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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Balm Balm Little Miracle Rosehip Serum

Balm Balm are one of my favourite brands. I think they produce really high quality products, with great ingredients at a very affordable price point. I have been using their Little Miracle Rosehip Serum for a couple of months and thought it time to share my thoughts.
For me, a serum is an essential part of my skin care regime. I am a big fan of products that are Rosehip based, as my skin tends to respond positively to them. I wanted something a little lighter for Summer, and this fits the bill perfectly.
Little Miracle Rosehip Serum, has a fairly simple ingredient list. In fact this is true of all the Balm Balm products. The serum is made with Rosehip, Jojoba and Borage oils, giving it a lovely light texture. For my dry skin this is great for Summer, but would work well for oilier skin types over Winter. It also contains Frankincense, Juniper, Palm Rosa, Rose Geranium and Mandarin, giving it a lovely, almost exotic fragrance.
I find that a little goes a long way, and that the serum absorbs really easily. I have been enjoying using this in the mornings. I also find it really good as a cuticle oil and a little works wonders as a hair serum. I think this is such good value for money, especially as I can use it for several purposes.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Love Lula Beauty Box July 2015

 I have had July's Love Lula box for a good few days and not had chance to review this month's contents. I think July's box is particularly good value for money as it contains three full sized products. All the products are very well suited to Summer, and feature well known brands to Love Lula subscribers.
 Madara Micellar Water this is the newest addition to the Madara range. It is a very effective and gentle make up remover. It feels wonderfully cooling and refreshing on the eyes. I love this. 
This month's Balm Balm product is a lip balm. In June's box there was a full size Face Balm. Whilst I like the product I would have preferred to have tried something different from Balm Balm. This feels a little too similar to last month's product, maybe one of the perfume samples or hydrosols would have been a better choice.
 Yes To Coconuts Hand & Cuticle Cream. This smells gorgeous and makes me instantly think of Summer. I am very impressed with this hand cream.
John Masters Organics Geranium & Grapefruit Body Wash. This smells absolutely gorgeous. I am saving this for my travel bag, but am really looking forward to trying it.
The final item is a sachet of Jason Soothing 84% Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream. This came in very handy over the weekend when I caught a little more sun than I realised. It's quite a thick cream, I liked the smell, and I definitely found it soothing.
Although I really like all the products I have received, they are all from brands that regularly appear in Love Lula boxes. I think this is a shame as the Love Lula website has a huge range of brands. I can't help but feel that they could use the beauty boxes to show case the website. I would love to see the beauty boxes including more of the newer brands. 

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

AS.AP Little Box of Indulgence

I first tried a sample of AS.AP's cleansing oil last year and was very impressed with it. I have had my eye on the Little Box of Indulgence for quite some time. AS.AP was founded by Amanda Saurin. The small bespoke range is very much a labour of love, where ingredients are grown, distilled and produced. They even go as far as to give each product it's own Batch Report Card. Full ingredients lists for all products can be found on the website. AS.AP is undoubtedly a very luxurious brand, but we all have times when we want to use something special.
Cleansing Oil #5 is a very gentle and effective cleansing oil and would suit all skin types. I find it to have the most subtle fragrance of all the products, it is somewhere between a floral and a herby fragrance. It has a very nourishing base of borage, calendula and rosehip oils, but also include jojoba oil to regulate sebum production and castor oil to get a really good deep cleanse. A few drops is really all that is needed to cleanse the face. The Little Box of Indulgence also includes a mini cleansing cloth which is hand crocheted by a friend. I think this is such a lovely touch, and really embodies the values of AS.AP. I have to confess I couldn't bear to use, my daughter had no reservations and stole it as soon as she could. 
Face Cream #3 is a rich facial cream, with a sweeter muskier fragrance. I loved the combination of rose, cedarwood, citrus and benzoin. This is ideal for dry or mature skin. For those with oiler or younger skins it perhaps wouldn't be quite the right product, but my skin loved it. Only a small amount of product is needed. It absorbs well. I obviously can't comment on the long term benefits on the skin, but I was very happy with my skin when using this.
Lip Balm #6 has a lovely subtle fragrance that is a little like a chocolate orange. The balance is just right as it is not sickly in the slightest. It contains Cocoa butter, beeswax, honey and avocado oil, so obviously not suitable for vegans. This is a firm balm, that holds it's texture in the pot. Some of my lip balms have not faired so well in the heat, but this hasn't melted on me. The texture is beautiful, it glides onto the lips. It feels very light, but banishes any dry spots
Body Butter #6 is more like a balm than a butter. It's base of shea butter, coconut oil and almond oil make it a very nourishing without being heavy. It melts very easily on contact with the skin. It's super concentrated formula allows a little to go a long way. The fragrance is initially lavender based, but I find that it settles into something a little more woody after a while. The Body Butter is gorgeous, and has left my skin so soft afterwards. I am rationing this as I really don't want to finish it.

This is a truly luxurious taster set, I have enjoyed using all the products. If pushed, I would say that the face cream and the body moisturiser have been my absolute favourites. Next on my to try list are the Aromatic Waters.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Empties June 2015

Here is my round up of all the products I have finished off. I am still working on reducing my sample stash, and am trying hard not to make any repurchases until I have my stash under better control. With warmer weather I have been reaching for some of my lighter products.
     Tisserand Sweet Dreams Bath Oil is a lovely oil. It lives up to it's name in that it is very calming especially before bed. It left my skin feeling very moisturised and it is also reasonably priced.
Saach Mint & Rosemary Shower Gel I really enjoyed using this. Very gentle on the skin. Loved the soft mint fragrance, this is very refreshing and perfect for summer time.
Bentley Organics Frequent Use Shampoo. I was really looking forward to using this, as it smells gorgeous and is very affordably priced. I found it much too drying for my hair and left lots of knots and tangles in my hair. Sadly, this isn't the product for me.
Bentley Organics Conditioner For All Hair Types. Again my high hopes were dashed as this just wasn't moisturising enough for my hair.
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser. I have mixed feeling about this. I loved the brightening effect it had on my skin, but found it a little drying. I wouldn't be able to get away with using this in Winter. I liked the strawberry fragrance in the tube, but once on my skin I found it a little cloying. There is just no pleasing some people.
Green People Age Defy+ 24 Hour Brightening this light weight moisturiser is perfect for my skin in Summer. It gave my skin a lovely glow. Would love to purchase the full size, but have other that need using first.
One Love Organics Easy Does It This is another Summer time product. I really enjoyed using something a little lighter than my usual cleansing balms. A little goes a long way and it is surprisingly gentle.
Bodhi & birch Desert Rose Rejuvenating Face Oil This is quite simply one of my favourite facial oils. I love it and have a couple more sample sizes stashed away.
Odylique Creamy Coconut Cleanser I have obviously had this stashed away for quite a while as Essential Care rebranded as Odylique ages ago. This is a very good cleanser indeed, lighter in texture than I was expecting, but very good nevertheless.