13 March 2018

Holland & Barrett Haul

Holland & Barrett are currently running their "buy one, get one half price" offer on many products and I had a £2 coupon to use during March, so I decided to place an order. I saved just over £11 on my order!
Dr Organic Rose Otto Shampoo, £6.99/265ml & Dr Organic Rose Otto Conditioner, £6.99/265ml
I had previously used and enjoyed travel-size bottles of these haircare products, so I decided to purchase the full-size ones. The ingredients aren't the purest, but they are pretty good! I love the rose scent and these leave my hair feeling really clean and cared for.
Beauty Kitchen Chill Me Sensitive & Age Defying Body Wash, £7.99/300ml
This body wash listed a pretty good ingredients list, so I chose the one from the "chill me" range. When sniffing from the bottle, the scent seems rather overpowering and almost fiery, like ginger. If it's too strong for me, I may try it as a bath product instead, so it can be diluted.
Good Bubble Cloudberry Bubble Bath, £3.99/400ml
Aimed at children, this bargainous bubble bath sounded pretty good and I'd really been missing the "bubble" in my bath lately. This smells amazing; like banana sweets! It left my skin feeling soft and smooth. I may have to try the rest of the range!
Treets Traditions Nourishing Spirits Hand Wash, £7.99/300ml
I'd never previously heard of this brand, but I was intrigued. I chose this hand wash as a key ingredient was marula oil, known for its anti-ageing and anti-oxidant properties. This has a delicate, slightly sweet scent which I like. I really like the packaging too!
Dr Organic Lavender Handwash, £5.99/250ml
I've used this previously and enjoyed it. Lavender is a favourite scent of mine.

Have you tried any of these products before and are you a fan of Holland & Barrett?
Emma xxx

06 March 2018

My Winter Skincare Saviours

With the current winter wonderland outside, my skin is definitely getting a battering! There have been some stand-out products in my collection recently which have really helped keep my skin hydrated and looking healthy.
Alma Briosa Coffee 'n Tea Rosso Moisturiser*, £14.52/150ml
This Italian moisturiser has been my go-to daily moisturiser for almost a year! It is just the right balance of moisture for my sensitive combination skin and I find it soothing and softening. With red tea extract, red coffee extract, cocoa butter, watermelon seed oil and rosehip oil, it's a real treat for the skin! It's almost finished and I'll be so sad when it's empty as I haven't found a UK stockist to purchase it from.
Balm Balm Rose Geranium Face Balm*, £8.95/30ml
Only the tiniest amount of this face balm is needed per application and it smells so relaxing! It's a great multi-purpose product and I find it particularly great for dry patches on my cheeks. It's also great for dry, cracked hands and is very purse-friendly.
Madara Daily Defense*, £15/60ml
The scent alone of this product is enough to make me love it - it smells absolutely divine and so deliciously fruity! It works wonders on my dry, irritated hands and is very long-lasting. The ingredients are so nourishing and this is a must in wintery weather conditions!
The Earth Works Cosmetics Virgin Coconut & Lime Body Butter*, £14/80g
This body butter smells so refreshing and feels really luxurious on the skin. With a whipped texture and key ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter and lime essential oil, this body butter leaves my skin soft and moisturised for days!
Mádara Detox Face Mask, £20/60ml
I love Mádara face masks - especially this mud mask! It's great at decongesting dull and clogged skin, while leaving it softer and brighter. Ingredients include kaolin, lavender floral water, sapropel mud and algae extract.

What are your winter skincare saviours?
Emma xxx 

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

03 March 2018

Home Interiors, Anniversaries + Snow Days

Hello to my lovely readers! I hope you've enjoyed any snow days you may have had recently and not faced too many difficulties in this treacherous weather! We were snowed in for a few days and while it was nice to spend extra time together at home, the downside of my job is not getting paid for this unexpected time off, whether I had a choice or not. Luckily Ian's job is salaried.
We moved into Primrose Cottage on the 7th of January and it is very nearly completely renovated, with just a few little things left to finish. We are over the moon to be living in this dream location! Once we've fully completed the cottage, I will of course share our before and after progress photos.

With the cottage looking so good and with us slowly adding more home interior pieces to our home, I've become a little addicted to my @life_at_primrosecottage Instagram account! I'm hoping to slowly transition the blog onto that account completely, so I can focus on just one account, which will be much easier to manage. I'd recently been struggling with completing blog content on a regular basis and was so very close to giving up on it, but I had a change of heart and really want to continue blogging and introducing more content to my readers.
Ian and I are approaching our one year anniversary (7th March) and can't wait to celebrate! So much has happened in such a short space of time and we wouldn't change any of it! We are immensely happy and are continuing to plan for our future. We are looking forward to a week away near North Bewick at the end of the month - it will be great to chill out for a while! We're hoping to pop into Edinburgh on the train for some exploring (or shopping, haha).

Have you got any exciting plans or holidays coming up?
Emma xxx

28 February 2018

The LoveLula February Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £13.95
The February beauty box contained an excellent total product value of over £65, including three full-size products! Overall, this seems like a great box this month!

Included in the box was:
Urban Veda Radiance Hydrating Toner, £12.99/150ml
So this is a brand that has previously been featured in a LoveLula beauty box, but not one I've tried due to some of their ingredients not being as natural as I personally would like to see. This toner aims to tone, hydrate and revitalise skin, with the key ingredients being turmeric, papaya and goji berry. I must say, this toner does smell amazing!
Pure & Light Essential Face Cream, £34/50ml
This is a new-to-me brand and sounds really good! With orange blossom, argan oil, cocoa butter and carrot seed extract, this face cream is naturally rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants, promising to reduce redness, calm irritation, enhance blood circulation and balance oil production.
Ooh! Oils of Heaven Avocado Face Oil, £19/30ml
I have quite a few oils from this brand now and was really happy to add this one to my collection! I love avocado oil for both skin and hair as it has great hydrating and softening properties. This face oil is cold-pressed from avocado pulp and is also organic.
Mádara Exfoliating Oil-to-milk Scrub, £24/60ml
I love Mádara products, so I'm really looking forward to trying this scrub! This promises to cleanse, soften and renew skin, giving you instantly polished and velvety soft skin!

Have you tried any of these products? As always, as a LoveLula 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.
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26 February 2018

My Collection Of Little Pots + Tins

It's often the little pots and tins of beauty products and samples that get forgotten about, but they are great to use while travelling or between using up full-size products. I thought I'd collect up all of mine and share them with you. It may remind a few of us that we have some of these to use up!
Balmology Nourish Balm, £29/50g
This beauty balm is great when used as an overnight treatment, deeply hydrating the skin and improving skin texture. With neroli and frankincense, it smells gorgeous!
Balm Balm Hibiscus Face Mask (sample)*, £9.50/40g
I'm yet to try this face mask! It contains just three natural ingredients!
Handmade Naturals Organic Care Jelly, £4/15ml
With calendula, shea butter, manuka and lavender oils, this natural alternative to Vaseline can be used to moisturise hands, lips, sore noses and any other irritated areas of skin. It's a great little tin to keep in your bag during winter!
Botanicals Lavender & Tea Tree Calming Body Lotion*, £22/200ml
This smells lovely and calming, the formula is thick yet sinks into dry sink easily, instantly hydrating sore, dry and chapped skin. I love to use this on my hands and this sample pot is perfect for keeping in my bag.
Botanicals Lavender & Chamomile Soothing Salve*, £17.50/60g
This salve melts upon contact with skin, soothing and moisturising dehydrated and chapped areas. This is great for hands especially and can also be used as a calming after-sun treatment.
Botanicals Lemongrass Body Balm*, £22/60g
This body balm is really refreshing and is perfect for all over use to soften and hydrate dry skin. Great for hands, elbows and other dry patches or as an overnight treatment for the skin!
Sweet Cecily's Banoffee Lip Balm, £3.50/10ml
Sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth, this lovely lip balm smells delicious and keeps lips soft and moisturised.
Badger Sleep Balm, £5.99/21g
This balm is great at hydrating and soothing any dry areas, plus it's great to use as a sleeping aid by massaging into your temples before bed! It smells lovely and relaxing.
Mary Elizabeth Spearmint & Tea Tree Nurture Balm*, £7/15ml
I adore mint as a scent, and this balm doesn't disappoint! It smells incredible and even better, it's a multi-purpose balm for lips, hands and any other dry/irritated areas, so it helps hydrate and soothe the skin.
The Rose Tree Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter, £3.50 (sample size)
This cleansing butter is really luxurious and glides onto the skin. It smells lovely and is an excellent make-up remover. My sensitive, combination skin loves it! Ingredients include carrot oil, mango butter and St. John's Wort oil.
The Rose Tree Marshmallow & Frangipani Intensive Balm, £3.50 (sample size)
This balm smells so good and I love using it to keep my hands really hydrated and protected from the elements. Ingredients include marshmallow root oil, Argan oil, chamomile oil and beeswax.
The Rose Tree Rose & Frankincense Radiance Cream, £3.50 (sample size)
This rich radiance cream is great as a night time facial moisturiser; it softens and calms the skin, whilst keeping it moisturised and smooth. Ingredients include aloe vera, linseed oil and rose otto flower oil.

What are your favourite little pots or tins of products to keep handy?
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

25 February 2018

The Weekly Wish List

1. Laura Ashley Josette Set of 2 Storage Boxes, £25 £15
These pretty boxes would look beautiful in our new bedroom - perhaps sat on top of the wardrobe?
2. 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Brightening Concealer, £18
Concealer is something I don't actually use, but I'd like to start using it and improve my base make-up. This is a brand I've wanted to try for ages! I wonder if the lightest shade would match my pale skin?
3. Matalan Glass Trinket Jar, £5
This would look great in our coastal chic bathroom once we have some shelves up.
4. Bambooware Set of 3 Watermelon Storage Boxes, £7.99
Aren't these bamboo food storage boxes adorable?! They're even dishwasher safe.
5. Dorothy Perkins Leopard Pandora Pumps, £12
I love a little bit of leopard print and these flats would add some interest to a casual look.

What are you lusting after right now?!
Emma xxx

12 February 2018

Valentine's Day On A Budget

Valentine's Day is fast approaching and this year is extra special because Ian and I will be celebrating it together for the first time! Unfortunately we won't be doing anything too extravagant, due to having little to no budget thanks to cottage renovations and two mortgages e.t.c. But you don't have to spend lots of money to enjoy yourself and this occasion is all about being together with your significant other, so I thought I'd share our Valentine's Day plans!
We celebrated early as we are both working during the week! We love our food, so it's only right that we would celebrate with one of our favourite things - cheese! Isn't this vintage reserve cheddar cheese love heart* from Wyke Farms adorable?! Hand-crafted in the lovely Somerset, this gluten-free, vegetarian-friendly cheese is matured for over fifteen months to give it a smooth, silky texture and a gorgeously sweet and creamy taste! This is honestly our new favourite cheddar cheese - simply divine. We paired ours with ASDA's Extra Special caramelised onion chutney and some crackers - perfect!

We ended our evening feast with a Eton mess-style dessert compiled of dairy-free ice-cream, crushed meringue, rhubarb & custard jam and sweet toppings! Then we enjoyed a movie night.

Here are just a few other budget-friendly ideas for Valentine's Day:
 a picnic in a country park 
Why not go for a romantic stroll in your local country park and treat yourselves to a little picnic?! You could have a homemade picnic with some of your favourite foods or you could indulge in a great value, yet delicious, £3.50 or less meal deal from The Co-operative. There are lots of sandwiches and pasta pots to choose from, along with a chilled drink and a sweet or savoury snack!

 a luxury stay at home spa day 
Relax and treat yourselves to a chilled out spa day in the comfort of your own home! Use your favourite face masks or get creative with a DIY recipe.

 farm shop frolicks 
I absolutely love browsing local farm shops, so this would be a great option! Set yourself a spending budget and treat yourselves to lunch if money will allow.

 garden centre gallivanting 
Another favourite past time of mine is raking about in the local garden centre. Ours always has lots of lovely gifts and homeware, as well as sweet treats and pretty plants. Again, if there is a cafe on site, why not enjoy a yummy lunch or an afternoon coffee and cake?

So, what will you be doing this Valentine's?

I hope your day is filled with love and laughter!
Emma xxx

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

06 February 2018

My Make-up Favourites For Spring

As spring approaches, I start thinking about all the beautiful flowers in bloom and the pretty colours that come with them. I love spring-inspired make-up, so I thought I'd have a rummage through my own collection and pick out my favourites for spring!
For the face, I'd be wearing Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation in shade "China Doll" (not pictured), accompanied by INIKA's Mineral Blush Puff Pot in shade "Pink Pinch".
For my eyes, I'd stick to a neutral shade such as "Soave" from the DeVito Absolute Eyes Pressed Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in "Portofino Noir" with Pacifica's black Aquarian Gaze Mascara*.
For my lip colour, I'd probably choose to wear PHB's Lip Crayon in "Pink"* with PHB Lip Gloss in "Camellia" over the top - especially great for an evening look to give a pop of vibrant pink. And to finish off the look, I'd paint my nails in this hot pink shade, "Name Of The Rose"* by Glossworks.

What colours are you most drawn to during spring? As you can see, pink is a strong contender for me! Let me know what other make-up focused blog posts you'd like to see from me.

Emma xxx

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

30 January 2018

The LoveLula January Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £13.95
The January beauty box contained an impressive total product value of over £71, including three full-size products! At first glance, I was really impressed with this box, but upon closer inspection, I was a little disappointed.

Included in the box was:
Madara Total Renewal Night Cream (sample), £42/50ml
This night cream contains Northern Birch juice, sea buckthorn, horse chestnut and jojoba and aims to instantly soften, hydrate and re-charge the skin overnight! This sounds like a great pick-me-up for tired, dehydrated skin, especially during winter! This product is certified vegan and organic.
PHB Brightening Eye Gel, £16.95/15ml
With key ingredients such as eyebright, neroli and white birch oil, this eye gel aims to reduce dark circles and puffiness around the eye area, boosting micro-circulation and reducing discolouration. Looking forward to trying this, although I seem to have a growing eye treatment collection and it's a product I always forget about!
Laidbare Hair Minimising Moisturiser, £6.99/125ml
Laidbare are one of my favourite budget-friendly brands, but sometimes being more affordable can mean compromising on natural ingredients. With coffee, liquorice, horse chestnut and marshmallow extract, this hair minimising treatment sounded great! But unfortunately this product contains dimethicone (also known as silicone), which is definitely an ingredient that I personally try to avoid, so I won't be using this product unfortunately.
I absolutely love the packaging for this product and the ingredients are really good, including peppermint oil, fennel oil, jojoba oil and yarrow extract. I found this bath potion to be very overpowering and it left my skin with a cool, tingly sensation. It is good for clearing sinuses e.t.c., but not something I'd pay almost £30 for.

Have you tried any of these products? As always, as a LoveLula 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.
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22 January 2018

The Weekly Wish List

1. Bonprix Body Flirt Longline Blazer, from £17.99
I currently own zero blazers. I'd love a pale pink one in time for spring! This one from Bonprix looks great, plus it's under £20!
2. West Barn Interiors Extra Large Wicker Heart, £48.50
We'd love a statement piece above our bed and have fallen in love with this beautiful wicker heart! Hopefully we can get one, once funds allow.
3. Live Laugh Love Rustic Wooden Coffee Sign, £28.95 £14.95
This rustic-look coffee sign would look great in our new kitchen!
4. H&M Pom Pom Trimmed Cushion Cover, £12.99
These delicate pom pom trim cushions could be a great match for our white and grey bed linen. I'm on the lookout for some decorative bed cushions!
5. Modern Rugs Grey Faux Fur Rug, £29.95
We're thinking this faux fur rug would look perfect in front of the fireplace in the living area. I'm sure Wilson would love it!

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