21 September 2016

JOIK Pastel Pink Lip Balm

JOIK Pastel Pink Lip Balm*, £5.50/7g

My favourite type of lip products are those which hydrate and protect lips, while giving a flush of colour. This lip balm from Estonian brand, JOIK, contains ingredients such as cocoa butter, avocado oil and jojoba oil, ensuring your lips are kept moisturised and cared for. This leaves them silky soft and nourished.
As well as keeping your lips looking in tip top condition, this lip balm also leaves a sheen of pastel pink shimmer behind. This is perfect for everyday use and great as a finishing touch for a natural make-up look. I love the classic black, glossy packaging and twist-up applicator. There are lots of other products I'd love to try from this brand!

Cera alba, orbignya oleifera seed oil, persea gratissima oil, ricinus commuunis seed oil, simmondsia chinensis seed oil, theobroma cacao seed butter, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499.
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

16 September 2016

Organic September: Madara Multi-action Micellar Water

Madara Multi-action Micellar Water*, £12/100ml

Certified organic by EcoCert, this 99% natural micellar water is the perfect answer to quick, effective cleansing. With the same minimal effort and ease of cleansing wipes, but much more gentle and effective!

I've been eager to find and try a natural micellar water for ages! Madara have certainly filled the gap for this product in the natural and organic beauty world. With sleek, minimal packaging and a user-friendly dispenser, this gluten-free, vegan-friendly cleanser is a lazy girl's dream! The plastic container is recyclable and the product is cruelty-free and free of any chemical nasties.
With hyaluronic acid, aloe vera and Northern peony extract, this product gently dissolves make-up and removes any trace of daily grime. Using a re-usable cotton pad, the product is gently swiped over face, eyes and lips, leaving skin refreshingly cleansed and toned, ready for applying your serum and/or moisturiser. This micellar water is aimed at all skin types and I've had no irritation at all with my sensitive skin, which is great! If using an oil or cream-based cleanser, this would also work well as a double cleanse, removing any build-up of product.

Aloe Barbadensis Rosa Damascena Hamamelis Virginiana Glycerin Benzyl Alcohol Sodium PCA Potassium Sorbate Lactic Acid Aroma Sodium Hyaluronate Paeonia Lactiflora (Peony) Root Extract Caprylic/Capric Glucoside Xylitylglucoside Propanediol Anhydroxylitol Xylitol Phragmites Communis Extract Poria Cocos Extract Rhamnose Glucose Glucuronic Acid.
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

10 September 2016

Organic September: Epic Blend Hemp Banana Lip Balm

Epic Blend Hemp Banana Lip Balm*, £3.99/4.2g

I love a good lip balm and I'm never without one. I've got quite a collection at the moment. Currently taking the lead in the favourites category is this cruelty-free, organic banana lip balm, which although not currently certified organic, is  made with organic hemp seed oil, organic beeswax, organic coconut oil and organic sunflower oil. It smells divine! The formula is silky smooth and glides onto lips without leaving a greasy residue. It feels really moisturising and protects my lips from getting dry or chapped. The packaging is vibrant, bold and modern, which I love. The scent is a sweet, artificial banana aroma, which reminds me of those banana foam sweets. Epic Blend is a Canadian brand and they also have a vegan lip balm range available.

What's your go-to lip balm at the moment?
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

05 September 2016

Organic September: Eco by Sonya Coconut Roll-on Deodorant

Eco by Sonya Coconut Roll-on Deodorant*, £15.20/60ml

I've recently been testing out this natural, organic and vegan-friendly roll-on deodorant. I've been using a balm deodorant for some time and fancied trying out a more practical option. I love the packaging and the roll-on design of this deodorant. The scent is quite pleasant and I'd agree that it is unisex. The formula is gentle and I've experienced no irritation while using this deodorant, which is a big plus.
Unfortunately, this deodorant didn't perform as well as I'd hoped it to. Even with applying it a few times throughout the day, it didn't prevent or help to mask body odour. Yes, we've had unusually hot weather here in Scotland and I've been through some rather stressful times recently, but these are the crucial moments where you need to be able to rely on a really good deodorant! Sadly, this was not the one for me. Perhaps it would perform better during the winter months, but ideally I want a practical deodorant that works all year round. For me, this product may serve better as a quick freshen-up option when out and about or as a deodorant on quiet, do-nothing days.
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice* Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract* Sodium Bicarbonate** Ethanol** Coconut Flavour** Glycerin* Lavender Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract* Chamomilla Recutita (Chamomile) Flower Extract* Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtra**

What's your favourite natural deodorant?
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

03 September 2016

The Weekly Wish List

1. A'kin Dry Shampoo, £12/150ml
I currently use cornflour as a dry shampoo, but I'd love to try this offering from A'kin. As well as keeping oily hair at bay, this also claims to add texture and volume.
2. The English Mineral Makeup Company Mineral Blush, £25/10g
This bubblegum pink blush looks gorgeous and perfect for adding a flush of colour. These also come with a free kabuki brush!
3. The Range Large Mercury Glass Heart Vase, £2.49
I really love the mercury effect on glass and this decorative piece is great value.
4. PHB Pure Skin Liquid Foundation, £19.95/30g
An organic liquid foundation with SPF 30 - could this be the one?!
5. Forever 21 Pink Iridescent Earrings, £2
Aren't these pink circle stud earrings pretty? They'd finish off a simple outfit really well!
6. Scentsy Etched Copper Warmer, £33
My sister introduced me to Scentsy and I'm rather interested! This is the warmer I'd probably go for - love the copper and it looks really decorative.

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

01 September 2016

Organic September: Botanicals Skincare

If you weren't already aware, this month is also known as Organic September; raising awareness about the great benefits of following an organic lifestyle. To kick off this month's organic-centered blog posts, I'm going to be talking about the lovely, certified organic and vegan-friendly skincare brand, Botanicals.
Handmade in small batches in the UK, Botanicals uses only the most natural, organic ingredients in their wonderful range of skincare products. Their products smell gorgeous, give great results and the packaging is just beautiful! I've been really lucky to have had the opportunity to try various products from this brand and I've been impressed with each one!

I recently introduced Botanicals to my eldest sister, who is a beauty therapist. She is now introducing a range of Botanicals products to coincide with Organic September and is currently running special offers on facials and reflexology. I was the first person to experience a Botanicals facial in her beauty room - earlier today, in fact - and it was a really lovely experience! I'd highly recommend sourcing a local beauty salon that uses Botanicals products - you won't be disappointed! And if you happen to live in Aberdeenshire, be sure to check out Beyond Beauty!
Currently in my stash, I have the Rose & Camelia Cleansing Melt*, the Wild Rose & Rose Geranium Nourish Body Polish* and the Rose Clay & Rosehip Revitalising Mask*. I have loved and reviewed both the cleansing melt and the face mask. I will be reviewing the body polish soon!

Do let me know if you've tried any Botanicals products - any must haves?!
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

21 August 2016

Introducing... Bloom Remedies

Earlier this year, I finally purchased some products from Bloom Remedies! All products are handmade in Cornwall, being organic and eco-friendly. I was really impressed with the packaging and you can tell a lot of thought and effort goes into this.
Bloom Remedies Lavender & Lemon Hand Cream, £9/100ml

This hand cream is housed in a practical pump bottle and lasts longer than expected. The fragrance is the perfect blend of relaxing lavender and zingy lemon! The silky, smooth formula absorbs easily and quickly upon contact with skin, leaving hands softer and moisturised, with no irritation.

Aqua, sunflower seed oil*, shea butter*, glycerin*, meadowfoam oil*, wheatgerm oil*, glyceryl stearate, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, benzyl alcohol, lemon essential oil*, vitamin E, beeswax*, potassium sorbate, lavender essential oil*, cetearyl glucoside, xanthum gum, rosemary flower extract*, thymus essential oil*, rosemary essential oil*, citric acid.
*organic ingredient

Bloom Remedies Serenity Slumber Bath Melts, £10/100g

These bath melts are a great concept and would make a particularly excellent gift - just look at that pretty packaging! After placing a couple under running water in the bath, they soon begin to melt, releasing nourishing oils into the water. The scent is so relaxing and really does make you feel sleepy! After a good soak, these will leave your skin wonderfully hydrated and super soft!

Shea butter*, cocoa butter*, coconut oil*, Cornish sea salt*, Dead Sea salt*, sweet orange essential oil*, ylang ylang flower essential oil*, geranium essential oil*, lavender essential oil*, cedarwood essential oil*, patchouli essential oil*.
*organic ingredient
(Also contains limonene, citral, geraniol, linalool, eugenol, citronellol, benzyl alcohol/benzoate/salicylate - natural components of essential oils.)

Have you tried anything from this lovely brand?
Emma xxx

17 August 2016

Food & Drink - This Month I've Been Trying...

Nairn's Gluten Free Super Seeded Wholegrain Crackers*, £1.60/114g
It's great to have a gluten-free option from Nairn's and these seeded crackers are delicious! I really enjoyed mine with sweet chilli Philadelphia spread, but they'd also be great topped with fresh veg or as a substitute for bread with soups.
Gluten Free Wholegrain Oats (79%), Seeds (12%) (Brown Flaxseed, Millet, Chia), Sustainable Palm Fruit Oil, Maize Starch, Sea Salt, Raising Agent: Ammonium Bicarbonate, Honey.
Belvoir Blueberry & Blackcurrant Cordial, £3.15/500ml and Belvoir Elderflower & Rose Cordial, £3.15/500ml
The elderflower & rose cordial is just beautiful! I'd previously tried the presse version of this and it's probably my current favourite soft drink! The blueberry & blackcurrant variety is okay, but it doesn't have the same punch as the elderflower one.
Elderflower & Rose Ingredients:
Water, Sugar, Fresh Elderflowers 5%, Fresh Lemon Juice, Citric Acid, Elderberry Juice (from Concentrate), Rose Extract.
Blueberry & Blackberry Ingredients:
Sugar, Water, Blueberry Juice (not from Concentrate) 11%, Blackcurrant Juice (not from Concentrate) 9%, Blueberry Juice (from Concentrate) 7%, Citric Acid.
Quorn Mini Breaded Fillets, £1.90/300g
These chicken-style mini breaded fillets are so close to the real thing, I had to double check they were meat-free! These are great in wraps with salad or on their own with dip. I really liked these!
Mycoprotein (53%) , Wheat & Wholewheat Flours (contain Added Calcium, Iron, Niacin & Thiamine) , Vegetable Oils (Sunflower, Rapeseed) , Water , Rehydrated Free Range Egg White , Wheatgerm , Wheat Starch , Wheat Gluten , Milk Proteins , Natural Flavouring , Salt , Rice Flour , Yeast , Firming Agents: Calcium Chloride, Calcium Acetate , Gelling Agent: Pectin.
JimJams Milk Chocolate Spread*, £2.59/350g and JimJams Hazelnut Chocolate Spread*, £2.59/350g
Meet classic Nutella's new, healthier opponent! These chocolate spreads from JimJams were created by Kevin Bath, who wanted to create similarly delicious chocolate spreads, but with less sugar - Nutella containing 57 cubes of it! These spreads have won awards and are now available to purchase from Tesco! They contain less than 83% sugar than their rivals and they taste amazing!
You'd honestly be hard-pushed to taste the difference between a jar of Nutella and a jar of JimJams' hazelnut chocolate spread. This is a great option for kids and adults alike who enjoy chocolately goodness, but are conscious about what they are putting in their bodies. These are also diabetic-friendly.
Milk Chocolate ingredients:
Maltitol, Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed Palm), Skimmed Milk Powder 11%, Fat Reduced Cocoa, Whey Powder (Milk), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin), Flavouring.
Hazelnut ingredients:
Maltitol, Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed Palm), Hazelnuts 13%, Fat Reduced Cocoa, Skimmed Milk Powder, Whey Powder (Milk), Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin), Flavouring.

Have you discovered any new food or drink items recently?
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

15 August 2016

My Scotland Holiday In Pictures

It's been just over two weeks since I got back from my holiday in Scotland with my family. Things have been rather hectic since, so I'm just getting round to sharing the holiday highlights with you now! The location is near North Berwick in East Lothian.
I captured some truly stunning sunsets!

We spent the day at East Links Family Park where the kids enjoyed playing and feeding all the cute farm animals.
We took a rather muddy riverside walk to Hailes Castle.
We had a bonfire and toasted marshmallows on the beach!
Anna was as cute as ever!
My Mum and I took a boat trip to The Bass Rock and treated ourselves to a whippy ice-cream afterwards!
My Mum, Kathryn, Anna and I went out for lunch at the East Linton Nurseries & Tearoom. We over-indulged, but it was so good! We walked off a few calories afterwards.
My Mum and I took the train to Edinburgh and went on an Auld Reekie tour, including Greyfriars Cemetery and the underground vaults. Both were really interesting! It was quite creepy in the vaults, especially when my camera stopped working in certain areas! We'd love to check out another tour next time.
My Mum and I climbed the Berwick Law, taking a rather scenic route up and a rather steep trek down! Unfortunately it turned out to be really, really hot - not great for climbing.

So, I had a great time with my family and being by the seaside everyday was really good for my soul!
Emma xxx