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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

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!

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– 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

Kiss the Moon Luxury Rose & Frankincense Soya Wax Candle.

Hello Beauties & fellow candle lovers!

In the crazy days of the social media circus so many of us find it almost impossible to stop out minds from racing and being able to switch off so we can sleep, it is hard because when you turn your computer off and reach for the tv controls and the blue light from tv’s, computers, phones, this blue led light is a huge part of keeping us awake on top of the stresses of modern day life.

This is my second Kiss The Moon candle now and they are just fantastic for scenting my bedroom beautifully at bedtime and helping me to switch off. Made with 2 fragrances I absolutely love … Rose which is so soothing, it benefits the mind and the soul. It is mellowing on your mind cutting down stress and it is soothing too, a cup of rosey lee made with rose petals can help with stress, we use it in face oils, face mists and all aspects of Soothing our body and skin, it is also extremely beneficial on the mind too.

“Rose is sent to earth by the gardeners of paradise for empowering the mind, the eye and the spirit.”

Plus a real favourite of mine Frankincense which is renowned for helping to banish negative thoughts, helps balance out the mind clearing space to allow you to get a better nights sleep. It is also a superb healing oil on skin too and has been used for centuries to heal wounds it is very medicinal.

The combination of these 2 powerful natural essential oils in this candle are a real winning combination, the fragrance is addictive, so rich and enticing and truly is good for the soul in so many ways. I also have it in a room mist too haha! Oh and a bedtime hand cream so nourishing at bedtime and as we sleep with out hands close to our faces so as the cream warms the beautiful oils we inhale the wonderful scent again. It is enticingly romantic and beautiful!

So now I get to talk about the glass!! The glass is a stroke of real genius in my opinion because it looks like a very dark navy/black but when your candle is lit you can see the lovely warming, clean, healing yellow flame through the glass, it flickers and dances around the glass and the logo like a big old moon moon dancing in and out of the clouds in the night sky. It is mesmerizing and in my opinion this is what takes this candle to another level.

I find some bedtime candles too bright, I don’t know why, but they can hurt my eyes when I am tired. With this glass I get beautiful blues and purples and some pinks coming from this glass when I am watching it in bed from different angles.
It really is stunning and for that reason along with the heavenly fragrance makes this a real winning candle for me and a scent I will keep going back to because my body and mind love the fragrance too.

Kiss the Moon are an Eco Luxe brand that specialise in sleep products, they have used the best soya wax in this candle and high grade essential oils and it shows. The wax is beautifully creamy and you can see the quality of the oils within the wax.

I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love this candle, the packaging is also exquisite, you just know by look and feel that this is a very special candle!

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So there is is .. my first ever candle review! I hope you like it as this candle is an absolute pleasure to use. Everything about it feels luxurious and what a beautiful gift it would be for mothers day with the hand cream .. the gift of luxury and great sleep!

You can find out more about this award winning brand here – Kiss The Moon

Bye for now folks, keep warm (still)

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

Kiss The Moon After Dark Bath Oil LOVE Rejuvenate with Rose & Frankincense.

Hello fellow beauty addicts,

Kiss the moon are a lifestyle brand and sleep experts and they put all their knowledge into their products to help people be able to switch off, relax and get a better nights sleep. To look after body and soul.
They recognize that everyone is different, has different needs in todays never ending stressful world. For some like me it is pain & anxiety that affects my sleep, for others it is stress, jet lagged or you just cannot switch off.

I can’t get enough of this bath oil from Kiss The Moon, the fragrance of LOVE Rose & Frankincense is utterly heavenly and I can think of no better way to take the day off bathing in a beautiful oil like this it really does help me relax and the scent is so mood lifting, it really is from first smell.

The Rose, Frankincense, Palmarosa, Ylang Ylang fill my bathroom & flat with the soothing essential oils that are so mellow & soothing while coconut oil & Jojoba nourish & hydrate my skin skin.

What I love about this is it is a light oil formula, it does nourish your skin but it doesn’t leave your bath like an oil slick and I much prefer that to a heavier oil.

I also have this in a hand cream which is coming to an end (sob) and will need to get some more because it is the most fabulous night treatment for hands. Super nourishing but again very easily absorbed into the skin and the wonderful scent relaxes and calms the mind to help me get off to sleep.

These products are treatments to help aid sleep and I love them, they are high grade quality oils and all natural too.
All Kiss The Moon’s products are vegan, cruelty free,paraben free, natural,Leaping bunny accredited!
The products feel and are Feel & smell beautiful and luxurious and it feels like you are doing something good for yourself when you use them .. a lovely luxurious treat to help you sleep!

If you check their website on a Friday they usually have a good offer on,you can check it out here – Kiss The Moon
At the moment there is a free LOVE hand cream with every offer, I highly recommend it, truly beautiful and so hydrating & soothing.

This is a Luxe brand doing some really beautiful blends and if you struggle with sleep then their products are definitely worth checking out!

That’s it for now folks

Nicola x

Stemm High Density Stimuli Set for Blonde Hair

Hey everyone,

I have this past month been using the Stemm hair range for blonde hair. I  have tried a lot of expensive hair care this last 30 years or so and had pretty much given up on finding anything that would make my very fine curly hair volume and life.

It had gotten to the stage where a ponytail was pretty much as far as I got with it because to try and nourish the curls and the fact I had it coloured it pretty much just went lank and lifeless and had started to look extremely thin and I hated it.

So I started using Stemm as it claims to help with hair loss. lack of volume, condition. I warn you now these are hair treatments that really get down and tackle hair issues. They smell very different to what you may be used to but they have worked for me where I thought nothing would work and that overrides everything, plus it is important to know the smell of the ingredients does not linger on your hair in any way.

There is so much science behind these products is is impossible for me to cover it all. But I can tell you what they have done for me and I can back it up with a couple of pictures.

So the first product is Stemm Density Stimuli  a powerful hair serum that you massage into your scalp every evening. It combines vitamins, minerals, amino acids, peptides, polyphenols and other vitamins to help hair regain its thickest, fullest & strongest look.

This is to give your hair follicles everything it needs to produce strong healthy hair!

I have found this is pretty much absorbed by morning. I do not wash my hair every day so I tend to use this every other evening. (plus the ocd part of me is trying to make the bottle last along with the shampoo and conditioner) You only need a little and you massage it in.

High Amino Shampoo is a concentrated product to gently cleanse the hair and scalp without damaging it, it works by supplementing the hair with the natural amino acids and nutrients our hair needs to keep it healthy, full glossy, soft & shiny.

All these products are sulphate free and the shampoo tho it cleanses the hair well it doesn’t foam up a lot . It doesn’t smell of flowers and exotic places either but I don’t really care about that and for very good reason I will get to soon …

Gold Fulvic Conditioner – for Blonde Hair is a rinse off conditioner with no build up on the hair associated with other hair conditioners. It will never give you lank hair! Lank hair is the bane of my life with curls .. you have to condition them and this pulls the curl down leaving it very lank.

So while the serum and shampoo both work on the scalp, getting it healthy and keeping it healthy and cleansing. The Fulvic conditioner, it specifically targets the damaged parts of our hair. The over heat treated/coloured/weak hair shaft. It works on fine flyaway hair and damaged hair. It restores strength and volume.

Now having most of the hair problems that have been mentioned above I cannot believe the change in my hair!! They call this skincare for hair .. well I can only agree fully as I feel like it has taken 30 years off and given me the hair I had in my 20’s and that is really saying something.

My hair  much stronger my hair is, the shine it has, the volume and the LIFE,vitality, softness and shine this has given my hair. It looks and feels fully restored back to a former crowning glory I thought I would never see again.

Ok so it smells of the natural and some organic ingredients in the bottle but it is oh so worth it but there is no sulphates or parabens in here of fake perfumes and it is a complete hair treatment system and it is the first one I have tried that has ever lived up to what it promises.
This is my hair before and then after I have been using Stemm for over a month.


Before as you can see my hair is super fine and breaks very easily & limp. Below are the after pictures where you can visibly see how much stronger my hair is and how much vitality and shine has been restored!

 

 

I cannot recommend these enough to anyone with blonde coloured hair that needs strengthened and the health and vitality but back into their hair. There is also a set for darker head of hair as well.

The only place I can see this trio set available at the moment is QVC and it is the best value to buy them all together Stemm on Qvc

I can honestly say these products have totally surprised me and blown me away. I am still in awe every time I look at my hair … amazing!

Have you tried Stemm yet? If you suffer from low hair self esteem and your hair has lost its former glory, then like me then you need to try these ..

That is it for now folks

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