24 April 2018

The LoveLula April Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £13.95
The April beauty box contained an impressive total product value of over £65, which included four full-size products! I was really excited to try the products in this month's box!

Included in the box was:
Dr. Botanicals Kale Superfood Nourishing Day Moisturiser, £14.90/30ml
I love the periodic table inspired packaging for these products! This kale moisturiser is lightweight without leaving dry patches and you only need a small amount per application. It doesn't have much of a scent at all which is fine and it absorbs well into the skin. I have been really enjoying this product and could see myself purchasing it in the future. The key ingredients are kale and cocoa butter, meaning this is high in vitamin C and Vitamin E which nourish the skin.
Dr. Botanicals Coffee Superfood Renewing Facial Exfoliator, £14.90/30ml
This has a pleasant coffee scent, but it's not overpowering at all. The formula is creamy and slightly gritty, so is not harsh on sensitive skin like mine. I'm really loving this product and have been using it frequently! The key ingredients include green coffee bean oil, which is high in antioxidants and walnut shell powder to gently exfoliate the skin and reveal softer, smoother skin. My skin has been feeling much softer since using both Dr. Botanicals products together. I'd definitely purchase the exfoliator!
Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Balm, £12/30ml
I'm yet to try this balm, but I think it will be great for dry, irritated areas of skin. They've taken their classic face balm and added rosehip serum to create this miracle balm! This will be great as an intensive overnight treatment.
INIKA Cream Eye Shadow in "Champagne", £21/7ml
This certified organic eye shadow comes with a handy nozzle for dispensing the product which can be applied with fingertips or an eye shadow brush. The champagne colour is a neutral shade which will work well with most skin tones. The formula is crease-free, so this could also be beneficial as an eye shadow primer or even a highlighter!
Madara Samples
Also included were samples of Madara skincare products, which I'm a huge fan of! Ideal for trialling a product or for use when travelling.

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

11 April 2018

The Wednesday Wish List

1. Arty Fragrance L'Elegante Candle, £40/180g
I love the concept of these luxurious, handcrafted candles! With silver mirrored packaging and notes of pink berry, raspberry leaf, violet and musk, this candle sounds dreamy!
2. Estelle & Thild Lip Gloss in "Sorbet", £18.50
This organic, moisturising lip gloss looks like the perfect spring/summer shade and the packaging is gorgeous.
3. Oasis Knot Stripe Sundress, £40
I'm really looking forward to spring/summer fashion for a change and this striped dress looks lovely with the knotted detail.
4. M&S Bumblebee Cushion, £12
I'd love seasonal cushions for our sofa and I think when paired with grey/yellow check cushions, this bee one would look great for spring or summer!

What's at the top of your wish list right now?
Emma xxx

08 April 2018

MOSSA Micellar Water

MOSSA Micellar Water*, £10/200ml

If you like multi-use, lazy-girl products then you'll love micellar water! Now that it's such a popular product in the beauty world, there are quite a few natural versions available. I've previously used and enjoyed Madara's micellar water and have been recently using their sister brand, MOSSA's offering. I love their crisp, clean packaging and the price point compared to other micellar waters is very reasonable! It seems to be lasting quite a while, even with daily use!
Key ingredients are hyaluronic acid, raspberry fruit extract, mushroom extract and rose flower water. This 3-in-1 product aims to cleanse and remove make-up, tone and moisturise the skin. I think it does an excellent job at cleansing and toning, but I always apply a moisturiser afterwards as I do suffer from dry patches on my skin, so it needs that extra hydration. The micellar water has a pleasant, lightly fruity scent and does not irritate my sensitive skin at all.

I find using the micellar water so quick and easy - great for a simple, quick routine and while away on holiday as you can minimise the number of products you need to use. I'd happily purchase this product in the future as I've found it fits into my lifestyle and skincare routine really well!

Do you currently use a micellar water?

Aqua/Water, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water*, Glycerin**, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract*, Benzyl Alcohol, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Sodium PCA, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid, Aroma/Fragrance, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phragmites Communis Extract, Poria Cocos Extract
*Ingredients from Organic Farming
**Made using organic ingredients
99% of the total ingredients are from natural origin, 5% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

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

27 March 2018

Alteya Age Defense Rose Oil Hand Cream

Alteya Age Defense Rose Oil Hand Cream*, £7.25/30ml

One of my favourite types of skincare products to test out are hand creams; they are a must-have beauty essential for me and there are so many to choose from! I decided to try the rose oil hand cream from Alteya Organics. I love the sleek, pretty packaging and the product is easily dispensed from the squeezy tube.

This certified organic, vegan-friendly hand cream features the key ingredient rose otto which refreshes, nourishes and soothes skin. The cream smells gorgeous and is quite a thick consistency, meaning you only need a little per application. It glides easily over the skin and absorbs really well, giving you instantly softer and hydrated hands! My recurring dry patches have definitely been reduced since using this product.
I've been using this several times a day and the tube is soon to be empty as I just love it! I would definitely buy this and am really interested in trying more products from this brand - their Bulgarian rose water spray sounds divine, as does the rose otto day face moisturiser! They certainly have pretty packaging covered throughout the range!

Are there any products from Alteya Organics you'd love to try?!

Distilled Thermal Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Polyglyceryl-3 Dicitrate/Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder *, Pentaclethra Macroloba (Pracaxi) Seed Oil*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Caprylate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter*, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Oil*, Rasmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Kaolin, Eugenol**, Geranoil**,Citronellol**,Linalool**.
*Certified Organic Ingredients **Naturally Occuring in Essential Oils

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

22 March 2018

The LoveLula March Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £13.95

The March beauty box contained a total product value of £43, which included three full-size products! I was really impressed with the contents of the box this month!

Included in the box was:
Sukin Purifying Shampoo, £9.95/500ml & Sukin Nourishing Conditioner, £9.95/500ml
Sukin is a brand I've not previously tried as some of their ingredients are synthetic and, I feel, unnecessary. Both of these products contain phenoxyethanol, which I prefer to avoid. However, I did try these the other day. First impressions are not great; I felt the shampoo didn't cleanse my hair properly and I seemed to need to use too much product to get an even coverage. The conditioner seemed fine, although I do prefer a more heavy duty product to nourish my hair and dry ends.
This luxury product promises to brighten and hydrate skin, targeting age spots, hyper-pigmentation and the effects of pollution. Natural AHAs gently exfoliate skin, whilst floral geranium tones. I'm looking forward to using this!
Laidbare Guess My Age Treatment Cream, £9.99/50ml
The ingredients list for this cream seems really good and include exotic passion flower oil, Japanese seaweed extract and lime peel oil. This anti-ageing cream aims to tackle wrinkles, lift and strengthen skin and promote healthy, dewy-looking skin. It smells lovely and I'm looking forward to trying this.
Elsa's Organic Skinfoods Ocean Deodorant, £10/45g
The arrival of this was well-timed, as both Ian and I are running low on our Schmidt's deodorants. I'd been interested in trying this deodorant, mainly due to Schmidt's selling out to a larger, non cruelty-free company which is always a shame! This one smells lovely and minty and I think Ian will be testing this out. I'm not sure we will be switching due to the cost of this deodorant being double the price (in terms of grams per product) of our current ones!
Glossworks Nail Polish in "Come Clay With Me", £12/9ml
This is a warm pink/nude shade with a glossy finish. I'm not a huge wearer of nail polish due to my job, but when I can, I do like to wear it! I usually go for hot pink shades, but I'm sure this will look good and could be used for an accent nail.

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

13 March 2018

Holland & Barrett Haul

Holland & Barrett are currently running their "buy one, get one half price" offer on many products and I had a £2 coupon to use during March, so I decided to place an order. I saved just over £11 on my order!
Dr Organic Rose Otto Shampoo, £6.99/265ml & Dr Organic Rose Otto Conditioner, £6.99/265ml
I had previously used and enjoyed travel-size bottles of these haircare products, so I decided to purchase the full-size ones. The ingredients aren't the purest, but they are pretty good! I love the rose scent and these leave my hair feeling really clean and cared for.
Beauty Kitchen Chill Me Sensitive & Age Defying Body Wash, £7.99/300ml
This body wash listed a pretty good ingredients list, so I chose the one from the "chill me" range. When sniffing from the bottle, the scent seems rather overpowering and almost fiery, like ginger. If it's too strong for me, I may try it as a bath product instead, so it can be diluted.
Good Bubble Cloudberry Bubble Bath, £3.99/400ml
Aimed at children, this bargainous bubble bath sounded pretty good and I'd really been missing the "bubble" in my bath lately. This smells amazing; like banana sweets! It left my skin feeling soft and smooth. I may have to try the rest of the range!
Treets Traditions Nourishing Spirits Hand Wash, £7.99/300ml
I'd never previously heard of this brand, but I was intrigued. I chose this hand wash as a key ingredient was marula oil, known for its anti-ageing and anti-oxidant properties. This has a delicate, slightly sweet scent which I like. I really like the packaging too!
Dr Organic Lavender Handwash, £5.99/250ml
I've used this previously and enjoyed it. Lavender is a favourite scent of mine.

Have you tried any of these products before and are you a fan of Holland & Barrett?
Emma xxx

06 March 2018

My Winter Skincare Saviours

With the current winter wonderland outside, my skin is definitely getting a battering! There have been some stand-out products in my collection recently which have really helped keep my skin hydrated and looking healthy.
Alma Briosa Coffee 'n Tea Rosso Moisturiser*, £14.52/150ml
This Italian moisturiser has been my go-to daily moisturiser for almost a year! It is just the right balance of moisture for my sensitive combination skin and I find it soothing and softening. With red tea extract, red coffee extract, cocoa butter, watermelon seed oil and rosehip oil, it's a real treat for the skin! It's almost finished and I'll be so sad when it's empty as I haven't found a UK stockist to purchase it from.
Balm Balm Rose Geranium Face Balm*, £8.95/30ml
Only the tiniest amount of this face balm is needed per application and it smells so relaxing! It's a great multi-purpose product and I find it particularly great for dry patches on my cheeks. It's also great for dry, cracked hands and is very purse-friendly.
Madara Daily Defense*, £15/60ml
The scent alone of this product is enough to make me love it - it smells absolutely divine and so deliciously fruity! It works wonders on my dry, irritated hands and is very long-lasting. The ingredients are so nourishing and this is a must in wintery weather conditions!
The Earth Works Cosmetics Virgin Coconut & Lime Body Butter*, £14/80g
This body butter smells so refreshing and feels really luxurious on the skin. With a whipped texture and key ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and lime essential oil, this body butter leaves my skin soft and moisturised for days!
Mádara Detox Face Mask, £20/60ml
I love Mádara face masks - especially this mud mask! It's great at decongesting dull and clogged skin, while leaving it softer and brighter. Ingredients include kaolin, lavender floral water, sapropel mud and algae extract.

What are your winter skincare saviours?
Emma xxx 

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

03 March 2018

Home Interiors, Anniversaries + Snow Days

Hello to my lovely readers! I hope you've enjoyed any snow days you may have had recently and not faced too many difficulties in this treacherous weather! We were snowed in for a few days and while it was nice to spend extra time together at home, the downside of my job is not getting paid for this unexpected time off, whether I had a choice or not. Luckily Ian's job is salaried.
We moved into Primrose Cottage on the 7th of January and it is very nearly completely renovated, with just a few little things left to finish. We are over the moon to be living in this dream location! Once we've fully completed the cottage, I will of course share our before and after progress photos.

With the cottage looking so good and with us slowly adding more home interior pieces to our home, I've become a little addicted to my @life_at_primrosecottage Instagram account! I'm hoping to slowly transition the blog onto that account completely, so I can focus on just one account, which will be much easier to manage. I'd recently been struggling with completing blog content on a regular basis and was so very close to giving up on it, but I had a change of heart and really want to continue blogging and introducing more content to my readers.
Ian and I are approaching our one year anniversary (7th March) and can't wait to celebrate! So much has happened in such a short space of time and we wouldn't change any of it! We are immensely happy and are continuing to plan for our future. We are looking forward to a week away near North Bewick at the end of the month - it will be great to chill out for a while! We're hoping to pop into Edinburgh on the train for some exploring (or shopping, haha).

Have you got any exciting plans or holidays coming up?
Emma xxx

28 February 2018

The LoveLula February Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £13.95
The February beauty box contained an excellent total product value of over £65, including three full-size products! Overall, this seems like a great box this month!

Included in the box was:
Urban Veda Radiance Hydrating Toner, £12.99/150ml
So this is a brand that has previously been featured in a LoveLula beauty box, but not one I've tried due to some of their ingredients not being as natural as I personally would like to see. This toner aims to tone, hydrate and revitalise skin, with the key ingredients being turmeric, papaya and goji berry. I must say, this toner does smell amazing!
Pure & Light Essential Face Cream, £34/50ml
This is a new-to-me brand and sounds really good! With orange blossom, argan oil, cocoa butter and carrot seed extract, this face cream is naturally rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants, promising to reduce redness, calm irritation, enhance blood circulation and balance oil production.
Ooh! Oils of Heaven Avocado Face Oil, £19/30ml
I have quite a few oils from this brand now and was really happy to add this one to my collection! I love avocado oil for both skin and hair as it has great hydrating and softening properties. This face oil is cold-pressed from avocado pulp and is also organic.
Mádara Exfoliating Oil-to-milk Scrub, £24/60ml
I love Mádara products, so I'm really looking forward to trying this scrub! This promises to cleanse, soften and renew skin, giving you instantly polished and velvety soft skin!

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!
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.
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26 February 2018

My Collection Of Little Pots + Tins

It's often the little pots and tins of beauty products and samples that get forgotten about, but they are great to use while travelling or between using up full-size products. I thought I'd collect up all of mine and share them with you. It may remind a few of us that we have some of these to use up!
Balmology Nourish Balm, £29/50g
This beauty balm is great when used as an overnight treatment, deeply hydrating the skin and improving skin texture. With neroli and frankincense, it smells gorgeous!
Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask (sample)*, £9.50/40g
I'm yet to try this face mask! It contains just three natural ingredients!
Handmade Naturals Organic Care Jelly, £4/15ml
With calendula, shea butter, manuka and lavender oils, this natural alternative to Vaseline can be used to moisturise hands, lips, sore noses and any other irritated areas of skin. It's a great little tin to keep in your bag during winter!
Botanicals Lavender & Tea Tree Calming Body Lotion*, £22/200ml
This smells lovely and calming, the formula is thick yet sinks into dry sink easily, instantly hydrating sore, dry and chapped skin. I love to use this on my hands and this sample pot is perfect for keeping in my bag.
Botanicals Lavender & Chamomile Soothing Salve*, £17.50/60g
This salve melts upon contact with skin, soothing and moisturising dehydrated and chapped areas. This is great for hands especially and can also be used as a calming after-sun treatment.
Botanicals Lemongrass Body Balm*, £22/60g
This body balm is really refreshing and is perfect for all over use to soften and hydrate dry skin. Great for hands, elbows and other dry patches or as an overnight treatment for the skin!
Sweet Cecily's Banoffee Lip Balm, £3.50/10ml
Sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth, this lovely lip balm smells delicious and keeps lips soft and moisturised.
Badger Sleep Balm, £5.99/21g
This balm is great at hydrating and soothing any dry areas, plus it's great to use as a sleeping aid by massaging into your temples before bed! It smells lovely and relaxing.
Mary Elizabeth Spearmint & Tea Tree Nurture Balm*, £7/15ml
I adore mint as a scent, and this balm doesn't disappoint! It smells incredible and even better, it's a multi-purpose balm for lips, hands and any other dry/irritated areas, so it helps hydrate and soothe the skin.
The Rose Tree Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter, £3.50 (sample size)
This cleansing butter is really luxurious and glides onto the skin. It smells lovely and is an excellent make-up remover. My sensitive, combination skin loves it! Ingredients include carrot oil, mango butter and St. John's Wort oil.
The Rose Tree Marshmallow & Frangipani Intensive Balm, £3.50 (sample size)
This balm smells so good and I love using it to keep my hands really hydrated and protected from the elements. Ingredients include marshmallow root oil, Argan oil, chamomile oil and beeswax.
The Rose Tree Rose & Frankincense Radiance Cream, £3.50 (sample size)
This rich radiance cream is great as a night time facial moisturiser; it softens and calms the skin, whilst keeping it moisturised and smooth. Ingredients include aloe vera, linseed oil and rose otto flower oil.

What are your favourite little pots or tins of products to keep handy?
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.