20 April 2017

TurBliss Bioactive Peat Toner

TurBliss Bioactive Peat Toner*, £16/100ml

I've been using this toner for quite some time now, so I thought I'd let you know my thoughts! TurBliss are a Nordic company who use peat as their star ingredient. Their products have a high level of humic, fulvic and hymatomelanic acids that penetrate deep down into your skin, helping skin to appear younger-looking and healthier. Peat also contains minerals, lipids, amino acids, enzymes, microelements, phytonutrients and sulphur, all of which are beneficial to our skin.
This toner comes in a glass spray bottle, which is really handy and user-friendly. The toner doesn't seem to have any particular scent, which is fine. Misting this over my sensitive skin, it feels very refreshing and hydrating. It's also good as a setting spray for make-up. I find this toner helps to cleanse my skin, reduce redness and inflammation, while brightening my complexion and keeping my skin hydrated and feeling softer.

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

31 March 2017

The Weekly Wish List

1. Matalan 2 Pack Ceramic Heart Serving Bowls, £6
These pastel bowls would suit my new kitchen perfectly! Plus, they are heart-shaped...
2. Dorothy Perkins Floral Printed Pom Pom T-shirt, £18
This floral top would look great paired with leather trousers for an evening outfit. I love the subtle pom pom detail!
3. Joseph Joseph Elevate Wood Carousel, £55 £33
The base colour for my kitchen is going to be cream, with accessories in cream and pastel colours. This wooden utensil set caught my eye and is currently reduced! I love the wood/silicone combination.
4. Dorothy Perkins Stripe Daisy Trim Dress, £22
This striped dress features a pretty daisy trim, perfect for summer beach trips!
5. Pacifica Enlightened Mineral Lip Gloss in "Beach Kiss", £12.99/2.8g
My go-to PHB lip gloss in "Grace" is almost empty, so I'm looking for a replacement. I love the look of this pearly pink gloss from Pacifica.

What's at the top of your wish list at the moment?
Love,
Emma xxx

28 March 2017

The LoveLula March Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £12.50
The March beauty box contained a total product value of £40!

Included in the box was:
Seascape Island Apothecary Unwind Body Wash, £16/300ml
Firstly, the packaging from this brand is really lovely and I love the coastal theme. This large bottle should last quite a while, plus it lathers well and the scent is pleasant, with lavender and ylang ylang. However, the ingredients aren't as clean as I'd hope for.
I love this hand cream and even better, it comes in a practical pump bottle, which is also perfectly sized for travel. The scent is lovely and the formula is light and moisturising.
Hurraw! Papaya & Pineapple Lip Balm, £4.99/4.3g
My new favourite lip balm! With a smooth, creamy and deeply hydrating formula, plus a fruity, tropical scent, what more could you want?!
Kimberly Sayer Ultra Light Facial Moisturizer SPF 30, £26.50/120ml
This sounds like a lovely lightweight moisturiser for daytime and having a decent SPF is always a bonus! It's aimed at combination/blemish-prone skin and features ingredients such as lemon oil, coconut oil and green tea.
laidbare For Richer For Porer Facial Masque, £7.99/50ml
With ingredients including liquorice, rose flower water and Japanese seaweed extracts, this facial mask sounds rather luxurious! I like the simple yet punchy packaging and the price is very reasonable for the volume of product.

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!
Love,
Emma xxx 

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

25 March 2017

B.O.N Natural Oils Liquid Gold Pure Tissue Oil

B.O.N Natural Oils Liquid Gold Pure Tissue Oil*, £11.99/100ml

I recently finished up my sample of this award-winning natural face and body oil, clinically proven to re-hydrate, smooth and firm skin, as well as reducing the appearance of scars and wrinkles. The formula contains ingredients such as rose hip seed oil, avocado oil and grape seed oil.
This golden oil is lightweight and fast-absorbing, leaving no greasy residue behind. I found it a good base for applying make-up and the effects were long-lasting. This oil also has a lovely scent!
The oil worked well with my sensitive skin, helping to reduce redness and pigmentation. I used this solely on my face and my skin felt nourished and re-hydrated, whilst looking brighter. I think this would also be great to use all over your body in preparation for summer and exposed skin.

Ingredients:
Vitis vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil Isopropyl myristate Rosa rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil Cetearyl ethylhexanoate (Vitamin E) Tocopheryl Acetate Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil Parfum (fragrance) Tocopherol, Linalool, Benzyl Saliccylate, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl, Methylpropional, Limonene, Citronellol.
Love,
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

22 March 2017

A Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day isn't far away (Sunday 26th March), so I thought I'd put together a little gift guide for those last minute purchases.
1. NEOM Real Luxury Reed Diffuser, £38/100ml
Infused with high quality essentials oils, such as lavender, jasmine and rosewood. Guaranteed to create the perfect relaxing ambiance. This scent is described as "Cashmere blankets and the flutter of the fireside warmth. A precious moment of utter luxury.".
2. Greenfrog Botanic Neroli & Lime Handwash, £7.80/300ml
Make an everyday essential much more inviting with this gorgeous handwash, scented with neroli and zesty lime.
3. Bunches Marvellous Mum Flower Bouquet, £22.99
I love fresh flowers. Especially pink ones! Treat your Mum to a gorgeous bouquet from Bunches, with free chocolates included in every order.
4. Gardeners Eden Wooden Hanging Bird Feeder, £12.99
If your Mum is a nature lover like mine, she'll definitely appreciate this pretty birdhouse, painted in a cool blue tone.
5. JOIK Cinnamon Coffee Soy Wax Scented Candle, £12.50/145g
"A delicious blend of spicy cinnamon, creamy vanilla, sweet caramel and aromatic fresh brewed coffee." I'll take two! JOIK candles are gorgeous and of a high quality.
6. Montezuma's Mellow Caramel Bombes, £5.99/150g
With dark, milk and white chocolate varieties and three luxurious centres of vanilla caramel, mocha caramel and banana caramel. Who wouldn't want this as a gift?!
Love,
Emma xxx

08 March 2017

My February At A Glance...

In A Nutshell:
February really whizzed by for me. I spent my first Valentine's Day, in over a decade, as a singleton and focused on self-love, self-care and self-indulgence. Being single is gradually getting easier. I enjoyed using nugg's face masks and I enjoyed eating a Terry's chocolate orange (even if Wilson did manage to gobble up my last few segments when I wasn't looking! Luckily, there were no ill effects, except from me feeling rather disappointed that my chocolate orange had been rudely stolen from me.).

I didn't manage to fit in a January catch-up post, so now I can fill you in on some exciting developments, if you didn't catch it on Instagram; I'm buying a house! Yep, I really am. I went to view a little cottage during one week and fell in love with it. The same weekend, I got my Dad to check it out with me, to give it the thumbs-up, as it does need a little work.
For quite some time, it has been used as a holiday home, but has not been lived in or used properly for a few years. Despite this, it's in pretty good condition, with just a few repairs required and some gradual updating and renovation, when finances allow. I'm due to collect the keys during the first week in April and I cannot wait to get started! Once I give it some TLC and breathe some new life in to it, it'll be the perfect little home for Wilson and I. I'll tell you more about it all when I have the keys in my hand!
Wilson is growing so quickly - he's already passed the six month mark! How did that happen? I hope we can celebrate his first birthday (10th August) in our new home. He is turning out to be a very loving, loyal, handsome, clever and playful boy.
We've been exploring our new local area more for walks, which has been fun. The weather is slowly turning milder, although I'm loving lighting a fire in the stove every evening! I'll be installing one of these in my cottage to replace the coal fire which is currently in situ, so it's all good practice for me.
I've been struggling to meet my personal goals regarding healthier eating, self-care and regular blogging, but I'm working hard to achieve this in the near future.

Films Watched:
Notting Hill -  This rom-com is based in London, where bookshop owner, Will, has a chance encounter with a Hollywood actress, Anna Scott. Romance flourishes between them, but it doesn't end well, until they meet again, several months later. This was a heart-warming film to watch and who can resist a young Hugh Grant?! ☆☆★★★
Four Weddings and a Funeral - Hugh Grant strikes again... Another British rom-com, where serial wedding guest, Charles, ends up falling for someone who is already taken. He's fed of being a wedding guest and wants marriage for himself. Will he make do with an old flame or find a way to be with who he truly loves? A fun film to watch! ☆☆★★★

Books Read:
Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris - Jack and Grace are seemingly the perfect couple, but what really goes on behind closed doors? I really loved this gripping psychological thriller! It's the kind of book that you just want to keep reading, to find out how it all ends. ★★★
The Sister by Louise Jensen - Grace is grieving after the death of her best friend, Charlie. "I did something terrible, Grace. I hope you can forgive me." were Charlie's last words and now Grace is making it her mission to find out exactly what Charlie did. This was a good read, but not as exciting as I'd hoped it would be. I liked the strong characters in the story. ★★★
The Little Shop of Happy Ever After by Jenny Colgan - This story follows Nina on her journey from librarian in Birmingham to book bus owner in The Highlands; I knew I'd enjoy this book, being set in Scotland. Nina sets out on her own and even gets caught up in some romance, which gets rather complicated. I'd give the book itself four stars, but the fifth star is just for how it made me feel, plus it encouraged me to just get on with life and try to pursue some romance! ★★★

How was your February?
Love,
Emma xxx

26 February 2017

The LoveLula February Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £12.50
The February beauty box contained a total product value of £37!

Included in the box was:
MadarĂ¡ Micellar Water, £14/100ml
I already use this micellar water, so it was great to recieve this in this month's box, so I've got a back-up when I finish my current bottle. This is a the perfect lazy girl's skincare companion!
Weleda Skin Food, £7.50/30ml
I recently finished my first tube of this, so it's great to have it in my life again! This is a heavy duty skin treatment, perfect for nourishing and hydrated my chapped, dry hands.
Greenfrog Neroli & Lime Botanical Body Wash, £3.90/100ml
I'm currently using a full size bottle of this and I'm really enjoying the creamy formula and the lovely scent! This little bottle would be great for travelling. I can't wait to try the neroli & rose scent!
Maggie Anne Nail Polish in "Jasper", £10.50/11ml
This rose-nude shade is perfect for everyday wear, yet also gives a look of sophistication. This nail polish has a gel-effect, vegan and toxin-free formula.
Ooh! Oils Of Heaven Marula Replenishing Face Oil, £9.50/15ml
I already have the cacay oil and the argan oil from this range, so it was great to receive the marula oil this month. This is a fast-absorbing facial oil rich in anti-oxidants and fatty acids.

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

23 February 2017

What I Bought This Week... Lavera, Naturtint + M&S

I hope to get back to making videos soon, but for now, you'll just have to put up with written blog posts! Here are some of my most recent purchases:
Marks & Spencer Limited Edition Faux Leather Biker Jacket, £30 inc. P&P
I managed to snap up this mint green faux leather biker-style jacket on eBay recently and I'm really pleased with it! I love the colour and I'd been looking for a jacket in this style for years.
Aren't these just adorable? I purchased these with my new home in mind; I think they'd look great filled with sweet treats on a dresser or kitchen shelf.
Naturtint Permanent Hair Colour, £10.49
I've never tried a natural hair colourant before and it's been a few of years since I had my hair coloured at all, so I'm really excited to try this and fingers crossed it's a success!
Dr. Bronner's Lavender Hand Sanitizer, £4.49/59ml
This is my go-to hand sanitiser and I use it at work and while out and about. I love the classic lavender scent.
Lavera Gloss & Bounce Conditioner, £5.95/200ml
I love the pretty, pink packaging of this hair conditioner! With organic ingredients such as mallow flower extract, avocado oil and hydrolysed pearl, this promises to provide incredible gloss and bounce to dull hair. I can't wait to try this!
Lavera SOS Help Hand Balm, £5.95/50ml
This new release from Lavera is a gorgeous-smelling hand cream/balm to protect hands from the harsh elements and restore moisture. I'm really enjoying using this and am keeping close by in my handbag.

What have you been buying lately?
Love,
Emma xxx

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