Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Green Beauty news and Launches #11

It has only been a couple of weeks since my last green beauty news post but September has been a fantastic month for launches so let's get right in to it

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Handmade Heaven: Bloom remedies Relax Body Scrub

When it comes to body scrubs you have a few choices to make, namely Sugar versus Salt. Please, never never choose plastic micro-beads it is incredibly unnecessary and has a devastating effect on marine life and frankly who wants to be killing fish for smoother skin... not me anyway. Back to the Sugar versus salt debate, I have to admit to liking both but I find with my extremely dry skin I prefer a salt scrub for an all over once a week treatment and a sugar scrub for a mid week top up especially before shaving. 

Thursday, 25 September 2014

New release: Melvita Universal cream

Rarely am I completely smitten with any product from first use but the new Universal cream* (£15 for 100 mls) from Melvita is one of those products that just works. This delicious and light cream contains beeswax, Meadowsweet and Elderberry flowers to hydrate the skin, this is just so addictive, the minute I received I was using it for everything from my hands to my face and I haven't really stopped since.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Product Obsession: De Mamiel Botaniques Restorative cleansing balm

 The Botaniques range by Annee de Mamiel was one I was desperate to try this year, everything about it is beautiful, chic, holistic and crammed full of lust worthy botanicals, everything I adore in a skincare range and much more.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

New from Bodhi and Birch: Camomile sky bath and shower therapy

New to the Bodhi and Birch family is the Camomile sky bath and shower therapy* (£18 for 200 mls) and what a fabulous new addition it is! You may have noticed that the brand has had a little make over, the bath and shower therapies now come with a practical and sleek pump applicator and I love the gold detail which showcases the new name too, for Bodhi is now Bodhi and Birch the perfect reflection of the brands East meets West philosophies.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Keeper: Neom Organics London Tranquillity bath foam


I have been going through my stash to search out those products that I love, repurchase but haven't yet reviewed and I stumbled across this bath foam from Neom.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Organic Beauty Week: My Botanicals "Hero" collection

If you are not familiar yet with Botanicals then Organic Beauty week is the perfect time to try this gorgeous brand, they have recently had a stunning make over of their packaging and the beautiful and elegant apothecary style labels perfectly match the superb quality of the products inside.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Organic Beauty week: Green People mascara review

Organic Beauty week continues and I am switching my focus to make-up for today's review. Green People are a brand who have excellent ingredients policies, a great selection of products including make up and many of their products are certified by the Soil Association, Ecocert or the Vegan Society.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Organic Beauty week: Pink's boutique Manicure try me set

 In case you missed it it's organic beauty week organised by the Soil Association which is a week long celebration of organic beauty, I am joining in by only posting about brands that are Certified by the Soil Association, these brands also happen to be some of my favourites so this week so far has been lot's of fun. Today I have another product and offer to share with you, this time from Spa brand Pinks Boutique.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Organic Beauty Week: Herbfarmacy from field to skin

I am starting my Organic Beauty week reviews with a brand that is one of my favourites and one which I have used since the very beginning of my green journey and that is Herbfarmacy.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Battle of the cleansing waters: Bee Good vs REN

 Cleansing waters or Micellar waters get a lot of press from beauty bloggers, many swear by them for make up removal and some even for cleansing (*gasps*). I am going to say outright that I am not a fan of these for anything other than make up removal, they never will replace a good cleanse with a flannel and warm water, I like to wash my face and I haven't found a product yet that could sway me otherwise.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

NOTD: Zoya's Rue

    It's been an age since I last did a nail of the day, I have a couple of new polishes to share with you starting with this little number from Zoya. I picked up Zoya's Rue (£10.50) when I was in Wholefoods in London, the colour looked perfect for pairing with cosy jumpers and knitwear, really cosy. It's from the Natural collection I couldn't find it in stock in any of the usual stockists such as Love Lula or Lucy Rose but you can get it on-line on their site. I have to admit to finding Zoya polishes a bit hit and miss in terms of formulation, but I am thrilled with this one, it is opaque in two coats and easy to apply, the colour also looks good on my short nails as I can't have them too long for work. Zoya describe this as a boudoir blush cream, for me it is a nude with pink/lilac undertones, it looks flattering on and I really like the colour on my Skin tone. I get 3-4 days no chipping with a top coat from this varnish sometimes more but I do generally really abuse my nails. Zoya are 5 free in their formulation meaning they avoid some of the most common "iffy" chemicals. I would love to hear, what Zoya colours are you loving at the moment? 

Ana x

Monday, 1 September 2014

The Jet set: Ogario London Haircare

    I love a good trial set and my latest discovery is Ogario London's The Jet Set* (£26.50), this little set came with me on holiday and is perfect for flying as all the sizes can go in hand luggage. If you have very dry, dehydrated hair or locks that have been abused with colour treatment look no further than this set for a serious injection of moisture, more natural haircare brands have a reputation for being a little crunchy and not as luxurious or effective as their conventional counterparts but Ogario London are just one of the incredible brands emerging that are proving otherwise. Ogario are a salon brand which have received awards from the Beauty Shortlist, Red and the Beauty Bible to name a few so I was curious to see how it would perform on my hair, I can tell you the testing process was pain free and a success. 

    The Revive and Shine shampoo has a gorgeous texture that makes a really nice soft lather when you are washing your hair, there is absolutely no pulling or tugging which is a pet hate of mine with shampoos and you can feel the hydrating formula really working to soften the hair. Considering it is a moisturising shampoo you may be fooled in to thinking this shampoo wouldn't leave your hair super clean, I certainly had my doubts but again I am happy to be proved wrong. Baobab extract, rooibos and nettle are some of the key ingredients. If you are after seriously shiny hair then this shampoo delivers that in spades, I love it. The Revive and shine conditioner compliments the shampoo and really seals the hair making it soft and easy to manage. Avocado oil, hibiscus, pro-vitamin B5 and essential oils of orange, cedar and bergamot. All of these products have a pleasant citrus smell, not too overpowering but pleasant to use. The final product is the Restore and shine hair masque which is a lovely intensive treatment which I like to use once a week to ensure it's really smooth and cared for. This contains Avocado oil, nettle, horsetail, lavender and sage, as you can imagine has a beautiful herbal aroma and does everything you want a deep conditioner to do, less frizz more shine and hair isn't weighed down at all. Overall I am super impressed with Ogario and their botanical infused haircare and for me it is a line that delivers all important performance whilst also delivering a healthy dose of natural ingredients, it is very hard to deliver natural haircare and most brands for me simply don't perform the way that I would like, so Ogario get's the balance right. 

    Have you tried Ogario products? What did you think? 

Ana x 

*Samples provided all thoughts and opinions my own.

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