27 October 2016

The LoveLula October Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £12.50

I was thrilled to be invited to review the October beauty box from LoveLula! The total product value is an amazing £40 and there is a great selection of products this month.
Included in October's box was:
Barefoot SOS Repair & Renew Nourishing Cleansing Cream, RRP £20/125ml
This gentle daily cleanser is formulated with rose mosqeta oil, calendula extract, rosewater and cocoa butter, creating a creamy formula to cleanse and nourish skin. I can't wait to try this!
PHB Lavender Natural Soap, RRP £3.95/100g
I've recently been getting into bar soaps for cleansing, so I was really happy to see this product included in this month's box. I love lavender and these eco-friendly soaps are free from palm oil, so I'm sure I'll enjoy it! With ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil, it's suitable for face, body and hands, which is great.
John Masters Lip Calm, RRP £6/4g
With a base of organic avocado and olive oil, this citrus-scented lip balm is intensively hydrating and perfect for the colder seasons. The effects are long-lasting and I'm loving it!
REN Flash Hydro-Boost (sample), RRP £34/40ml
This product aims to deeply hydrate and plump skin, making it ideal for tired, dehydrated or aged skin.
BON Natural Pure Tissue Oil (sample size), RRP £3.99/15ml
This "liquid gold" oil is award-winning and promises to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and wrinkles. This product contains ingredients such as avocado, rosehip and grape seed oils.

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

25 October 2016

Botanicals Nourish Body Polish

Botanicals Nourish Body Polish*, £24/175g

Rose geranium is one of my favourite scents and this body polish smells gorgeous! The paste-like formula contains cane sugar and Himalayan mineral crystals to exfoliate, along with nourishing shea butter, sunflower seed oil and lavender flower oil. With 82% organic ingredients and pretty, blue packaging, this body polish is a lovely product.
It is suggested to use one teaspoon of polish and mix with a little warm water and apply over the body. I find I need to use more than this amount to get a good scrub out of it. It's really pleasant to use and leaves my skin soft and smooth.

Sucrose (cane sugar)*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter*, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil*, cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, decyl glucoside, sodium chloride, zea mays seed flour*, tocopherol, parfum*, rosa centifloia (rose) flower oil*, pelargonium graveolens (rose geranium) flower oil*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*, cymbopogon martinii flower oil*, cananga odorata flower oil* , geraniol**,
citronellol**, linalool**, limonene**, citral**, farnesol**, benzyl benzoate**, benzyl salicylate**. (*Certified organic. **Natural constituents of essential oils. ***Organic origin.)
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

19 October 2016

The Weekly Wish List

1. Roseland Furniture Farrow Painted Nest Of Tables, £95
I'm looking at furniture that would be in-keeping with a Victorian property, yet add a modern touch. I absolutely love this range of grey painted oak furniture!
2. Mia Laurens Nude Nail Polish, £5.99/11ml
This nude pink shade looks gorgeous! This 5-free formula promises excellent coverage and long-lasting colour.
3. Typhoon Vintage Kitchen Scales, RRP £29.99 £14.99
I love these vintage-style kitchen scales, which would look great in a country cottage kitchen.
4. Ilcsi Rosehip Gel Mask, £39/50ml
Rosehip oil is really good for your skin, so I can imagine how beneficial this gel mask would be!

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

15 October 2016

Balm Balm Rose Geranium Single Note EDP

Balm Balm Rose Geranium Single Note EDP*, £22/33ml

Do you want to smell like a walking Turkish Delight? Then go buy this perfume! I'm fussy about rose scents, but rose geranium is one of my favourites and this EDP really does smell just like the delicious Turkish Delight treat!
Housed in a glass spray bottle with pink packaging, this perfume is pretty and practical. The spray dispenses a good mist of perfume, and as it's such a powerful scent, a little goes a long way!
The great thing about Balm Balm's single note EDPs is that they can be worn alone or combined with complimenting scents. The ingredients are 100% natural and organic.

Pelargonium Graveolens Roseum, 100% Organic & Natural Grain Alcohol.

What is your favourite perfume at the moment?
Emma xxx
*items kindly sent for review purposes; all thoughts and opinions are, and always will be, my own.

13 October 2016

The LoveLula September Beauty Box

The LoveLula Monthly Subscription Beauty Box*, £12.50

I was thrilled to be invited to review the September beauty box from LoveLula! It was all about the skincare this month and the total product value was an amazing £45!
Included in September's box was:
Ooh! Oils of Heaven Rejuvenating Baobab Facial Oil, RRP £19/30ml
I'm currently testing out another facial oil from this brand, so I'm yet to try the baobab oil. This oil is organic and is rich in Omega 3, 6 and 9, which are excellent for maintaining healthy and rejuvenated skin. It's even suitable for those with eczema and psoriasis. It's designed to absorb into skin quickly, without blocking pores. I love the punchy packaging and can't wait to try it!
Balm Balm Rose Floral Water Hydrosol, RRP £7.50/30ml
I was sad when I finished my Pukka rosewater toner, so I'm really happy to have another lovely rose toner in my life again! This one has a practical mist dispenser and boasts organic ingredients.
FoM London Hydra Plump Serum, RRP £46/30ml
Designed to prevent moisture loss, this triple action serum promises to hydrate, plump, energise and smooth skin! Looking forward to trying this out.
Madara AHA Brightening Peel Mask, RRP £20/60ml
I'm already a great fan of this brightening face mask and I find it really works well to reveal a brighter complexion and to smooth skin.
Madara Multi-action Micellar Water (sample), RRP £12/100ml
I'm also a big fan of this product and you can check out my recent review here.
Kimberly Sayer Tangerine & Calendula Healing Light Night Cream (sample), RRP £26.50/60ml
This night cream is aimed at combination, oily and blemish-prone skin, aiming to balance out the oils and heal scars and blemishes.

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

11 October 2016

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

Ombar Organic Chocolate Coconut & Vanilla Centre*, £1.99/35g and Ombar Organic Chocolate Raspberry & Coconut Centre*, £1.99/35g
These organic and vegan-friendly chocolates were very rich. The raspberry and coconut one was a little too bitter and sickly for me, but had a nice fruity undertone. The coconut and vanilla bar was a little lighter and the flavour combination was really lovely.
(Coconut & Vanilla Ingredients:
Coconut cream*, coconut sugar*, raw cacao*, coconut oil*, cocoa butter*, ground vanilla powder*. *certified organic. Cocoa solids 60% minimum.)
(Raspberry & Coconut Ingredients:
coconut cream*, coconut sugar*, raw cacao*, coconut oil*, cocoa butter*, raspberry powder*, ground vanilla powder*. *certified organic. Cocoa solids 60% minimum.)
Tesco Organic Sweetened Soya Milk, £1/1 litre
This soya milk is the cheapest I've found, with organic ingredients. I love it in my coffees, cereals and recipes. I've tried cheaper soya milks, which are no match at all and taste rather unpleasant! I'd definitely recommend this (or the unsweetened version) milk as a dairy-free option.
Kallo Organic Milk Chocolate Thin Rice Cakes, £1.49/90g
These organic, vegetarian and gluten-free rice cakes with a chocolate covering were a really lovely snack and tasted pretty good!
Organic Milk Chocolate (59%) (Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Full Cream Milk Powder, Organic Cocoa Mass), Organic Wholegrain Brown Rice.)
Special K Nourish Cereals*, £2.99/320-330g
I was really impressed with these new Nourish cereals from Special K; they are low in sugar and fat and taste delicious! I loved each variety, with the Nuts & Seeds hazelnut, almond & pumpkin seed one being my favourite. I'd definitely recommend trying these for a quick, healthy breakfast option. These are great with soya milk or yoghurt.
(Nuts & Seeds Ingredients
Cereals (Wholewheat {34%}, Rice {19%}, Wheat Bran {6.5%}, Barley {3%}, Malted Barley Flour {1.5%}, Oat Flour {1.5%}), Linseed and Sunflower Seed Cluster (15%) (Cereals {Whole Oats [6.5%], Rye [1.5%]}, Wheat Crisp {Wheat Flour, Malt, Barley Malt Extract}, Sugar, Rice Piece {Rice Flour, Corn Flour, Sugar}, Sunflower Seeds, Linseed, Modified Starch, Barley Malt Extract, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Emulsifier {Soy Lecithin}, Flavourings, Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate, Ammonium Hydrogen Carbonate, Antioxidant {Mixed Tocophorols}, Skimmed Milk Powder), Sugar, Pumpkin Seeds(6%), Nuts (6%) (Hazelnuts, Almonds), Glucose Syrup, Barley Malt Flavouring, Salt, Natural Flavouring, Vitamins and Minerals: Niacin, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.)

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

27 September 2016

The Weekly Wish List

1. La Redoute Driftwood Coat Rack, £59
This natural driftwood coat rack is so gorgeous and would work well to create that rustic yet modern interior look. I love the idea of wrapping fairy lights around it!
2. The Cotton Company Patterned Throw, £17.99
This geometric patterned throw would compliment any colour scheme with its' neutral tones.
3. Faith In Nature Brave Botanicals Rose & Neroli Shampoo & Conditioner, £6 each/250ml
These rose and neroli hair products sound divine! I love the colourful packaging and I bet these smell amazing! These two products promise to nourish and repair damaged, dry hair.
4. Forever 21 Animal Print Bodycon Dress, £13
I can never resist a bit of leopard print and this teal dress is gorgeous! The long-sleeved design, along with the colour, is perfect for autumn.
5. Aviela Shea Butter Black Soap, £14/250ml
This multi-purpose product has me intrigued! Suitable for use on hair, face and body, this natural cleanser promises to remove dirt and excess oil, while leaving skin soft and smooth.

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

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.