Foodie Friday: Beauty Brews Organic Teas review

Friday, 20 January 2017

Beauty Brews Organic Teas review
I was introduced to Beauty Brews Organic Teas via LoveLula's beauty box last month (link), and I loved it so much that I just had to get my hands on some more of their unique flavours!

Shopping The Sales - January Wishlist

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Shopping The Sales - January Wishlist
The January sales are still in full swing, with lots of brands offering extra last minute discounts on their sales items. With this in mind, I've compiled a little wishlist showcasing some fashion and beauty bargains that I'd love to snap up!

1. A trench coat is a classic for a reason. It always looks smart, and will never, ever go out of style. This one from First & I is the perfect colour, and looks equally great thrown over office/work wear for everyday, or a casual jeans and jumper combo at the weekend. Available from ASOS - on sale for £28 (link).

2. Stay stylish during the cold weather with a high neck, midi length jumper dress like this one from Pretty Little Thing. Like the trench coat, it works well for chic office wear with tights, or you can dress it down with a leather biker jacket and some grungey lace up boots. On offer for a bargain £8 (link).

3. Treat yourself to some new makeup brushes! There are lots of Lottie London brushes on offer over at LookFantastic, including this Flawless Base Brush for £6 (link).

4. Bags are something that I always try to pick up in the sales as you can get some awesome discounts if you shop at the right times. I instantly fell in love when I first saw this Woven Beatrice Tote Bag in Grey from Kurt Geiger, and it's now in the sale for £75, down from its original price of £250 (link). What a beauty!

5. If you're doing Veganuary and want to expand the concept into your makeup, check out Inika who are one of my favourite cruelty-free, vegan-friendly makeup brands. Their mineral eyeshadows are currently half-price at LookFantastic for £7.97 (link)

6. Luxury makeup fans can bag some excellent bargains at the moment. Check out these Clarins Jolie Rouge Lipsticks that have 70% off, making them a cheap-as-chips £5.99 each over on FragranceDirect (link)

7. Lastly, channel your inner 90s self with this cosy grey jumper dress from New Look - reduced to just £7 (link). Pair with a black beanie and choker as styled, and you're good to go!

*I found all of these bargains via LoveTheSales.com which sources all the best sales online and rounds them up in one place. Super handy for thrifty shoppers! All wishlist picks my own as always :)

Have you bought anything in the January sales this year?

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Look Incredible Standard Beauty Box - January 2017 review

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Look Incredible Beauty Box - January 2017 review
Bored of getting little samples in your beauty box every month? Want luxury products for a bargain price? Look Incredible is the beauty box for you!

Look Incredible are a popular online retailer who I'm sure you've probably already heard of before. They stock a huge range of well-known beauty brands (think Benefit, Becca, Too Faced, Urban Decay, Make Up For Ever etc), and they frequently have some excellent offers and sales going on - let's face it, who doesn't love a bargain?! They also offer a monthly beauty box (available in Standard or Deluxe), which contains only full-sized products, and features products from the brands that they sell on their website.

As much as I love receiving cute travel sized minis in beauty subscription boxes, it can start to get a bit tedious after a while, and for products like skincare, it's always nice to get a proper amount to fully test out instead of just a tiny foil sachet. Don't get me wrong, I'll always love a good miniature, but do you know what I love more? A big, full-size product! Well, they do say bigger is better...!

Below are the contents of Look Incredible's Standard Beauty Box for this month, to give you an idea of what you can expect from them:-
bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Eyeshadow in Delicate Moss
 bareMinerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Eyeshadow in Delicate Moss (RRP £18)
This cream eyeshadow from bareMinerals boasts an impressive 5-in-1 benefits formula that contains SPF 15, and can be used as an eyelid primer, concealer, brightener, and eyeshadow. I received the shade 'Delicate Moss' which is a pale, neutral toned mossy colour with a touch of shimmer. Works really well as a primer, and I like it as a base shade for a neutral smokey eye. It's long lasting with a silky/velvety formula, and I haven't had any issues with creasing or anything like that.
 Rosie for Autograph Dream Big Lashes
 Rosie for Autograph Dream Big Lashes (RRP £15)
I've had the pleasure of trying a couple of pieces from Rosie Huntington-Whitely's cosmetics collaboration with M&S' Autograph range, and I've loved virtually everything. I've been meaning to get my hands on her mascara so I was thrilled to see it included in this month's box! Can't wait to try it and I love the rose gold packaging.
Bee Good Honey & Camelina Facial Exfoliator
 Bee Good Honey & Camelina Facial Exfoliator (RRP £10.50)
I've mentioned this amazing exfoliator from Bee Good on here several times, and I still use it on a regular basis. It's got a lovely and creamy texture, and uses finely milled lavender flowers to very gently exfoliate the skin. Great for unclogging impurities and getting rid of dead dull skin cells for an instantly brighter and clearer complexion.
 bareMinerals Daily Recovery Concentrate
 bareMinerals Daily Recovery Concentrate (RRP £19.99)
I don't think I've used any of bareMinerals' skincare before, and this Daily Recovery Concentrate looks interesting. It's described as "a deeply hydrating treatment to replenish and retain moisture, whilst leaving the skin supple and increasing its resilience over time". Sounds promising as a potential Winter Skin Saviour perhaps?
Too Faced Flatbuki Brush
Too Faced Flatbuki Brush (RRP £12)
My favourite item in the box is this beautiful makeup brush from Too Faced. The cruelty-free synthetic brushes are unbelievably soft and are known as their bestselling 'Teddy Bear' hair formula which sums it up perfectly. At first, I thought it just looked like a regular blush or powder brush, but it does in fact seem to resemble a 'Flatbuki' as the bristles are longer in length than my other blusher brushes. A lovely new addition to my makeup brush collection!

Summary: The contents are worth a whopping £75.49 in total, so if you're looking for a box which offers only full-sized products, and gives you a great mix of beauty products from well-known luxury brands, then worth check out the Look Incredible beauty box.

Look Incredible Beauty Box* is available in Standard (£18.99 plus p&p per month) or Deluxe (£35 per month including p&p). For more info and to sign up, visit lookincredible.co.uk

What do you think of the Look Incredible beauty box?

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Winter Skincare Saviours: The New Additions

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Winter Skincare Saviours
It's been a snow covered weekend in many parts of the UK, and I've been slapping on all sorts of lotions and potions to help protect my skin from the worst of the freezing cold elements (hurry up Summer!). Here are a couple of new additions that have been working a treat!
Best for Reducing Redness/Inflammation: Sanatio Naturalis 100% Pure Lavender Essential Oil* (10ml, £22, link)
I use Lavender Oil all year round, but I find it particularly useful during the Winter months as a natural way to treat any redness and inflammation caused by the cold weather. I like to mix just a drop or two with my daily moisturiser in the morning to give my skin some extra protection, and it's also ideal for mixing with barrier lotions to calm down eczema flareups. It your budget can stretch to it, it's worth investing in a bottle that's made with just the pure essential oil, with no other preservatives or artificial ingredients/fillers added. This one from Sanatio Naturalis is simply 100% high grade/quality lavender essential oil.

Best for Nails: Nail HQ All In One Treatment* (10ml, £7.99, link)
It can be easy to forget about your nails, yet a little TLC can go a long way. My nails always feel especially delicate at this time of the year, and are prone to becoming more brittle with a higher chance of them splitting/breaking off (the struggle is real). You can remedy this problem by keeping cuticles hydrated and by applying a nail treatment to help strengthen them up again. There are loads on the market, but one of the best budget friendly buys is from Nail HQ. Their all-in-one treatment is formulated with Argan Oil and Acai Berry, and I'd go so far as calling this a dupe for OPI Nail Envy as it gave me very similar results for almost half the price. If you have brittle, weak nails, this is definitely worth a try.

Best for Sensitive Skin: Indeed Labs 10balm Soothing Cream* (30ml, £19.99, link)
Launched late last year, this new release from Indeed Labs have been a worthwhile addition to my winter skincare routine. 10balm is a multi-purpose cream that features ten of nature's most effective healing ingredients (including the likes of Honey, Royal Jelly, Baobab Oil, Vitamin E, Arnica and Buriti Oil to name a few). You can apply it anywhere to instantly soothe irritated skin, and it's free from fragrance, parabens and artificial colourants. A great cream for calming sensitive skin and for topping up moisture levels as and when your skin needs it.
Winter Skincare Saviours
Best for Dry Skin: Aveda Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Treatment Lotion* (150ml, £22.50, link)
Another new product launch that I've been enjoying using since Winter started, comes from Aveda. Their Hydrating Treatment Lotion is the latest addition to their popular Botanical Kinetics line, and it's essentially an essence that you can add as an extra step to your skincare routine when it's feeling extra dry or dehydrated. It uses a blend of algae extracts and naturally derived humectants to super charge the skin's ability to absorb moisture, whilst keeping it thoroughly hydrated at the same time. I've been using it around 2-3 times a week instead of a serum (after toning, before moisturiser), and my skin has been looking a lot more plumped up and noticeably less dehydrated around the top of my cheeks. It sinks in quickly and doesn't feel greasy.

Best Budget Buy: Superdrug Optimum PhytoHydrate Anti-Dehydration Birch Water Day Cream SPF 15* (50ml, £14.99, link
If you're on a budget with your skincare, you can't go wrong with Superdrug's own brand products. Everything is certified cruelty free and most products are also suitable for vegans. The latest Birch Water range has been created with Swiss skincare specialists, and harnesses the natural hydrating benefits of Birch Water, making it a must-try for anyone with dry or dehydrated skin. This Day Cream is great for Winter and feels like a soft, protective coat against the elements. It also has the benefit of SPF 15 which I love as I can be a little lazy with sunscreen when it's cold and grey outside.

Best Multi-Purpose Oil: BON Liquid Gold Pure Tissue Oil* (100ml, £9.99, link)
There really couldn't have been a better name given to this fantastic multi-purpose oil from BON. Their Liquid Gold Pure Tissue Oil can be used as an intensive moisturiser for lots of different skincare concerns such as scars, stretch marks, wrinkles and dehydrated skin. Made from a blend of Grape Seed, Rosehip and Avocado oils, with added Vitamin E for good measure, Liquid Gold is one of the best green beauty / natural alternatives to products like Bio Oil that I've tried. A little goes a long way as well!

What are your Winter skincare saviours?
Have you tried any of these?

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The Vegan Kind Lifestyle Box - January 2017 review #TVK39

Saturday, 14 January 2017

The Vegan Kind Lifestyle Box - January 2017
I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this month's The Vegan Kind box as I'm currently participating in Veganuary, so I couldn't wait to get stuck in when it turned up a couple of days ago.

January's TVK box features some interesting new-to-me brands, alongside some old favourites of mine, and there's a really good mix of products included. Here's what was inside:-
Nina's Popcorn in Cacao, Goji Berries & Pistachios
 Nina's Popcorn in Cacao, Goji Berries & Pistachios (30g, RRP £1.99)
How beautiful is the packaging for this popcorn?! I could totally see this being included in a FROW goody bag at London Fashion Week. This is a seriously luxe popcorn - it's 100% natural, hand-popped in coconut oil in artisan kettles, and lightly coated with a hint of maple syrup, cacao, goji berries and pistachios. Needless to say, it's utterly delicious! Gluten, wheat, dairy and refined sugar-free. 
YumEarth Sour Jelly Beans
 YumEarth Sour Jelly Beans (RRP £3.50)
The surprise find for me this month are definitely these sour jelly beans, and I'm slightly ashamed to admit that the bag is already half empty (or rather #sorrynotsorry!). Oddly enough though, I HATE jelly beans, but I love anything sour, and these are just amazing. They have a much nicer texture than traditional jelly beans which is one of the reasons why I like them so much, but they also only use natural flavours and fruit juices, plus they contain Vitamin C, and are free from all 14 common allergens such as nuts and soya. These are crazy addictive - will definitely be ordering more soon!
Yushoi Snapea Rice Sticks in Sweet Chilli & Lemon
Yushoi Snapea Rice Sticks in Sweet Chilli & Lemon (105g, RRP £1.79) 
There's always a bag or two of these in the cupboard in my house - I love them and so does everyone else! If you haven't tried them, they're basically a healthier alternative to crisps as they're made using a combination of rice and green peas, and are baked instead of being fried. They've got a satisfying crunch and always fill a gap when I'm looking for a savoury snack.
Rebel Kitchen Banana Mylk
 Rebel Kitchen Banana Mylk (200ml, RRP £1.10)
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll have seen that I recently posted about my love for Rebel Kitchen's Chocolate Mylk which is by far the best dairy-free chocolate milk that I've ever tried. Their drinks are made with just simple natural ingredients, and the coconut milk base is deliciously creamy without being too heavy as it's also blended with spring water. This Banana Mylk flavour was good and I'm not the biggest fan of bananas!
TPlus Drinks Multivitamin Enriched Smarter Teas
 TPlus Drinks Multivitamin Enriched Smarter Teas (sample pillow pack of 4)
It's fair to say that flavoured green teas are a lot more palatable than regular green tea, so I'm always looking out for new brands to try. These samples from TPlus Drinks are enhanced with botanicals, natural flavourings and vitamins for a 'nutrient dense' healthier tea - I tried the Immunintea one this morning and really enjoyed it.
 The Vegan Kind Badge Pack (4 badges, RRP £3.50)
A pack of badges with different vegan slogans - #avocadogoals has already been pinned onto my gym bag :)
Conscious Chocolate Orange Raw Chocolate Mini Bar
Conscious Chocolate Orange Raw Chocolate Mini Bar (15g, RRP £0.80)
It's always such a treat to find something from Conscious Chocolate, and this Chocolate Orange raw bar is simply divine! It's hand-made, raw, certified organic and vegan. I don't know how they make it so creamy/milky, but it's one of the best dairy-free chocolate brands out there.

At the bottom of the box, I also found this month's recipe card for a Roasted Butternut, Sage and Chilli Soup, and 10p from every box sold during January will be donated to Veganuary.

To find out more about The Vegan Kind, visit their website here. £10 + p&p each month in the UK, with worldwide shipping options available.

Have you signed up to The Vegan Kind?
What's your favourite, non-beauty lifestyle subscription box?

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Mid-Week Pamper Treat: Origins Rituali Tea Powder Face Masks review

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Origins Rituali Tea Powder Face Masks review
Tea is my favourite everyday drink, and the health benefits of certain types such as Matcha are becoming more and more well known. But what about using tea leaves in a face mask? Origins' latest release does just that with its new RitualiTea range. 

New in Haircare: Dermalogica Daily Cleansing Shampoo & Daily Conditioning Rinse review

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Dermalogica Daily Cleansing Shampoo & Daily Conditioning Rinse review
As I'm always on the hunt for a new SLS-free shampoo to experiment with, I was excited to hear the news that Dermalogica had released this brand new sulphates-free haircare duo back in December. I had to try them!

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