetics Mint Mocha Scented Candle Tin, £7.99
This mint mocha candle smells good enough to eat and looks pretty too!
Elli Hand Scrub* and Hand Balm*, £2.95/15g
A perfect winter skincare duo for weather-beaten hands! These handy little tins are great for travel.
Give someone the chance to experience these natural, unique perfumes with this mini gift box!
Bee Good Lip Balm Trio*, £10
These mouth-watering lip balms are sure to sweeten up someone's stocking and help keep their lips kissable under the mistletoe! Packaged in a drawstring pouch, these can be given as a gift set or separated into individual gifts.

What are some of the gifts you've purchased this year?
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

23 November 2017

The LoveLula November Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £13.95
The November beauty box contained an amazing total product value of £60, including three full-size products! This box was a great pre-Christmas treat with some products from brands I'd never tried or heard of!

Included in the box was:
REN Perfect Canvas Serum (sample size), £50/30ml
With a light texture and key ingredient agave extract, this serum is designed to be used after moisturising to smooth the skin and enhance the structure of the skin, whilst giving a matte finish.
Madara Smart Eye Rescue Cream, £31/15ml
With ingredients such as lichen, moss, fern and alchemilla extracts, this eye cream promises to hydrate, firm and brighten the skin around the eye area. Suitable for all skin types, this product also aims to de-puff eyes and reduce dark circles.
Laidbare Working 9 to 5 Hydration Cream, £7.99/50ml
This brand is fast-becoming a favourite of mine, due to the great ingredients and purse-friendly price tags! The stand-out ingredients in this product are rose water, gotu kola extract, Iceland moss extract and cassis angustifolia seed polysaccharide. I've used this moisturiser a few times so far and I've been impressed with the way it helps my skin to stay matte for longer. It does feel a little tightening on dry areas, but I just apply a couple of drops of serum or light oil underneath to rectify this.
The Seaweed Bath Co. Shampoo & Conditioner (sample sizes), £16.99 each/360ml
I imagine these smell amazing, thanks to the peppermint and eucalyptus! These aim to cleanse, hydrate and nourish your hair using detoxifying and mineral-rich seaweed and argan oil.
INIKA Organic Lipstick in "Naked Kiss", £18/4.2g
This vegan-friendly, certified organic lipstick is a lovely neutral shade which would suit many skin tones. Formulated with shea butter, jojoba oil and carnauba wax to keep lips soft and hydrated.

Have you tried any of these products? As always, as a LoveLula beauty box subscriber, you will also receive 20% off all brands in the beauty box!
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

21 November 2017

Africa Organics Natural Haircare

Africa Organics Baobab Shampoo*, £12.82/210ml and Africa Organics Marula Conditioner*, £12.07/200ml

I recently chose to review these two hair products from LoveLula after encountering a few disappointing haircare products. I'd never tried this brand before, so was really excited to give them a go! The packaging is minimalist white with muted coloured text and copper accents, which gives it a sleek and modern feel. All products are 100% natural, African, vegan-friendly and certified organic!

The baobab shampoo has a gel-like consistency and a pleasant, refreshing citrus scent. With ingredients such as aloe vera leaf gel, orange peel oil, baobab oil and vanilla extract, this shampoo applies evenly and lathers well, without having to use too much product. Once rinsed away with lukewarm water, this shampoo leaves my hair deep-cleansed, softer and less frizzy.

The marula condtioner has a thick cream consistency and has an incredible spearmint scent! I adore mint-scented products and this one certainly didn't disappoint. I always focus on covering mid length to the tips of my hair and spread excess product throughout the rest, ensuring a good coverage. With ingredients such as coconut oil, marula seed oil, peppermint oil and spearmint leaf oil, this conditioner not only smells amazing, but it really helps to soften, hydrate and protect my hair.

After using these two products exclusively until they ran out, my hair was left looking much healthier, feeling softer and looking so much shinier! I would definitely recommend these products for frizzy, damaged and dull hair especially. I will most definitely be using these again!

Have you tried anything from Africa Organics yet?

Shampoo Ingredients:
Aloe Barbadensis (Vera) Leaf Gel*, Decyl Glucoside, Water (Aqua), Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Ethanol, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Glycerin, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Xanthan Gum, Inulin*, Adansonia digitata fruit extract*, PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Isoamyl Laurate, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab) Oil, Sodium Phytate, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract*, Citric Acid, Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Tocopherol, Linalool**, Limonene**, Geraniol** *ingredient from organic farming **component of natural essential oils 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin 98% of vegetable ingredients are from Organic Farming 31% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife

Conditioner Ingredients:
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Vera) Leaf Gel*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethanol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Inulin*, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Isoamyl Laurate, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Leaf Extract*, PCA Glyceryl Oleate, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Peel Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate, Adansonia Digitata fruit extract*, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil*, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf Oil*, Citric Acid, Tocopherol, Linalool**, Limonene**, Geraniol** *ingredient from organic farming **component of natural essential oils 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin 96% of vegetable ingredients are from Organic Farming 34% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming Natural and Organic Cosmetic certified by Ecocert Greenlife
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.
Black Friday

19 November 2017

Pairfum Black Orchid Prebiotic Organic Body Lotion

Pairfum Black Orchid Body Lotion*, £15/250ml

A while back I was given the opportunity to test and review this body lotion. I'd never heard of this brand before, so was really intrigued! The vibrant, modern packaging is eye-catching, although not necessarily the look I'd associate with a natural beauty brand. Then again, using punchy packaging like this helps natural products blend in with more mainstream brands and may encourage non-natural beauty fans to try it!
Ingredients include coconut oil, shea butter and aloe vera leaf juice. There are some ingredients such as phenoxyethanol that I usually try to avoid, which is added to this body lotion. The black orchid scent is sweet, floral and powdery and just gorgeous! The scent is very long-lasting on the skin. With base notes of musk, copahu balm and vanilla pod, heart notes of black orchid, olive leaf, freesia and ginger flower, then top notes of anjou pear, dark cassis and orange slice.

These body lotions are prebiotic and aim to strengthen the micro-flora of your skin, helping it to defend itself against harmful organisms and help improve the skin's protective barrier. The formula is quite thick, so only a little is required per application. I enjoy using it to moisturise and soften my hands and body and have not experienced any irritation on my skin. I really do love this scent! Pairfum also make home scents products such as reed diffusers and candles, which I'd love to try next!

Ingredients:
Aqua (water), cocos nucifera (coconut oil), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cetearyl alcohol, coco-glucoside, butyrospermum parkii (shea) nut butter, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernal oil, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, tocopherol, phenoxyethanol, xantham gum, parfum, citric acid lactic acid, benzoic acid, dehydroacetic acid, linalool, courmarin, benzyl salicylate.
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

02 November 2017

The Weekly Wish List

1. Cath Kidston Kingswood Rose Watch, £55
I don't get to wear a watch too often, due to the nature of my job, but I'm really in love with this one and I'd like to start wearing a watch on days off. This particular style is really pretty, but practical too, as the colourway will compliment so many outfits!
2. Booja Booja Raspberry Truffles, £4.99/69g
These vegan-friendly, organic chocolate truffles sound divine and I love the pink packaging!
3. Dare2b Cajole Ski Sweater, RRP £70 £48.95
This zip-up fleece really caught my eye when I saw it in a local store; I love the stylish, slim fit and the colourway. This would certainly perk up my dog-walking attire!
4. RJR.John Rocha Fleece Slipper Boots, RRP £25 £15
These short slipper boots are exactly what I've been looking for! These are actually from the men's section, as I have annoyingly large feet! I like to keep my toes cosy during these colder months and these boots should do the job!
5. Tangle Teezer Rose Gold Luxe Compact Styler, £13.50
I don't particularly need a new Tangle Teezer, but I couldn't resist the pretty rose gold design! I like to keep one handy in my bag while out and about; they are the gentlest brushes for teasing out knots and they reduce tugging.

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

16 October 2017

The LoveLula October Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £13.95
The October beauty box contained a total product value of £44, including three full-size products! This box was great because it had some different types of products.

Included in the box was:
PHB Eye Shadow Brush, £7.95
Another eye shadow brush will definitely be a welcome addition to my little collection!
I usually enjoy neutral eye shadow colours, so this should be fine for me. I love the quality of PHB's make-up products! I like that this comes with a little mirror inside.

Ooh! Oils Of Heaven Tamanu Regenerating Face Oil (travel size), £9.50/15ml
This smells a little unusual and has a nutty scent. It appears to be a thicker type of face oil and I'm looking forward to trying it.
Made from Himalayan soapberries, this bodywash smells gorgeous and is a favourite of mine!
Glossworks Nail & Cuticle Oil, £12/9ml
I can't wait to use this avocado-based cuticle oil! This promises to soften and moisturise cuticles and promote healthy skin and nails!

Have you tried any of these products? As always, as a LoveLula beauty box subscriber, you will also receive 20% off all brands in the beauty box!
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

10 October 2017

Weleda Oat Replenishing Haircare Duo

Weleda Oat Replenishing Shampoo*, £10.50/190ml and Weleda Oat Replenishing Conditioner*, £10.95/200ml

I recently tried another haircare duo, this time from Weleda. With oat extract, jojoba seed oil, coconut oil and wheat protein, these hair products sounded great, especially as they are aimed at dry/damaged hair.
I liked the neutral, lightly herbal scent of both products and the packaging is pleasing to the eye. The consistency of the shampoo was a little too thin, which made it feel watery. It was quite difficult to spread evenly through my hair and achieve an even coverage; I felt I had to use too much product per application. The conditioner was a thicker, cream formula which I didn't use too much of per application.
The shampoo did add shine, but I still had dry ends and it seemed to leave residue behind, making my hair appear greasy. The conditioner helped to soften my hair, but I prefer Weleda's oat replenishing treatment to use as a heavy duty conditioner or hair mask.

Overall, this duo was disappointing and did not suit my hair type. I may try a different haircare range from this brand in the future, to see how it compares. Do let me know your own thoughts on Weleda haircare products!
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.