18 February 2017

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

Charbrew Chocolate Orange Tea, £1.69/15 teabags
I love Charbrew's bright, fun packaging and the fact that they use biodegradable tea pyramids. This chocolate orange tea contains organic cocoa flakes, orange peel and rooibos to create a slighty sweet, warming beverage, perfect for a chilly evening! I keep my teabag in the mug, to infuse completely and to release the full flavour.
Ristorante Gluten Free Mozzarella Pizza*, £3/335g
I'm not a huge lover of Ristorante pizzas, but it's great that they are now offering gluten-free options. I had the mozzarella pizza, while my brother tried the salami one. We both enjoyed our pizzas, and although you can notice a slight difference in the base, this didn't affect the taste; both were crisp and tasty.
Tesco Finest Peppermint Cream Popcorn, £1.79/170g and Tesco Finest Toffee Nut Latte Popcorn, £1.79/170g
The peppermint and white chocolate popcorn was really divine! Toffee popcorn smothered in white chocolate and dried mint leaves. The toffee nut latte popcorn wasn't up to much; the texture wasn't as expected and I didn't get any hint of the "latte" part.
Eat Real Sundried Tomato & Roasted Garlic Quinoa Chips, 70p/30g
I'm so pleased that Tesco stock these! I've previously tried the sour cream & chive quinoa chips, but found the flavour too delicate. These ones, however, taste wonderful! I love them. I can take or leave crips, so as an occasional treat, at 70p per bag, these won't break the bank.
Tesco Finest Apple & Elderflower Cordial, £2.20/500ml
The apple is the predominant flavour in this cordial and it's really tasty and refreshing. I wouldn't purchase this at full price, as you don't get many servings per bottle, but it's a nice treat.

What have you guys been discovering lately?
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

15 February 2017

The LoveLula January Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £12.50
Apologies for the late review, but my box didn't arrive till the end of January and my blog appears to be getting neglected of late. The January beauty box contained a total product value of £37!

Included in the box was:
Balm Balm Fragrance Free Face Balm, £8.95/30ml
This fragrance-free, organic face balm is great for sensitive skin and can be used as a multi-purpose product; on face, body and hands to remedy dry areas or as a cleansing balm for the face. I love the minimal ingredients. You can grab yourself a massive 40% off all Balm Balm products with code BALM40 until 28th February!
laidbare Pack Your Bags Eye Cream, £7.99/30ml
I've never really bothered with eye creams, but when I do, I usually enjoy the results! This aptly named eye cream contains buckwheat wax to reduce puffiness and dark circles, shea butter to hydrate and eyebright to reduce redness and brighten the skin. This product can also be used for neck contouring and brightening dull skin.
REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream (trial size), £28/50ml
This day cream promises to leave sensitive skin hydrated, calmed, soothed and protected, while reducing redness, discomfort and sensitivity. Looking forward to trying this!
Apple & Bears Bergamot & Green Tea Body Silk, £6/50ml
I was really happy to see this in the box, as it's a brand I'd been eyeing up recently! I love how they've named this a "body silk". With green tea and bergamot oil, this body moisturiser promises to re-energise and nourish skin, leaving it looking youthful and radiant. So far, I'm enjoying this as a hand cream and it smells lovely.
John Masters Evening Primrose Shampoo, £5.50/60ml
With corn and coconut cleansers, lavender, horse tail and white tea extracts, this shampoo promises to gently wash hair, without stripping it. Perfect for colour-treated, dry and damaged hair types. I think I'm going to let my Mum try this out, as her hair is rather dry and frizzy! While stocks last, you can claim a FREE 60ml blood orange & vanilla body wash with any John Masters skincare purchase, using code VANILLA at the checkout!

Let me know if you've tried any of these! As always, as a 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 February 2017

Schmidt's Rose & Vanilla Deodorant Stick

Schmidt's Rose & Vanilla Deodorant Stick, £10/92g

Finding the perfect natural deodorant can be such a chore! Luckily, I have discovered a couple of great ones, but there's always been some sort of compromise, such as formula or application.

I'd heard great things about Schmidt's deodorants, but as an American brand, they weren't easy to source here in the UK. When Naturisimo added them to their online store, I took the plunge and ordered one of their deodorant sticks!
I chose the rose and vanilla variety - rose is definitely the predominant scent and I really love it! The formula is in solid stick form and softens upon contact with skin. I love the practical and eye-pleasing packaging. The formula is smooth and gentle on my sensitive skin; I've had no irritation so far, which is great.
This vegan-friendly deodorant keeps me dry and odour-free all day long! It really is an excellent deodorant and I love that you can smell the gorgeous scent all day. Price-wise, it's not exactly a budget buy, but I think once you find the perfect deodorant, you should stick with it!

What's your favourite natural deodorant?

Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Natural fragrance, Tocopherol (vitamin E).
Emma xxx

03 February 2017

My Valentine's Day Wish List

This Valentine's Day will be all about self-love, self-care and a little bit of self-indulgence! Here's my accompanying wish list:
1. nügg Sensitive & Troubled Skin 4 Day Intensive Skin Treatment Collection, £13
This 4-day skin treatment sounds really great; a deep-cleansing mask with cucumber and jojoba oil and three soothing masks with shea butter and chamomile.
2. Nizou Soothing Lavender & Geranium Scented Candle, £14.90/190g
I adore scented candles and this pure soy bean wax candle sounds lovely! With lavender, geranium and juniper berries.
3. Booja-Booja Dairy Free Caramel Pecan Praline Ice Cream, £5.99/500ml
This dairy-free ice-cream sounds like the perfect luxurious evening treat!
4. Kiss The Moon Dream Pillow Mist, £40/100ml
I love the extravagant packaging of this pillow mist! With French lavender, fresh apple scented Roman chamomile, bergamot and cedarwood, this mist promises to soothe and relax the soul!
5. DUNE Grab Bag, RRP £69 £39.99
I love the muted colourway of this elegant grab bag. I'm after a new bag again!
Emma xxx

21 January 2017

Stylish Swing Dress with Simply Be

Outfit Details:
Simply Be High Neck Cut Out Swing Dress*
Dorothy Perkins Navy Faux Suede Ankle Boots
Forever 21 Bracelet
Vintage Faux Ruby Ring

I was recently invited to review a couple of items from Simply Be. I love that although this is a brand aimed at curvier sizes, they do also cater for smaller sizes. My first featured item was from the Women's Jumpers section - see my blog post here.

Today I am featuring their embellished collar swing dress from the Party Dresses section. The swing dress style is great for curvier figures, allowing the fabric to skim over your curves. I chose a size 10, but could have sized down to an 8 with this style of cut. The collar detail is pretty and omits the need of accessorising with a necklace. I added little touches with a ring and bracelet. I opted for faux suede, navy ankle boots, but I think this dress would look even better worn with high heels! This dress would be great to wear for special occasions.
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

14 January 2017

Aviela Shea Butter Black Soap

Aviela Shea Butter Black Soap*, £14/250ml

This natural, multi-purpose cleanser is crafted from shea butter from Ghana, housed in a recyclable plastic pump dispenser. It has a very mild, soapy-like scent and as it is quite thick, I think this product would dispense better through a tube.
This soap can be used to wash your face, body and hair. It is mild enough to use on babies and includes ingredients such as palm kernel oil, coconut oil and cocoa pod ash.

I haven't yet tried this on my hair, but I will give it a go! I enjoy using this as a face wash and body wash. It leaves skin feeling well-cleansed and soft. I do find that if you have any cuts or irritated skin, this does sting a little, but otherwise it works well with my sensitive skin. I'm not sure about the formula, as it doesn't spread evenly very well, plus it's lacking in lather a little.

(Elaeis Guineensis (Palm Kernel Oil), Butyrospermum, Parkii (Raw Shea Butter), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Cocoa Pod Ash, Herbal extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Azadirachtin indica (Neem) Oil.)
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

07 January 2017

What I Got For Christmas 2016

I always enjoy seeing the lovely gifts people received for Christmas, so here are mine!

Amazon Fire Tablet - This will be a great alternative to use for internet browsing, rather than using my laptop. My main aim is to use it as a Kindle for reading! I love the bright colour of mine.
White Gold Nose Stud - I requested a good quality nose stud, as I thought it was about time I had one! I haven't worn it as yet and may reserve it for special occasions.
Ferrero Rocher - My favourite luxury chocolates!
Coconut Scentchips - I'm hoping to use these in my Scentsy warmer - they smell deliciously tropical.
Zafos Pomegranate Scented Candle - I can't wait to burn this - it smells lovely and looks really pretty.
Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm - I've not actually tried their lip balm, so looking forward to this!
Burt's Bees Almond Milk Hand Cream - This little tub is too cute! I bet it smells gorgeous.
Cocoa Loco Organic Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Stars - These sound yummy! Looking forward to tucking in to these soon.
Balm Balm Organic Rose Skin Hydrator - I'm already using this toner, so it's great to know I've got a back up in my stash! This is a lovely, refreshing product.
Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask - With bamboo charcoal and white China clay, this deep-cleansing face mask sounds great! Unfortunately, Origins is not a cruelty-free brand, so this mask will have to find a new home.
Origins Gift Set - This gift set includes Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream, Ginger Burst Savory Body Wash, Smoothing Souffle Whipped Body Cream and Salt Suds Foaming Body Wash. Ginger is not a scent I'd choose for myself, but these actually smell quite nice. The other two products are scented with peppermint and citrus and they smell incredible! Again, these are also tested on animals, so I'll have to pass them on.
New Look Gift Card - Now I just have to decide what to use this on! Perhaps I'll pick up a bargain in the sales.

What did you receive for Christmas this year?
Emma xxx

05 January 2017

Kimberly Sayer Gentle Almond & Lavender Face Scrub

Kimberly Sayer Gentle Almond & Lavender Face Scrub*, £21.60/60ml

Housed in a glass screw-top jar, this facial scrub is rather luxurious and smells delicious - like marzipan with a dash of lavender! The overall packaging and labelling is sleek and stylish.
The creamy formula has an almost mousse-like, whipped appearance and contains very gentle exfoliating particles. Only a small amount is required per use, although sometimes I like to be a little generous with mine, as it's such an enjoyable product!

This product cleanses skin, whilst very gently exfoliating your skin, leaving it soft, smooth and refreshed. I really love this facial scrub and would recommend it to people with sensitive skin. It can even be used daily if required.
It contains some lovely ingredients, such as almond meal, jojoba beads, shea butter and almond oil. I think this jar will last quite some time and I think it's a great product for year-round use.

Have you tried this yet?

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

03 January 2017

Welcome to 2017... To New Beginnings & Finding Happiness

Happy New Year! That came around rather quickly, didn't it?! For the past few months, my life has gone by in a complete blur.

In August, Dean and I separated. We tried to work things out, but we couldn't settle on compromises to make both of us happy. It happened rather abruptly and was quite a shock, although things hadn't been right for some time. I've gone through every single emotion imaginable since then, and although I still can't quite believe it, I know I have to pick myself up and move on.
Everything following that heart-breaking moment happened very quickly; I moved back to Scotland to live with my parents, I got a new job, had a coastal break with my parents to de-stress, I got a puppy, turned 27, my parents sold their house and moved to a lovely old farmhouse in the countryside, where I am now residing in a static caravan at the bottom of the garden! Oh, and then there was Christmas, which I was unusually unprepared for.

Throughout all of this, my family and closest friends have been a huge support and comfort to me. Without them, I wouldn't be where I am today. I still have a hell of a lot to conquer, but I'm taking things one step at a time.

Unfortunately, with working full time, moving house and Christmas preparations, life has been rather hectic recently. My main goal for 2017 is to slow down, enjoy the simple things and embrace a slower pace of living. I really hope I can stick to these goals, as they will make life much easier and calmer.

Obviously, my blog became less of a priority during the past few months, which you may have noticed, but I am really missing regular blogging and will endeavour to get back to it promptly!

I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year and I wish you all the best for the year to come. Fingers crossed it's a good one! I still believe that everything happens for a reason and that there is true and eternal happiness out there for everyone.
Emma xxx

27 December 2016

The LoveLula December Beauty Box

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Apologies for the impromptu blogging break. but life is rather hectic at the moment. I hope normal blogging will resume in the new year.
The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £12.50

I was really excited to be reviewing the December beauty box from LoveLula! The total product value is over £60 and there is a lovely selection of products this month.

Included in December's box was:
1. Beauty Brews Poise Strawberry & Ginger Tea, £11.50/50g
This smells really gorgeous and I can't wait to try it! The Poise tea contains strawberry, ginger, raspberry, rooibos and orange. I just need to get myself a tea infuser!
2. John Masters Organics 100% Argan Oil (trial size), £32.50/59ml
Argan oil has a multitude of uses, so this cute, little bottle should come in handy! I find Argan oil is great as a hair treatment or to wear under moisturiser.
3. Balm Balm Lavender Single Note EDP, £22/33ml
This smells gorgeous! I'm a big fan of lavender, but I'm going to give this to my Mum, as she's an even bigger fan! I'd love to try the Spearmint next.
4. PHB Peppermint Sugar Scrub, £4.95/100g
This smells incredible! I am really looking forward to using this, as it'll be really refreshing to use in the cold mornings.
5. PHB Botanical BB Cream in Porcelain, £18.95/30g
I've become very lazy when it comes to make-up, so a BB cream should be a quick and easy option for light coverage and a natural look. I'm expecting the porcelain shade to be a good match, plus I'm really impressed that it has SPF!
6. Madara Time Miracle Total Renewal Night Cream (trial size), £38/50ml
This vegan-friendly night cream sounds great for mature skin; with the star ingredient being Northern Birch juice, this product promises to instantly soften, hydrate and rejuvenate skin.

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