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.

17 December 2016

The 2016 Christmas Gift Guide (Part Three)

Welcome to the third and final installment of my Christmas gift guide series, where I am showcasing lovely gifts and natural beauty products!
PHB Balancing Haircare Gift Set*, £22.50/x2 250ml
With calming lavender and refreshing mint, this haircare duo promises to cleanse and balance the scalp, whilst stimulating circulation and reducing dandruff.
Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Facial Cleansing Balm, £19.99/60ml
This fragrance-free cleansing balm with shea butter, mango butter, unrefined beeswax, abyssinian oil and meadowfoam oil, promises to gently remove make-up and impurities to reveal soft, glowing skin.
This gorgeous pink tin with gold lettering includes 30 specially selected tea sachets, including vanilla chai, three cinnamon and lemon ginger & manuka honey.
Madara Brightening AHA Peel Mask*, £4.95/12.5ml
I'm a big fan of this face mask, as it really does make a difference to your skin! This travel size version would be great as a stocking filler. Expect brighter and smoother skin, with quick results!
Madara SOS Hydra Mask*, £15/12.5ml
Again in a travel size, this mask promises to inject moisture into dehydrated skin and leave it feeling hydrated and plumped.
Weleda Mini Body Wash Gift Set, £14/x5 20ml
This mini gift set from Weleda would make a great gift - particularly if you'd like to introduce someone to natural beauty! With five scents, including lavender, almond and wild rose. These products are also marine-friendly and biodegradable!
GK Natural Creations Silky Avocado Shampoo Bar*, £4.50/95g
With rustic packaging and minimal ingredients including silk, rhassoul clay, avocado oil and lavender, this budget-friendly shampoo bar would make a great stocking filler!

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

09 December 2016

The 2016 Christmas Gift Guide (Part Two)

Welcome to the second installment of my Christmas gift guides, where I will be showcasing some lovely gifts and natural beauty products!
Easy Mediterranean Cookbook by Sue Quinn*, £14.99
The Mediterranean diet is known to be one of the healthiest. This cookbook is packed full of 100 easy-to-create recipes. With pretty, colourful photographs and vibrant, healthy dishes, including pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan options.
The Edinburgh Natural Skincare Company Luxury No. 1 Solid Hand Cream Bar, £8/15g
I discovered these while on holiday near North Berwick and was really impressed with them! I've never seen a solid version of a hand cream - such a great idea! These melt upon contact with skin and are really hydrating and long-lasting. The scents are gorgeous! I love that they come in a re-usable and practical tin.
JOIK Rejuvenating & Tightening Chocolate Facial Mask*, £8.50/50g
I can't really think of anything better than smearing a chocolately face mask all over your skin! With rhassoul clay, honey, milk and cacao powder, this minimal ingredient natural face mask is sure to nourish and revive tired skin. A perfect gift for the chocoholic!
Balm Balm Rose Geranium EDP*, £22/33ml
A gorgeous, organic rose geranium perfume to leave you smelling like Turkish delights! My full review can be found here.
Earth Conscious Hippy Paste Deodorant, £5/60g
This practical and non-toxic alternative to mainstream deodrants would make a great gift; housed in a handy tin, with lovely scents and a skin-loving formula. You can even purchase a gift card, enabling your recipient the choice of scent.

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

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.