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Skin Organics -Clean & Natural Beauty Box Competition!

 

Hello Beauties,

Today I have a competition for you! Yay!

It is for a Skin Organics Beauty Box. I have to say, I have been seriously impressed with the box I was sent and I have decided to subscribe, as I just love organics and clean products. Our skins readily accept these products and they work so much better on the skin (no harsh parabens).

Every month, you get sent 5 organic and clean products for just £21 plus £3.95 shipping .. For organic products that is a pretty amazing price, as it really can be much more expensive for niche, purer products. Funny how you have to pay more for products in their natural state and not filled with ingredients to really dry your skin out and irritate it!

Everything about this box feels smart, clean and beautiful. I am absolutely loving the 5 products I was sent. They are all award winning products, which I will list below, as you will receive the same box if you win.

Siskyn Camelia & Safflower Hot Cloth Cleansing Oil – a skin-brightening cleansing oil, that is gentle enough to take over your eyes to remove your eye makeup too. I don’t know about you, but sometimes  I think it is a pain having to get a lot of different cleansers out at bedtime!

Terre Verdi Acqua Di Rose Balancing Mist – Anyone who knows me, knows I am crazy about rose water and this one is lovely and pure as it just contains pure Damask Rosewater. I will be buying this in a full size as it has not left my side since it arrived (alcohol free).

Freyaluna Tea Tree and Peppermint Refreshing Foot Scrub – when I opened the box I could smell the beautiful peppermint coming from this … it is a brown sugar scrub and with it being so hot at the minute, it is a real treat to refresh hot tired feet. The good thing about a sugar scrub is it goes all creamy on the feet as the sugar dissolves leaving so silky smooth.

Kathy Sue Ann’s Anti-Ageing Eye Balm – Now this is a bit different to what I am used to, but I think it is a very good product. Particularly where I live, on the coast, it can get very windy and you can get watery eyes that sting and get very irritated. In an emergency, great on lips or other patches of irritated skin too.

Last up is Maggie Ann’s Nail Polish in Grace – A beautiful bright pink for summer! Free from 6, this nail polish is Peta approved gel polish and its formula is streak free and super glossy.

So how do you enter to win this box? Just like the skin Organics facebook page HERE & Subscribe to their website HERE (wait for the pop up to appear) and like my Facebook page too HERE and leave a comment on the competition on my facebook page to say you have entered all the conditions and give the competition a share.

Winner will be drawn at random in on Friday evening (4th of August), good luck everyone ❤ . You can also get 10% off one of The Skin Organics with code firstbox10.

Bye for now

Nicola x

 

Stemm High Density Hair Serum by Deciem

Hello beauties,

As I get older, not only does my skin and face age, but I have really noticed that my hair has thinned, gotten a LOT finer, my curls have flopped and basically it looks and feels pretty lifeless and sad.

Anyone who knows me, knows I have spent quite a bit of money on high-end brands, to try to treat the lack of life, volume and body in my hair. But buying expensive shampoos and conditioners was quite frankly a waste of money; they might have smelled fantastic, but they weren’t hitting the mark really.

Hello Stemm!!

Deciem has recently released a set of 3 products, to treat all aspects of hair ageing, cleansing and conditioning. All without parabens and sulphates, to really tackle volume, hair loss, ageing and condition, from the scalp to the hair end!

There is a set for blonde hair & a set for darker haired beauties! I think the Stemm Density Stimuli deserves it’s very own post, because it treats the scalp and the hair follicle (root). So right from the first use, you are giving your hair the very best chance to be healthy as it grows.

Our hair, once it leaves the follicle, is dead, so it makes such good sense and it is vital to treat and keep those precious follicles healthy. In turn, we are giving hair a better chance to grow well, be stronger and healthy and restore vitality. It is pure anti ageing for anyone who suffers from fine, poor, damaged, or mature hair, that has lost its lustre.

Packed full of amino acids, green tea, caffeine, black vulvic acid, zinc, hyaluronic acid, magnesium, copper and so many other incredible ingredients, to give you the best hair growth and life to your hair you can possibly have.

The reason I am singing the praises of this product so much, is because of the results I have had personally from the products. I am 47 and my hair had lost all of its life due to health, medications, anemia and age.

As someone who loves skincare, I never connected the dots, to apply the same care to my hair as I did to my face….until now .. and it makes perfect sense and I am now reaping the rewards and results.

There is a gentle hair cleanser and a very clever conditioner that treats the damage on the actual hair shaft and really strengthens the lengths, which I also know has helped my hair incredibly and I do not say that lightly.

I really loved this treatment for the scalp, applied in a very small amount at night, no need to overload, you just need to massage it lightly over your scalp at night and let the follicles soak it up.

If you are going to spend a lot money to tackle ageing on your hair, it is crucial to get the very first step right I think; and this has improved even the lift, body and volume on the roots of my hair so much … I think anyone with thin, weak hair has nothing to lose by trying this.

It is a treatment at last, that in a 3 step process, tackles all aspects of my hair ageing and damage. I would say it has taken about 20 years off how my hair looks, feels and reacts and it is soo much stronger; no more stretching and snapping.

The set I have is the trio for blonde hair and the only place right now you can get the set is from QVC and it is much better value than buying individually. You can find the set here: Stemm 3 Step Hair Thickening Collection .

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I will follow up with the shampoo and conditioner in another post (and get a trim lol) 

That is it for now beauties,

Nicola x

New Bio-Extracts Super Serum launch Sunday the 22nd on QVC!

Hello Beauties,

There is a fabulous Bio-Extracts Trio launching on Sunday morning the 22 of January at 10am on QVC. If you have not heard of this new brand it brings pure vegan plant power packed with nutrients to you in a wide range of serums so you can be in complete control of what you put onto your skin and give it what it really needs.

I use these serums and I love them. They are vegan and free from any parabens, petrochemicals or any other nasties that can go into skincare to preserve it.

The serums are best used with the Bio-Extracts face cream, but they can be slotted into any skincare routine and that is what makes this set fantastic.

The Firming Boost I use on my number 11’s and from the cheekbones down over my neck, as that is where I need firming most .. below cheeks, under chin, neck and around my mouth. I can feel this working and have done from my very first use.

Anti-Oxidant: This works on stressed skin, should it be the stresses of weather, life (oh boy I need this at the moment) or environmental toxins.

As you get older, your skin’s ability to fight these toxins becomes weaker and ages the skin. This serum feeds the skin cells that protect your skin against the damaging effects of oxidative stress and helps prevent premature ageing on the skin (most important). It fights pigmentation, balances skin tone, dehydration & takes down enlarged, clogged pores!

Finally there is Glow Boost .. to beat the winter dullness of our skins! This intensive illuminating serum I use as an overnight treatment, under my regular serums and creams. It works to bring oxygen to the skin, it really brightens your skin and it really works to revitalise and refresh skin, putting your glow back.

You can also add 1 pump of your favourite serum to your foundation to give it a super healthy dewy finish. Or of your skin tends to dry out during the day you can refresh it by gently patting your serum over your foundation during the day too.

Anyone who wants to know what I have been using recently, I have found these serums to be fantastic and great value! They give pure nutrition to the skin and I love them. Yes I have some other items slotted in, but these go on first every time! The set comes with some skincare samples and a lovely soft vegan-leather bag.

The set will be just  £35 for 3 targeted serums that will illuminate your skin.You can find the details here Super Serums Trio 

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Bye for now

Nicola x

 

Lin & Lo Instant Love Mineral Mascara

 

Hello Beauties,

Happy January .. well hopefully!

Alina & Laura are 2 make up artists who are behind the brand Lin & Lo. They are no strangers to the beauty industry, as their families are involved in the beauty world too. Working all over the world, they have brought together their passion for beauty & make up and their wealth of knowledge of the best quality natural ingredients.

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The Instant Love Mascara, is fabulous. Enriched with ceramides to restore and strengthen lashes, it gave me carbon black lashes, that felt conditioned, thick, glossy, with minimal effort. I was really impressed with the length and volume that just 2 coats of this mascara gave me.

There is no clumping or stickiness and the more I think about this, it has to be the easiest to apply mascara I have used in a long time. No mess and no fuss, just fantastic results. I love the brush and how it catches the lashes making sure all lashes get evenly coated.

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I shall be moving over quite a few of my mascara stash in favour of this one! It stayed put and didn’t budge and it was pretty easily removed too, unlike some on the market now, that are near impossible to get off.

I am genuinely very impressed with this mascara, it just oozes quality and a fantastic finish, it really does. I shall be looking into this brand a lot more!

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There are a lot of mascaras out there that charge a mint, but are pretty much bog standard. This is a cut above and perhaps that is because the brand is still very niche and they have to work harder to compete, but the quality is definitely there.

 

There is 20% off The Lin & Lo Instant Love Mascara with this month’s Libbie Club and you can find it here: January Libbie Offers.

That is it for now folks

Nicola x

The English Soap Company Festive Soy Candle and Soap Duo

 

Hello folks,

The English Soap Company is a new brand to me. I was sent the ‘Winter Village’ Duo, which consists of a substantial 260g triple-milled shea butter vegetable soap and a 175g soy wax candle. The candle has a 35 hour burn time, which I think is excellent value for £15 and is a good weighty, solid present to gift to someone.

The fragrance ‘Winter Village’ has a beautiful mulled wine & cinnamon fragrance, which is beautifully balanced both in the soap and the candle. It is not too heavy to be overpowering and it is a unisex fragrance that men will like and use too.

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It is the perfect winter warming fragrance and it just smells so right for this time of year. I love a big bar of soap for beside my bath and the candle in my bedroom for after my bath to snuggle up with when the rain is battering hard on the windows, or it is blowing a gale and freezing outside. This fragrance is gently warming and I love the candle flickering away beside me.

The soap and the candle come in their own little packages, so you can just pop them into a party bag to gift. The English Soap Company have taken the work out of everything for you and if like me you hate wrapping, you’ll find this damn handy lol!

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I love a good spicy Christmas candle for this time of year, they are my favourite, as I really go for rich spicy scents. This month you can get this candle and soap set from the Libbie Club for just £15 here: Libbie Offers

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Whether it is a treat for yourself or a gift, which fragrances will you be burning this winter?

Bye, for now, folks,

Nicola x

 

Isla Apothecary Lemongrass and Rosemary Foot Scrub.

Hey Beauties,

Isla Apothecary Lemongrass and Rosemary Foot Scrub is an absolute treat not only for the feet but for the senses too. They are a clean brand that marries all natural ingredients with the sensory power of essential oils.

The soles of our feet are one of the best places for us to receive essential oils, so make sure you massage this scrub well over the soles of your feet. It does smell amazing and totally revitalizing!

While the pumice exfoliates your feet, the aromatic rosemary and lemongrass go to work, uplifting your mind and taking any pain and swelling out of tired and sore feet. This scrub is particulary good for people who get very dry cracked feet as it will really tackle very dry sore skin.

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Rosemary is an oil I use a lot, as it has so many anti-inflammatory qualities and it is fantastic for mental fatigue, which I suffer from a lot, so I bathe in it as well and make sure I inhale lots of this lovely oil.

Lemongrass is wonderfully sharp and citrussy and good for killing off anything fungal on your feet. It is really deodorizing too so your tootsies smell lovely and fresh.

I soak my feet in a little of the product first or use after a bath to take off any softened old skin and then the new skin underneath is left silky soft and feels totally revived.

For an added boost, to give you lovely soft feet, they have added Almond and Baobab oils, full of essential fatty acids to nourish the skin on our feet and leave then feeling lovely and soft

All in all, I found this incredibly refreshing and uplifting, both for my feet and mentally too. If I have been too tired to scrub, I just put a spoonful into a footbath and let those oils go to work on soothing and pampering my feet.

There is nothing like having soothed comforted feet and a nice boost of essential oils to refresh the mind too, so this fragrant pot of loveliness is a double whammy of goodness for the body.

This is a real treat for my feet as they do get very inflamed and sore around the bones. It is heaven scented and a hardworking product that gives great results. My feet feel soothed, fresh and totally pampered.

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Isla Apothecary make all their products by hand and in small batches, to you get a high quality fresh product and you can find 20% off this scrub this month on the Libbie Club here:

It would make a lovely stocking filler for someone for sure ..

Bye for now folks

Nicola x

NuBo White Diamond Ice Glow Mask is incredible!

Hello Beauties,

I hope you are all and not starting to freeze as the temperatures start to drop! The dark winter days have begun and it is dark so early now! I have the vitamin D dug out and making sure I take it every day.

NuBo Skincare is advanced skincare technology that is lightweight, fast, super effective, free from all chemicals and nasties and still manages to really take your skin to another level.

It is a fast world we live in and we want skincare that gives us an immediate beneficial effect on our skin. We need to be uplifted, refreshed and ready to go in a very short space of time. We want everything now and we want to see it has worked!

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This is the mask you need!

It contains Micro-Encapsulated Oxygen to calm and regenerate the skin, Golden Root to energize cells by upping their intake of oxygen, Micronised Diamonds for a beautiful Luminosity and Fresh Cut Rose to boost your mood .. it is incredibly clever skincare that leaves you radiant and glowing.

I have just had a lovely bath and used my NuBo Ice Glow Mask .. oh boy! This has to be the most powerful face mask I have ever used. It is a wake-up call for face, body, and mind .. it is incredible!

You start off by taking a hot clean cloth and gently steam your face to open your pores and get your skin ready to get the best results out of this mask. I think I may say now it is not for very sensitive skin.

Once you have opened your pores you apply a thin layer of this mask and immediately you feel the icy blast from this mask starting to work. You feel like the Ice Queen and like singing a few lines of ‘Let It Go!’ lol. Or you have just stepped through a time warp and opened a door to the Antartic!

You leave it on for 10/15 minutes and the results are instant. My skin feels like glass, it still has an icy tingle. My skin looks brighter, skin tone and firmness are vastly improved. I have a lovely youthful glow and I not only feel I look younger but my brother even remarked on how good my skin was looking! (shocker).

It actually helps to release the tense muscles we get from stress, leaving skin smoother and looking a lot more youthful . How many skincare brands can make that claim from a mask .. not many!

What I really love is it erases tiredness, tiredness is the bain of my life. We all seem to be tired these days through one reason or another, so a total pick me up and ai mean a real ‘pick me up’ that takes tired skin and frazzled mind and completely resets it!

Please note this is not a mask you would use and then go to bed. This is a mask you would use before a big night out to look your very best. Or if you are in a hurry, tired and need a super wake up for yourself and your skin before a party or a big meeting where you want to dazzle and impress!

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A mask that does all this is indeed a considered purchase but it honestly does so much it just blows me away. I can see why it is in the Times top 100 Beauty Products as it completely overhauls tired skin and leaves you feeling like you have had a beautician working on your face for over an hour and them some.

NuBo skincare is sold in Harrods or you can buy directly from the Nubo Website.  At £100 for a 50ml pot, you should get around 25 masks (some get more). That makes it a lot more affordable when you break it down.

Add all this together and add in the fact it is paraben free, SLS free and free of all other nasties I feel this is super intelligent skincare that really works. I thought so much about how I would describe this mask and how  the price point would affect that .. but every time I use it I find something new about it and how good it is!

Have you heard of Nubo Skincare? It is pushing the boundaries in the skincare world with extremely clever cosmeceutical  products that give an immediate boost to your skin, putting together the latest technologies to bring you products that work in a flash!

That is it, for now, folks

Take care

Nicola