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:
Madará 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.

13 February 2017

Schmidt's Rose & Vanilla Deodorant Stick

Schmidt's Rose & Vanilla Deodorant Stick, £10/92g

Finding the perfect natural deodorant can be such a chore! Luckily, I have discovered a couple of great ones, but there's always been some sort of compromise, such as formula or application.

I'd heard great things about Schmidt's deodorants, but as an American brand, they weren't easy to source here in the UK. When Naturisimo added them to their online store, I took the plunge and ordered one of their deodorant sticks!
I chose the rose and vanilla variety - rose is definitely the predominant scent and I really love it! The formula is in solid stick form and softens upon contact with skin. I love the practical and eye-pleasing packaging. The formula is smooth and gentle on my sensitive skin; I've had no irritation so far, which is great.
This vegan-friendly deodorant keeps me dry and odour-free all day long! It really is an excellent deodorant and I love that you can smell the gorgeous scent all day. Price-wise, it's not exactly a budget buy, but I think once you find the perfect deodorant, you should stick with it!

What's your favourite natural deodorant?

Ingredients:
Maranta arundinacea (arrowroot) powder, Cocos Nucifera (coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (candelilla) Wax, Butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (fractionated coconut oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Natural fragrance, Tocopherol (vitamin E).
Love,
Emma xxx

03 February 2017

My Valentine's Day Wish List

This Valentine's Day will be all about self-love, self-care and a little bit of self-indulgence! Here's my accompanying wish list:
1. nügg Sensitive & Troubled Skin 4 Day Intensive Skin Treatment Collection, £13
This 4-day skin treatment sounds really great; a deep-cleansing mask with cucumber and jojoba oil and three soothing masks with shea butter and chamomile.
2. Nizou Soothing Lavender & Geranium Scented Candle, £14.90/190g
I adore scented candles and this pure soy bean wax candle sounds lovely! With lavender, geranium and juniper berries.
3. Booja-Booja Dairy Free Caramel Pecan Praline Ice Cream, £5.99/500ml
This dairy-free ice-cream sounds like the perfect luxurious evening treat!
4. Kiss The Moon Dream Pillow Mist, £40/100ml
I love the extravagant packaging of this pillow mist! With French lavender, fresh apple scented Roman chamomile, bergamot and cedarwood, this mist promises to soothe and relax the soul!
5. DUNE Grab Bag, RRP £69 £39.99
I love the muted colourway of this elegant grab bag. I'm after a new bag again!
Love,
Emma xxx