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Dr. Botanicals – Coconut Oil Rejuvenating Body Exfoliating Bar Review

About two months ago, Dr. Botanicals, a vegan friendly, cruelty-free skincare brand, sent me one of their Coconut Oil Rejuvenating Body Exfoliating Bars to review on my blog. I’ve got quite a few of Dr. Botanicals products which I’ve been sent over the last year or so and they are one of my fave skincare brands. All of their products are vegan friendly and cruelty free and they contain no harsh ingredients that irritate sensitive skin just natural, quality, skin-loving ingredients which are kind to skin (and animals).

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‘Hydrate, Cleanse and Gently Exfoliate. Shredded coconut gently exfoliates the skin while coconut oil moisturises the skin and creamy coconut aroma works to unwind your mind.‘ Dr. Botanicals.


First Impressions:

The soap comes in a small, cardboard box which is recyclable and eco-friendly. No plastic in sight. Inside the box is the 100g soap bar, which is square-shaped, beigey-brown in colour and it has a gorgeous, creamy, natural coconut aroma.

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The main active ingredient in the soaps formulation is Shell Powder, which contains nutrients like collagen, chondroitin, glucosamine, and hyaluronic acid. It has anti-oxidant activity which protects the skin from free radical damage and also has moisture holding properties which smooth and hydrate the skin. Dr. Botanicals say the soap can be used on the face as well as the body and hands although I haven’t used it on my face, as I’ve had severe breakouts in the past after washing my face with soap, so never again.


Thoughts:

 This soap smells AMAZING! I love everything coconut so it’s no surprise that I love this soap, coconut products have done wonders for my skin in the past and I couldn’t recommend them enough for sensitive skin.

Dr. Botanicals say the soap helps to gently exfoliate dead skin cells but I don’t find it to be exfoliating at all. Maybe the exfoliation is too gentle for my skin type. It is a super moisturising, hydrating soap though and after using my skin feels clean, smoother and soft. It lathers okay for a natural soap too.

My followers will know that I have psoriasis and I believe this soap has been so gentle and mild on my skin – it hasn’t irritated my sensitive skin and it hasn’t made my psoriasis any worse, which I think is down to the natural ingredients and the fact doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals. It’s also a long-lasting soap as well, I’ve been using mine for over two months now and although it has withered down a little there is still a lot left.

So, I love the soap – but I don’t like the price tag. All of Dr. Botanicals products are a bit on the expensive side, I wish they weren’t as I love their products! I don’t know about you guys but nearly 20 quid for a soap is not something I’d pay to be honest! Don’t get me wrong,  I have no complaints – it’s gentle, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, natural, moisturising and it doesn’t dry the skin out, but, I wouldn’t repurchase for £20.

Totally out of my soap budget, ha.


 

Disclosure: This product was gifted to me for review purposes.


Where To Buy:
You can get a 100g soap bar here for £19.90.
There are other soaps to choose from too.
If you subscribe to Dr. Botanicals newsletter, you will get a discount code emailed to you for £20 off your first order but you must spend at least £60 to qualify.

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Review: BLAQ – Activated Charcoal Hydrogel Eye Mask

Hey chicks, I’ve not been sleeping well lately and my eyes aren’t looking as bright and sparkly as they usually are. I remembered that I got this Hydrogel Eye Mask from BLAQ a while back in one of my beauty subscription boxes so thought I would try it out and give my eyes a little pamper. I only had one eye mask to try out but if you were to buy them you would pay £22 for a box of five masks – BLAQ don’t sell them individually.

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Here’s what they say about the Hydrogel Eye Mask:

Late nights. too many cheeky wines and lets not forget those carb-on-carb delights, can have our peepers looking, well, not so fresh. Leave the evidence of last night behind, and pop on our activated charcoal eye mask to de-puff, detox and get back to your shiny, gorgeous self.BLAQ

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How To Use:
Cleanse your skin and eye area.
Gently apply the mask about 1 cm below each eye.
Leave the mask to work its magic for 10-15 minutes, before carefully peeling off the skin.
BLAQ recommend using the eye mask twice a week.

REVIEW:

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I’ve used hydrogel eye masks before and they also seem to slip off and slide down my face meaning I have to lie down to keep them on my face – with these ones they actually stayed put whilst I was sitting up.

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After taking the eye mask off, my eyes felt so refreshed and soothed and my dark circles looked a little brighter and not as puffy. So I do think they work although I’m doubt that I’d buy these again, even though they helped a little. I’m not too keen about the price tag and I’m also not sure if they are cruelty-free as it doesn’t state it on the packaging and the website doesn’t say either, so, I’m guessing they are not. Plus, it has ‘manufactured in China’ so I guess that’s my answer.

You can check the full ingredients list here.


Where To Buy:

You can buy a box of five for £22 on the BLAQ website here.

You can also get 10% off your order by subscribing to the BLAQ newsletter.

DISCLOSURE: I received this product in a beauty subscription box which I bought with my own money.


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REVIEW: Skin Republic – Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Foaming Face Mask Sheet (Oxygen Cleanse)

Hey girls, I bought two of these Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Mask Sheets from Skin Republic a few months ago from Superdrug and I never got around to trying them out… I signed up for the Look Fantastic* beauty box a few days ago and in my first box was another mask, so I thought I better get a move on and try one out.

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The Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Mask Sheet is a sheet mask made from Activated Charcoal. When the mask is exposed to air, it starts to oxygenate and begins to bubble and foam. It cleanses deep into the skin’s pores eliminating impurities and toxins from the skin. It also contains Fruit Acids which helps to exfoliate dead skin cells.

It is also paraben free and not tested on animals

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How To Use:

Cleanse your skin and make sure you rub the sachet before opening to activate the bubbles. Place the mask on the face and wear it for 10-15 minutes. When ready, remove the sheet mask and massage the excess bubbles and foam into the skin and then rinse with water.


Thoughts:

I LOVE this sheet mask. I’ve never used a foaming mask before but they are the future for sure. After a couple of minutes wearing the mask, I could hear the bubbles foaming and my skin felt tingly too. It was amazing seeing the bubbles appearing on the mask and after using it my complexion looks GREAT! It’s healthier-looking, I have a natural dewy shine on my skin and my skin looks clean and luminous.

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When I removed the mask and rinsed with water I cleansed my face again. The cotton wool I used was dirty and because I cleansed super well before I put the mask on, I’m thinking it was the dirt and impurities which the mask had drawn out onto the surface of my skin. If so, amazing!

I think it may just be my new favourite mask and I can’t wait to use my others!


DisclosureThe masks were bought with my own dosh.

Links marked with an asterisk (*) are referral links. By clicking my referral links you will receive £5 off your first order at Look Fantastic.

You can also use my code – ‘KATIE-RA54′ at checkout.


Where To Buy:

I got mine here from Superdrug (£2) and I received one in my Look Fantastic* beauty box.

Skin Republic have a huge range of skincare products so there are plenty to choose from!


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REVIEW: Palmer’s – Cocoa Butter Formula – Foot Magic Scrub

Summer is around the corner girls and it’s sandal season so I have been giving my feet some extra TLC so my feet look pretty and summer-ready. Along with some other ‘foot products’, (which I’ll review later), I’ve been using the Foot Magic Scrub from Palmer’s for about a month to help soothe my feet and moisturise and exfoliate the rough, hard skin on my feet.

 The scrub contains natural pumice and exfoliants, no plastic microbeads in sight and it is full of skin-loving ingredients such as Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Peppermint Oil and Shea Butter and it helps to moisturise the skin whilst exfoliating dead skin cells, hard skin and rough areas whilst nourishing and soothing tired, sore feet.

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The Foot Magic Scrub and it’s easy to use – you just simply massage some of the scrub into your soles in a circular motion and focus on rough patches of skin, particularly the heels, then rinse off.

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It really helps, I like it! My heels were dry, rough and a little hard before but since I have started using the scrub they seem to be improving and the soles of me feel much silkier, and softer. I also love how the scrub feels against my skin – it moisturises and soothes tired feet and the sensation feels amazing against my skin, especially on the psoriasis on my soles as it exfoliates dead skin cells and scales. I even take it up a little onto my lower legs and knees and my skin feels so much better afterwards. It smells lovely too!

Palmer’s are against animal testing although there is no cruelty-free bunny on the back of the tube.

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I’m at the end of the tube but I will be repurchasing as I like what it has done for my skin. There is also a Foot Magic Cream available to buy from Palmer’s so I will defo be picking a tube of that up as well as the scrub next time I go shopping.

Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money.


Where To Buy:

I got mine from Home Bargains for a bout £1.20 I think but you can also buy it at BOOTS, Superdrug & probably ASDA.

You can take a look at Palmer’s website HERE – they have lots of other fab products too.


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REVIEW: Witch Skincare – Blemish Gel

It’s not often that I get spots and pimples but when I do they are always painful as hell and no amount of concealer will cover them. I never squeeze my spots as this does more damage than good so I picked up this Blemish Gel from WITCH last week after I woke up to a small, painful pimple on my chin and I have been really surprised at how well and how fast it has worked.

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Witch – a British skincare brand, has been around for absolute years – over 50 years. Their products are aimed at problem skin and are recommended for oily/combination skin although they are suitable for all skin types. The Blemish Gel helps to keep your pores clean by dissolving oil and it combats pimple-causing bacteria by tackling the causes of spots. It cleanses, tones, soothes and leaves the skin balanced, soft and healthy-looking. It also contains antioxidants which help to maintain normal skin renewal and encourage the natural cycle of skin replenishment, especially important for when your skin is recovering from a breakout.

Witch say they don’t test on animals too, although there is no cruelty free bunny on the back of the box!


REVIEW

The Blemish Gel comes in a small brightly coloured box and inside is the 35ml squeezy tube. The gel is a thick, transparent gel which has a mild, ‘clean’ scent.

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I applied a little of the blemish gel to my sore, inflamed pimple and went to bed – when I woke the next morning, the pimple was still there but it was nowhere near as painful as it was the day before and it didn’t look as angry or red as it did. I applied the gel again that morning and a few times throughout the day and before bed and it slowly began to disappear. Witch recommend using the gel in the evening, before you go to sleep as it lets the gel do it’s work whilst you sleep!  By day 3 of using the blemish gel, the angry pimple had gone and I was a happy girl.

I think the blemish gel works wonders on the odd pimple – it helps to tighten pores and close damaged skin, which reduces inflammation and re-infection and it encourage healing too. It definitely did the job for me!  I’m not sure how it would work on acne or if you have severe spots/pimples but I would recommend the gel for the odd breakout. I’ll definitely use this again and there is enough product in the tube to last ages so not only does it work but it’s value for money too.

It is a great little product to have for emergencies.

If you are not sure which products from Witch will be best for your skin, why not take the Skincare Selector HERE on the website


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Review: Spa – Eye Make-Up Remover Pads With Aloe Vera (Home Bargains)

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Thought I’d do a little review on these Eye Make-Up Remover Pads With Aloe Vera by Spa which I got from Home Bargains. I always get the Spa face wipes as I like them a lot and I seen these Eye Make-Up Remover Pads when stocking up on wipes last month and thought I would give them a go to see if they work on stubborn eye make-up. I really can’t remember how much they were – I think it was something like £1 for a twin pack and there are 30 pads in one pack so you get 60 pads altogether, a great little bargain hey.

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The wipes are made in Israel and they are suitable for all skin types. They are also alcohol free so they are unlikely to dry out the skin and claim to be pH balanced although it doesn’t list the exact pH levels on the pack. The packs don’t have the cruelty-free bunny either and it doesn’t state whether or not these have been tested on animals so I’m assuming they have been but I may be wrong.

The pads come in a small lilac packet which has a resealable label to prevent moisture loss. The pads themselves are quite small, square-shaped, very moist and they have a nice subtle fragrance too.  I’ve been using these for a couple of weeks now, just a little over a month to remove my mascara and eyeliner and I use about 2-3 pads each time depending how much I’m wearing. They remove mascara well from the eyes and they don’t irritate my eyes, or burn or sting which is good. I haven’t tried them with waterproof mascara or eyeliner yet as I don’t use them but I reckon they will work quite well.

I was also using them on my entire face and neck to remove my foundation, concealer, powder and blusher from my face and they do remove every trace of dirt and oil. For a while, I actually preferred the small pads over the full-sized wipes but I soon changed my mind when I broke out in blemishes and drier skin a week or two later.

The Eye Remover Pads do contain perfume in the ingredients list and my sensitive skin does usually break out when using products with perfume in so I’m not surprised I got a few blemishes. From now on, I will only use the pads to remove eye makeup and I won’t be using them to cleanse the rest of my skin.


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7h Heaven – Dead Sea Mud Mask – Hard Drying & Deep Pore Cleansing (Review)

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I have been using 7th Heaven face masks since the beginning of time, back in the noughties when I was an ASBO teenager and I love them just as much now as I did back then; if not more. They’re is so many different masks to choose from and I think it is amazing how cheap the ‘sachets’ are to buy and the fact that they work really well considering how inexpensive they are – so everybody can ‘mask’ and afford them whatever their skincare budget may be.

    7th Heaven’s products are completely natural, contain no harsh chemicals and they are also suitable for vegetarians, cruelty-free and the brand DO NOT test their products on animals; which is another reason why I love them – they are natural, kind to animals and PETA approved.

Today, I’m reviewing one of my FAVE 7th Heaven masks and it is the Dead Sea Mud mask which has been recommended for oily skin. I have dry skin (sometimes combination) I can get a little oily on my t-zone & very dry everywhere else and the mask works just fine on both types of skin. The Dead Sea mud mask is rich in skin-loving nutrients, Dead Sea minerals and Lavender to help draw out toxins from the skin, unblock pores, normalise oily skin, soothe irritated skin and redness and leave skin looking squeaky clean and feeling soft.

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Contains:

Kaolin – which is a natural, mild clay; is deep cleansing and draws out impurities and excess oil – without drawing too much oil out. It helps to cleanse and exfoliate debris on the skin and removes dead skin cells.

Dead Sea Mud – which has a high concentration of salts & minerals and help to relieve symptoms of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema & acne. The rich mineral content makes it a great exfolliant and it helps to draw out toxins from the skin, restore the skins pH balance as well as improving elasticity, and minimising pores, fine-lines and wrinkles.

Lavender – is another ingredient that helps to relieve symptoms of skin disorders. It soothes irritated skin and calms redness. It is also an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory astringent and helps to normalise oil production and keep bacteria at bay too.

Seaweed – is a beneficial superfood that has anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Its anti-bacterial properties make it an ideal ingredient for fighting everything from acne to aging.

Dead Sea Salt – like dead sea mud; dead sea salt helps to relieve symptoms of psoriasis, acne and eczema. It is used for detoxifaction and anti-ageing and helps to reduce fine-lines and wrinkles, plump and hydrate the skin and reduce inflammation.

Bergamot – a fresh, clean smelling essential oil  used to treat and prevent skin infections, help relieve symptoms of acne, psoriasis, eczema and cold sores. It is also an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant..

 

Thoughts:

    I love a good hard-drying mask – I love the feeling on my skin when they have completely dried and this ‘Dead Sea Mud’ mask from 7th Heaven doesn’t disappoint. I reckon I have tried most of the 7th Heaven face masks but the ‘Dead Sea Mud’ mask is obviously one of my faves and I find myself repurchasing it again and again.

  It comes in  20g sachet and you can get about two applications from one sachet. There are also bigger tubes available to buy too but I’m happy enough with my sachets. The mask has an earthly, pale green colour, a thick consistency and a slightly fragranced scent to it – I’m not sure what it smells like but it smells okay. The ingredients state that it does contain parfum & a colourant although these are not artificial and are instead man-made so they are gentle on sensitive skin. To be safe, always do a patch test on your inner arm before using.

I apply the mask straight from the packet with my fingers after cleansing and it easily spread and glides over the skin. It is super creamy and non-drip too! I leave it on for about 15-20 minutes or until it is completely dry. The mask isn’t bue like the models on the packaging and it not as dark/grey-ish as other dead sea mud masks I have used which is because this one contains Kaolin Clay; so after about 5-10 minutes the greeny ‘mask’ starts to dry and it turns into a chalky white colour.

     After 15+ minutes the mask should be ready to wash off but if it hasn’t – it can be left on a little longer until it has dried completely. Before I wash the mask off, I like to gently rub my face with my fingers in a circular motion to exfoliate my skin and remove dead skin build-up then I just wash the excess off with warm water and a face cloth, (I use my WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth). Once I have removed all of the mask I splash my face with cold water to close my pores and my skin looks clearer, healthier, happier and brighter afterwards. It also feels smooth, soft and moisturised too.

    The Dead Sea Mud mask is definitely one of my favourite masks ever and I think it’s one that I will always use as I like how my skin looks after using. It really has worked on my skin and my skintone looks good and my complexion looks clear. I also love that the mask is super cheap; (mine was 99p from Asda), there are two applications in one sachet; it contains no nasty ingredients; and it is totally cruelty-free. What’s not to love!

Disclosure: I bought this product with my own money.

Where To Buy: You can get 7th Heaven face masks literally anywhere: Asda; Superdrug; Boots; Tesco; Sainsbury’s; Home Bargains; Amazon UK, etc… They are about 89p -£1.50 to buy and they have loads of different products to choose from!

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How To Remove Make-Up Using Just Water With The WipeOut! Amazing MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth From Magnitone London (Review)

A good few months ago, I was sent the WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth from Magnitone London along with the BlendUp Vibra-Sonic Brush (which I’ll review another time) and it completely slipped my mind to try it out / review it. I accumulate so many beauty and skincare products – I’m literally a hoarder and every once in a while I have to do a little clean out to discard out of date products, empties, products I won’t use and to also make a little more space in my small apartment. These clean-outs are when I find products I forgot I had and I eventually get around to trying them.

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So, last week I found the WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth in my skincare stash and I thought I’d give it ago as I have been quite lazy with my skincare these last few weeks. I haven’t had a routine at all – instead, I have been using throw-away face wipes, which are okay to use short-term but after using them for like a month straight I started to notice my skin was looking awful because of them. I broke out in blemishes, my skin was dull and dry and basically I looked like shit. In the past I have found that when my skin is bad, keeping all products off my skin helps to balance itself out naturally so I was very intrigued to see how the Wipe Out Cloth would work for my complexion.

The WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth removes tough, long-wear and oil-based makeup with just warm water. It is a super soft, super fluffy face cloth making it perfect for use one sensitive skin, eyes and lips, with no cleansers, gels or products needed. The WipeOut! microfibers swell up when wet, grabbing hold of dirt, oil and makeup and trapping them away so makeup removed properly and is not smeared back onto the skin. The WipeOut! Cleansing Cloth is re-useable 1000 times, it is quick drying making it perfect for travelling and it is also machine washable at 30°C. Each Cloth is 40cm x 17cm, smearproof and double sided.  You can buy one single cloth for £7.99 or you can get two for £15 – they are available in pink and grey too.

Thoughts:

For the last month or so my skin has been really awful – completely my own fault for using face wipes everyday and being lazy by not sticking to my usual skincare routine. I’ve had blemishes appear on my face (chin area), dry patches on my nose and cheeks and my overall complexion has been dull and uneven. I thought I’d swerve the throwaway face wipes and give the WipeOut! Cloth a try to help re-balance my skin and I especially liked how it requires no products just water when cleansing, so my skin would kind of ‘repair’ itself on its own without the use of any products. I have also been using Dr. Botanicals – Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil which is a completely natural oil and my skin does look much better already.

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I love the cloth – it is so soft and fluffy and it literally does need just water to remove even the toughest of makeup. I just rinse under the hot tap, wring it out and wipe it across my face to cleanse, remove dirt, oil and makeup and prevent spots and blackheads. The warm cloth slightly opens my pores to allow deep cleansing which helps to remove blackheads too. I’d recommend splashing your face with cold water after using to close your pores. What’s great about the WipeOut! Cloth is the microfibers hold onto particles which stop them from being spread over the face. Since using the cloth (and oil) my skin is finally starting to look human again and it is looking clearer and feeling softer. I also have a little sheen to my skin and it looks so much brighter. After using I just wash with a little bit of soap, rinse and hang it up to dry, ready to use again. The cloth is also eco-friendly as it’s reusable/washable so no more wipes in landfill which means it’s much better for our environment. I haven’t washed it in the machine yet but it can be washed at 30°c. So yeah, I’m totally happy with this product and I will defo use it again and again.

Disclosure: I was given this product for free.

Where To Buy:

You can buy one WipeOut! MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth HERE on Magnitone’s website for £7.99. You can also save yourself a quid and get two for £15 HERE.


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Review: Dr. Botanicals – Moroccan Rose Superfood Facial Oil | Vegan Friendly & Cruelty-Free Skincare

Dr. Botanicals, a vegan friendly skincare brand, sent me some of their Moroccon Rose Superfood Facial Oil to try out and review on my blog. The oil is completely natural, vegan friendly and cruelty-free and it is infused with plant extracts, antioxidants, vitamins, essential oils and botanical extracts to help brighten dull skin, protect it, renew and even out skin tone. It also contains high levels of Vitamins A and C which rejuvenate the skin and helps to reduce visible signs of ageing.

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The main active ingredients in the formulation are:

Vitamin Chelps to stimulate collagen production, for younger-looking skin.
Vitamin A – a powerful antioxidant with aims to rejuvenate skin, even skin tone and reduce the signs of ageing; while protecting from free radicals.
Almond Oil – deeply moisturises and nourishes skin, whilst brightening the complexion for brighter fresh looking skin.

First Impressions:

The Moroccan Facial Oil comes in a eco-friendly, recyclable cardboard box – the packaging is nothing special but it is good for our environment. It lists the full ingredients in super tiny writing on the bottom of the box – which I can’t read even with my glasses on. It has the cruelty-free bunny printed on the box too. Inside is the Facial Oil which comes in a 15ml glass bottle with a simple label and a black screw-off dropper lid. The oil itself is clear and transparent with a slight rose-pink tint to it. Very pretty! It has a watery consistency and smells really nice too, kinda like a mild, subtle perfume, although it is not overpowering at all.  The oil has been recommended for dry skin especially but all skin types can use it even oily.

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Thoughts:

I’ve been using it for a whole week so far and I’ve stopped using other products, just so I can see how it works my skin. My skin has been looking awful lately and I put it down to being lazy. I have been using throw away face wipes the last month or so instead of cleansing properly and although they come in handy every now and again, I don’t recommend using them as an everyday thing as I have found I break out and my skin gets really dry an dull-looking when I do.

This week I’ve ditched the wipes and I’ve been washing my face twice a day with the Wipe Out MicroFibre Cleansing Cloth from Magnitone London, which just requires water, no cleansers, gels, etc… and I’ve then been applying the oil every morning and every night. I use about 3-4 drops for my entire face and neck and in one week I’ve used just under 1/4 of the bottle, so I’m guessing the 15ml bottle will last me roughly over a month, maybe longer.

The Moroccan Facial Oil doesn’t behave like your average oil and it is kind of a dry oil although Dr.Botanicals haven’t said this. It doesn’t feel oily/greasy on the skin and it doesn’t leave a sticky residue either. It is super absorbent and I love how it dries into the skin within seconds, so no need to wait around for it to dry – one of my pet hates with facial oils.

Since using the facial oil, my dry patches and blemishes are starting to disappear and my skin doesn’t feel as tight, dry or look as dull as before – it has definitely brightened my complexion. I think with longer use my skin tone will look more even so I’m looking forward to that as uneven skin tone is something I’ve struggled with since day one. Ditching the face wipes, cleansing with a microfiber cloth and using this pure goodness oil on my skin has definitely improved its appearance and done it the world of good. I’ll update this post in a few weeks when I have give it more use.

I love Dr. Botanicals and I have their Tropical Invigorating Cream also which I love. The brand has definitely become a favourite of mine – I have been trying to use more cruelty-free brands the last few years and I prefer natural, gentle skincare products which are free-from nasty chemicals and that is what Dr. Botanicals is all about. They use top quality, natural ingredients in all of their products which are gentle on skin yet effective and they are completely cruelty-free, vegan friendly and free from animal by-products – animals should not have to suffer for our vanity and I think one day, hopefully, testing cosmetics on animals will be illegal and rightly so!

Dr Botanicals products are a bit on the expensive side but like I’ve said before, you definitely get what you pay for when it comes to skincare. Most of their products are a little out of my budget but I will definitely shop their products again – I’ll treat myself, hey and I’ll keep checking the website for sales and deals to grab myself a bargain!

Disclosure: This product was gifted to me for review purposes.


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Review: Pure African Black Soap – Mayka Skincare

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Back in October I was sent a bundle of natural skincare goodies from a British vegan skincare brand called Mayka Skincare. Mayka Skincare are a cruelty-free, natural brand who handcraft fresh products with natural botanicals and highly effective, active cosmetic ingredients. All of their products are handmade in Britain but they do offer worldwide shipping. When my parcel arrived I was chuffed to bits with the contents as I wasn’t expecting to receive so many products to review and I have been trying a few of them out for a couple of months.

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The product I was most pleased with was the Pure African Black Soap which I have heard is amazing for skin complaints. As you all know I have psoriasis so I couldn’t wait to give it a go.

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”Ordinary store-bought soaps can be too harsh or drying for your skin. African black soap is a gentle, all-natural alternative cleanser made only from plant materials. Proponents of African black soap say it does more than just keep you clean — the suds are packed with skin-loving benefits, too.” – LIVESTRONG

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

The 100g Soap comes in a cellophane wrapper with a Mayka Skincare label – the packaging is lovely, it has a natural feel to it and looks pretty enough to be given as a gift. Inside the packaging is the 100g Pure African Black Soap which I’ll admit doesn’t look very attractive but never judge a book by its cover hey. The soap is made from baked parts of the cocoa tree, unrefined butters and oils and is also rich in vitamins A and E. It is a beige, brownish colour and shaped into a ball and it doesn’t contain any artificial perfume, colours or preservatives either.

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INGREDIENTS:

Sodium / potassium salts of fatty acids from edible vegetable oils: Sodium / Potassium Sheabutterate, Sodium / Potassium Palmkernelate, Sodium Potassium Cocoate, Glycerine, Aqua, Cocoa Bean Ash Residue

THOUGHTS:

I’ve been using the soap for about four months and I’m surprised I still have some of it left especially as I use it every day.

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I have never known a soap, never mind a natural soap to lather so well – and when washing with the soap it looks like I have a layer of cream on my skin. It is so creamy and moisturising and is also a great antiseptic soap which helps to prevent infection or bacteria on the skin. Since I’ve been using it, I have noticed an improvement in my skin, it hasn’t completely cleared my skin up but it has improved it a little and my psoriasis hasn’t gotten any worse. I’ve noticed it does sting my psoriasis at first but it’s not painful and the sensation eventually wears off after a few seconds and it’s worth it seeing as it helps to deep clean my skin, restore its natural barrier whilst moisturising and protecting it at the same time. I also use it on my face and I love how it removes every trace of oil and make-up from the skin without clogging my pores or drying out my skin and it is also a great anti-ageing soap as it is rich in vitamin A and E oils and helps to prevent premature lines and wrinkles.  The soap can also be used on the hair and scalp but I’ve not tried this yet but I will give it a go eventually and update the post.

The Pure African Black Soap is the perfect solution for problem skin such as oily, acne, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and rosacea. I love how it is completely natural, cruelty free and contains no harsh chemicals or artificial ingredients which make it gentle on sensitive skin and also helps to improve skin disorders. I’m about to run out after four months but I will definitely purchase this soap again – I’d rather do my skin a favour and use a natural soap on my skin rather than a soap laden with chemicals and nasty ingredients which makes skin worse any day. Give the website a little visit girls – you won’t be disappointed. They do a huge range of cruelty-free, natural skincare products made with top quality ingredients that will help your skin. Natural is best!

DISCLOSURE: I was gifted this product from Mayka Skincare for review purposes only.


WHERE TO BUY:  You can get some Pure African Black Soap from Mayka Skincare HERE. It is £5 for a 100g bar or you can get 3 soaps for £10 and save a little money HERE.


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Birchbox: Christmas/December 2017 – Matthew Williamson – Plus Sneak Peek For The January 2018 Box

OOOO! My December Birchbox was delivered yesterday and I have gotta say how much I’m loving this months box design! It’s so pretty. Birchbox has teamed up with British fashion designer Matthew Williamson this month and the box design is based on his Treasure Garden print as well as this months theme of Life’s Little Treasures. Everybody will receive a FULL SIZE festive lip product this month – either a classic red from LOC or a tinted lip balm from Pixi by Petra. Plus every Birchboxer will also receive a FULL SIZE Spectrum Collections make-up brush too. I’m happy with this months box and I’m excited to see what’s in store for our New Year box.

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PIXI – Full Size Shea Butter Lip Balm in Natural Rose | RRP £8*

This is a tinted lip balm enriched with skin loving ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E which cares for your lips and prevents them from chapping. Apparently this Natural Rose tinted lip balm adds a lovely nude-pink colour to the lips. I’ve yet to use this balm but I’m looking forward to trying it out. It will make a nice change from my matte lipsticks which tend to dry out my lips, especially at this time of year.

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BAIJA PARIS – Caramelised Honey Body Scrub | RRP £14.90

OMG first of all let me say how AMAZING this Caramelised Honey Body Scrub smells. It seriously smells good enough to eat and I can’t wait to give it a try. It is a pre indulgent and luxury scrub and is 97% natural skincare product. It has a blend of sugar, honey and  oil which exfoliates dead skin cells and leaves the skin feeling clean, soft and radiant. I`ve never used anything from Baija Paris before and I have never heard of them until now but this body scrub is probably my fave product in this months box simply because it smells so lush!

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MAI COUTURE – Highlight Paper | RRP £15.50*

This Highlight Paper from Mai Couture is an interesting product and I`m looking forward to giving it a whirl. Apparently it absorbs excess shine, adds a non-greasy glow and enchances dull, worn make-up throughout the day making the skin look luminous and radiant.

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NIP + FAB – Kale Fix Moisturiser | RRP £14.95*

This is the first time I have ever had a product from Nip + Fab but I have heard so many good things about the brand. The Kale Fix Moisturiser is a superfood blend of kale, water cress, aloe vera and almond oil which moisturises, soothes and rejuvenates the skin. I received a 10 ml sample so I will give it a go for a few days and let you know what I think about it.

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Spectrum Collections – Full Size B04 Angled Blender Brush | RRP £4.99*

This B04 Angled Blender Brush is an essential tool and the perfect size and shape to fit the contour of the eyes. It has synthetic bristles and can be used with powder or cream shadows to define the eyelids. I am absolutely poo at doing eyeshadow but I think it is about time that I learned to do my own eyes and this brush is the perfect tool for the job.

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*RRPs correspond to full-size products in the Birchbox shop.



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Birchbox: November 2017 – VOGUE – Plus Spoiler For The December Box

Hi girls, I’m a bit late posting about my November Birchbox this month as I have been super busy so I thought I’d get this post up before November ends. Birchbox has collaborated with Vogue Magazine in this months box to bring us a bundle of the best beauty products from the Vogue 100 Beauty Hall Of Fame. Included in every box is a mini Benefit Hoola Bronzer as well as a Birchbox makeup brush cleaner. Us Birchboxers got the chance to choose our own box design this month and I went with the one below because it looked more classic Vogue than the other. I’m very happy with this months box and I’m excited to see whats in store for our December/Christmas box.

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Benefit – Hoola Bronzer | RRP £24.50*

I have been soooo excited about this product as I had never tried the Benefit Hoola Bronzer before although it has been on my wish list for ages now so I was very happy that I got a mini sample in my box which has given me the chance to try it before I purchase the full size. So far I’m loving it and I have used it everyday since my box arrived and I love the subtle, matte natural glow it gives my skin and it doesn’t shimmer, sparkle or shine. I will 100% be buying the full size but there is a good amount of product in the sample too so it might be a while yet before I’ll need to repurchase.

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Percy & Reed – Smooth & Sensational Volumising No Oil Oil| RRP £14*

This oil comes in a small 30ml bottle with a dispenser and it is enriched with strengthening ProVitamin B5 and violet extract to nourish dry hair, tame unruly strands, protect from heat styling and gives hair a little volumising lift. I’ve never used anything from Percy & Reed before and it’s always good to try new brands so I’ll certainly be giving this a go.

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Klorane – Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk | RRP £8*

This gentle dry shampoo is enriched with oat milk and gently absorbs excess oil while softening unruly strands, it also adds a little texture to the hair to prevent it looking flat and limp during washes. It smells lovely too. I’ll give it a proper go in the next few weeks and pop a full review up when I’ve done so.

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Nuxe – Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil Number 4  | RRP from £17*

This multi-purpose oil from Nuxe is a versatile oil and can be used on the face, body and hair. It has a blend of six essential oils to deeply hydrate and it smells lovely too. It has been on my wishlist for ages so I was over the moon when I received a 10 ml sample in my box. I have a few products from Nuxe already and I do like them so I hope I’ll like this oil just as much as the other products I have. So far, I have only used it once or twice as I’m testing another oil out at the moment but I’ll give it a good go in the next few weeks and put a review up for it.

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Birchbox – Brush Cleaner | RRP £5*

Not really keen on the brush cleaner this month as I own quite a few already so it probably won’t get used – I will have to find somebody to give it to. It is a great tool for those who don’t own a brush cleaner already as it helps to keep brushes clean and in tip top shape and the grooves allow your brushes to be deeply cleansed which prevents bacteria buildup which causes spots, infection and blackheads.

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*RRPs correspond to full-size products in the Birchbox shop.


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Review: Dr. Botanicals – Duo Moisturiser Tropical Invigorating Cream

I was kindly sent the Tropical Invigorating Cream from Dr. Botanicals to try out and review on my blog. Dr. Botanicals are a London-based natural & vegan skincare brand which are kind to skin as well as animals. The Tropical Invigorating cream is a duo moisturiser enriched with Elderflower which aims to protect the skin from free radical damage, it also contains Tiare Flower Extract which aims to deeply moisturise, nourish and purify the skin as well as Chaomile Flower Extract too which works to heal and soothe irritated and damaged skin.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Tropical Invigorating Cream comes in a eco-friendly cardboard box which has lots of info printed on it about the cream, ingredients, etc… The cream itself comes in a flexible, metal tube which has a black screw lid. The packaging is gorgeous and the design on the tube is very pretty – it has what looks like gorgeous pink Adenium flowers all over the tube with forest green and aqua blue leaves too. It really is pretty packaging. The cream itself has a very mild, flowery scent which smells beautiful and it is a lightweight yet thick, non drip cream that spreads easy onto the skin.

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THOUGHTS:

The skin on my face has been awful lately and I recently broke out in angry blemishes all over my face, I’m not sure why or what caused me to break out but I’m glad that my skin has started to improve this week. I’ve been using Pure PotionsOmega Rich Cleansing Oil to cleanse my skin followed by a gentle Orange Blossom Water Toner from FoxBrim Naturals and then this duo moisturiser from Dr Botanicals. My skin has finally started to go back to normal since I have been using completely natural skincare products on my face.

So, I’ve been using the Tropical Invigorating Cream each morning and every night to moisturise my sensitive skin and I really do like it a lot. It is a gentle cream that contains no parabens or artificial ingredients which my skin always seems to react to. I love how it smells too and it doesn’t smell artificial or chemical-like at all – it has a lovely, subtle flowery scent which smells gorgeous and pretty although some may find it to be quite bland, I actually liked it.  A small dollop of the cream is enough for my entire face and neck so I’m guessing the 50 ml tube will last a while – I’d say about two or three months at the most if used daily. The cream glides over the skin like silk and I was very impressed with how long it took to absorb into the skin – like one minute, not even that. I hate waiting around for creams to dry so the fact that this cream dries quickly, gets a big thumbs up for that reason alone. The cream didn’t feel sticky or greasy either and it left my skin feeling softer and firmer. I noticed it moisturised my fine lines too and they don’t look as deep or prominent as before. Also, my skin looks a lot calmer and more balanced since I began using it and it doesn’t look red or irritated as it has been these past few weeks so I’m happy about that.

I really love that this is a vegan-friendly, cruelty-free moisturiser which is completely natural and I would love to try a few other products out from Dr. Botanicals, you really can’t go wrong with natural skincare products can you.

The only negative thing I have to say about the cream is the price tag. At £39.90 for a 50 ml tube I do think it is a bit on the expensive side and out of my usual budget for a moisturiser. I would definitely use this cream again although I doubt I’d repurchase it, simply because of the price. If the price was lowered I would 100% buy the Tropical Invigorating Cream again.

DISCLOSURE: This product was gifted to me for review purposes only. My opinion has not been influenced by the brand and this review is based on my own experience with the product.


WHERE TO BUY: You can buy the Tropical Invigorating Cream HERE for £39.90 from Dr. Botanicals’ website. You will get free delivery on all orders over £30 & you will receive a complimentary tote bag with every order over £50.

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Review: Pure Potions – Skin Salvation Scalp Oil For Scalp #Psoriasis

I was sent a bundle of goodies from the award-winning, natural skincare brand Pure Potions last month to try out and share my thoughts about the products on my blog. I have already reviewed the Omega Rich Cleansing Oil and the Bath & Body Emollient Oil but today I’m gonna let you know how I got on with the Scalp Oil which I have been using to treat my scalp psoriasis.

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ABOUT THE SCALP OIL:

Skin Salvation Scalp Oil is a natural moisturising scalp treatment, formulated as an alternative to chemical shampoos which strip natural oils from the skin and can dry out sensitive scalps. The healthy balance of oils in the scalp is preserved by the Scalp Oil’s uncomplicated natural formulas and richly moisturising oils.  The Scalp Oil is a natural oil for itchy scalps and is also suitable for people who are prone to seborrhoeic dermatitis and scalp psoriasis.It is a vegan friendly, cruelty free oil that suits sensitive and allergy prone skin thanks to the 100% natural ingredients. It contains no perfumes, parabens, palm oil, SLS, phthalates, silicones, phenoxyethanol, PEGs, mineral oil, synthetics – and like it says on the bottle NO LIES! – Pure Potions do not greenwash their products like a lot of other ‘natural‘ skincare brands. The Scalp Oil was also the winner for the natural health / best eczema range at the 2017 International Beauty Awards so it has been recognized as an amazing product.

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INGREDIENTS: Helianthus Annus (Sunflower Seed) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive Fruit) Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Borage Officinalis (Borage) Oil, Stellaria, Media (Chickweed) Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract , Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Oil, Rosemarius Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Limonene from essential oils.

Borage Oil

Borage Officinalis OilThis oil replenishes the scalp with Gamma Linolenic acid (GLA) which enriches and moisturises the scalp.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemarius Officinalis OilThis oil increases the circulation to the scalp and also acts as a general conditioner and tonic for the hair and scalp.

Nettle

Nettle Oil/Urtica DioicaReduces inflammation and itching and is a natural antihistamine.

Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp Seed Oil/Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil: Extremely nourishing, moisturising, rich in essential fatty acids, which are often lacking in those with dry skin.


FIRST IMPRESSIONS:

The Scalp Oil comes in a dark green 50 ml glass bottle which has a white pump dispenser and a screw off lid. The packaging looks nice, fresh and simple and has lots of info about the ingredients and how to use, etc… printed on the label. The oil itself has a very, very runny consistency and is a transparent yellow in colour. On first impressions it smells kinda ‘minty’ thanks to the Rosemary Oil and ‘herby’ thanks to the Nettle Oil & Hemp Oil.


VERDICT

 I did struggle at first with the dispenser – it had a clasp on the bottle neck which needs to be removed before you use it and I had trouble getting the nozzle to produce some oil but a simple turn clockwise sorted it out – the nozzle can also be ‘locked by turning it anti-clockwise. The first time I used the Scalp Oil I applied the oil to the whole of my scalp using the pump dispenser/nozzle. After applying the oil I was shocked to see that I had used half of the bottle after only using it once. I think I made a mistake by applying it all over my scalp instead of .just the areas with psoriasis. So, if you buy the oil use it only on your psoriasis to prevent wastage.

I found the oil itself really easy to use – I hold the bottle up to my scalp and just  press down on the nozzle/dispenser to dispense a little of the oil. Once I have applied the oil to every bump in my head, I then massage the oil into my scalp with my fingers and leave it on overnight. I think it is best to use the oil at night-time before bed so the oil can do its magic while you catch up on your beauty sleep. I’d also recommend you place a towel over your pillowcase to prevent any staining – I made my own DIY Towel Pillowcase made from a bath towel to stop the oil from ruining my lovely pillows. If you want a tutorial on how to make a towel pillowcase – let me know in the comments. My hair obviously feels greasy and oily after applying the Scalp Oil so when I wake up the next morning I jump into the shower and wash my hair with a natural, clarifying shampoo. I always make sure to shampoo twice to make sure the oil is washed out of my hair. I love the oil because it contains no nasty ingredients like parabens or SLS which I’m trying to cut out as I have found these ingredients make my skin and scalp a million times worse.

I have darkest black hair and it sometimes looks like I have really bad dandruff when my scalp starts to flake so I’m hoping that the more I use this oil, the better my scalp psoriasis will get and people will eventually stop touching my hair and telling me ‘you have something in your hair’ ha ha! After using the Scalp Oil about five times now – my scalp has started to feel calmer and it has soothed my itchy skin, the oil also nourishes my hair too and after washing it off, my hair feels so soft and healthy. I still have my scalp psoriasis and the oil hasn’t cleared it up but it has definitely softened a couple of bumpy scales and moisturised my scalp by giving it a little TLC & relief.


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WHERE TO BUY: You can get the Scalp Oil HERE from the Pure Potions website.

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Review: N.O.P Cosmetics – Happy Feet Soft Touch Foot Peel Mask For Hard Skin & Dry, Cracked Heels

Exactly two weeks and one day ago I used one of the Happy Feet Soft Touch Foot Peel Masks for the first time from a company from Amazon UK called N.O.P Cosmetics. I get hard skin on the heels of my feet and I absolutely hate how dry and ugly they look and how rough and rubbery they feel – my boyfriend thinks he is hilarious and likes to call me ‘leather feet’ which I don’t find one bit funny at all! HA! I was so happy when I was asked to review the Foot Peeling Masks on my blog and I put them on as soon as they arrived because I was excited and interested to see if they would really work and help to make my feet feel soft and smooth again and remove the hard skin from my heels.

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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Happy Feet Soft Touch Foot Peeling Mask is a foot mask rich in Pomegranate Oil and helps to moisturise by softening hard skin and healing and soothing dry, cracked heels. N.O.P claim the foot masks are 100% natural and organic skincare products but the ingredients list is jibberish so I don’t know about that for sure. The masks come in a little box and the packaging is lovely although there are a few grammar mistakes printed on the box – not something you’d expect to see from a product that costs £20. For example they have listed TWELVE as an ingredient??? I’m pretty sure there are no ingredients named twelve… ha ha. Anyway, moving on… there are two foot peeling masks included in the box and they both come in their own silver foil pouches which help to keep the moisture in so they stay fresh. The masks themselves look like huge plastic white socks and there are four ‘socks’ altogether so enough for two applications – the inside of the ‘socks’ have like a gel lotion and they also have a nice, fresh and fruity scent which I really like.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Lactate, TWELVE?, Trehalose,  Pomegranate Seed Oil, Golden Chamomile, Witch Hazel, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Collagen, Triathanolamine, Matchyl Isobutyl Katona, Iodine, Butyl Alcohol, Butyl Carbamate, Allantoin, Essence, Licorice, Permeation Sodium Hyaluronate and Botanical Extracts.

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HOW TO USE: The foot mask is very easy to use – I just teared open one of the sachets and took the pair of plastic socks out. They were attached together so I took a pair of scissors and cut down the middle so I had two individual socks. After making sure my feet were clean and dry I went ahead and put the socks over my feet. There is a sticky tab at the top of each sock to help keep them secure but I just tied a hair bobble around my ankles to make them feel even more secure. I did try to walk in them which was a big mistake, the socks started to slip off my feet and I was slipping everywhere so if you do buy these try not to walk whilst wearing them because you might fall and hurt yourself – wear a normal pair of socks over the masks to prevent this. I kept the socks on for 90 minutes as recommended  – I wore mine whilst chilling watching Netflix and I forgot I even had them on.

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VERDICT: After the recommended time was up I took off the socks and washed the leftover residue off my feet and made sure they were dry. I was impressed with the results and my skin felt really soft and smoother. The masks didn’t get rid of my hard skin completely but it did a great job at softening them and they didn’t feel as leathery as they did before so I was chuffed about that and thought I was onto a winner. The masks didn’t irritate my psoriasis either. Apparently, after two weeks of using the foot mask you should start to see your skin peeling and shredding old skin which will allow new, softer skin to grow instead. I was a little bit disappointed at this. I waited two whole weeks for my skin to start peeling and felt let down when it didn’t. I have a few odd patches where it looks like it may be about to peel but nothing like I was expecting – I thought that every bit of skin on my soles would peel but it never happened, not even a little bit. I think I’ll put the other foot mask on tomorrow and wait another two weeks once again so I will update this post with the results. I hope to see some peeling second time round!

THOUGHTS: I like the Soft Touch Foot Mask, it’s softened the hard skin on my heels and the skin on my feet feels smoother even after two weeks of using it but I’m still disappointed because my skin didn’t peel like it was supposed to – after all it does say it is a ‘foot peel mask’ so that is what I was expecting. I do think it is overpriced a little bit too – especially as it hasn’t done what it is supposed to do – yet and like I mentioned above the grammar mistakes on the box – I know this doesn’t affect the product itself but still. So, it really does help to soften the skin but I reckon you could achieve the same results using less expensive products such as a natural pomegranate oil, a castor oil or maybe a good quality exfoliating scrub like this Arabica Coffee Scrub from Art Naturals which I have reviewed HERE if you want to have a read.

DISCLOSURE: This product was gifted to me for review purposes.


WHERE TO BUY: You can buy the Happy Feet Soft Touch Foot Peel Mask HERE for £10.99. When I was first sent this product it was priced at £19.99 and I’ve just noticed that the price has been reduced.


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Review: Monu Skin – Firming Fiji Facial Oil For Dry, Sensitive & Mature Skin

I got a generous 30 ml sample size of the Firming Fiji Facial Oil from Monu Skin in my September Glossybox and I have been using it every day since – I really, really like it and I will def be getting the full size when this bottle is empty!

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For those of you who don’t know already, Monu Skin are a natural, cruelty-free skincare brand based in the UK and all of their products contain zero parabens, no artificial ingredients and no harsh chemicals. I’ve never had anything from Monu before and I do love my natural, cruelty-free skincare products so I’ve been very excited about this facial oil and was looking forward to trying it out on my sensitive, dull and ageing skin. I’m 30 years old now, still young I know but I’m at that stage in my life where you start to notice fine lines and wrinkles appearing on your face for the first time.  I’m gutted that my skin is not as firm or plump as it was in my teens and twenties so I couldn’t wait to try this oil to see if it worked and made me look a little younger.

The Firming Fiji Facial Oil:

The Firming Fiji Facial Oil is recommended for all skin types – especially dry, sensitive and mature skin. It is a soothing, paraben-free oil formulated to smooth and hydrate the skin. The oil contains, Rose Essential Oil which helps to soothe sensitive skin and it has a gentle, floral, mood-enchancing aroma, Hazelnut Essential Oil which is a light, nourishing emollient oil that is easily absorbed into the skin and great for combination and oily skin types and Patchouli Essential Oil too which is an exotic Indian essential oil which has a woody aroma  – it is used for relaxing and moisturising mature skin, helping it to look firm and visibly radiant.

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Thoughts:

I’ve been using the Firming Fiji Facial oil on my face to make my complexion look brighter and to help plump and firm my newly-sagging skin and make my skin look  youthful and my complexion, radiant. I have a deep frown line between my brows, fine lines around my eyes and my smile lines are starting to become more prominent so I use this oil before bedtime as an intensive overnight treatment for the whole of my face and my skin looks so good when I wake up. The oil absorbs into the skin very quickly and it doesn’t leave a greasy residue afterwards which gets a thumbs up from me as I HATE greasy oils. I’ve also been using the oil every morning after cleansing, toning and moisturising and I apply it again under my eyes, on my frown line and my smile lines just before I put my make-up on – I think it helps my base make-up to go on much smoother and helps to create a flawless finish as it stops foundation, concealer and powder from looking dry and cakey.

It is a versatile oil too and it can be used on the body as well as the face. I’ve been using a little on my hands and it literally melts my psoriasis scales and feels soothing on the skin. I love the earthly, natural woody scent it has and I especially love it for being a cruelty-free, natural skincare product which contains no harsh ingredients at all. I do try to use natural skincare products as much as possible as my sensitive skin doesn’t agree with products formulated with artificial ingredients and nasty chemicals. Natural skincare products are gentler on the skin and work so much better in the long run especially if you have skin complaints like acne or skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema.

Where To Buy?

Like I said I have a 30 ml tester bottle and I have just took a quick look at the Monu Skin website and seen that a 30 ml bottle with an included dropper is priced at £21.95. The website doesn’t seem to stock the full-size 100 ml bottle for some reason. So, if you want to buy a 30 ml bottle you can get one HERE on the website.

I tried to find a website that stocks the 100 ml bottle and I came across it on the Look Fantastic website. The full-size 100 ml product is just £29.95 with free delivery on Look Fantastic so I would rather buy an extra 70 ml for just £8 more. I was expecting the full size to be like £50+. The only thing is – The oil is out of stock at Look Fantastic so keep checking back to see if it becomes available again. You might as well wait and get yourselves a bargain, hey. Click HERE to visit the Look Fantastic website.

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Review: PurOrganica – Skin Clearing Treatment For Spots, Pimples, Blemishes & Acne

A few months ago I was sent this Skin Clearing Treatment from PurOrganica who are a natural skincare brand based in the US. PurOrganica skincare products do not contain parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, sulfates, lactin, gluten and GMO ingredients. All products are cruelty-free and are manufactured in FDA registered eco-laboratories. I have a few PurOrganica products already and the Ultimate Youth Eye Gel Treatment (which I reviewed here) is actually one of my all time favourite skincare products. I was hoping I would like the Skin Clearing Treatment as much as the eye gel but I’ve not really had the chance to use it on my skin as it is very rare that I get pimples or blemishes. This week however I have unfortunately broke out in a couple of blemishes and I have two pimples that have appeared on my face – so I have finally gotten around to trying and testing the Skin Clearing Treatment properly and I have been using it daily for about a week now.

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Skin Clearing Treatment:

”The Skin Clearing Spot Treatment is a powerful and effective drying solution for men and women with troubled skin types that are looking to attain a clean, clear and beautiful appearance. This advanced fading treatment is the best when it comes to reducing the appearance of acne, whether it be pimples, blackheads, whiteheads or even just leftover redness from an old blemish that isn’t fading quickly enough. The formula contains 2.5% Salicylic Acid, Niacinamide and 10% MSM, which work together to help minimise whiteheads and blackheads on the spot. These are three of the ingredients studies have shown to be most effective for people looking to get rid of acne quickly and easily. This drying spot corrector is specially designed to fix your blemishes easily and efficiently – with a simple dab onto the face with a cotton swab, the Skin Clearing Treatment is an easy at-home remedy to get the ‘before and after’ results you’re looking for when it comes to clearer and more even skin.” – PurOrganica


FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The Skin Clearing Treatment comes in an outer cardboard box and inside is the Skin Clearing Treatment which comes in a 30 ml glass bottle. It has a black screw lid which also works as a dropper. The packaging is quite simple – nothing special really and there is information about the product printed on both the box and the bottle. The treatment itself is a cloudy white-greyish liquid and it smells really strong like alcohol. It says on the bottle that it does contain Isopropyl Alcohol as well as Cucumber Fragrance although the alcohol is the only thing I can smell.

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INGREDIENTS: Isopropyl Alcohol, Deionized Aqua, 10% Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Vegetable Glycerin, Bentonite Clay, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), 2.5% Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Cucumber Fragrance.

HOW TO USE: Do not shake the bottle before using. Dip a cotton swab into the bottom of the treatment and gently dab onto blemishes and allow to dry. You can also use the included dropper for more convenience.

 

THOUGHTS:

Like I said above, I have broken out in a few pimples and blemishes on my face and my complexion is looking a bit on the red side. I’ve been applying the Skin Clearing Treatment to my blemishes, pimples and red areas every night before bedtime. I have been using the included dropper instead of a cotton bud to apply it to my face and thanks to the Bentonite Clay – after a couple of minutes of applying the treatment to my skin, the clear-ish liquid turns into a chalky white colour on the skin.

I’ve been leaving the treatment on my skin overnight and each morning I have been waking up and it is still chalky white on my face. Each time I have washed it off my skin has not looked as red as before and my blemishes and pimples seem to be fading slowly. After a week of using – my blemishes are not as noticeable, my pimples aren’t as big and swollen  my complexion on a whole has started to look a little healthier. I love how my skin looks after using the Skin Clearing Treatment – I think it does work at helping to clear up blemishes and pimples, and my skin is starting to look clearer but it is not a miracle worker, the results are not instant but after every use you will see better results each time.

I do like the Skin Clearing Treatment and I would definitely recommend it for those with problem skin but I have had to discontinue using it and I sadly won’t be repurchasing. Some of you may know that I have chemical sensitivities / allergies and certain smells, chemicals, ingredients cause me to have migraines and headaches. This product is probably the worst one I have used in ages and I have had violent migraines in my temples and eye sockets for a week straight now since using. No amount of headache pills have gotten rid of them. I’m suspecting it is the alcohol which is in the ingredients formula. So, although I do like the product and it has helped clear up my blemishes and pimples – I cannot bring myself to use it again, the headaches were so severe that I was beginning to feel ill.  If you also have sensitivities and chemical allergies I would avoid this product. If you don’t ever get headaches after using certain products – lucky you! You will be absolutely fine after using the Skin Clearing Treatment and you shouldn’t experience any migraines.

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DISCLOSUREI was gifted this product free of charge for review purposes.

Where To Buy?

If you are in the UK – you can buy the Skin Clearing Treatment HERE for £11.97.

If you are from the USA – you can buy it HERE for $10.44.


 

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Review: Tony Moly – Mr. Smile Patch For Smile Lines, Laughter Lines & Wrinkles

Bits & Bobs of Beauty (an online Korean Beauty store), kindly sent me this Mr. Smile Patch by Tony Moly to try out and review on my blog. I’ve been really looking forward to using this product as since my late twenties (I’m 30 now) I have noticed my skin has changed quite a bit and I can see that my skin is not as plump as it used to be. I have started to notice fine lines, wrinkles and smile lines on my face, which sucks! I mean, I know I’m still young but it really annoys the hell out of me when I look into the mirror and notice my fine lines and smile lines becoming more prominent as I get older. I thought I would try this ‘Mr. Smile Patch‘ from Tony Moly to see if it actually works and helps my smile lines become less noticeable as well.

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Tony Moly – Mr Smile Patch

Mr. Smile Patch:

The Mr. Smile Patch is a hydro-gel mask from Korean beauty brand Tony Moly. It targets laugh lines with a potent yet gentle mixture of ingredients. Express your sense of humour while treating your face to a nutrient enriched, vitamin-packed mask. This mask is filled with nourishing Berry, Sesame Seed, and Bean Extract which is packed with vitamins that help your skin fight those stubborn laugh lines!

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Key Ingredients:

Niacinamide – Soothes redness, helps calm and brighten the appearance of skin.

Collagen – Supports skin structure and elasticity.

Sesame Seed Extract – Full of zinc, an essential mineral to produce collagen, and other antioxidants which helps to detoxify skin.

All Ingredients:

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Alcohol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Prunus Semulata Flower Extract, Peg-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Citrate, Allantoin, Panthenol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Fragance

How To Use?

After cleansing and toning, remove patch from packaging (make sure to peel off the clear liner) and place over laugh lines for 20 minutes.

Remove and pat remaining essence until fully absorbed.

Thoughts:

Like I mentioned above – I have just turned 30 years old so as expected, I have noticed my smile lines becoming more prominent. I thought I’d give the Mr. Smile Patch a go to see if it works and makes them less noticeable and to see if it basically helps me to look more beautiful and younger – ha! So, I followed the instructions and cleansed and toned my face and applied the slippery, slimy, ‘jelly-like’ moustache patches over my laughter lines. After putting the patches on my face, I found it tricky at first to keep them on as they kept sliding down my face and falling off – so to make sure they stayed put, I layed down, kept totally still and left the patches on for 20 minutes.

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After I removed the patches I didn’t really see any difference to be honest, no major changes or anything but my smile lines did look a tiny, tiny, tiny bit more plump and firmer and my skin was softer and moisturised, but, nothing to shout about really.

I noticed that the Mr. Smile Patch also contains some questionable ingredients such as methylparaben and artificial fragrance yet it claims to be gentle, so if your into your natural skincare – avoid.  I won’t be purchasing the Mr. Smile Patch again, I don’t think it’s worth the money to be fair and I’d rather use a good, natural anti-ageing facial oil on my smile lines instead. I do love the packaging and the whole idea of the Mr. Smile Patch – the moustache like patches are cute, fun and quirky but I think it is nothing more than a gimmick to be honest.

Disclosure: This product was gifted to me for review purposes.


Where To Buy?

You can get yourself a Mr. Smile Patch HERE on the Bits & Bobs Of Beauty website.

If you are from the USA – you can get a pack of 2 HERE for $9.


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Review: PurOrganica – Ultimate Youth Eye Gel Treatment For Dark Circles, Bags & Wrinkles

I was kindly sent this Ultimate Youth Eye Gel from PurOrganica a few months ago and I have been using every single day since. PurOrganica are a natural, cruelty-free skincare brand and I have a few products of theirs already.

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PurOrganica claim the Ultimate Youth Eye Gel Treatment will help with dark circles, wrinkles, sagging, puffiness, loss of tone and firmness. It can be used in the morning and at night as an firming eye treatment or as an all over face gel. It can also be used as an under make-up primer. The gel is a completely natural, cruelty-free skincare product and it is made with 70% organic ingredients. The main ingredients are Organic Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, Organic Jojoba Oil, Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E which all help to give eyes a youthful and radiant appearance whilst diminishing dark circles and puffiness.


First Impressions:

The Ultimate Youth Eye Gel comes in an outer cardboard box and inside is the eye gel itself which comes in a small 30 ml frosted glass bottle which has a plastic lid and a pump dispenser. There is a bit of info printed on the box and bottle including directions for use, ingredients, etc…. The eye gel is a clear, thick, non-drip gel which glides easily over the skin and it has a gorgeous, natural scent which smells absolutely lovely, quite like cucumbers, after looking at the ingredients list it does in fact contain Cucumber Distillate.


Thoughts:

I’ve been using my  the gel as an under eye firming treatment twice a day. I use it of a morning after I wake and I apply it underneath my eyes before I put my foundation, concealer and setting powder on and the gel helps my deep-set eyes appear firm and plumper – it also helps my makeup go on smoother and it stops my concealer and powder from looking creasing. I also put a little bit of the gel on my deep frown line between my eyebrows as well as on my smile lines which are becoming more prominent as I age.

Before I catch up on my beauty sleep, I like to use it as an all over face gel after I have cleansed, toned and moisturised my face and it has helped plump my skin and made my complexion look more youthful and radiant.

After applying the gel to my skin I can literally feel it working straight away by tightening my saggy skin and it feels cool and refreshing on the skin. I wouldn’t say it burns but it does feel kind of ‘minty fresh’ on the skin. I love it.

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The gel absorbs into the skin fairly quickly and it really does work, well it has for me – I could see the difference after only using it once and my under eye area looked smoother and not as ‘sunk in’ as before – also the more I use it the better the results are so because I’m nearly at the end of the bottle  I will defo have to be buying it again as I love what it has done for my skin – my dark circles aren’t as dark, my skin looks plumper and my complexion looks healthier and brighter. I definitely recommend this product, especially for those over 30 who are starting to notice fine lines and wrinkles for the first time as well as for those who suffer with dark circles and under eye bags.

Disclosure: I received this product for free to review on my blog.


Where To Buy?

You can get a bottle of the Ultimate Youth Eye Gel HERE for £13.95.

If you are from the USA – you can get it HERE for $10.99.


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Review: Burt’s Bees – Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap

I bought the Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap which is made by Burt’s Bees last week in one of my Amazon hauls and I am seriously loving it so far. I have really sensitive skin and psoriasis, so I have learned that washing my skin with a natural and gentle soap is a must. I love Burt’s Bees because most of their products are 99% natural, over half of them are 100% natural and they are all cruelty free.


Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap

The Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap is part of the baby-care range at Burt’s Bees. It is a gentle, 100% natural soap which is mild enough to be used on babies delicate skin. The soap is made the USA and it contains buttermilk which is richer in fats and emollients than whole milk and it is a natural, soothing skin cleanser and skin softener.  The soap doesn’t contain parabens, phthalates, petroleum or SLS ingredients and it is also cruelty-free.

The Buttermilk Soap comes in a small little box and the packaging of the soap is just lovely – the box is a gorgeous, honey-yellow colour which features a honeycomb print with cute little bumble bees and a there is a beehive sketch in the centre. There is a little bit of info about the soap on the back and sides of the box.

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Thoughts:

I really love this soap and wish I had bought it sooner. I’ve fallen in love with the scent of it, which smells absolutely creamy, natural and gorgeous. The soap does contain parfum/fragrance but it is a natural one and not artificial so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. I love that this soap contains no nasty ingredients at all and it is a 100% natural soap. Considering it is a natural skincare product is really does lather well and feels creamy and soothing on the skin. As you may know, I have psoriasis and sensitive skin so my skin is easily irritated and it is often sensitive and dry but this soap is so gentle on my skin whilst cleansing it and moisturising it at the same time.

I have also been using other natural skincare products in conjunction with this soap and my psoriasis – which flared up badly recently has began to clear up so I’m over the moon, as you can imagine. I really do think that by using natural skincare products works absolute wonders for you when you have sensitive skin or a skin disorder and it is wise to avoid products which contain harsh ingredients which will make you symptoms worse. Always check the ingredients list and research each one if your unsure.

One thing I was baffled about was on the box it says the soap is a 100% natural product but on the website it says it is a 99.4% natural product!

Make your mind up Burt’s Bees. Ha.

I will definitely be purchasing this soap again, gain and again and think I’ll probably use it for the rest of my life because I like it so much. So, as you probably guessed, I 100000% recommend the Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap to everyone and anyone & especially for those with sensitive skin, psoriasis and eczema.


Where To Buy?

I got my Baby Bee Buttermilk Soap HERE on Amazon UK for £3.32.

You can also get it on the website: www.burtsbees.com


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Review: Sand & Sky – Brilliant Skin -Purifying Pink Clay Mask

I received my Purifying Pink Clay Mask by Sand $ Sky in last months Birchbox and I have used it a couple of times since. I have got the 13g sample size tube and I’ve had about 3-4 uses out of it. I was so happy when I opened my Birchbox and seen this gorgeous little thing sitting inside, I’ve heard so many good things about the pink clay mask so I couldn’t wait to give it a try for myself.

For those who don’t know – Sand & Sky are an Australian cruelty-free skincare brand founded by twin sisters – Sarah & Emily Hamiliton. After taking a look at the website it seems they only sell the Purifying Pink Clay Mask at the moment but maybe they will add more products to their collection in the near future.

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What Is The Purifying Pink Clay Mask?

Sand & Sky claim the Purifying Pink Clay Mask is a botanical infused 4-in-1 formula which can be used as an instant detox mask, to tighten pores, to invigorate a dull complexion and instantly boost radiance.

Contains:

Pink Australian Clay which helps to draw out impurities, toxins and pollutants from the skin. Also refines pores and deep cleanses the skin.

Organic Liquorice and Old Man’s Weed which helps to regenerate skin cells and stimulate cell production. Also, gently removes pigmentation clusters from the skin’s surface.

Organic Aloe Vera and Pomegranate which tightens pores & soothes after Detoxify & Brighten and also stimulates collagen production.

Kakadu Plum & Kelp and Organic Mangosteen which helps prevent free radical damage and creates a defence shield to leave skin clear and glowing.


My Thoughts:

As I mentioned above I only have the 13g sample size which comes in a small tube. The full size product comes in a 58ml tub and you get a free face mask brush with it. The packaging is gorgeous, it is a lovely blue colour and it looks fresh and modern. The mask itself is a beige, almost pale pink colour and it smells natural and pleasant.

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I’ve used the mask about three times now and so far I really like it but I wouldn’t say it is the best face mask I have ever used – it doesn’t compare to my Bentonite Clay masks but yeah, I do like it nonetheless. I slather it all over my face avoiding the eyes and mouth and leave my mask on for about 10 minutes each time – after a while the pale pink colour of the mask turns to a ghostly white and you can feel the clay hardening a little. After washing the pink clay mask off my skin, I didn’t see any dramatic results but it definitely left my skin feeling soft & smooth like a baby’s bum. I have dull skin but my complexion did look a little brighter than before.

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As you may know from reading my other posts, I suffer with tiny blackheads on my nose which seem impossible to remove and so far the mask hasn’t done anything at all for them and they are still pretty visible after using the mask a couple of times. So I’m thinking I’d need to use the mask a lot longer than I have to see an improvement and elimination of my blackheads. It has tightened my pores and they don’t look as large now and I love how it leaves my face feeling/looking cleansed and healthier-looking.

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Photo nicked from the Sand & Sky website!

Now lets move on to the price! I nearly had a heart attack when I seen the £39.90 price tag for the 58ml full size tub and it is quite a small tub too. Come on girls… 40 quid for a face mask is ridiculous, you have to agree – whether it works or not! Like I said I do like the pink clay mask but I very much doubt I will buy the full size as it is way out of my budget – I could get over forty 7th Heaven face masks for that! Haha!

Don’t get me wrong, I have put it on my wish-list but in the meantime I think I will buy a 500g tub of pure Australian Pink Clay powder HERE from Amazon UK for just £9.95 and make my own pink clay masks instead. I also have Aloe Vera gel here and Pomegranate oil so I will add a little of them to my DIY ‘Sand & Sky’ face masks.

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Where To Buy?

You can get the full size product HERE on the website.

You can also get it HERE in the Birchbox shop.

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Birchbox: October 2017 – Feeling Good / CoppaFeel! Plus Spoiler For The November Box

Birchbox has collaborated with CoppaFeel! in this months Feeling Good box. CoppaFeel! is an amazing charity who are on a mission to stamp out late detection of breast cancer so everyone will receive the Anatomicals – Grab Your Melons Shower Gel plus a CoppaFeel! Shower Hijack sticker so you know what signs and symptoms to look for / feel for, while checking your boobs in the shower.

This October, the Birchbox theme is all about Feeling Good – so the products in this months box will help us to do just that. Everyone will receive a gorgeous ModelCo treat plus there’s a Balance Me – Pure Skin Face Wash in every box too.

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Birchbox UK October 2017

Products In Box: 5
Monthly Subscription Cost: £10 (plus £2.95 postage)
Sign Up: www.birchbox.co.uk


Contents:

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(Full Size) Anatomicals – Grab Your Melons Shower Gel | RRP £1.50*

This is the first time I’ve ever heard of Anatomicals, so I’m excited about trying this shower gel. I absolutely love the name of it, ha and I think it’s a fantastic little product at only £1.50 for the full size 50 ml tube. The packaging is fab –  bright and zesty and the gel itself is clear with a slight melon fragrance. I can’t wait to use it in the shower later! I never check my boobs when I’m in the shower but I’m definitely going to start. I think because I’m young, breast cancer will never happen to me but it can seriously happen to anyone, young & old, male or female. So, yeah, I will make sure I CoppaFeel! of my melons tonight.

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The shower gel does contain SLS ingredients and artificial fragrance so I’m just letting you guys know, in case you are trying to avoid these ingredients.

For more information about the CoppaFeel! charity –  visit www.coppafeel.org.

ModelCo – Contour Stick | RRP £8*

The ModelCo Contour Stick has a creamy formula and lightweight texture. It comes in a bright pink packaging and has a clear plastic lid. I’ve given it a little try and so far I’m loving it. I love creamy contour sticks so this will definitely be getting used. It does wear down quite quickly so I don’t think it is long-lasting but it blends well and has a gorgeous, sweet scent which smells amazing.

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Balance Me – Pure Skin Face Wash | RRP £16*

The Pure Skin Face Wash is 99% natural facial cleanser. It contains spruce knot extracts which help to decongest the skin. It also contains grapefruit and frankincense which will soothe the skin and re-balance your complexion.The face wash is a white non-drip lotion and it smells amazing. I can definitely smell frankincense. I love my facial cleansers and actually prefer washes to oils and creams so this will definitely get used. It is free from parabens, dea, mineral oils, sulphates, pegs, petroleum, silicones, microbeads and artificial colourants and fragrances. I love how it’s an almost !00% natural skincare product so its bound to be gentle and kind on my sensitive skin. I’m unsure what the other 1% is though but I will find out and post a review in a couple of days.

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Number 4 – Super Comb Prep & Protect | RRP £26.25*

The Super Comb Prep & Protect spray is a multi-purpose hair spray which will help to care and protect by strengthening, de-tangling, de-frizzing and nourishing the hair.. It provides colour protection and UV protection and is also vegan-friendly, paraben-free and sulphate-free too. I’m so excited about this prep & protect spray from Number 4. I already have their Restore & Repair Oil which is my holy grail hair product so I can’t wait to use this and I hope it is as good as the oil. I’ll write a full review when I have given it a proper try.

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Beaver Professional – Hydro Nutritive Moisturising Shampoo | RRP £11.50*

The Hydro Nutritive Moisturising Shampoo contains 18 different kinds of amino acids keratin and vitamins to repair damaged hair and prevent breakage. It works by gently opening and purifying hair cuticles and provides necessary nutrients to dry hair. It also claims to strengthen hair and make it healthier inside out. It is a white non-drip shampoo and it has a nice, pleasant scent. This is the first time I’ve had anything from Beaver Professional and I will give it a try. Although it does contain SLS ingredients and dimethicone so it may irritate my scalp psoriasis. I’ll write a full review when I have used it.

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Also included in this months box was a CoppaFeel! reminder card, a CoppaFeel Hijack sticker, and a £10 off voucher to be used with any £50 purchase in the Birchbox shop.

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*RRPs correspond to full-size products in the Birchbox shop.


SPOILER ALERT!

Next month Birchbox will be collaborating with VOGUE! So we will receive a selection of beauty products that have been handpicked from the VOGUE 100 Beauty Hall of Fame which have been chosen by VOGUE beauty editors past and present. We also have the chance to choose our box design! Super excited I am!

Click HERE to use my referral link to sign up and you will get £5 off your first box!

It is £10 a month plus £2.95 postage.


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