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A.S Apothecary THE Face Cream!

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and getting ready for Autumn & Winter and getting ‘Hygge with it!’ I have just bought a nice bright purple ultra fluffie bead spread for my bed which my cats will steal on me! I am sure come the cold weather we will all be glued to it lol.

Come Autumn I am always planning what skincare I need to take me through the days where my heating is on full blast because it really dries my skin out. So when I tried this A.S Apothecary face cream I had a real oh WOW moment!

Amanda Saurin is a true Apothecary who grows, distils her own plants. She instinctively knows when to harvest them and when you are nurturing your products from seed to harvesting and making your own skincare from absolute scratch the results are truly amazing, they really speak for themselves.

Wildcrafted, organic, made in small batches to ensure the finest quality that I honestly believe the quality shines through in every single product I have tried from this brand. It smells incredible a beautiful mix of flower and plant & herbs and really uplifting. It just smells so fresh and beautiful.

Secondly you see the lovely texture of the cream you just know it is going to be nourishing but it feels so light and it goes a long way on your skin. It is lovely and silken, hydrating and nourishing it sinks into the skin straight away.

I get no residue sitting on my skin after this. I just get skin that looks hydrated, radiant and nourished. It is designed for mature skin and my skin simply loves it. I think until you have tried a product like this you are really missing out compared to mass produced and full of chemicals skincare, the difference is immense.

This has to be one of the most beautiful face creams I have tried for all of those reasons above. For me it is the perfect hydrating face cream that is a treat and an absolute pleasure to use and that fragrance ….

I look forward to trying more of this brand as everything I have tried so far has been so truly divine on my skin and the botanical s smell so incredible it is a brand I just want lots more of, it is beautiful I cannot imagine anyone trying this and not loving it!

Have you tried A.S Apothecary yet? If so what did you think if it?
You can check out the A.S Apothecary website here – A.S Apothecary

That’s it for now everyone, take care,

Nicola xx

Mono Oils – Organic, Wild Crafted, Raw, Fresh, Outstanding Radiance Oil.

Hello fellow skincare addicts,

Since I started getting the Skin Organics clean Beauty box I have been introduced to some of the most beautiful oils I have ever tried! All made with the brand owners own special blends, for me it is exciting to try them all and these oils are so light and refined they just glide over the skin and sink in like no others.

Mono Oils the Radiance face oil. Mono Oils are Artisan skincare and made in small batches to retain freshness.
They contain organic raw cold processed oils at their very best, they are designed to harness both the body and spirit and they really do! They are addictive! Ones you pick these bottles up you will not want to pick up anything else.

Radiance face oil is an evening oil, it is light and a little goes a very long way, you can really work it over your face giving yourself a good massage, great to use with the Hayo’u beauty restorer I know some of my friends bought.

This oil is perfect for mature ,combination and dry skins like mine(mature/dry). First thing I noticed about this oil was the absolutely beautiful look of the green plant oils within this oil (give it a little shake before using). Seeing this oil so pure appeals not only to the chef in me but to knowing how easily it warms in my hands and then inhaling those oils – such raw freshness, my skin is at the softest and most hydrated it has been for a good few winters at least.

Luxurious, silky and with organic oils of Camelia, Rosehip, Neroli & Sandalwood to mood boost this oil is a blend of 12 oils to immediately nourish the skin and get your glow back. Honestly it has left my skin so well conditioned, calm and glowing and silky smooth. It is also full of these essential omegas/essential fatty acids our skin needs alongside powerful antioxidants. It is infused with Citrine.

Citrine – a warm and comforting stone of abundance, often described as sunshine packed into a crystal. Citrine enhances the whole body’s healing energy and is full of positive vibrations, emitting a warm energy that promotes joy, happiness and optimism, strengthening the inner light, and warding off depression, stress and general unhappiness.

Honestly blown away by this stunning oil, I just want more, completely addictive and I am well and truly hooked on the quality, feel and the incredible mood boost and lift I get off this oil. I naturally radiate towards it every day, they are stunning in every way and I am so pleased to have found them because for now I am ruined for all others!
I am very lucky because this beautiful oil came from a cracking October Autumn Glow – Skin Organics Clean beauty box!
You need to love/adore skincare I think to know you that have something very special here. Something that stops you in your tracks and really fulfills what you and your skin are looking for …


Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box: HERE

Mono Natural Oils: HERE

Addicted much?
Let the saving up begin!

Bye for now

Nicola x

Skin Organics February Beauty Box – Love Yourself.

Hello fellow beauty addicts,

This month’s February Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box is another cracking box giving me exciting new products that I haven’t tried before! I just love it as I adore skincare and this brings me fresh & exciting new products to try.

So this month’s box is based around ‘Love yourself’ we all get caught up in the stresses of the world and taking some time out to take care of ourselves is something we rarely do, as we are too busy running around after everyone else! So what could be better than a lovely box of wonderful products to help us to take that time out and have a chill.

My first product is Inner Senses Organics limited Edition Sensual Body oil – made especially for this box! Firstly it has a good top on it so you can’t knock it over and lose half the oil. This sensual blend includes clary sage, ylang ylang, Patchouli. It goes onto the skin like silk and the wonderful fragrance lingers lightly your skin. I adore patchouli so when I use this and get that lovely waft of the patchouli I am a happy girl, very mood boosting. (which I need right now).
SKINORG1 gets you 15% off on their website.

Love to Cleanse by Guiltless Skin – Organic Rosehip Cleansing Gel, this is one where the jury is still out. Made for the most sensitive of skins this has organic rosehip oil in. It has a really good grip factor on the skin meaning you can give your skin a really good massage with this product and when I say ‘grips the skin’ I mean you can feel it under your fingers and it is pulling all the dirt out of pores as you massage which is really good particularity for sensitive congested skins. It emulsifies really easily rinsing clean off the skin and no dry feeling or tightness. I need to use it some more to decide if it is for me tho.
SKINORGANICS15 gets you 15% off on their website .

Make Skincare Fresh Floral Mist & Toner – Well now this is a bit of a revelation! Firstly the bottle is absolutely stunning. I had a look on their website and all their products come in brightly coloured bottles and jars. I love that, so fresh! The bottle contains pure floral waters. I much prefer floral waters to toners as I don’t like a lot of alcohol & preservatives in toners. I like to give my skin a good spritz with a product like this and let it soak in and it is another step of hydration, contains – Rose, Geranium and Lavender Flower Water, so I really love this and the pop of colour on the bottle does the soul good .. a fantastic price of £10 for 100ml.
SKINORHANICS15 gets you 15% off on their website !

Juno Skincare – Illumine lip glaze – is a beautiful nourishing balm for the lips. It is a beautiful fresh rose colour in the pot. It has just enough colour to brighten the lips a bit and the hint of colour makes lips look younger and bright. I love this product because of how it makes my lips feel, soft and conditioned so I keep it close by me always. The name Juno is a goddess and protector of women who keeps watch over us, I like that as I like strong women who support each other. I need to check out other products in this brand, I get such a lovely vibe off it.
SKINORGANICS10 gets you 10% off on their website.

Last but my no means least is the Seed of Life Holistic Health – Eternal Rose Bathing Salts. I love my bath salts and this is wonderfully fragrant and luxurious it has Neroli, Grapefruit,palmarosa & Frankincense,& rose damascena, super mood boosting oils plus pink Himalayan salt, Epsom salts & dead sea salt this gave me such a luxurious soothing bath and every time I went into my bathroom I could still smell the beautiful oils … ahhh heaven nothing like a bath with great salts in to take the ache out of your bones!
SK10 for 10% off on the website.

I absolutely love this box! It brings me new and beautiful organic, clean products to try every month. The owner wants to be different and bring new products from smaller Artisan brands. I have had so many beautiful things in every box I can only rave it about it. It is streets ahead of any other boxes out there bringing me something to get really excited about it every month!

The February box is sold out but you can sign up for the March box and NICOLA10 gets you 10% off your first box. You can check out more about the products here: Skin Organics Clean Organic Beauty Box

That is it for now folks, keep warm!

Nicola x

Deciem The Brand That Grew Too Fast!

Hello fellow beauties,

I am sure like me a lot of you have been watching the brand Deciem and its founder Brandon Truaxe start to unravel at the seams. It has been a roller coaster ride from the start with lots of heart stopping thrills and turns.

I have used the brand since it first started 4 years ago and then starting off it had a real cult following. Its buyers were very loyal to the brand and the products. Something I too enjoyed immensely, it was fresh, new, exciting and the products were really good.

From there on the company grew like wildfire, Victoria Health was one of the first to stock this brand and the many products born from the Deciem umbrella – Niod, The Ordinary, Stemm, Hyalmide, Fountain the list goes on ..

Massive wait lists ensued as they moved premises about 3 times as they expanded so rapidly they found it impossible to keep up with demand. Then came the investment with Estee Lauder, a well timed investment that would allow Deciem to build the factories they needed to allow them to mass produce and keep up with supply. They started opening their own shops and moving into America a dream Brandon had always wanted.

But now with such rapid expansion and I mean incredibly rapid success brings its own headaches. Planning ahead, more new launches the company didn’t stop to catch its own breath and they had and still have a wildly galloping horse on their hands! Staff training was something Lauder would help them with immensely I think.

When you create a brand and make it as complicated as Niod it takes time for people to understand them. So when they opened their shops it was dam near impossible to teach their staff straight away. So in a way the knowledge came back and somewhat bit them on the ass.

Might have been ok if they had stopped there and fixed things, put back new launches, got the right training in to staff and waited till they were in their new factory. But no .. someone was on a quest to dominate the US and leaving in their wake a trail of errors that would in my opinion weaken any company.

On they went .. when I say ‘they’ I will say Brandon, Nicola was a joint CEO but the mastermind behind the social media and most of the expansion seemed to be Brandon’s workings, it would seem something he has done a bit too well, while Nicola took to sales, Qvc all over the world,other shopping channels opening shops. Nicola was the beautiful face of the brand, she did her job with passion and love, she loved every single minute, you never saw her not smiling or unwilling to have time for customers, guiding them when needed. I know this because I saw it often in my small Beauty Group on facebook.

Now there are some bad reviews about working for the company and that Brandon personally insulted and abused some of his staff, I can believe this as the pressure on him must have been immense, so much pressure .. stress and pressure can do strange things to people and to peoples heads!

Brandon has done some strange things on Instagram like running his company publicly, making executive decisions with no consultation from his joint CEO or Lauder. So while Brandon’s head is trailing ahead it is leaving behind a weak infrastructure and so many unfixed errors that could implode like a house of cards and it seems a lot of that is happening right now.

Sadly Brandon has fired Nicola, leaving her heartbroken, he continues to carry on in his ‘godlike’ path, insult people and basically acting like a child who is throwing his toys out of his pram. He has turned into a bit of a mega controlling internet whizz who controls the press very well.

Meantime claiming to love everyone on social media and and preach to the masses about love meanwhile cutting out those who cared enough to question him or tell him the truth. It seems Brandon has issues with control and nobody dare question him. That’s alright is you are the sole owner but not so good when other people are working themselves silly for you and the company and you fire them.
There are those who are happy to follow blindly & happily and that is cool but I think this is where I get off the bus at.

Being abusive to female staff, any staff really, calling them names, firing Nicola and being arrogant and rude to people on social media is not good enough really. Will Deciem continue .. probably , you may see lots of the bigger companies pulling out now, even Lauder could pull out, this is not over yet by a long shot .. but for me my journey with Deciem and Niod in particular will end here.

No man is an island and all of this will catch up with Brandon of he doesn’t take care of his best staff and fix the errors that need fixed or the little things will become the big things that can make or break you …Beauty doesn’t rinse off and errors don’t fix themselves ..

Bye for now

Nicola

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box.

Hello fellow beauty addicts,

It is that time of the month where I get super excited when my Skin Organics Box lands at my door! This box gives me a real buzz and I avoid all spoilers (mostly). Back in the day when beauty boxes first started you used to get such a rush opening some like the Feel Unique Box, it was fab.
Then after a while you started to get lots of repeats and the thrill was lost! Well I have found that lovely rush of excitement with this Skin Organics Box .. Organic, Clean, Niche, Artisan smaller brands that are working very hard to get noticed and I have had some really stunning, beautiful products in this box, it makes me happy!

So lets get down to whats in the box! The theme of this box is Restore, Soothe & Repair.

Siskyn 100% organic – Frankincense & Jasmine Overnight Skin Boosting Facial oil – and it is full sized 30ml. This brand was new to me before I started getting this box and oh boy what a gem to find, their oils are stunning and award winning. I have used their Camellia & Safflower cleansing oil and the stunning Grapefruit & Sweet Fennel toning body oil. These oils have won a lot of awards and it is so easy to see why.
Blended with 18 plant & flower oils the Frankincense & Jasmine night oil Has powerful healing & regenerating qualities, including organic rosehip, calendula, baobab to increase collagen production, sooth and keep skin healthy. This is a really well thought out beauty night boost and it smells incredible too.

Nadarra Organic Lavender, Chamomile & Oat Bath Bag – A blend of organic lavender, chamomile and oats you just pop this bag into your bath or foot bath and let the ingredients sooth body and mind. Oats are fantastic at skin softening while the Lavender & Chamomile relaxes and soothes mind & soul.
You can use this bag twice but use it within 2 days of first use.

Gingerstone Soothing Face Mask Shot – (I wish I had the eye sight to read the back of the card lol) Anyhoo this is interesting! It contains only 3 products Rhassoul Moroccan soap clay – which is super rich in silica, iron, magnesium, potassium, lithium to help nourish skin.
Raspberry powder – Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, Iron, phosphorus & calcium, it has skin stimulating properties and is very good on red skin and can reduce sebum levels.
Gingerstone Soothing Face Mask Shot that protects skin and holds in moisture.
So what I thought was a simple mask is actually a very clever mask indeed and the 3 ingredients form a very powerful balancing synergy on your skin – WOW!

Pinks Boutique, Organic Cuticle Oil – This is a lovely silky oil and a little goes a long way! I get very dry cuticles and feeling this on my skin it has instantly hydrated all the dry bits that were really annoying me.
Full of essential fatty acids, carrot oil, Vitamin E & Rose mosqueta which is full of fatty acids for the skin and helps skin regeneration. I really like this oil and I will have to get myself some more of this because I have been using a lot of oils on my cuticles and very little sunk in or nourished, this one really has made an instant difference, 5 hours later my cuticles still feel like they are hydrated and softer.

Ezapenaturals Rosemary Body Butter – LOVE!! I love Rosemary for so many reasons other than just cooking with it, i’l often throw some into my bath too as it revives frazzled mind and peps you up again, it also helps repair and protect your skin. It melts deliciously onto the skin turning into a fragrant, nourishing skin moisturiser, it is feels so luxurious on my skin and super hydrating.

Pink & Green skincare Relax & Restore Bath oil – a lovely blend of Bergamont & Lavender, this blend of oils is a recharge for the body & mind, perfect! I get a lot of mental and physical fatigue so products like this are perfect for me.

Well once again I got that wonderful rush of excitement with my Skin Organics box! There is lots of new, niche, Artisan brands to learn about and some real loves like the Syskin oils.
I truly love this box for the new products it brings to my door and for the quality of the products too!
There is a card inside with discounts off all of the companies in the box and it is just hard to beat for freshness and well I think it has become my all time favourite beauty box ever, I just love it!

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What do you think of the Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box?
There is also a card with some lovely discounts from the brands in the box which is good.

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This box not surprisingly was sold out over a week before it shipped so if you want to sign up for next month you can find it here & NICOLA10 will get you a further 10% off – Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box

That’s it for now everyone

Nicola x

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

Hello beauties,

Been a while since my last blog post but onwards and upwards as they say!

I have been using this Tatcha luminous dewy skin mist for a while now and have been reading a bit about the brand.

Tatcha came to life from a Japanese lady, Victoria Tsai who had enough of life in the fast lane and wanted simplicity and authenticity in her life, she also suffered from chronic dermatitis and from there she began to learn about the importance of good skin ingredients and of course well-being.

An encounter with a modern day Geisha changed her life. She started reading about a different approach to skincare, routines and rituals that for centuries has been kept and handed down from woman to woman.

Tried and tested formulas, simple, pure and effective and cutting out the need for a lot of the preservatives and harsh ingredients in a lot of today’s skincare.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin mist is a silky spray-on moisturiser for anti-ageing and dry/combination skin it is made with squaline, red algae and an anti-ageing ingredient called HADASEI-3 Complex, which is known as a powerful trilogy of Japanese ingredients – it also protects the skin and keeps it dewy and glowing. It is formulated with over 20% botanical oils and Hyaluronic Acid.

It delivers a lovely light but hydrating mist to the skin and can be used on top or under makeup throughout the day. This is such a fantastic product to stop your skin from drying out and keep you looking fresh and dewy.

It smells heavenly and I can really feel the benefit of the mist on my face. It is softer and more hydrated, which coming into the winter season is something I find incredibly important.

It is free from parabens, mineral oils, synthetic fragrances & sulphates, anything that can really irritate sensitive skin.

I am a face mist addict – I find the right ones an excellent way to get extra hydration into my skin and to give a boost during the day too. Tatcha has lots of vitamins and hydrants in which makes it a skin lovers gem of a mist.

This mist is absolutely beautiful and after learning a bit about the brand it is something in time I would love to try a lot more of. It is not available in the UK yet but fingers crossed it will be at some point soon! Right now you can get it here in Sephora.

Have you tried any Tatcha skincare?

I love that Tatcha’s ingredients have stood the test of time and are well proven to be effective and that it has that wonderful balance that Victoria Tsai has applied to her skincare and her life.

That’s my thoughts for today, bye for now

Nicola

Bio-Extracts Bio Active Vegan Skincare

 

Hello everyone,

I am very fortunate to have been sent some brand new on the market skincare by Bio-Extracts. Made with all natural ingredients, it combines the latest advanced technology with highly active purified ingredients, to bring you the cleanest, freshest ingredients in your skincare.

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Marina, who owns the brand, is from the Russia , and getting skincare and make up as she was growing up was impossible. So she learnt from a young age how to make her own lipsticks, make up and most importantly skincare; and that has lead her to producing high end cosmeceuticals.

But that is not all ..the face creams have the latest Lamellar technology within them and what that means for us, is that the creams mimic our skins own natural Lamellar structure. It was first designed to treat ultra sensitive skin-types, so it fits on the skin like a glove, it is ultra gentle, keeping moisture in, protecting the skin and keeping pollutants out.

The face cream is so lightweight and very quickly fully absorbs into my skin, which I love, as I hate anything sitting on my skin and looking oily. It smells beautiful and fresh and you can smell the pure plant extracts within it.

So once you have chosen your new high spec face cream, in light, normal or rich, Bio-Extracts then give you the power to be your very own skincare consultant. You choose from a very wide range of their vegan skin booster serums, exactly what your own individual skin needs.

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The packaging is all designed to work in synergy and both the face cream and the serums give you precise airtight fresh doses every time you use them to keep everything at its most potent.

These serums are so good that they really need their own blog post and that will follow, but to give you an idea of what they are like, I will firstly say they can be slotted into any skincare routine. If you just fancied trying one to start you off, you can do that, but I guarantee you will be back for more!

I chose anti-ageing serums in Firming (this I could feel working straight away), Lifting and Anti-wrinkle, but the range is constantly growing and there is a Glow Boost, Hydro Boost, Pore Minimising, Redness Relief Boost to name but a few. To be able to tailor your skincare in this way is so new and to have so much choice, to be able personalise it to your needs in this way, is revolutionary, genius and trailblazing, setting a new standard in how we can select our own skincare!

Then to be fresh, pure, paraben free and vegan – it has set a whole new standard in skincare for sure…

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You can check out Bio-Extracts own website where they have a personal shopper function that helps you select the right products for your skin Bio-Extracts or you can also find it on QVC UK