Tuesday 27 January 2015

Temporary Changes/Pregnancy Update

Hello everybody!

Today is another post to explain some temporary changes on the blog for a short while.

If you are a regular reader, you will most likely be aware that I’m currently expecting my second child. It seems crazy, but my due date is now within the next few weeks! It feels like only yesterday I was updating you all on the discovery of the news and my horrific sickness which was causing issues with my blogging!

As my little man arrived early and because I'm very close to the end with this pregnancy, I am now under orders to cut back my workloads. This unfortunately means that posts will be a little less frequent for a while. 

I won’t be cutting out the posts entirely, but at some points they may be reduced to one a week. In fact it may be a tad sporadic until I can get used to “cutting back,” but I just wanted to keep you all in the loop about what is happening in regards to Beautifinous.

I assure you all that I am not going anywhere and eventually the blog will be back on track, but until that time comes I hope that you all understand the situation.

Thanks a lot for all of the views and support! The blog is going strong because of you!

Zoe. @Beautifinous

Sunday 25 January 2015

Roots & Rituals Heated Hair Towel review

Roots & Rituals Heated Hair Towel is the latest release from the new, natural haircare brand that I have recently fallen in love with. It is designed to work in conjunction with the Deep Conditioning Hair Oil by providing an adjustable heat source to aid the penetration of the oil into the hair shaft.

It is a turban towel design and it can be used cable free or whilst attached to a battery.

Roots & Rituals Heated Hair Towel

I recently reviewed the Roots & Rituals Deep Conditioning Hair Oil and Conditioner and I absolutely fell in love with both of them! Therefore when Karishma, the founder of the company, got in touch to offer me the chance to test out the accompanying towel, I was incredibly excited to do so!

The towel is a soft material in a nice, bright purple and the electricals come packaged in their own boxes. It has two buttons on the back to attach a small piece of white elastic which will hold the towel in place once on the head (see how to use below). This version of the towel is the old version and is hand-wash only, but the new towels that are now available are machine washable.

Monday 19 January 2015

Lush King of Skin review

King of Skin by Lush is a solid bar body butter that is packed with bananas, oatmilk, avocados, essential oils and butters to help nourish and re-hydrate the skin.

Banana's have a natural emollient whilst avocado's provide nourishment for the skin. Oatmilk acts as an antihistamine and the cocoa butter helps the skin to feel really soft and conditioned.

It is shaped like a crown and is pale yellow in colour. It also has the scent of cocoa-buttery bananas!

Lush King of Skin

If you are a frequent reader of the blog, you may be thinking "another Lush post!?" at this point. Admittedly I have been on a bit of a rekindled Lush hype recently, but there is more about this product and to this review than a little bit of hype.

King of Skin has been one of my favourite Lush products since the day that I first tried it a few years ago. If anybody ever asks me what Lush products to try, I always suggest this one. Therefore, today's review is going to explain exactly why.

Friday 16 January 2015

Birchbox and Women's Health January 2015 box review

Birchbox is a monthly beauty box that includes 5-6 deluxe samples of beauty and lifestyle products that are tailored to you.

You get to discover new products and test them out in the comfort of your own home with no pressure to buy the full product if you don’t like it! However, if you do enjoy it, you can purchase the full sizes from the Birchbox store with the most recent month’s brands being available with free delivery (min. £10 spend)!

Birchbox and Women's Health January 2015 box

The first Birchbox of the year is a team up with Women’s Health magazine, bringing us all a collection of products to help us refresh and even to get into shape. It’s a good idea for the first box of the year when we all start off our New Year resolutions, a large number of which will be based around improving some parts of our lives (*cough cough* we all start going to the gym and eating healthier food)!

So let’s see what I received in my Birchbox this month:

Wednesday 14 January 2015

Childs Farm Hand and Body Lotion review

Childs Farm Hand and Body Lotion is a natural body lotion for children that is suitable from birth and is also suitable for eczema prone skin. It contains grapefruit and organic tea tree oils to provide moisture and hydration as well as a beautiful scent to the skin.

As with all other Childs Farm products, they are free of SLS, parabens, mineral oils and artificial colours. They are also pediatrician approved.

Childs Farm Hand and Body Lotion

Being a huge fan of the Childs Farm Hair and Body Wash for my little man I really wanted to give this product a try.

In fact, I recently chose the Hair and Body Wash as my top tested baby product of 2014, so how does this stand up?

Let’s find out!

Sunday 11 January 2015

Roots & Rituals Deep Conditioning Hair Oil and Conditioner reviews

Roots & Rituals are a new hair care brand based in the UK. Focused on natural products inspired by the traditional ritual of hair oiling, they provide products free from SLS, silicones, mineral oils, parabens and artificial fragrance that repair and hydrate the hair.

Roots & Rituals Deep Conditioning Hair Oil and Conditioner

The Deep Conditioning Hair Oil and Conditioner are two of the products available (and the ones that I will be reviewing today) with the Shampoo being the third product in the range (which is set to be released on Tuesday January 13th 2015).

The Deep Conditioning Hair Oil contains "pure and carefully selected ancient hair oils to create a truly effective ritual for both hair and scalp” [source]. These include coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil for moisture; almond, amla and sesame for nourishment and hydration and hibiscus, basil and argan to repair.

The Conditioner follows suit, including the same oils as the hair oil in a cream base.

I was recently contacted by Karishma from Roots & Rituals about testing out a couple of samples. Being really impressed by the ideals and ethics behind the company I was really excited to give them a try.

Karishma, founder of Roots & Rituals, is a Biochemist by profession and worked in the pharmaceutical industry for over 8 years. Constantly bombarded with the side effects people experienced when using harsh chemicals she decided that it was time to step away from artificial and synthetic ingredients and try to move towards more natural & botanical ingredients, giving consumers the opportunity to experience the beneficial effects of more natural formulations.

In her own words, Karishma has described on the Roots & Rituals website the inspiration and objective behind the brand:

"Tired of coming across haircare products loaded with silicones, mineral oil, SLS, parabens and artificial fragrance I decided to create my own haircare range. I stopped looking at the packaging or the front label - instead I just focused on the ingredients which appeared in tiny print. After reading possibly 500 ingredient lists, it was apparent that most haircare products had very similar compositions with hardly any natural ingredients - the main difference being either the front label or some clever marketing techniques. We expose our hair not only to harmful chemicals but also straighten, curl, colour and bleach our hair much more frequently. The ultimate objective is to give our crowning glory a break by providing deep nourishment to hair and scalp using effective natural ingredients - haircare as nature intended. "

Thursday 8 January 2015

Lush Cosmic Gift Set - Twilight Bath Bomb & Rock Star Soap review

The Lush Cosmic Gift Set is a duo of Lush products consisting of their Twilight Bath Bomb and Rock Star Soap. Together they fit the 'cosmic' theme by them both being styled around stars.

Lush Cosmic Gift Set

The Twilight Bath Bomb is designed to help you relax and get a good nights sleep. It begins by fizzing away with the colour of the setting sun and it gradually turns darker, leaving the bath water purple with sparkling glitter.

Rock Star is a very sweet smelling, pink bar soap that contains Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute. In the Cosmic set, the soap comes in the shape of a star rather than a block. It is designed to smell like seaside rock.

Lush Twilight Bath Bomb and Rock Star Soap - Lush Cosmic Gift Set

I received this gift set from my best friend for Christmas (Jess from Missnoodlebug - go and check out her blog!), so I wanted to review it for you all!

Tuesday 6 January 2015

The Body Shop Lip Line Fixer review

The Body Shop Lip Line Fixer is a moisturising and creamy retractable lip-lining pencil that enables you to apply an invisible barrier around the lips to prevent lipstick from bleeding. It also helps to 'fill in' fine lines around the lips.

Unlike regular lip liners which come in differing shades to match up with your lipstick, The Body Shop Lip Line Fixer doesn’t apply a visible line, meaning that it is suitable with all lip shades.

It comes packaged in a long, black, plastic, retractable, pencil-like tube with a black lid that holds 0.35g of product. The product itself is white and waxy.

Sunday 4 January 2015

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water review

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water is a simple way to cleanse, remove makeup, hydrate and soothe the skin. It contains micelles which act like magnets on the skin to draw out impurities and traces of makeup without having to rinse or rub the skin. It works on eye makeup and lip makeup too.

It is fragrance free and hypoallergenic.

It comes packaged in a large, clear bottle that holds 400ml of product and it claims to be enough for 200 uses (when using 2ml per use). The bottle has a pink, flip cap lid and the product information is on a clear sticker that is stuck on the front of the bottle and a white sticker on the back.

Thursday 1 January 2015

Lush Movis Face Wash review

Movis by Lush is a wheaty, squidgy facial wash bar that was created to help exfoliate, revive and soften the skin without stripping it of its natural oils. Aesthetically it is designed to look like a loaf of bread (if you couldn’t guess from the pun-based name), but the soap actually also contains wholemeal bread as an exfoliator.

Lush Movis Face Cleanser

In addition to wholemeal bread, Movis also includes Fair Trade organic cocoa butter, wheatgerm oil, extra virgin coconut oil and hop oil.

It is inspired by Lush co-founder Mo Constantine's love of baking and soap alchemy and it contains no petrochemicals, animal fats, palm oil or SLS and it isn’t tested on animals.