Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Review | NUXE Rêve De Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm

*gulp* ... Hi guys!  I'm back.  Yes, fo' reals.  It seems I'm not a wintery blogger.  Something about the cold, dark days makes me want to do nothing but crawl up into a ball and watch endless rom-coms on Netflix.  Not that I'm complaining!  Anyhoo, to jump right back into it, I bring you something that HAS helped me feel better through winter.  A little pot of goodness.  My saviour.  NUXE's Rêve De Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm in Red

This little beauty first came to my attention when Bloomzy raved about it back at Nuffnang's organic beauty event.  I knew I had to try it, but it wasn't until I spotted it in a French pharmacy in Paris that I jumped.  When in Paris and all!  The two of us have been in a love affair ever since and have travelled through thick and thin.  My favourite thing?  The pot is so delightfully chunky that it's easily found at the bottom of my embarrassingly jam packed handbag.  Yes I admit it, I am a hoarder of year old receipts and used sweet wrappers.  Findability is crucial.  This pretty red version was created for NUXE's 20th Anniversary and promotes being grapefruit flavour, although to me it smells refreshingly orange and sweet.  The formula consists of honey, which is famous for it's hydrating qualities, and nourishing oils such as almond to repair, soothe and protect.  It has the creamiest constancy of any lip balm I've used before.  Thick but melts easily and has extreme staying power.  The size of the pot also means that it holds more products and lasts longer.  Result!

The NUXE 20th Anniversary Lip Balms retail for £9.50 in the UK.  Top tip! If you're planning a trip to France soon you can pick it up for a steal at €7 ;)
   
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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Review | Faith In Nature Chocolate Shampoo & Conditioner*

Every organic beauty lover knows that the search for a perfect shampoo/condition combo is the longest and most trialing of challenges.  They either smell like an old boot or fail to lather up, leaving hair lackluster.  That is why when the kind folk at Faith In Nature emailed me I leapt at the opputunity to try some of their hair care.  The company has a great range of flavours to choose from, and as someone with a big ol' sweet tooth, the chocolate duo seemed the perfect choice.  Boy does it smell good.  Sweet, deep cocoa with a subtle hint of vanilla.  Not too sickly sweet, just the right amount, making me dream of cosy, warming hot chocolate at Christmas time.  Getting onto the actual application, it lathered up more than any other certified organic shampoo I've tried, which is the most annoying thing about natural shampoos. This means less waste and a better finish.  This hair care range is also great value for money.  It's priced like a regular shampoo, without all the harmful parabens, sulphates or artificial preservatives and colourings.  After rinsing it didn't feel drying, and with the conditioner left to soak for 5 minutes, my ends felt totally well nourished.  The end result was fantastic.  Silky hair that felt smooth to touch and brushed out easily.  My boyfriend even commented that my hair smelled divine.  Now that's a winner in my book.

Faith In Nature's shampoo and conditioner range retails for £5.50 each. 

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Review | Neal's Yard Remedies White Tea Facial Mask

Neal's Yard is a beautiful and discreet backstreet located in London's hip Covent Garden. There you will find a delightful health and beauty store of the same name, filled with organic treats and goodies. Popping in with a friend one afternoon, I couldn't resist sampling a few products and splurging. We also dipped into Homeslice, a top-notch pizza place right next door with the biggest pizzas I've ever seen. I'm getting distracted. Story for another time! Feeling cheeky, I indulged in a face mask. Somehow I ended up with only one in my collection - ludacris! The White Tea Enriching Facial Mask is a thing of sweet depth. Rich and musky smelling with a slight spicy undertone, it smells delightfully fresh. So it should, when 59% comes from organic origins. The packaging is dreamy; a Moroccan, deep blue with hints of purple that catches the light beautifully. It feels sturdy to boot. Great for popping in your travel bag. The consistency is thick and glossy and a little goes a long way. The colour is quite bland and leaves much to be desired but as it is an organic product I wouldn't expect anything else. Earthy tones equals no artificial colouring. The clay-like consistency can feel quite tight and drying while on, however, when washed off turns into a gorgeous milky formula leaving the skin feeling smooth and plump. 

The White Tea Face Mask retails for £25.75.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Review | Jica Lash Extension and Nail Magic

There are two secrets to natural beauty, two things that beauty addicts love to accentuate.  Number one, long and luscious lashes.  Number two, a solid pair of beautifully painted nails.  It's always fun to find new, inventive products that could be revolutionary.  Recently, I was sent two to test out that I'd never heard of.  Let's see how I got on, shall we?

The Jica Lash Extensions* confused me at first.  Never having used a product like it before, taking the wand out of the package I was surprised to find a tiny wand coated in loose fibres instead of the usual wet formula.  At first application, I was foolishly bold enough not to read the instructions and puzzled when there were a hundred little hairs coating my cheek.  Luckily, my mistake struck me and I'm thankful that it did.  The end result was the longest lashes to ever grace my eyes.  A completely natural look, yet thick and fluttery enough to dazzle.  Not a clump in sight.  You use a normal mascara to apply a coat and while still wet brush over the fibres, finishing off with a final coat of mascara.  The tiny hairs cling, extending the lashes to their full potential.  Eyelashes to float anyone's boat.  

The Nail Magic* leaves a gorgeous shine to the nails.  A nail hardener, that when you shake the bottle releases a formula to the surface that you can simply brush over the nails.  It couldn't be easier as the product dries quickly.  My nails felt instantly stronger after first application.  Although I haven't used it for long enough to see the true results, I do bite my nails and there has been a noticeable different in jagged edges and chips.  The bottle is small, elegant with the solution being a pretty, opaque light pink. 
The lash fibre extensions is, for sure, to become a staple in my make up routine.  The nail hardener is something for those with weak, easily split nails to look out for but will need to be played with more on my side. 

Have you ever used products like these?  Would you try them out?
 
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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Life | The Make My Magnum Experience at Selfridges

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Sitting in the corner of the greatest store of the world is a little bit of luxury.  Creamy, indulgent, chocolatey luxury that is.  Pleasure at it's ultimate.  The Make My Magnum experience in London's Selfridges is a stop not to be missed this summer.  It's everyone's dream to create their own ice cream, is it not?  This year Magnum turns 25, and along with launching a limited edition créme brûlée ice cream, is giving us the chance to be our own ice cream connoisseurs. 

You become the creator.  Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate. Tempting toppings of popping candy, a hit of chilli flakes or maybe a hazelnut crunch, all finished off with a chocolate drizzle.  The combination of flavours are endless and the world (the Magnum world to be exact) is yours to take hold.

On my trip to the store, Magnum was kind enough to give me the opportunity to go backstage and get the true ice cream maker experience.  I yielded the hat and got dunking.  My choice of ice cream was of true decadence.  Crispy, edible gold fieullantine with pretty pink rose petals and a dash of lilac cornflower.  The first bite was special. Really special. There's something spectacular about devouring something you've fashioned yourself.  I felt like a kid in an ice cream store. 

The Make My Magnum Experience is open in Selfridges London store from the 30th June -30th August.  If you go,  try out the www.makemymagnum.com on your mobile to get a free topping and get practising your ice cream making technique. Make sure to share your Magnum with the #magnumxselfridges tag and show the world your creation!

Let me know in the comments what your toppings of choice would be!

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