31 July 2017

The LoveLula July Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £13.95
The July beauty box contained an amazing total product value of £60, including two full-size products!

Included in the box was:
PHB Natural Mascara, £15.95/10ml
The waterproof, smudge-resistant formula sounds promising, so I'm looking forward to giving this natural mascara a try. It's meant to be specifically great for sensitive eyes!
Lyonsleaf Marshmallow Facial Oil, £14.99/30ml
This facial oil smells incredibly indulgent and I can't wait to try it on my face! On my hands, it absorbs quickly, without leaving behind a greasy residue and it helps keep them soft and supple. You can't go far wrong with ingredients such as marshmallow extract, rosehip oil, geranium and rose.
REN Satin Perfection BB Cream SPF15 (sample), £29/50ml
It's great to see another BB cream offering SPF protection! This formula promises to give a satin finish and flawless coverage.
Madara Fine Line Minimising Cream (sample), £32/50ml
This vegan-friendly day cream aims to preserve youthful skin and contains lots of natural antioxidant ingredients such as lichen moss extract, fern extract, olive oil and rose flower water. I'm not sure if I will use this personally or gift it to someone!
John Masters Spearmint & Meadowsweet Shampoo (travel size), £6/60ml
This smells and sounds so good, but I may hand it over to my boyfriend, as he suffers from an irritated scalp.

Have you tried any of these products? As always, as a 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.

25 July 2017

Pukka Herbs Clean Me Green Wellbeing Kit

Pukka Herbs Clean Me Green Wellbeing Kit*, £19.99

A little while back, I was sent this wellbeing kit to test out over a course of two weeks. Created by organic tea brand, Pukka, this 100% organic kit contains fourteen sachets each of three different products. The idea behind this kit is to use the power of organic herbs to "clean you green", along with helpful tips on how to make the best use of the kit and how you can enhance the effectiveness of it by changing other small factors such as drinking plenty of water and eating more healthily.
The three products included in the kit were the Detox Herbal Tea, Clean Matcha Green Tea and Clean Greens Superblend.

I already enjoy the detoxing tea, which blends aniseed, sweet fennel seed, cardamom pod, licorice root, coriander seed and celery seed.
The matcha green tea was also a pleasant addition, and having tried Matcha green tea previously, I already knew of the great benefits it can have to your body. This blend was made from Sencha green tea, sweet fennel seed, dandelion root, licorice root, nettle leaf, lemon essential oil flavour, turmeric root, lemon whole, lemon myrtle leaf and Matcha powder.
The clean greens blend was made up of wheat grass juice powder concentrated 30:1, nettle leaf fresh freeze dried 9:1, parsley leaf, spirulina, chlorella cracked-cell, Seagreens® arctic fresh seaweed, kale seed sprouts fresh freeze dried, fennel seed, peppermint leaf, green tea leaf aqueous extract and ginger root. This wasn't particularly enjoyable due to the bitter taste and gritty texture; I found it easiest to ingest mixed into apple juice.
Overall, I enjoyed using this kit and could definitely see some benefits including better digestion, increased fluid intake, feeling a bit brighter and healthier. It also spurred me on to make other changes i.e. drinking more fluids and eating more healthily.

If you're in need of a detox or a kick-start into healthier eating, I'd definitely recommend giving this a try!
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

13 July 2017

Natural Products For a Beautifully Scented Home

I love a beautifully scented home and today I am going to share some of my favourite natural home scents products with you.
Pacifica Reed Diffusers*, £15/120ml
Reed diffusers are perfect for smaller spaces and rooms, such as hallways and bathrooms, where they can work their hardest and hold their scent for longer. With a regular turning of the wooden reeds, you'll find this natural liquid fragrance lasting up to six months! The island vanilla scent is just gorgeous, with notes of vanilla absolute, honey-jasmine and tea. The Indian coconut nectar scent is another of my favourites; it takes you away to a sweet, tropical paradise! These vegan-friendly reed diffusers not only smell great, but they look pretty as well!
JOIK Candles*, £12.50/145g
Natural soya wax candles are another great option. These are clean-burning and create a lovely ambiance, as well as giving off a natural fragrance. I love candles by JOIK especially; their packaging is really pretty and they have a great selection of scents available. Did I mention they are great value for money?!
Scentsy Etched Copper Warmer, £36 and Scentsy Wax Bar Melts, £6/per pack of 8 cubes
I invested in the etched copper warmer last winter and am so glad that I did! The Scentsy wax melts may not be the most natural of products, but there are lots of other, more natural alternatives to choose from, which I will be checking out once I use up my current supply. There are so many gorgeous scents available and you can even create your own signature scents by mixing the melts. My favourites are sweet and/or foodie scents, of course! The warmer is electric and gently heats the wax, releasing the gorgeous scents all around your home; I find these work in small or large areas and I switch mine on for just 2-3 hours at a time, with the fragrance lasting a long time afterwards. I can reuse the same wax melt for weeks, so these aren't as costly as you may think. I'd definitely recommend getting yourself a wax melt warmer as they are practical and there are loads of complimentary styles to choose from to suit your home.
I recently purchased the try me surprise wax melts box from Bloom Candles to test in my Scentsy warmer and these are also great! Just £3.99 to try all 12 fragrances is such a bargain! I'm not sure how natural these melts are, but their scent throw isn't as strong as the Scentsy ones.

How do you naturally fragrance your home?
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

30 June 2017

The LoveLula June Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £13.95
The June beauty box contained a total product value of £43, including two full-size products!

Included in the box was:
Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask, £9.50/40g
With brown rice flour, ground hibiscus and rose geranium oil, this little face mask sample sounds lovely and as a bonus, an organic muslin cloth was included!
Madara Daily Defense Balm, £15/60ml
I've been using this multi-purpose balm on any sore, dry or irritated skin and it definitely helps to reduce itchiness and inflammation, while moisturising the skin. It includes ingredients such as Northern cloudberry fruit extract, sea buckthorn fruit extract, shea butter and macadamia seed oil.
John Masters Organics Lavender, Rose Geranium & Ylang Ylang Soap, £3/42g
This organic soap has a lovely botanical scent and includes natural ingredients such as capuacu seed butter, coconut oil and olive fruit oil. I may try using this as a gentle facial cleanser.
This lip creme has an impressive staying power and strong pigment, but I find this shade too dark for me. It would be great to see a few more shade options.

Have you tried any of these products? As always, as a beauty box subscriber, you will also receive 20% off all brands in the beauty box!
Love,
Emma xxx

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.