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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

Ancienne Ambiance Competition Time – Yay!

Hello beauty lovers,

Today I have news of a wonderful competition from the lovely people over at Ancienne Ambiance, as you know it is a brand I truly love and I am so happy to have been allowed to choose what I would like to be in the competition.

Ancienne Ambiance is a high end luxury ethical & sustainable lifestyle brand that offers some really beautiful products that have been curated from ingredients that have been used for centuries and are known to have stood the test of time.

I have chosen some of my real favourites from the brand consisting of –

1. Amandula Almond Soap
2. Damask Rose Soap
3. A Pure Floral Water in either Rose or Neroli 250ml
4. Damask Rose Hand & Body Wash 300ml

These are products I truly love, they smell incredible! Everything is sls and paraben free and they just give you such a mood boost too because they smell incredible. Everything from Ancienne Ambiance smells and feels incredible!

So all you have to do is follow Ancienne Ambiance here on twitter – Ancienne Ambiance
Follow me on twitter here – Nicola Murdock tag your friends who also love beauty products and that is it!
If you feel like giving the competition a Retweet then even better and thank you!

Competition will run from today for a week so it will finish next Tuesday 18/09/2018 with a winner being chosen by Ancienne Ambiance.

So good luck everyone and have a great day!

Nicola x

That Natural Hygge – A new Beauty and Wellbeing Website

Hello fellow beauties,

As we draw ever closer to Autumn and the days are getting darker I think we look to feathering or nests and making our home nice and cosy for a long dark old winter. Well we should be doing the same for out skins too!

Louise a fellow blogger from The Beauty Bank has opened up her own website and her aim is to inspire us to take much better care of ourselves and enrich out lifestyles with products and items to really take care of us and boost our well being.

I was sent a launch box to review and showcase some of the brands that Louise will be stocking on her website.

The products are all organic, natural, nourishing and mood boosting & uplifting to give a wealth of well being and nurturing benefits and just making us stop and think to take that step to slow down a little at times and truly relax.

With a host of incredible brands and one of my favourites the new Bodhi & Birch Superfood Series (sigh it takes me away to a private island lying on a beach with my own private beautician making up fresh formulas to use on my face & body) I digress….

There is a few brands I had yet to try like Alteya Organics. I have the Purifying face cleanser. It is a lovely cooling cleanser with Rose, Jasmine, Aloe Vera. It is a very effective cleanser and leaves me and my skin feeling cooled and very refreshed, skin feels great and there is no dryness, so I really like this as a second cleanse.

ISUN Amethyst body oil – is a beautiful wild crafted body oil, energised with The violet vibration of the Amethyst crystal it is a blend of organic herbs and essential oils. It is particularly good for the central nervous system and helps lift heavy mental fatigue whilst nourishing normal to dry skins. It smells amazing and is right up my street!

100 acres Rose & Lavender Bubble Bath
– I already got this in a big size in my bathroom and this won’t go amiss either. A lovely evening bath to soothe the mind, happy days!

My last product is a mini Mage Rosemary organic wax scented candle. I have to say I really love Rosemary and its powers of reviving me on bad Fibromyalgia days, it is an amazing herb that I also love cooking with. Just rubbing it between my fingers and getting that wonderful scent. This candle smells amazing it scented the whole box beautifully too.

So I hope we are all going to get naturally ‘Hygge’ with it this winter and take better care of ourselves. After all when we do we are able to take better care of those we love too.

You can check out the website and sign up for the newsletter and special offers. There is also a 10% off with sign up and you can check out the website where there will be lots more exciting products to come here – That Natural Hygge

Bye for now folks

Nicola x

Ancienne Ambience Colonia Seven VII: Pink Grapefruit, Blood Orange & Musk EDP 100ml.

Hello fellow beauty addicts,

My first post in a long time as I have been very under the weather. Anyhoo onwards and upwards!!

Ancienne Ambience was created by Adriana Carlucci with just 6 candles and a small jewellery collection, how amazing is that?Antonia’s family have dealt in ancient art/antiquities for generations and she created her products to compliment the offerings of the gallery. She created luxury goods with an ancient theme and oh boy has she done it very well.

COLOGONE EDP – Uplifting, zesty, cooling: They feature a whoosh of notes like lemon, bergamot, orange, grapefruit, mandarin. (These notes are also slightly randomly referred to as being ‘hesperidic’ – after the Hesperides, the nymphs from Greek mythology!) Fresh fragrances smell clean, and usually come in the eau de toilette and Cologne versions.

This stunning fragrance from Ancienne Ambience has been keeping me fresh & uplifted all summer. I use it on a daily basis because it is that morning burst of the grapefruit effervescence that helps wake you up and get your mind and body going.

Then the lovely warming blood orange comes through as it starts to soften with the hint of must that keeps this fragrance making you feel fresh all day. Some citrus fragrances fade very fast. I found this to have legs and staying power.

When settled this smells of a beautiful sweet lemon, warm blood orange and a hint of musk, absolutely beautiful and something you keep smelling. I had myself spritzed from head to toe in this fragrance and it made me feel fabulously fresh all day.

It would also be a wonderful fragrance to take on holiday as it is beautiful day or night and really does give you that air of confidence that you are beautifully scented from head to toe!

I am a bit biased when it comes to Ancienne Ambience as I have been in love with it for years. Their soaps are so good too. I love the Almond milk & Rose. The Rose Pure Floral Water which I keep in the fridge, is a natural hydrolat, skin loves it .. Wonderful for a pure tropical moment or just out of the shower on a hot day all over!

The Damask Rose Hand & Bodywash is divine too, it leaves your hands beautifully & lightly scented. Paraben, sls & cruelty free the products are non drying and gentle on skin. It is absolutely beautiful. I would like to try the other hand and body washes but I cannot get past this one, I am on my third!

They are such a beautiful brand, everything smells amazing including your parcel from them, they just make you feel really special and you know you are getting that quality, you can feel and sense it …..

If you are interested in taking a look at the new fragrances by Ancienne Ambience you can find them here along with their other products. .. NICOLA10 gets you 10% off and there is free worldwide shipping –Ancienne Ambiance

Bye for now folks

Nicola x

Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box for March 2018 “Rebalance” March 22, 2018

Hello everyone and welcome,

I had moved my blog to a different website that I cannot get on with so time to switch back to what I know I can cope with (just about) I am no computer wizard, quite the opposite so with only one nerve left dangling I am moving back home again to what I know!

‘Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box’ is the best beauty box on the market (imo). I have been getting this box for around 7 months now and haven’t had a bad box yet! This month’s box is all about re balance, so many of us are feeling out of sorts from a never ending winter I think. Craving blue skies and sunshine badly.

So anyhow lets get into it and see what I got!

First item is – a Beauty Shortlist Winner from 2017 – Apothaka Rejuvenatng Face Oil which has also featured in Vogue! Full of organics like – Geranium, Sandalwood and Frankincense (I lovvvee Frankincense).

High in Linoleic acids (essential fatty acids) it is rich in Hemp Seed Oil, Evening Primrose, Sea Buckthorn and Co-Enzyme Q10 a powerful antioxidant that neturalizes free radicals on the skin, one of the biggest causes of aging on skin. I have found it to be lovely and light and it went into my skin well last night.

The Apothaka Rejuvenatng Face Oil is full of plant actives and is handmade in small batches to ensure maximum freshness oh and all subscribers to the Skin Organics newsletter will receive an email from the founder Natasha Dauncey giving you the best advice of how to get the very best out of this product for yours skin. How lovely is that?

Next up is Beauty Cubes now these are a bit of a new one one me and it says they are for normal to dry hair but I am not sure I would be that confident with fine, curly, frizz prone hair but – they are very eco from their biodegradable cleansing agents and their packaging.

So you just crumble the dry cube into the palm of you hand add some water, make a paste and smooth onto hair add more water and you get a good lather.

They do smell rather fabulous and have coconut milk, rose extract, pro vitamin B5, olive oil plus essential oils of Palmarosa, Orange and Grapefruit. That’s a lot of goodness for one wee cube isn’t it? While I am unsure of it on my particular hair type my niece is studying hairdressing and I will give these to her and ask her to report back on them. I just hate the thought of a head full of frizz (sorry)

NK Naturals Delicate Cleansing Balm, this is an incredibly gentle balm perfect for people with very sensitive skin and recommended for the relief of eczema, psoriasis & rosacea. This balm has antibacterial qualities, anti inflammatory and is also rich in vitamin A, is on a base of coconut oil and raw organic beeswax (from Kew Gardens). It has blue chamomile, oat kernel oil, alpine Lavender & Palmarosa.

What I like so far about this balm is it not only packs a super soothing punch but you can use it on cuticles, PLUS eye brows and lashes to promote health and lash growth. When I first tried it I loved how lovely and soft it is, I hate a hard beeswax product I find they can be very hard to get off the skin, has to be soft and melting to the touch for me and this does!

This is a wonder balm it can be used for everything and everything and I have a very strong feeling this little pot is going to leave me wanting a lot more. I love a multi tasking product and this is super multi tasking, organic and pure, I love!

NorthBurN Revive Luxury Bath Salts are an invigorating revitalizing blend of Orange, Palmarosa & Lavender, bath salts never go a miss in this house. Made with a base of pure Pink Himalayan Salts and Cocoa Butter these baths salts smell fabulous and very uplifting, a great pick me up for weary souls. They have a good strong scent and will fragrance my whole flat when I use them.

The Salt Parlour Rose & Shea Butter (calm) Salt & Sulphur Scrub – These are a 2018 Beauty Shortlists Editors Choice Award Winners!!

I am trying to see what sulphur they have used in their scrub I am thinking it is MSM which is extremely good for the skin, I would love to know – anyone?

So The Salt Parlour harnesses the goodness of the sea with cold pressed oils, air dried rose petals & shea butter into a scrub that is great for mature or irritated skin. A great way to get all the vitamins and minerals into the skin from the pink salts . I love that these are affordable and organic. Some Himalayan Salt products are so seriously over priced.

This will be a lovely addition to my bath room for sure. I can see why a product like this would be a winner and great price point too!

So that is this month’s Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box, my favourite by a mile, always full of products mostly new to me and it is a box to rebalance yourself into spring so the shock of some nice weather doesn’t knock you for six too much lol ..

Bye for now

Nicola x

NuBo Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser a Hidden Gem You Need to Know About!

Hello fellow beauty lovers,

Nubo is a brand I have been meaning to blog about a lot more than I have. It is a brand with a highly scientific, cosmeceutical grade formulas and products. It is a world class brand in a league of its own.
Marina Nubo who owns the brand is a true front runner in the world of beauty & skincare. She is constantly learning and transforming and evolving the powerful plant actives that she uses in her products.
She really is in a class all of her own!

I have been using the NuBo Exfoliating Cleanser for a while now. I am on my second bottle, the bottle has its own special head that makes the product foam as you express it.
4 pumps is more than enough to do your face neck and decolletage, I often leave it on for 10/15 minutes before my shower as a skin buffing treatment mask. all the glory with none of the scrubbing!

First thing I noticed at the start was the smell of the raw sugar cane which is a natural exfoliating AHA of 10%, it dissolves the glue that keeps old and dead skin-cells on our face that cause a build up around pores and the old skin that settles into fine lines and wrinkles.
This is why acids are such a big buzz word for the skin. I have found some to be full of skin stripping ingredients so I am very wary and careful of what I use.

The natural Glycolic acid in this cleanser does not strip the skin, it helps speed up the renewal of damaged skin-cells, reduces fine lines & wrinkles, improves skin texture, brightens & tones. I have really noticed this after about a week my skin was clearer and so much smoother. It takes years off!

It also contains natural seaweed extract so it is full of vitamins and minerals for the skin, as it takes the old skin away it replenishes the new. Your skin will never ever feel tight or dry after using this, It is a wonderful product.

What makes this extra special also is Marina has added rose hip oil to condition and nourish the skin, it brightens and treats super sensitivity & pigmentation at the same time. You never get any dryness with this exfoliator, it doesn’t upset the skin in any way at all. There is no redness but you do need to take it off with a warm muslin cloth, if you have very sensitive skin then use a muslin cloth you have washed a few times to soften it.

If you love your hair and scalp to be super healthy and shiny then you can use this on your scalp for 10 minutes and your scalp feels so incredibly fresh & clean after as it takes all the dead skin cells of your scalp too and it reboots the natural shine in your hair, it really is a fantastic tip you should try.

This is a simple affordable product if you are serious about your skincare or are on the sensitive skin side then I highly recommend this product. It is as good as any you can get and a lot cheaper than some at £35.
My skin feels amazing and incredibly smooth using this cleanser once a day it is one of those products you use a few times and think to yourself ‘I am never letting this go!’

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All of Marina’s products are paraben free, sls free, petrochemical free and cruelty free.
It is very clever skincare from a very clever lady with a big conscience!

Have you tried any NuBo skincare yet? You can check out this fantastic exfoliating cleanser here:
NuBo Harrods
Nubo.com

That’s me for now…

Nicola x

Siskyn Grapefruit & Sweet Fennel Toning Body Oil.

Hello Beauties,

Siskyn was created by two sisters Emma & Sarah who had a host of different skin conditions ranging from very dry, combination, to oily, and sensitive!

After trying so many ‘good’ products to help themselves, they found a lot of products lacking in quality and plus found they were full of silicone’s & parabens & preservatives.

So they decided to learn about skincare and about quality ingredients and how that mattered, they decided to start their own range of 100% organic, pure vegan oils of the highest quality there is .. and so Siskyn was born, an ‘eco luxe’ brand bringing you the finest blends of high potency oils from across the world!

As I get older I look more and more to organic products, clean, green beauty that really hydrates my dry skin. Quality of ingredients matter so much more to me now, it has to work.

Ok so back to my Grapefruit & Sweet Fennel toning body oil! I got this in my Skin Organics Clean Beauty Box and It smells so good you could eat it. The sweet fennel – that light aniseed cutting across the citrus of the grapefruit is just a heavenly mix and I am hooked.
I am going to have to get a full size.
For me I know something is good when I pick it up time and time again and I do that with this oil … as my mother always said ‘Where the heart lies the feet wander’. So true!

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It is delicious, my skin loves it and drinks it up, it is a blend of 14 organic botanical oils to stimulate, redefine, tone and hydrate your skin. It has black cumin oil & carrot seed oil, well known for their deeply hydrating qualities and as you massage it on with the lovely scent of the sweet fennel & grapefruit you just feel so good using it. This has to be the best body oil product I have picked up and been crazy about in years.

Absolutely mad about this oil and have my eye on a few others too. Currently trying the Frankincense & Jasmine nite oil and I have the Camelia & Safflower hot cloth cleansing oil on the go too, enjoying using a lot of high quality oils at the moment. But right now this body oil is my favourite!

If you love good quality ingredients, organic, vegan or are just learning about how important it is that good quality ingredients make good quality skincare then take a look at Siskyn Oils .. they are winning awards everywhere and it is not hard to see of feel why, they are stunning and they work …

You can find out more about these stunning oils by Siskyn here – Syskin

That is it for now folks