Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil and Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap reviews

Hi guys! I'm back! I'll start off briefly with an apology for taking longer than I expected to be posting again. I've been writing this post up but then as I was about to post - bam - sickness bug. It's that time of year, isn't it? It hits autumn, kids go back to school and then everyone is catching everything. It leaves me longing for those happy and lazy summer evenings again, so it's only fitting that the products I'm going to be chatting about today make me think of just that.

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap and Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil
Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap and Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil

The Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil and the Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap are two of their newer products that I've been testing out whilst on break from posting.

The Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil is one of those multi-tasking products that I love trying out. It can be used on the face, body or hair to moisturise, hydrate, soften and to add a beautiful scent to the skin and/or hair. It contains notes of pomegranate, orange, sweet fig, black pepper and ginger, so you could almost see this as a fragrance as well as a skincare product.

The Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap is a naturally deodorising, vegetable-based soap bar that contains Shea Butter and Apricot Kernel Oil to hydrate and soften and rosewater, spicy peppercorn, patchouli and akigalawood to fragrance.

I'll begin by looking more in depth at the Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil and then the Rosewater and Pink Peppercorn Soap. Info on where to purchase both of the items can be found at the end of the post.

Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil
Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil

I've written about a number of multi-tasking oils - specifically argan oil - in the past. This one, however, is slightly different from those. Out of all the oils I have written about, I would say it is closest in product type to The Body Shop Beautifying Oils, but with one fantastic difference: the sprayer.

This oil comes packaged in a glass bottle with a metal spray cap. This means there is no pouring out of the oil onto the hands to massage it into the skin, and instead you can spray it onto the body or hair with a light mist, applying more if necessary rather than applying too much and not being able to do anything about it. If you are a fan of the spray bottle Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse oil, then this is likely to be right up your street.

As explained in the intro, this can be used in different ways. It can be used on the body, on the face or hair. However, as my hair goes greasy very easily and my skin is incredibly oily (even though oil on oily skin isn't necessarily a bad thing!), I have been sticking to using this as a body oil and boy, do I love it.

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil
Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil

When using on the body, I find that it's best to use on damp skin straight out of the bath/shower. This means that the oil spreads easier over the skin and in turn you can use less product at a time. It also absorbs a little easier too.

So straight out of the bath/shower you spray this on and massage in, and the first thing you will notice is that beeaaaautiful smell. And you know what? The smell lasts. For example, I have put this on before bed and I have woken up with the scent still going strong on my skin. This type of thing excites me because it opens up so many potentials for scent layering with your favourite perfumes, or it can even be used to fragrance the skin without the need for perfume if you prefer.

Hydration wise, I find that this oil does a great job at keeping the skin soft and smooth with a subtle glow. If you prefer more of a glow on the skin, you can apply more oil to build it up, but if you prefer just a slight glow, you can do that too! If you have super dry skin you will likely be layering this with a stronger body lotion on top, or you can always apply extra oil throughout the day to keep the skin feeling moisturised.

Another bonus with this oil is that is doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy. It absorbs quickly and you're left with no greasiness on the skin at all.

Overall, I am adoring this oil. A serious amount. It's so easy to simply spray on post bath/shower, massage in and go. Not only that, but the scent is so easy to wear. It isn't heavy, it's inoffensive and, like Crabtree & Evelyn say on the packaging, it takes you back to those happy and lazy summer evenings. Perfect.

Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap
Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap

The Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap is described by Crabtree & Evelyn as a hand soap, but to test it out I also used it as a body wash. I did this because the packaging states that it leaves the skin with a natural and dewy glow, but this seems like something you'd be more expecting to see on the body rather than the hands. Either way, it confused me a tad, so I went along with hey, soap is soap. Let's try both.

As with the oil, and all other Crabtree & Evelyn products, the first thing that you notice with this soap is the gorgeous fragrance that it carries. Actually, that was a lie. If it is the first time that you use it then the first thing you notice is that super pretty packaging. Just look how cute it is!

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap
Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap

Moving on though, this soap lathers up so easily, so you won't need to be using too much at a time with it. It spreads easily across the skin and leaves it feeling incredibly clean yet not dried out, which is good news if you suffer from dry skin.

I find that it leaves the skin smelling nice for quite a while after use, so that makes it quite good to use as a bodywash if you want to. Crabtree & Evelyn actually recommend using this as part of a three-step hand care routine, beginning with their Hand Recovery scrub to exfoliate the hands, then the soap, and then follow it up with some of their Hand Therapy cream to moisturise. I have previously reviewed their La Source Hand Recovery and Hand Therapy products, so I tried out this routine myself.

The three-step routine does indeed leave your hands feeling possibly the softest they have ever felt, so I really do recommend trying it out if you like to keep your hands feeling soft and smooth.

Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap
Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap

Overall, I do like this soap. It leaves the skin feeling clean and nicely fragranced without leaving it dry after use, and that is the most important thing when trying out any new bar of soap in my opinion. It ticks the boxes and it works great as part of the three-step routine with other Crabtree & Evelyn products.

I think that they're both great new additions to the Crabtree family of products, and out of the two I would highly recommend checking out the Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil. I am seriously in love with it!

You can purchase both products from Crabtree & Evelyn.

What are your thoughts on the Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate & Argan Oil Nutri-Oil and Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Soap? What Crabtree & Evelyn product is your fave?
Let me know in the comments below!

Zoe. @Beautifinous

*These products were sent to me as review considerationsHowever, this hasn't in any way affected my review with all thoughts and feelings about the products being 100% my own.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Quick Update - Brief Break

Hi all!

I tried to put off having to go down this route, but I'm going to be taking a couple of weeks away from posting on the blog.

I've had a very, very busy time recently, but the fact that I've barely had a moment has caused problems with my migraines again. Therefore, I have decided that a couple of weeks off to simply recharge and catch myself back up would be more beneficial for the blog.

My next post is already underway, and I will be taking time to write when I can over the next couple of weeks, and hopefully this will mean that when I'm back that I can keep my posts up to the usual standard of quality that they are normally. I'd rather not let a migraine cause a lower quality post when taking a breather can do the world of good.

I promise that I haven't gone anywhere and I'll be back with an array of posts, especially coming up to Christmas!

Meanwhile, I hope that you all have an amazing couple of weeks before I post again, and I will be Tweeting when I can too, so you can keep up with me there!

Love you all and thanks to everyone for your support of the blog!

Zoe. @Beautifinous

Friday, 15 September 2017

Polaar Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Energiser review

No one likes mornings. Well, actually, that's a lie. Some people like mornings, but I'm definitely not one of them. I hate being tired and my eyes always get super puffy and dark circles appear too. If you're like this too, then today's post is for you.

Polaar Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Energiser roll on
Polaar Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Energiser roll on

My recent Birchbox provided me with the opportunity to try out the Polaar Icy Magic Instant Eye Contour Energiser eye roll on which promises to help you look instantly rested and refreshed. In addition, it also helps to stimulate eyelash growth, claiming to provide at least 30% added natural volume of the eyelashes after 15 days of daily use. The cooling roller ball applicator is designed to help to drain the eye contour area and reduce puffiness, the look of tired eyes and dark circles.

I was really excited as the previous two Polaar products I've tried out have been fab (see my review of the Polaar Polar Night Cream). 

As a side note, if you landed on this page from looking up reviews of the September Birchbox samples, I do have a couple of in depth reviews on the Dr.PAWPAW balms that were also featured in this box.

The Icy Magic eye roll on that I have comes in a metallic silver squeeze tube with a rollerball applicator and it holds 10ml of product. I looked it up on the Polaar website and the packaging for the sellable product appears to be different, but it states that it also holds 10ml of product. To make matters more confusing, when you view the product on the Birchbox website, the packaging is different again (but still holds 10ml). Therefore, I'm not 100% sure on which is the correct packaging, but the consensus between all of the designs seems to be that you will receive 10ml. If anyone can confirm or correct me on this, please do let me know!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo review

Let's be honest - no one likes an itchy, flaky scalp. I hate it, I'm sure you hate it, but it can be a pain to fix. This seems to be particularly true if you prefer to avoid certain ingredients in your haircare, such as silicones or SLS. Most mainstream and popular options contain them and for some of us that can cause more bad than it can good. 

I've had the issue of an itchy, flaky scalp over the last year or so, and I've (rather literally) been scratching my head wondering if I'll ever find the perfect solution that works best for me. Today I'm going to be writing about a product that I feel is worth giving a thorough discussion about: the Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo

Chances are that you have probably heard of Philip Kingsley products already. After all, the company is famous for products such as the Elasticizer, and if you're a beauty box fan then you're likely to have received at least one sample of their products at least once. Therefore, it was a natural option to find myself putting my trust in the hands of the renown haircare company led by the "world's leading expert on hair and scalp care" to try to solve my problem as soon as I discovered that the Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo is free of the majority of ingredients I usually avoid (it is free of SLS and silicones, but does contain fragrance. Full ingredients list further on in the post).

It is a mild formula that promises to clarify and gently cleanse the hair and scalp of flakes and irritation. It is a multi-award winning formula and it doesn't dry out the hair or strip colour. 

It comes packaged in a sleek, fat white bottle with a curved flip cap lid. It comes in a range of sizes which makes it great for travelling, salons or if you just prefer buying a massive bottle of shampoo over smaller ones all of the time. 

The shampoo itself is like a clear gel, no colours added.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Avon mark. Liquid Lip Lacquer Matte and Shine swatches and reviews

There are two loves in the lipstick world right now: matte lipstick and liquid lipstick. Today, I have a mixture of both to show you. Matte liquid lipstick and liquid lip lacquer with a shine finish.

Avon mark. Liquid Lip Lacquer
Avon mark. Liquid Lip Lacquer

Yep, that's right. Enter Avon's new mark. Liquid Lip Lacquer's that come in both a matte and a shine finish. The shades are pretty much the same on both sides (with a couple of exceptions), just different finishes. There are 12 matte shades and 12 shine, bringing us to 24 in total.

The matte shades promise to leave a velvet finish and the shine shades a moisturising vinyl finish, but both of them claim to be long-wearing and to never bleed or feather.

Sadly I wasn't able to get my hands on every single shade this time, but I have got the majority of the matte shades.

Each of the lipsticks come packaged in a small, transparent, rectangle plastic tube with a wand applicator hidden in the screw cap lid. The applicator is diamond shape that claims to provide full and precise coverage in one sweep. 

So let's jump on in and check out the shades that I have to show you today, and there is info on how to get hold of them at the end.
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