Review: Good Things Soothing Body Butter

I am a moisturiser addict - both on the face and body. I literally cannot start or finish my day without knowing my skin is happy. Once out of the shower in the morning, I slap on a body lotion or butter ASAP to lock in moisture (Did you know that that is the best way to moisturise your skin? Apply the product to damp skin to lock in moisture with a protective barrier on top.)

I had run out of my current lotion and was perusing the aisles in Boots for something natural, affordable and effective. I came across the Good Things section and decided that of the two body butters on offer I would go for this fruity smelling wonder (can be purchased here or here). Firstly, you get 300ml for £5.99 which is a bargain in my opinion for something created free of parabens, SLS, mineral oils or animal ingredients. It is the most incredible whipped texture, definitely thicker than a lotion, but not greasy like some body butters can be. It applies beautifully and moisturises to perfection.

Ingredients include: coconut and shea butter for 24 hour moisture, plus goji berry and plum for their antioxidant properties. It smells of the most amazing fruity berry concoction , so if you are into that kind of thing then you must go grab this!

The next time I am in Boots I think I will check out this range and try a few more things as I am so impressed with this one. If you are on a budget but keen on treating your skin well with more natural products, this is definitely a range worth checking out. Let me know if you have tried it!

Review: Caudalie Beauty Elixir

I thought I would add my two cents to the plethora of reviews regarding this wonderful little beautifying gem.

I am a big fan of Caudalie, and have a firm belief that their products are of high quality. So far, I have never been let down. So, when their Eau de Beaute (Beauty Elixir) came charging in and stealing the limelight, I was dying to get my hands on one and had an expectation of high standards I was hoping would be met.

The product is sold in two sizes: a handbag-friendly 30ml and more industrial-sized 100ml. I thought I would try the smaller of the two (purchased here) to have a little play with. This glorious stuff comes in a luxurious glass bottle with a misting spray for application and is marketed to be used as a toner/refresher/mood-enhancer/glow-enhancer all in one sort of thing and I absolutely adore it. In case you haven't seen it, the wonderful Lisa Eldridge mentioned this product (amongst many others) in her long-haul flight beauty regime video so be sure to go and have a watch for some more info.

I already use my precious Neal's Yard Rehydrating Rose Toner (review here) in the morning and evening and didn't want to use this as a substitute. However, on particularly hot days I do love this in the morning after cleansing, or throughout the day for a cool, tingling, refreshing sensation on the skin. It works well misted over a full face of make-up as the mist is so fine that only the smallest necessary quantity is dispensed. Remember to close your eyes whilst you mist as it can make them feel a little irritated if it gets in. It smells very strongly of a herbal-peppermint medley and this wont suit everyone, however I personally adore the scent and would recommend it to anyone for its refreshing, mood-enhancing properties.

Let me know if you have given this a try and what you think! I will definitely be repurchasing and fully support all the hype that it has been given.

Mega Love x

Five Empties...

I seem to be whizzing through the products these days! Why is it so satisfying hitting the bottom of a pot/bottle/tube?!

1. Balance Me Rose Otto Body Wash - This full-sized product came in a Carmine Box earlier this year. It smells great, but not too strongly of rose. It moisturises and works great with exfoliating mits. At £12.25 for 260ml it is more on the pricey side, but with no nasty chemical preservatives and fragrances it should appeal to many. Can be purchased here.

2. Maxfaxtor 2000 Calorie Mascara - I got the black/brown shade as I wanted something less harsh than black for more 'natural' make-up days. I wasn't impressed the first couple times I used it. The formula was too wet and definitely blobbed all over my eyelids. However, once it dried a little after a week or two it turned out pretty nicely!

3. Origins VitaZing SPF 15 Moisturiser - Amazing stuff. I use this religiously to even out my skintone and add a tiny fraction of coverage. It plumps skin and leaves it truly glowing. Can be purchased here.

4. Origins Plantscription Skin Serum Sample - Really fantastic at plumping the skin and reducing/preventing wrinkles. A great anti-aging product that really rejuvenates the face and neck and can be purchased here.

5. Burt's Bees Milk & Honey Body Lotion - At first I really questioned the scent of this, but with regular use it totally grew on me and I loved the hydration it gave to my skin. At about £10 for 175ml it isn't the cheapest and for the amount that I like to slather on my body I probably wouldn't put this on the 'must buy' list. However, it is a great hydrating body lotion.

Review: Neal's Yard Rehydrating Rose Toner

Next on the review record is Neal's Yard Rehydrating Rose Toner (purchased HERE). I have been using this over the past 2 months as a replacement for my much missed LUSH Breath of Fresh Air Toner (HERE). For those of you who didn't read this post a couple months ago, describing my big skincare change-up, go have a look! It explains my choice to say goodbye to paraben-containing products and make the healthy switch.

This toner I use in the same way I used Breath of Fresh Air. I transferred some of the product from the original bottle to a spray bottle so that I can use the product in two different ways. At night I use the toner on a cotton pad to remove any trace of make-up on the skin after cleansing. However, in the morning I spray the toner onto my face after cleansing and pat into the skin. This allows me to benefit from its rehydrating properties. It feels fantastic on the face, smells wonderful and does a great job at both removing make-up if you want it to, or giving a hydration boost to the skin if that's what you're after. At £15.00 for 200ml it is a bit more on the pricey side, but I cannot recommend it enough and think it is wholly worth the money!

Review: Caudalie Vinosource SOS Serum

Hello my lovelies :-)! Today I bring you my honest opinion on an incredible product: Caudalie's Vinosource SOS Thirst-Quenching Serum.

I don't know if it is the rubbish English weather, stress, not drinking enough water, or whatever else, but for the past couple months I have had a problem with my skin looking dehydrated. As a baseline standard, I have normal, clear, healthy skin that swings slightly towards the dry side at times. However, due to dehydration, my skin had been producing excess oil to make up for the water loss. This was resulting in a few break-outs and a tight feeling in my skin throughout the day.

My Oilatum moisturiser had been doing a great job, but I just felt I needed something to give me an extra boost. I had heard great things about this serum and had just run out of the Sonoma Naturals Avocado one I had been using, so decided to give the Caudalie SOS a try. I kid you not, within a day I noticed a huge difference! I apply it in the morning before moisturiser and instantly my skin looks plump and dewy and really glows. I have had several compliments lately on how great and healthy my skin looks and I really see the difference.

This product ranges from £26-30 depending on where you shop, but I had a 20% off voucher for HQHair which allowed me to get it for about £23 - bargain! I recommend signing up to this site as they send you 20% off vouchers quite often AND they offer free shipping.

Honestly, amazing stuff. I would recommend to anyone with dehydrated skin.

Review: Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream

Almost 2 months ago I decided to make the switch to skincare and bodycare products that do not contain parabens. I placed a nice little order with Feel Unique (post here) but vowed not to review anything until giving them a proper testing.

First up is the Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream. This stuff is literally the best hand cream I have ever used! It is rich and moisturising but absorbs instantly, so as to not leave a greasy film on the skin. For those of you who aren't sure of the scent of sea buckthorn, it is similar to ginger - zesty and warm. 

I would absolutely recommend this bad boy to anyone in the market for a hand cream! At £7.95 for 50ml the price is pretty good, for the quality is fantastic.

Shopping The Stash

I moved house a couple days ago and it really put into perspective just how many beauty products and items of clothing I seem to have accumulated. I am now living with the bf, so shared space definitely means upping the organisation, clearing out, and enjoying what I already have rather than pleasing the shopper in me.

At the end of the day, I have just finished University and am saving up to go travelling. This is not the time to be shopping, but rather getting creative and also reassessing what I truly need. That being said, I am a beauty geek at heart and love coming up with new looks and playing around with my plethora of barely-touched shades.

These are 3 products that I thought I would give some lovin'. The Too Faced Amber Asteroid eyeshadow is a gorgeous Mac Club-esque colour that looks great with green or brown eyes. MAC's Stereo Rose MSF is a gorgeous shimmery blush/highlight. Finally Benefit's Hoola is a very subtle bronzer on my skintone (MAC NC30) so just adds a touch of healthy colour.

Go have a play with your stash, you'll probably rediscover some lovely little gems :-)

The Best Bargain Shoes

Whilst undergoing a casual mission to find the perfect coat for a good friend of mine yesterday (yes, in July...this is England -_-) we popped into Primark for some basics. I have been on the hunt for a comfortable, practical pair of black pumps for a while. Oh, and I've put myself on a budget as I am saving this year for an epic travel adventure. Primark had the perfect answer!

I must be a bit behind with the whole Primark thing because I was blown away when I noticed the pricetag - £3.00. Crazy stuff! They have really good, rubberised soles and look like they wont be leaking anytime soon (I cannot deal with pathetic soles and all the walking I do in this English weather!). They also come in turquoise, grey, white, burgundy and camel. TOTALLY RECOMMEND!