06 December 2016

GK Natural Creations Coffee Scrub Soap

GK Natural Creations Coffee Scrub Soap*, £3.95/85g

I really love the simplicity of bar soaps; they are created with minimal or zero packaging and are eco-friendly and great value for money! This one from GK Natural Creations is made with cocoa butter, cocoa powder, coconut oil and coffee grounds. This type of soap is great for removing unwanted cooking odours such as onion and garlic, so is perfect to use in the kitchen. However, I have been using mine as a body cleanser and exfoliator.
This bar soap gently cleanses skin, whilst scrubbing away dead skin cells and dry patches, leaving skin smooth and soft. I'd say it's too harsh to use on facial skin, but for the body and hands, it's great! The scent is surprisingly mild - I'd love a stronger coffee scent, but that's just me.

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

04 December 2016

The 2016 Christmas Gift Guide (Part One)

Welcome to the first of my Christmas gift guides, where I will be showcasing some lovely gifts and natural beauty products!
Effortless Inspiration Books by Dani DiPirro*, £5.99/each
These colourful books would make a really thoughtful gift. With uplifting quotes and thought-provoking activities, plus top ten tips for each subject.
Living in the moment provides bite-sized inspiration to help you to live in the moment and get the most out of what life has to offer. One of my favourite quotes included in this book is "Forever is composed of nows." by Emily Dickinson, an American poet.
Forgiveness provides bite-sized inspiration to encourage you to feel lighter, freer, more at peace and to make you think about forgiveness in new ways. I think everyone could benefit from a copy of this book!
Compassion inspires you to fill each day with more love, understanding and kindness. I love the included quote by Oscar Wilde, "It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it." An extremely relevant quote!
Gratitude aims to help you live every day in a more grateful, contented, joyful and fulfilled way. One lovely activity is to "find beauty in something today and show it to someone else."
PHB Anti-ageing Skin Care Mini Set*, £18.50
This mini gift set from PHB Ethical Beauty includes 15ml trial sizes of cleanser, toner, moisturiser and serum. The anti-ageing range is hand-crafted with natural ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter, sea buckthorn oil and rosehip oil. Suitable for all skin types, these products aim to firm and renew skin, combatting signs of ageing.
PHB Brightening Skin Care Mini Set*, £18.50
This mini gift set from PHB Ethical Beauty includes 15ml trial sizes of  cleanser, toner, moisturiser and serum. The brightening range uses natural ingredients such as papaya, shea butter, ylang ylang and white birch bark extract. Suitable for normal/combination skin types, these products aim to brighten, balance and rejuventate skin, boosting circulation and elimating dark spots and pigmentation. I've used the cleanser from this range and it smells gorgeous! My skin feels gently cleansed and nourished after use.

JOIK Soy Scented Candles*, £12.50/each
These gorgeously scented soy wax candles are housed in a glass tumbler with pretty, elegant labelling. With a burn time of 30 hours, these hand-poured candles with cotton wicks would make a really lovely Christmas gift. These both smell delicious!
Humble Bamboo Tooth Brush, £3.99
These organic bamboo toothbrushes would make the perfect gift for the eco-friendly! Made with high-quality nylon bristles and packed in 100% recycled packaging. I love the purple bristles! For each toothbrush sold, Humble donates a toothbrush to children in need of oral care.

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

02 December 2016

Cosy Casual In Zebra Print with Simply Be

Outfit Details:
F&F @ Tesco Skinny Jeans
Dorothy Perkins Ankle Boots
Forever 21 Necklace

I was recently invited to review a couple of items from Simply Be, in the run up to the festive season. I love that although this is a brand aimed at curvier sizes, they do also cater for smaller sizes. My first featured item is from the Women's Jumpers section - I couldn't resist the animal print! I chose size 8-10 and it's a great fit.
This soft, lightweight zebra print jumper features long sleeves and an asymmetric cut, creating a more modern and stylish version of the classic jumper. Due to the lightweight knit, this jumper would be perfect for layering under a cape/poncho or a sleeveless coat.

Due to the versatile style of the jumper, this piece can easily be worn casually, like I have done, or dressed up. I'd dress mine up with faux leather trousers, leopard print heels and a statement necklace! Red nails would finish off the look rather nicely! Perfect for a Christmas day outfit, if you're not opting to wear a dress.

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

30 November 2016

The LoveLula November Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £12.50

I was really excited to be reviewing the November beauty box from LoveLula! The total product value is an amazing £50 and there is a wonderful selection of products this month.

Included in November's box was:
1. Humble Sweet Pea & Verbena Hand Cream, £8/75ml
Okay, so this is my new favourite hand cream! The packaging and practical size is great and the classic, floral scent is really lovely! This is quite a thick cream, so only a little is needed per application. It's really moisturising and the scent sticks around for quite a while after applying.
2. Madara SOS Hydra Repair Intensive Serum, £37/30ml
This intensive serum promises to restore deep layers of moisture and balance to stressed and dehydrated skin, helping to protect skin from environmental factors. With a blend of Northern Peony, linseed and hyaluronic acid, this should absorb quickly and give long-lasting results. I cannot wait to try this! Sounds like a winter skincare must-have!
3. PHB Neroli & Immortelle Skin Brighten Gel, £13.75/120ml
This seems like quite an unsual product, so I'm really intrigued to try it out. It contains neroli, licorice and immortelle to brighten and even out skin.
4. MOA Single Shot Fortifying Green Bath Potion, £2.75/10ml
With peppermint, fennel, fir needle and sweet birch, this bath potion aims to de-stress and calm the mind, while relieving aches and pains. Sounds great as a pick-me-up in stressful situations!
5. Ooh! Oils of Heaven Organic Argan Moisture Retention Face Oil, £9.50/15ml
You can never have too many facial oils, right? This organic argan oil aims to regenerate skin tissue and help skin retain its natural moisture. This oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, linolelic, linolenic and oleic.

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

24 November 2016

Natural Hand Sanitisers

I love my hand sanitisers! They are so handy and practical when you can't access hand-washing facilities or when you are just looking for a quick freshen-up.

My all-time favourite hand sanitiser is this lovely lavender one from Dr. Bronner's, but I've recently been testing out this 100% Natural Sanitising Water*, £2.49/50ml from AQAINT, also available in a larger spray bottle for the home.
This natural sanitiser is so safe to use, it can even be used by babies of all ages! Excellent news for health conscious parents. It's ideal for sensitive skin and is safe even when swallowed. You can even use it to clean contact lenses!

The spray pump dispenser is really practical and easy to use. I think this is a great product, especially for families. It doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, whereas other sanitisers containing alcohol do. My only gripe would be that for me personally, I'd prefer it to have a scent, because my hands don't smell clean after use. Obviously it is scent-free for allergy reasons e.t.c., but it would be great to have a naturally-scented option available. So, for now, the lavender sanitiser is still my favourite!

Water (aqua), hypochlorous acid.

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

22 November 2016

Skin Blossom Cleanse & Nourish Body Wash

Skin Blossom Cleanse & Nourish Body Wash, RRP £6.95/300 ml

Last month I picked up a few bargains from the natural beauty section in-store at TK Maxx. One of those products was the Cleanse & Nourish Body Wash from Skin Blossom. I managed to pick mine up for just £3.99!
I'm not usually drawn to citrus scents, but this orange and aloe vera body wash is really refreshing and pleasant to use. The pump dispenser is really practical and the product lathers well. It gently cleanses and nourishes skin, without drying it out; great for sensitive skin! This body wash contains 76% organic ingredients (certified by The Soil Association) and is vegan-friendly. I love this brand and have really enjoyed each product I have tried so far! I'd definitely recommend trying them out, as they have good ethics and are reasonably priced.

Let me know if you've tried any Skin Blossom products!

Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Decyl Glucoside, Coco-Glucoside, Benzyl Alcohol, Glycerin**, Sodium Chloride, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil*, Parfum*, Limonene, Sucrose Laurate, Sodium Benzoate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Alcohol, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Cymbopogon Martinii (Palmarosa) Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil*, Geraniol.
*Certified as Organically Grown.
**Organically Derived.
Emma xxx

20 November 2016

The Weekly Wish List

1. Maisons du Monde Good Vibes Light-up Wall Art, £24.99
This geometric wall art with a positive message is really gorgeous! I love the pink/grey colour scheme.
2. Suti Honour Coconut & Roses Face Cream, £58/50ml
This face cream with organic rose otto, coconut oil and date seed extract promises to calm the mind, while protecting skin against damage and wrinkles, renewing and nourishing also.
3. Cult Furniture Charles Eames-style Chair, £59
I really love this sorbet-pink chair! I think a set of these chairs around a reclaimed wooden dining table would look great.
4. TU Sainsbury's Cowl Neck Cold Shoulder Jumper, £22
This slashed shoulder jumper looks super cosy and I love the colour!
5. Breville Pick & Mix Stand & Hand Mixer, £62.99
This candy-coloured stand mixer with detachable hand mixer looks really cute; I'd love it in my new (caravan) kitchen!

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

07 November 2016

My October At A Glance

In A Nutshell:
During October, I got a puppy! This is something I've dreamed of for so long, and due to a recent change in circumstances, this dream was realised. Meet Wilson, the Springer Spaniel:
He's adorable, playful and great company! I can't imagine life without him now. He's almost 13 weeks old and is enjoying his walking and he's doing well with training.
I also celebrated my 27th birthday during October and received some lovely gifts! I've almost finished all of the edible ones!

Cinema Trips:
Bridget Jones's Baby - In the run-up to watching this, my Mum, sister and I watched the first two films and couldn't wait to see this one! We really enjoyed it; it was really funny, had a good story and it had a good ending. I'd definitely recommend watching this if you're a fan of the original films. I think the first film remains my favourite! ☆★★★★

Books Read:
The Boy at the Top of the Mountain by John Boyne - This is an intriguing, yet chilling read, about an orphaned boy, Pierrot, who ends up living with his Aunt in Hitler's German mountain retreat.  Pierrot is impressed by Hitler's power and stature, and they become close quickly, opening Pierrot's eyes to a whole new world. ☆★★★★

How was your October?
Emma xxx

02 November 2016

Humble Rose & Frankincense Bath Honey

Humble Rose & Frankincense Bath Honey*, £12/275ml

I love nothing more than sinking into a hot bath, brimming with luxurious bubbles! I recently chose to try out this gorgeous bath honey from natural beauty brand, Humble. Packed with biodegradable ingredients such as honey, oat kernel extract and echinacea flower extract and housed in a glass bottle with pretty labelling, this product looks great on display in the bathroom.
The scent combination sounded right up my street, but it doesn't come across that strongly, and has more of a herbal scent to it, with floral undertones. I still like it and find it really calming and pleasant. Add your favourite face mask to the mix and you've got the perfect pamper evening!

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

29 October 2016

Ooh! Oils of Heaven Natural Cacay Anti-Ageing Face Oil

Ooh! Oils of Heaven Natural Cacay Anti-Ageing Face Oil*, £39/30ml

Firstly, I love the punchy packaging on this product! It's simple, yet eye-catching. The glass bottle and dropper applicator are luxurious and practical. Facial oils are becoming more and more popular, so there is a huge variety to choose from. Cacay oil in particular claims to have wonderful anti-ageing properties.
Wild Cacay nuts are harvested in the Colombian jungle and are cold-pressed to produce the oil. According to scientific studies, Cacay oil contains 50% more vitamin E and twice the amount of Linoleic Acid than Argan Oil, as well as three times more Retinol than Rosehip Oil. Sounds pretty great, doesn't it?! This is a dry, odourless natural oil, which is fast-absorbing, so great to use morning or night and underneath your make-up base. It's a really pleasant product to use and leaves my skin deeply hydrated and nourished. It helps keep any dry patches at bay and calms any irritated or red areas. I love to apply this as a moisturiser after using a face mask. This oil is really luxurious and a pleasure to have in my stash. Only a few drops are required per application, meaning this bottle will last ages!

100% Caryodendron Orinocense Seed Oil.
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.