Thursday, 30 October 2014

New to the UK: Indie Lee Body oils

    One of the many things I love about A Beautiful World is that they love to interact with their customers to find out what products they want to see on the site, in fact you can send them a message to let them know what brands or products you would be interested in and they will look in to stocking them. People asked and A Beautiful world listened bringing on board some gorgeous new products from Indie Lee, I am a big big fan of Indie Lee's range, this American brand is exclusively found on A Beautiful World in the UK and every product I have tried I have been impressed with so far.

    I have been trying out the Vanilla Citrus body oil* (£24 for 4oz) which is lovely light multi-purpose oil suitable for the hair, face and body. Unlike some of my other body oils this has a very light scent, more Vanilla but with a slight twist of citrus, it's incredibly easy to use on an everyday basis and I have managed to make a significant dent in this already because I have been reaching for it a lot. The oil comes in a nice glass pump bottle, I do find the pump on mine slightly temperamental but not enough to prevent me from using the oil properly, I think I was just unlucky with it! The combination of ingredients is simple, in fact the same can be said for a lot of Indie's products but don't be fooled by the simplicity, there is an art to taking simple, good quality ingredients and making them in to something this gorgeous to use and Indie certainly seems to have that art! Jojoba and apricot oils give this body oil silky finish on the skin that is easily absorbed leaving it velvety smooth. If you don't usually like body oils because you find them heavy then this is one I would recommend you try.

    I also pop some of this on my hair and leave for 30 minutes before I wash it out, it hydrates dry ends and doesn't weigh the hair down. I love an oil that is versatile and I think this one ticks that box beautifully. If Vanilla Citrus doesn't appeal you can also choose from Lavender and Chamomile or Patchouli Sandlewood and you can currently get 10% off with the code INDIEOILS10.

Ana x

*Sample generously provided, all thoughts, opinions and beauty musings my own.


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Luxury beauty: Kimia Facial Rejuvenating system review

 If there was one beauty product that has become an absolute essential in my routine it's a good facial oil, I love using different combinations of ingredients depending on how my skin is feeling. I think if you are looking for a product that is healing, nurturing and will leave your skin look it's best, a good quality oil will do all that and more.

Monday, 27 October 2014

DGJ organics Haircare review

A couple of months ago I was sent a parcel from Daniel Galvin Junior organics with some of their haircare and children's products to test out. What appealed to me about the brand is that they are readily available in stores such as Waitrose and John Lewis and that they have an affordable price point as I know I like to finder budget friendly alternatives where possible. 

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Erase imperfections with the Studio 78 concealer

When it comes to natural and organic make up options things have come a long way in the last few years. When it comes to more full coverage and shade options I still think there is a way to go however with sheerer formulas much more easily found in cream formulas.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Heaven scent: a touch of the exotic

It's no secret I am obsessed with scents, they have a powerful effect on my mood and I will often choose my body care based on which scent combination I am I going for that day.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Winter skincare: Nuxe Bio-beaute hand cream with cold cream

I have been bringing you plenty of different options for parched winter skin including your hands but today's offering is from a brand new to this blog. The brand is the offshoot of the hugely successful French pharmacy brand Nuxe, the Nuxe Bio Beaute line. Whilst Nuxe itself is readily available this sister line isn't but I have to say it should be because the quality of the products is really very good. I have been using the Nuxe Bio-beaute hand cream* (£8.69 for 75 mls) and it's one of those no nonsense products that really get's on with the job at hand which is to sooth and comfort dry skin. This cream is the ideal solution for those of you who want something rich with lovely slip but need a hand cream with no residue left behind. 

I apply a small amount frequently during the day, this hand cream hangs about for long enough so that you can massage it in well, by long enough I mean no more than 30 seconds but leaves behind only soft skin that breathes a sigh of relief from the cold and irritation. The ingredients list is as you would expect from a certified organic product full of plenty of plant based ingredients including some of my favourite Coconut oil, Argan oil and Shea butter, fragrance is listed with no reference to it's origins either natural or synthetic but the scent to me smells sweet and subtle, which although can be a little sickly if you use too much, in small doses makes a very nice change from other scents. 

I think this is a nice little product and brand, I like that some of the French companies are diversifying and adding organic ranges to their already well established profile.

Ana x 

*Sample generously provided, all opinions, thoughts and beauty musings my own.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Wildwood Groves Rescue eye serum with Barbary fig seed oil

Image courtesy of Wildwood groves

 A couple of years ago Argan oil exploded on to the beauty scene and since then it's not shown signs of becoming any less popular. Joining Argan in the spotlight are are several other oils with incredible skin benefits, Sea Buckthorn, carrot oil are two that are popping up increasingly in formulations, it seems that now people have found out the benefits using oils is here to stay and I for one am very happy about that.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Ruth Romano soaps

If you don't yet use bar soap then I urge you to give it a try, I have talked before on the blog about how bar soap is excellent value for money and if you are buying the from the right companies it will have a minimal of ingredients all of which are good for you.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Lily Lolo Review: Lip gloss and mineral blush

I do believe Lily Lolo were one of the first (if not THE first!) make up brands that I explored when I first started to stray away from the high street. Since then their products have been a constant for me, I adore their blushes (See here) and their affordable price point and good ingredients means that I keep coming back again and again.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Introducing: The Rose Tree luxury organics

 A while ago I ordered some sample sizes from The Rose Tree it's easy to see why I was enticed by this brand, it looks so perfect! When I actually received my samples I was completely overwhelmed and grateful to find the founder Olga had included some beautiful full sized products for me to try, I try and shop anonymously and I don't use my blog email, but it would seem this time my cover was indeed blown.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Budget beauty: Faith in Nature chocolate haircare


Faith in Nature is a brand that I have used before a few times, I like that the brand is quite readily available and I can get hold of the products on my local high street in the well stocked health food shop we have. I have had a few hits and a miss with their products I love the bath and shower foams but wasn't such a fan of the face cream, having said that it has in no way put me off trying more from the brand and when I was offered a chance to review their haircare I was more than happy to do so.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Luxury Beauty: Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum

    If there is one beauty product that I would struggle to give up it's a good facial oil, my skin responds to oils extremely well, as someone with sensitive skin that definitely leans to the drier side especially in winter I use oils every day, twice a day and I adore the results.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Skincare Hero: Weleda Citrus Hand and nail cream

As much as I adore autumn it does terrible things to my skin, luckily for me I have an arsenal of brilliant skincare for every occasion and the Citrus hand and nail cream* (£9.95 for 50 mls) from Weleda is top of my reach for list for extremely dry hands and skin.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Bodhi and Birch Rosa Rosa skincare review

In August I made the journey to London to attend the Bodhi and Birch Rosa Rosa launch which you can read about here. It's no secret that I have a lot of love for this brand, aside from the excellent quality of the products I love to support a British brand that is innovative in it's use of natural ingredients.

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Autumn skincare: Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty balm

There is a distinct Autumn chill in the air and with it comes the need to switch up my skincare routine significantly. Throughout the summer months I relied purely on oils and very light creams to keep my skin hydrated but having dry skin in colder months means the need for something more nurturing and protecting. I am a lover of balms, they have a regular place in both my routine and this blog but haven't yet mentioned the beautiful Herbfarmacy Mallow Beauty Balm (£14.50 for 30 grams). 
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