Tried & Tested: Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser

As I move more and more towards using more natural products, I’ve been trying a lot of different brands.  Balance Me is the latest of these.  It started when I was sent a sample of their facial oil, which I thought was pretty good, and has continued with my using their Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser for the last month.
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Picked because it got good reviews and what it doesn’t contain (parabens, dea, mineral oils, sulphates, pegs, petroleum, silicones, propylene glycol, microbeads, artificial fragrances and colours), I wasn’t sure what to expect after basically using one of two or three of the same cleansers for as long as I can remember.   Continue reading “Tried & Tested: Restore and Replenish Cream Cleanser”

June in a Sentence a Day

sentence a day.jpgI first came across this post on Natalie the Explorer’s blog and thought it was great. She, and some other bloggers, share their month in a sentence a day. I thought it would be fun to join in, though I’m not that good at limiting my days to just one sentence. It’s good to look back at what I’ve been up to and makes me feel grateful for the good in my life. So, without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to. Continue reading “June in a Sentence a Day”

Tried & Tested: Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm

IMG_1323When it comes to deodorant, I have to say I’m a bit of a creature of habit.  I’d found a brand I like, one with hardly any scent and that doesn’t leave marks on my clothes, years ago and I haven’t even thought of changing it since.  However, as part of my minimalist challenge I am trying to make use of the products I have before I go out and buy any more.  Which meant trying the Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm that came with this month’s Birchbox.   Continue reading “Tried & Tested: Native Unearthed Activated Charcoal Natural Deodorant Balm”

Tried & Tested: Boots L;ft Daily Boosting Day Moisturising Cream

One of my biggest weaknesses is an inability to not try new things (probably a strength too, if I ignore the strain it can put on my wallet).  Another, in order to ease said strain, is loving a bargain.  Walking around my local Boots last month, I came upon the perfect storm of a new product range (L;ft) with a third off it’s regular price.
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I’d gone in looking for moisturiser from a different brand.  I came out with Boots’ L;ft Daily Boosting Day Moisturising Cream.  If I ignore the slightly silly name (or spelling of it), I have otherwise been pretty impressed.  The cream promises to help me fight the five signs of ageing and smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in four weeks.  It also promises me that my skin will not only be firmer but glow as well.   Continue reading “Tried & Tested: Boots L;ft Daily Boosting Day Moisturising Cream”

Tried & Tested: Pro-5 Collagen Bee Venom Day Moisturiser

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So, I am on a bit of a Skin Chemist kick at the moment, having recently started using their facial oil and thanks to a few good deals right after Christmas that let me try a brand I had always fancied but found too expensive.  The facial oil was good, though not as good as my usual brand – which I will be returning to – and so is the Bee Venom Day Moisturiser, which promises to keep my skin hydrated and smooth from morning till night.
The bee venom is the bit that got me, I have to admit, with it’s claim to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and that forever chased “more youthful-looking complexion”.  Apparently, it tricks the skin into thinking it’s been stung and brings blood to the surface, creating a plumping affect and stimulating collagen production. Because of it though, before you try it you have to do a sample test to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.  That done, you are ready to go.
After a month, here’s what I think… Continue reading “Tried & Tested: Pro-5 Collagen Bee Venom Day Moisturiser”

Made it myself: Indulgent bath oil

All natural beauty headerLast year for my birthday, I got a sample set of Balm Balm bath oils. I love bath oils (possibly because I’m lazy and it means I don’t have to remember to moisturise separately) and these were great; they smelt amazing and my skin felt really soft afterwards. My three favourites were Relax, Calm, and Indulge. Unfortunately they were tiny – there was really only enough for a couple of baths each – and I quickly ran out.

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See, I told you they were small!

Whilst they aren’t overly expensive, they felt like they should be the type of thing I kept for a treat and so I asked for some more for Christmas – only my husband couldn’t find them anywhere.  I was lucky enough to get some Aromatherapy Associates bath oil instead but now that’s gone too so I started the hunt for something else that smells great and feels lovely on my skin.  Continue reading “Made it myself: Indulgent bath oil”

Favourite things #5: Benefit beauty products

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So I had a bit of a panic this morning.  I realised I was out of one of my favourite products – Dew The Hoola Liquid Bronzer. Panic ensued.  My day, I thought, was ruined – in fact, the next three days as that’s how long it will take for me newly ordered bottle to arrive.  Thankfully, I then remembered a sample size of the bronzing powder that would see me through.  Calm was restored.  My day would be o.k.
It made me think, though, just how much I rely on certain products and how many of them are made by Benefit.  Time, I thought, for a favourite things post – something I haven’t done in a while – and a bit of a love “letter” to a favourite brand.   Continue reading “Favourite things #5: Benefit beauty products”

Tried and Tested: Skin Chemists Whitening & Lightening Nourishing Facial Oil

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I am a big fan of facial oils, especially at this time of year when the weather is cold and my skin constantly feels dry and tight.  Normally, I use one by Sanctuary, which is reasonably price at under £20 and leaves my skin feeling soft and supple on a morning.  At the end of last year, though, I was running out and saw an offer for an Whitening & Lightening Facial Oil by Skin Chemists that I couldn’t resist as I had never tried the brand, but had always wanted to.
The oil is supposed to brighten my complexion (a good thing as cold weather can leave it looking dull as well as dry), even out skin tone and reduce age spots (which I don’t actually have but, given I’m on the side of 40 that’s closer to 50, I figure it’s better to start preparing for the inevitable!). The key ingredients are Illumiscin, which I haven’t heard of, and Vitamin E, which I have and which I do think is great for the skin.  With regular use, I was promised a “fresh and youthful looking complexion”, one that “looks brighter, healthier and more radiant.”
I’ve now been using it for a month, applying every night, and – for the most part – I’m very happy, though I don’t think it’s lived up to all its promises.  Continue reading “Tried and Tested: Skin Chemists Whitening & Lightening Nourishing Facial Oil”

Made it Myself: Yoghurt and Honey Cleanser

All natural beauty headerI have to admit I love lotions and potions, anything to make me look younger, prettier, brighter (…you get the picture) and can’t resist buying more than I need most times. A few years ago, I started to use organic products when I could and noticed a real difference. They do, however, tend to make my bank balance groan and I have been feeling particularly broke of late.
So, following on from my success at making my own facial scrub, I decided to try making something else. The only criteria was that it was easy….which is how I came to start using my own yoghurt and honey cleanser. Continue reading “Made it Myself: Yoghurt and Honey Cleanser”

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