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BOTANYBLEND Organic MERU Face Oil

Hello Beauties,

Yep .. still freezing! But the sun is shining for a change, happy days!

Botanyblends are a small company based on the beautiful Devon coast.
The owner Katie has a background in sensory integration which deals with how the brain processes sensations like touch and smell that sparked her interest in learning aromatherapy, put these 3 things together and what she has developed a unique talent to create some very special, high potency, organic, raw, luxury & green oils full of active ingredients to really treat the senses and most importantly the skin.

I honestly believe when you only make 3 products (so far) as a brand you have nowhere to hide, they have to be perfection and I believe that they are!

The oil I have and am reviewing is the ‘MERU’ oil, skin balancing and packed full of essential fatty acids and omegas to nourish and strengthen the skin.

‘Mount Meru is said to be gold in colour and so strong it supports the heavens. These golden drops of sunshine restore harmony, vitality and purify the skin, giving it strength and balance.’

I warm about 6 drops of the oil into my hands inhale the fragrance for a moment or 2 and press onto my face taking it down over my neck and chest. First thing I notice is how lovely and light this oil is and how well it glides over my face, plus it sinks in with in 5 minutes leaving my skin so silky soft it is unreal!

With essential oils of Neroli and Lotus flowers to revitalise, refresh, and tone the skin. Peruvian Jojoba, Sacha Inchi & Safflower it is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Because it is so lovely and light you can use it morning and evening, it really does put the glow back into your skin and leaving it feeling so supple and velvety soft, I have loved this from when I first set eyes on it, beautiful in every way!

So that is it for now, have you had the pleasure of trying any of the BOTANYBLEND oils?

MERU – Organic balancing, Skin plumping, nourishing and rich in those fatty omegas older skin needs so much of.

VEGA – Illuminating & Rejuvinating oil which is a nighttime oil for Supple Lucent, glowing skin (sounds so good).

ACESO – Organic, healing face oil for problematic skin or skin that is dealing with a lot of polution, rich in free radical fighting antioxidants. This oil is 100% natural and fragrance free for the most sensitive skins.

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All of BOTANYBLEND’s oils are soil association approved, this year they will be 100% organic soil association approved, they are sustainable, eco friendly & fair trade.

I think the oils and the company are utterly fabulous in the quality of the oils and the blends. They make the oils in small batches to keep them as fresh as possible and the quality just glows out of the bottle.

You can check out this amazing artisan brand here – BOTANYBLENDS

That’s it for now folks, take care

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

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

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

 

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

Cleansing Cloths …and a bargain!!

Hello everyone,

The price point for what it actually is (a nice white cotton cloth sometimes with muslin on the other side) seems excessive to me.

The ones I tend to go for are £15 for 3 and begrudgingly I pay this or I used to.

Wash cloths can really tend to harbour a lot of bacteria, particularly if you are not changing them every day and really we should be using a clean cloth every day of the week.

Recently I have turned to bamboo cloths, they are softer and more gentle than microfiber or particularly muslin. They are antibacterial and antimicrobial which means if you have acne or sensitive skin they are also going to help you keep your skin clean and are not just spreading the same bacteria around your face.

Bamboo is also a sustainable plant so it is eco friendly, requires no chemicals or pesticides and it can replenish itself within a year.

My first bamboo cloth is a body wash cloth from Bodhi & Birch and it is a Cotton Bamboo flannel which for the body is a bit coarser but it has a smoother side for more sensitive areas and as I cleanse with this I can feel it grip the skin as it goes really taking off any old skin and grime.

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It helps invigorate the skin and really getting the circulation going and improve the oxygen levels in the skin and therefore giving skin that healthy glow.

Last week I was looking on a website where I had won a competition called facetheory where I discovered the best priced organic bamboo cloths pack of 3 for £5.99 you can even select for your skintype!

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There are also large organic muslin cloths for sale on there which they have reduced right down to £2.99!! ..Well colour me happy I am in cleansing cloth heaven lol … (but the heart lies with the bamboo)

Oh and FREE POSTAGE .. always a game changer haha!

The bamboo cloths arrived today and I have to say I am delighted .. so much so I am going to order some more and have a good clear out of my old ones.

For me good skincare starts with the very first steps and that is getting your cleansing right including the right cloths too and I love my new cloth so much ..

Well that is it for now folks ..my work here is done

Nicola x

Well that is it for now folks ..my work here is done 🙂

Nicola x