Thursday 28 April 2016

Australian Bodycare Facial Wash, Spot Stick, Hand and Foot Cream, Tea Tree Oil and Facial Cream reviews

Last week on the blog I reviewed four products from the Australian Bodycare range and I made a promise at the end that a second post featuring more products would be on the way. Well, here it is!

Australian Bodycare Facial Wash, Pure Tea Tree Oil, Facial Cream, Spot Stick and Hand and Foot Cream
Australian Bodycare Facial Wash, Pure Tea Tree Oil, Facial Cream, Spot Stick and Hand and Foot Cream

Today I will be looking at five more products from Australian Bodycare, including the Facial Cream, Hand and Foot Cream, Facial Wash, Spot Stick and Pure Tea Tree Oil that are all part of the Apothecary range and feature together in this fabulous gift set (you can find the purchase link at the end).

I won’t go into too much detail about the ins and outs of the brand in this post as to not repeat myself, so see this post as a part 2. If you would like to know more then definitely check out my first post that discusses the Exfoliating Body Scrub, Exfoliating Face Wash, Skin Wash and Deep Cleansing Face Mask.

So let’s jump right into it!

Monday 25 April 2016

GIVEAWAY - Win a Beautifinous Beauty Bundle worth over £70! (UK)

Hurrah! It's spring, and the weather has been warming up (well kind of, as I write this it's miserable outside) and the flowers are growing and stuff, so what better excuse than this to finally host my first GIVEAWAY!

Giveaway Beautifinous Beauty Bundle

Yep, that's right! It's been a while in the planning stages, but it's now all here and ready for one lucky winner to snap up. It includes a combo of makeup goodies and skincare items as well as the odd hair bits. In addition to the 6 full-size items up for grabs, there is also a whole bunch of mini sized products, 6 perfume samples and a range of sachet samples for you to try. If that wasn't enough, I decided to add an extra little twist (inspired by my Aveda Invati Hair Experience box) by adding some yummy scrummy tea bags for you to brew up and sip on as you try out your new beauty goodies. Oh my!

So by now I'm sure that you all just want to know what actually makes up the prize. It includes a number of items that I have both reviewed on the blog and a couple that I haven't. For those that I have reviewed I've provided links for you to check them out on the list below.

Thursday 21 April 2016

Australian Bodycare Exfoliating Body Scrub, Facial Exfoliator, Cleansing Face Mask and Skin Wash reviews

Hi guys! Today I have a whole bunch of skincare goodies to show you!

Australian Bodycare Exfoliating Body Scrub, Skin Wash, Facial Exfoliator and Cleansing Face Mask
Australian Bodycare Exfoliating Body Scrub, Skin Wash, Facial Exfoliator and Cleansing Face Mask

Australian Bodycare are a professional and retail skincare brand that specialise in using Tea Tree Oil within their products. Tea Tree Oil is well known for its natural antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, making it a great ingredient within your skincare routine. It can be useful for an entire range of issues, from blemishes to body odour.

I have here a selection of products from the brand to discuss with you all; the recently released Tea Tree Exfoliating Body Wash and Facial Exfoliator and their Skin Wash and Cleansing Face Mask.

All of them contain that key ingredient and come with a range of benefits. Let's take a closer look at each of them!

Monday 18 April 2016

11 Beauty Tips for Eyes That Are Right for You - Guest Post

Your eyes are not only the windows to your soul, but they are also the windows to your—AGE. In fact, when strangers were asked how old a person is they say that the eye area tends to influence their guesses. The skin around the eyes are quite thin and don’t have a lot of fat or connective tissue to pad them. As a result, they wrinkle much easier and are more sensitive to bodily conditions such as illnesses or even just dehydration. What’s more, eyes easily show fatigue. They become red or irritated and become dull when you are tired.

It makes sense then to take careful care of your eyes both for health and aesthetics’ sake. Below are 11 tips on how to care for your eyes, so they look young and healthy even as you age.

Thursday 14 April 2016

Avon Shine Burst Gloss Stick collection review and swatches

Hi guys! I’m here today with another brand new lipstick range from Avon: the Shine Burst Gloss Stick collection.

Avon Shine Burst Gloss Stick in Fresh Fuchsia
Avon Shine Burst Gloss Stick in Fresh Fuchsia

Switching it up from their Perfectly Matte Lipstick range, Avon are taking it to the opposite side of the spectrum with this release by bringing us super glossy lips. Each one comes packed with superfruits and coconut oil for extra hydration as well as bright, glossy colour.

It comes in 10 shades and naturally, I have each and every one to show you today. They have a range of pinks, purples, nudes and reds and 5 of the shades include shimmer whilst the others are a creamy finish. 

To me it seems that these are a hybrid of lipsticks, lip glosses and lip balms. They have the colour of a lipstick, high shine of a lip gloss and the hydration of a lip balm. 

Each of the lipsticks are packaged in these sleek, metallic tubes that are the colour of the shade group they belong in (so the red shades are in a red tube, pinks in a pink tube and so on). The packaging is beautiful in person, but I have to admit straight from the get go that the metallic finish made photographing it a total nightmare. 

Avon Shine Burst Gloss Stick in Fresh Fuchsia
Avon Shine Burst Gloss Stick in Fresh Fuchsia

Monday 11 April 2016

Urban Veda Purifying Hydrating Toner review

Urban Veda is a natural skincare brand that use the theory of Ayurveda to provide plant-based skincare products that leave the skin feeling balanced. Today I will be reviewing the Urban Veda Purifying Toner which is targeted at those with a kapha dosha, or oily skin.

Urban Veda Purifying Hydrating Toner
Urban Veda Purifying Hydrating Toner

In case you haven't heard of Ayurveda I will try to explain it rather quickly and briefly. Ayurveda is an Indian, whole-body healing system that was created thousands of years ago. It is about promoting good health, and health and wellness is dependent on the balance between mind, body and spirit.

Ayurvedic theory is based upon the idea that everything in the universe is connected, and "good health is achieved when your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe”. It is also said that each individual is created from five elements of the universe: water, air, fire, space and earth. These elements then combine together create three energies called doshas: Vata (space and air), Pitta (water and fire) and Kapha (earth and water). Everybody is said to have a dominant dosha, but keeping them in balance will help to promote wellness.

In regards to skincare, we can look at these as skin types. Keeping our skin balanced is the result that we are all after, and knowing your dosha will help you choose the right Urban Veda products for you. To make things a bit easier on that front, Urban Veda have a questionnaire on their website to help you find your dosha.

The Purifying Toner is ram packed with botanicals (organic aloe vera juice, neem, quassia, rosa damask flower water and witch hazel) that help to tighten pores, hydrate, reduce shine and of course, tone. It also contains vitamins (vitamin C and proVitamin B5), six bio-oils (tea tree, eucalyptus, wild mint, spearmint, orange and anise) and amino acids that are full of antioxidants to help provide the skin with a healthy glow.

Thursday 7 April 2016

Dr. Organic Royal Jelly Eye Serum review

I was scrolling through Twitter quite a while back when I came across somebody asking a question about eye creams. It said something along the lines of "Looking for an eye cream that doesn't cost a fortune, any recommendations?". At the time, I didn't really think about it much, but recently it popped back into my head. It made me start to think about whether I did actually know an eye cream that I've truly enjoyed that hasn't cost so much, and it also got me inspired to indirectly answer this tweet. I sadly never made a note of who wrote it and finding it now would be no simple task, but I'm certain that others are asking the same question.

Dr. Organic Royal Jelly Eye Serum
Dr. Organic Royal Jelly Eye Serum

So that brings me to today's post. The Dr. Organic Royal Jelly Eye Serum is a natural, light and gentle cream for the eye area that promises to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles and also boost collagen stability, firm the eye area and provide long-lasting moisture.

It contains fresh royal jelly, pure honey, a blend of essential oils, aloe vera, vitamins B5, C and F and even green tea extract.

It is free of parabens, artificial colours, harsh chemicals, fragrances or preservatives and SLS, is suitable for vegetarians and is not tested on animals.

It comes packaged in a bright orange squeezy tube with a screw cap lid that has a pointed opening to dispense the product. The Eye Serum itself is white in colour and is a silky smooth consistency.

Bringing it back to the opening of this post, this eye cream is also fairly inexpensive, costing £9.99 for 15ml. But does it do what it claims? Let's take a look.

Monday 4 April 2016

balmi Bling Roseberry Lip Balm review

I think that I might have an obsession with lip balms right now. Is that bad? Well, today it does mean that I have one to discuss with you all. You will probably have seen it around, but if not, let's jump right in and have a look!

balmi Roseberry Lip Balm
balmi Roseberry Lip Balm

balmi is a brand that describes their lip balm as a "way of life". Each of their balms are designed with living life in mind, so they are conical in shape for super easy application wherever you are, whatever you're doing.

They come in a range of scents, but the one that we're looking at today is the Roseberry balm that is part of their Bling collection.

In addition to being easy to apply, each of the balms contains a blend of ingredients (including jojoba oil and shea butter) that provide long-lasting, daily care. They also contain SPF15 which is important all year round, not just for summer!

Each balm comes packaged in a cube that has a screw cap lid, and the lip balm sits inside in its cone shape.