Foodie Friday: The Vegan Kind Box - Taste Test review - October 2017

Friday, 13 October 2017

The Vegan Kind Box - Taste Test review - October 2017
Happy Friday! Last Saturday, my The Vegan Kind box for this month arrived and I couldn't wait to get stuck into the contents after seeing a couple of spoilers online - it's another good 'un!

For those of you who haven't heard of The Vegan Kind before, it's a monthly lifestyle subscription box that mainly contains food and drink, with the addition of usually one or two lifestyle or beauty products. As the name suggests, everything in the box is suitable for vegans, and although I'm not a vegan myself (I'm vegetarian), I am trying to cut back on dairy so I really enjoy receiving these boxes and seeing the new variety of vegan-friendly food and drink that's now out there. 

Here's what I found inside this month's box:-

ALO Comfort Watermelon & Peach Drink
 ALO Comfort Watermelon & Peach Drink (500ml, RRP £1.99)

Although Summer has sadly now passed us by, this ALO Watermelon & Peach Drink is wonderfully refreshing and reminds me of much sunnier days! It's very fruity and contains 15% Aloe Vera Juice and 10% Aloe Vera Pulp for a little health boost when you're on the go. Gluten-free, fat-free, no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives and it's also non-GMO Project verified - brilliant! 

 Geo Organics Chickpea and Lentil Dahl
 Geo Organics Chickpea and Lentil Dahl (300g, RRP £1.49)

I love chickpea and lentil curries so I was keen to try this dish from Geo Organics. It's organic, gluten-free and the plastic container is free from BPA which is something that I haven't seen regularly around from other brands. You can cook it on the hob or microwave and this portion was enough for myself and my sister to share as a tasty side dish, and tasty it was with just a hint of spice. I'd definitely buy this again to have in the cupboard for those days when you're too busy to cook from scratch.

Retro Corn Lemon & Lime Sherbert Popcorn
 Retro Corn Lemon & Lime Sherbert Popcorn (35g, RRP £0.99)

Retro Corn specialises in popcorn that's coated with the flavouring of classic retro sweets, which sounds like a neat idea, but I'm not sure it's for me as I wasn't keen on these at all. The Lemon & Lime Sherbert flavour is just how you would imagine it and my housemates soon finished off the rest of the bag when I left them on the side! If this sounds like your thing, they're gluten-free and only 85 calories per bag.

 Biona Cool Cola Bottles
 Biona Cool Cola Bottles (75g, RRP £1.79)

Being a vegetarian means that I haven't had any gelatine sweets since I was a kid at school, so I've been a fan of these gelatine-free ones from Biona since they came out. They're obviously more expensive than the likes of Haribo, but they're also organic and super moreish - I can easily eat a bag of these when I'm watching a movie at home! 

MyProtein Chocolate Baked Cookie
 MyProtein Chocolate Baked Cookie (75g, RRP £1.99)

Protein cookies make delicious post-workout snacks (or a healthier breakfast on the go like I often have them for), and it's great to see more brands doing them without the added whey. Instead, this Chocolate Baked Cookie from MyProtein gets its protein from Wheat and Soy and contains 13g per cookie which is pretty impressive. My main tip with these is to warm them in the microwave for a couple of seconds before eating them - it softens the cookie and makes it so much yummier. This one is really nice and chocolatey which is perfect when I want a chocolate fix.

Eat Vive Peanut Butter Jelly Protein Bar
 Eat Vive Peanut Butter Jelly Protein Bar (40g, RRP £1.95)

If you prefer a more traditional protein bar snack instead, this one from Eat Vive is absolutely delicious and has an awesome PBJ flavour with a really good texture. It's gluten, dairy and soya free, contains 10g protein and is 149 calories per bar, so ideal if you want a healthier mid-afternoon snack or post-gym treat. This brand is a fab new discovery for me and I love the simple ingredients which include Dates, Peanuts (21%), Pea Protein (20%) and Coconut Nectar.

Harper's Candles Little Black Cat Soy Wax Candle
Harper's Candles Little Black Cat Soy Wax Candle (RRP £5)

The last product is a beautifully scented candle from Harper's Candles who are a regular feature in The Vegan Kind's boxes, and one that I'm always happy to see in there. This Halloween exclusive Little Black Cat scent is sweet and uplifting, perfect for this time of the year and burns cleanly as it's handmade from soy wax. Gorgeous!

Also in the box: This month's recipe card is for Cashew Udon Noodles (sounds good!) and October's chosen charity is the Tower Hills Stables Animal Sanctuary, who provide a forever home for over 400 animals including dogs, cats and horses. They're currently fundraising for more accommodation so they can help rescue chickens, so check out their website here for more info.

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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Introducing: SportFX - Sweatproof, Gym-Friendly Makeup & Skincare

Thursday, 12 October 2017

SPORT FX - Sweatproof, Gym-Friendly Makeup & Skincare
Whether you wear makeup to the Gym or are just looking for a long-wearing makeup range to last you through a busy day at work, SportFX is a brand worth looking into.

I recently read a magazine article where they polled 100 female gym goers and found that at least half of them regularly wear makeup to the gym. The main reason given was because they said makeup helped to give them a confidence boost, which I can totally understand. Sweating it out during a session of Hot Yoga or Weight Training can leave you looking like you've just run a marathon, so if wearing makeup to the gym gets more women into doing regular exercise, then I'm all for it!

Surprisingly though, whilst many makeup brands now offer longer lasting foundations, there aren't many around who have a full range of gym-friendly, sweatproof products which is why I was so curious to try out SportFX. Their entire range is described as 'active makeup and skincare' with innovative long-wearing, sweatproof formulas. Best of all though, their products are very affordable (think high street/drugstore prices) so I couldn't wait to put some of their bestsellers to the test.

SPORT FX Cool Down Primer & Recovery Gel
 SportFX Cool Down Primer & Recovery Gel* (30ml, £9.99)

If you want your makeup to stay put, applying a primer is one of the easiest steps that you can take to ensuring that it looks good for longer. This gel-based Cool Down Primer promises to be high endurance and contains Aloe Vera Gel, Vitamins C, E & F and the anti-inflammatory Panthenol, to instantly soothe and calm down any redness. It feels really nice and cooling on the skin and provides a lovely smooth base for applying makeup. I put it through its paces during a sweaty cardio session and it really does help to keep everything in place, plus my face looked a lot less flushed and red too - win win! This would be a great primer to use during the Summer months as well. 

SPORT FX Balance Boosting BB Cream SPF 20
 SportFX Balance Boosting BB Cream SPF 20* (30ml, £12.99)

I wasn't expecting much from this Balance Boosting BB Cream as I've tried some similar products from a few other brands in the past, but this one certainly fared better than those. Like the primer, it has a special high-endurance formula which is both fragrance and paraben free. The BB Cream comes in four shades (Medium is pictured above), and is enriched with antioxidants to protect the skin. The formula is quite thick (and best applied with a sponge), but it's sweat-resistant, breathable and matte, and the coverage is what I'd expect from a BB Cream. This held up really well during the sweaty cardio session and was still looking good afterwards. Thanks to the added SPF 20, I'd recommend this to anyone who is looking for a long-lasting, matte, light coverage base for everyday wear, and oily skins will particularly love it.

SPORT FX Blend & Go Makeup Blending Sponge
 SportFX Blend & Go Makeup Blending Sponge* (£4.99)

To apply the BB Cream, I used the Blend & Go Makeup Blending Sponge which has an 8-sided design that can be used with liquids, creams and powders for a flawless finish. The sponge is soft, bouncy and easy to use, with the angled sides allowing you to get into those tricky areas, like around the nose, quickly and effortlessly. I also like using the tip of the sponge on its side for applying concealer underneath the eyes. A clever little makeup tool - well done SportFX!

 SportFX Sport Stamina Mascara* (£9), Shape Up Brow Pencil* (£7.99) & Definition Duo Eyeliner Pencil* (£9.99)

If you're going to wear any kind of eye makeup to the gym, it's a no-brainer that the formulas will need to be waterproof, and all three of these from SportFX proved that they were smudge-proof when I tested them out. The Sport Stamina Mascara is infused with a nourishing and strengthening formula, and contains ingredients such as Sweet Almond Oil, Mango Butter, Carnuba Wax, Coconut Oil and Beeswax. It gives the lashes a good boost of both length and volume, though it did get a little clumpy at the edges, but given its performance, I didn't mind too much.

The Shape Up Brow Pencil comes with an inbuilt spoolie on one end and has an angled pencil tip on the other. It feels a little too dry and waxy for my liking, but if you're prepared to work with warming it up beforehand, it'll happily stay put all day. The Definition Duo Eyeliner Pencil, on the other hand, has a lovely smooth formula that's highly pigmented and is super easy to use. One end features a dark brown and the other a black, so this skinny duo twist-up pencil is a must-have for eyeliner junkies.

SPORT FX Performance Powder & Bronzer Compact Duo SPF 15
 SportFX Performance Powder & Bronzer Compact Duo SPF 15* (13g each, £14.99)

To complete a full face of makeup, this handy Compact Duo features a mattifying powder on the top for a smooth and shine-free finish, and a slide-out bronzer underneath for an all over healthy looking sun-kissed glow. Both of the powder formulas are paraben free and have natural pigments to allow the skin to breathe. I really like both of them - they're finely milled, easy to apply and work with, and the bronzer looks very natural on. The compact has a decent sized mirror in the lid too, making touch-ups before and after the gym a breeze. 

SPORT FX Raspberry Rhubarb Recovery Lip Balm SPF 15
 SportFX Raspberry Rhubarb Recovery Lip Balm SPF 15* (8g, £4.99)

This lip balm was the only product that I tried from SportFX which I was very 'meh' about, simply because it doesn't really do anything that a good quality lip balm does already (the hint of pink tint and the rhubarb custard scent were good though). It feels initially moisturising on the lips thanks to ingredients such as Shea Butter, but I did find that my lips felt dry again after an hour or so, which made me need to reapply it more often than I wanted to. There are so many other amazing lip balms in this price bracket that you can pick up, so I'd give this one a miss. 

SPORT FX Time Out Face Mist & Fix
 SportFX Time Out Face Mist & Fix* (30ml, £5.99)

For that final step in your makeup routine, a setting spray is an essential helping hand, and this one not only fixes your makeup in place, but it also can be used as a refreshing, hydrating facial spritz whenever you need it. The mineral oil and paraben free formula feels nice and cooling and helps to control shine, so your makeup stays looking fresh for longer. A steal at just £5.99 and the perfect size for tucking into your handbag to use on the go.

SPORT FX Face Off Duo Eye & Face Makeup Remover Wipes
SportFX Face Off Duo Eye & Face Makeup Remover Wipes* (20 wipes, £6.99)

When you want to take it all off, these makeup remover wipes do the job effectively and quickly. The box of 20 wipes contains 10 sachets which have a specialised oil-based wipe on the left for removing eye makeup and waterproof mascara, and a micellar water infused wipe on the right for taking off the rest of your makeup. Both of these feel soft on the skin, work incredibly well and removed everything easily! 

Shop the full range of SportFX makeup and skincare at sportfx.com

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Mid-Week Pamper Treat: Bloomtown Botanicals The Spring Blue Clay & Indigo Leaf Soothing Mask review + Reader Discount Code!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Bloomtown Botanicals The Spring Blue Clay & Indigo Leaf Soothing Mask review
Ladies and gents, meet the latest addition to my ever-growing face mask collection and one of my new favourites for soothing sensitive skin; the Bloomtown Botanicals The Spring Blue Clay & Indigo Leaf Soothing Mask

Face masks have always been a regular feature in my skincare routine for a long time now, and I try to use one or two a week to keep my skin in tip-top condition. From pampering Korean sheet masks to heavy-duty purifying clay masks, you name the type, and I've probably got at least one in my bathroom cabinet to suit all kinds of skin problems and issues. 

As the clocks are due to go back later this month and the weather has now turned grey, cold and rainy, I've noticed that my skin has once again started to play up. It always does when the seasons change and getting back into the daily grind of Uni and all the stress that goes with that, certainly hasn't helped matters! Luckily though, I have an arsenal of soothing skin saviours on hand, ready to go. Self-care is massively important and a great way to de-stress, so slap on a face mask and let's get stuck into my new treatment obsession from Bloomtown Botanicals.

Bloomtown Botanicals The Spring Blue Clay & Indigo Leaf Soothing Mask review
What is it and who is it for?
As the name suggests, the Bloomtown Botanicals The Spring Blue Clay & Indigo Leaf Soothing Mask is a soothing face mask treatment for sensitive skin, although I'd say that any skin type can benefit from using it, especially if you're feeling tired, stressed or just under the weather. It's been specially formulated to be 100% allergen and fragrance-free, is cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. This mask also won the Best Natural Face Mask award in this year's Beauty Shortlist Awards which is really impressive!

What are the ingredients? 
Bloomtown Botanicals are a natural beauty brand who hand-craft all of their products in Cornwall so high-quality ingredients are key in all of their formulas. This soothing face mask contains just a handful of natural ingredients:- Plant-derived Glycerine, Natural Blue Clay (Bentonite), Radish Root ferment filtrate, Lactobacillus, Coconut Fruit Extract, Nettle Root powder and Indigo Leaf powder, and that's it.

What's not in it?
This face mask is free from Palm Oil, Sulphates, Parabens, PEGs, Petrochemicals, Mineral Oil, Phthalates, TEA/MEA/DEA, Synthetic Colours, Synthetic Fragrance and SLS.

How to apply & how often?
Apply a thin layer to clean skin, avoiding eyes and lips, and leave on for 15-20 minutes. It's gentle enough to be used daily, but I'd say using it just once or twice a week should be enough to keep your skin calm and happy.

Bloomtown Botanicals The Spring Blue Clay & Indigo Leaf Soothing Mask review
Results & overall thoughts?
This mask has an interesting whipped texture like a thick mousse, yet it feels a little sticky to the touch. It was initially a bit difficult to apply with just my fingers, but as soon as the mask makes contact with the skin, it sort of ever so slightly 'melts' which makes it much easier to spread about. There's a nice subtle warming sensation at first and although the mask is technically fragrance-free, it does have a very light, fresh, slightly herbal scent to it, but it's not offensive at all and once on, I didn't really notice it. I left the mask on for the full 20 minutes and removed it with a warm cotton flannel which took it all off very easily. 

As the Bentonite Clay in this formula is in a non-setting base, it won't dry, crack or feel tight, so my skin was left feeling soft, hydrated and definitely soothed all over. I had some red, irritated patches and a few areas of dehydration before applying the mask, but afterwards, these were completely gone and my skin felt brand new again! This face mask is a fantastic way to 'reset' sensitive or stressed skin in a gentle, but effective manner, and it's an affordable way to get into green beauty as the jar contains up to 30 applications. Perfect to use all year round, but it especially comes into its own during seasonal changes like now if your skin likes to throw tantrums like mine does!

Bloomtown Botanicals The Spring Blue Clay & Indigo Leaf Soothing Mask* (60ml, £12) is available from ecobeautycrew.co.uk - use WOLVES to get 10% off any Bloomtown Botanicals products until 25/10/2017 (not to be used in conjunction with any other offer).

What are your favourite face masks?

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Green Beauty: Keep Your Summer Tan For Longer with Green People

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Green People Gradual Tan and Self Tan review
Whether you've recently come back from a late Summer holiday and want to keep your tan going for longer, or you simply want to fake a healthy glow in the comfort of your own home, these two natural beauty gems from Green People are available to give you a cheeky helping hand!

Regular readers will know that I'm a huge fan of slapping on the fake tan, and this year in particular, I've been really enjoying testing out some amazing self-tanners and gradual tan products from various natural and organic brands. It's great to see more green beauty companies bringing out self-tanning ranges and giving consumers the option to try out these products which have much 'cleaner' formulas and more organic ingredients than their mainstream counterparts.

But are they any good? I've come across a couple of hits and misses, but thankfully these two from Green People have managed to meet my high expectations! 

Green People Gradual Tan and Self Tan review
Green People Gradual Tan Moisturiser* (50ml, £16, link)
If you're new to self-tanning, are worried about going too dark or just want a light subtle glow, a gradual tan moisturiser is a great place to start. This vegan-friendly gradual tan moisturiser from Green People is made with 88.4% certified organic ingredients and contains low levels of naturally derived DHA that allows you to slowly build up a light tan over 4-5 days. It also contains lots of skin nourishing ingredients such as Rosehip Seed Oil, Green Tea and Prebiotics, so it's gentle on the skin, feels moisturising and is suitable for all skin types to use, including sensitive and eczema prone (but of course, always do a patch test first if you're trying any new product for the first time). 

I really like how it feels light and doesn't feel sticky or greasy afterwards, plus it smells quite nice with a fresh citrusy scent. I've tried this on my face too with good results, so it's one to try if you've been struggling to find a natural facial self-tanner. My only criticism about this product is that you don't get a lot of it as the tube is only 50ml, which means you'll go through it fairly quickly if you're using it on a regular basis - it would be great to see GP launch a bigger bottle at some point in the future!

Green People Self Tan Lotion* (150ml, £18, link)
For more colour and a faster result, Green People's Self Tan Lotion develops into a lovely light and natural looking tan in just 2-3 hours using the same sugar-derived DHA, but at higher levels than the Gradual Tan. It's buildable too, so if you want a darker tan, you can just apply a second or third coat for a more bronzed finish. Applying this Self Tan Lotion is similar to mainstream tans that have a lotion consistency; make sure you exfoliate thoroughly beforehand and using a tanning mitt makes it easier to buff into the skin, ensuring a streak-free result every time. It has a little bit of a fake tan smell, but this is mostly masked by the essential oils in the formula and I think it smells much nicer than most tans I've tried!

Being a natural product (made with 89.7% certified organic ingredients) means that this tan won't last as long as mainstream ones simply because it doesn't contain the extra chemicals that those tans have. However, I managed to get around 2-3 days out of it before I started to notice it fading. So if you're after an easy to apply, mostly organic, natural self-tanner that's free from parabens, SLS/SLES, alcohol (ethyl alcohol, ethanol), lanolin, methylisothiazolinone, methylchloroisothiazolinone, phthalates, artificial perfumes, PEGs, DEA, petrochemicals and colourants, this is definitely one to try.

Have you tried any natural self-tanners?

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Health & Wellbeing: How To Add Essential Oils To Your Beauty Routine

Monday, 9 October 2017

Tisserand Essential Oils
Last month, I received a lovely package from Tisserand showcasing their newly repackaged essential oils, which got me thinking about how much I use these wonderful, all natural oils in my everyday beauty routine. 

I've been using essential oils for years, and have regularly flirted with the idea of doing a proper aromatherapy course (I'll get around to it one day I'm sure!) after experiencing many of their benefits for myself. Like a lot of ingredients that are derived from nature, essential oils have some fantastic therapeutic properties and each one harnesses different benefits. 

The world of aromatherapy and essential oils is, of course, vast and fascinating (especially when you start to read up on their history and usage throughout time), but I thought it might be useful for those who are reading this that are new to essential oils, to understand some of the simple ways that you can use them by focusing on five of my favourite ones to experiment with.

Tisserand Essential Oils
Best For Scalp Treatments / Healthy Hair Growth - Tisserand Rosemary Organic Pure Essential Oil*
Rosemary pops up as a key ingredient in many green/natural haircare ranges thanks to its well-known anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, so it's a useful essential oil to use in DIY hair and scalp treatments. It's great for dry scalp and dandruff problems and is also good for helping to stimulate hair growth, so ideal for those who have fine or thinning hair. To give it a go, just mix a few drops into your regular shampoo, or try a weekly natural hot oil treatment by melting 2tsp of Coconut Oil with 5-6 drops of Rosemary Essential Oil and applying it all over the scalp whilst it's still warm. Leave on for an hour and shampoo as normal.

Best For Making Your Own Natural Deodorant - Tisserand May Chang Ethically Harvested Pure Essential Oil*
The exotic-sounding May Chang is often used by people who can't stand the smell of Tea Tree Oil, and instead prefer the scent of this uplifting, citrusy, lemony oil. May Chang is a powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal oil, so it's perfect if you want to make your own natural deodorant. Simply fill a spray bottle with warm water, a tsp of Baking Soda and 15-20 drops of May Chang, for a refreshing and absorbing spritz for your pits!

Best For Sleep Problems & Anxiety -Tisserand Lavender Organic Pure Essential Oil*
One of the most widely used essential oils around the world is Lavender and it's a wonderful essential oil to use if you experience any problems with sleep and/or anxiety. The scent of it is definitely something that people either love or hate, but if you're in the former camp, you can easily use Lavender Essential Oil by adding a few drops directly to your pillow, bedsheets or a warm bath before going to bed, or add a couple of drops to a cotton handkerchief to breathe into whenever you're feeling anxious. 

Best For Anti-Aging & Healing Acne Scars - Tisserand Frankincense Wild Crafted Pure Essential Oil*
You might have only heard about Frankincense from the three wise men, but this humble essential oil has been used for centuries to heal and protect the skin. One of the easiest ways to reap the benefits of this oil is to make your own facial oil and apply a little as an anti-ageing treatment 2-3 times a week or apply it to acne scars every night. Try mixing a couple of drops of Frankincense with 20ml of Jojoba Oil in a dark glass bottle to start your off and always do a patch test first if you have sensitive skin.

Best For An Uplifting Body Oil - Tisserand Grapefruit Organic Pure Essential Oil*
I'm a huge fan of citrusy scents and Grapefruit is one of my all time favourites because it smells so fresh and zingy! I find it incredibly refreshing and uplifting which is ideal if you suffer from the winter blues or just need a little cheering up on a bad day. I like to add a few drops to a nourishing carrier oil such as Sweet Almond Oil to make my own pampering body oil - it's so lovely to use after a morning shower to set you up for the day in a good mood!

Tisserand Essential Oils are 9ml each, prices vary from £4.75, and are available from a range of stockists including direct from tisserand.com

Do you use essential oils?

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Introducing: GLOSSWORKS - 9-Free Nail Polish & Nail Care

Thursday, 5 October 2017

GLOSSWORKS - 9-Free Nail Polish
GLOSSWORKS are one of the latest brands to pop up on LoveLula and their launch means that it's now easier than ever before, to find nail polishes which are free from the main toxins that many beauty fans are actively avoiding.

Currently, the GLOSSWORKS range is home to 12 shades of nail polish (with more on the way!), and they also have several nail care products which include base coats, top coats, cuticle oils and a nail polish remover. The whole line is cruelty-free, suitable for vegans and the 9-free formulas mean that there's no Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, Toluene, DBP, Camphor, Paraben, Xylene, Ethyl Tosylamide or Lead, in any of their products.

I was first introduced to the brand via LoveLula's brilliant beauty box which is one of my favourite natural and organic subscription boxes on the market here in the UK. Since then, I've been testing out some of their other products to give you a little overview of what GLOSSWORKS has to offer. 

GLOSSWORKS 3-in-1* (9ml, £12, link)
For an easy manicure to do at home, a good quality base and top coat is essential, but why not try combining the two? This multifunctional 3-in-1 product serves as a base coat, top coat and as a nail hardener and delivers wonderful long lasting shine. It dries relatively quickly and helps to prevent staining and chipping so that your new mani looks good and stays on for longer.

GLOSSWORKS Nail Polish in Name Of The Rose* (9ml, £12, link)
If you're after a new hot pink for your nail polish collection, Name Of The Rose is the shade to pick up! I've been wearing this on my toes for what seems like all Summer and it looks equally as pretty on the nails as well. The 9-free formula is fantastic as it glides on smoothly in two easy coats and has a gorgeous gel-like finish to it. I did experience some minor chipping after two days when I wore this on its own, but you can usually get an extra day or so if you use a top coat or the 3-in-1 with it.

GLOSSWORKS Nail Polish in Tanfastic Nude* (9ml, £12, link)
Although there are a couple of bright shades available, this collection is currently a slice of heaven for anyone who loves their more natural looking pale pinks and neutrals. One of my favourites for everyday wear is Tanfastic Nude, a creamy tan nude shade that sometimes looks a little grey or pink in different lights. It's one of those shades that seems to go with everything and again, the 9-free formula was a dream to apply in just two coats.

GLOSSWORKS Nail Polish Remover* (100ml, £12, link)
Lastly, I wanted to give a quick mention to their nail polish remover as it can be difficult to sometimes find a decent quality nail polish remover that's kinder to nails. This one is acetone-free and is enriched with Argan Oil and Vitamin E to be gentle on the nails, whilst swiftly removing all traces of nail polish. Heads up though - it does mostly smell like regular nail polish remover, but has a hint of grape fragrance so it's not as bad as some others.

Shop the full range of GLOSSWORKS exclusively at LoveLula.com 

Have you tried anything from this brand?

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Mid-Week Pamper: Superdrug Spaa Retreat range review

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Superdrug Spaa Retreat range review
For budget-friendly pampering treats, you can't beat popping into your local Superdrug and picking up a few new products from their own-brand Spaa Retreat range.  

I regularly shop at Superdrug and have become happily aquatinted with many of their own-brand products and ranges over the years, all of which are certified cruelty-free, and most are now suitable for vegans to use too. Superdrug have lots of hidden beauty gems within these ranges, and I was thrilled to see them add some brand new products recently to their affordable pampering line called Spaa Retreat

The range has a gorgeous Bergamot & Cassis scent throughout (very clean and fresh with a hint of floral), and the marble print packaging is beautifully on trend, making the products look far more expensive than they actually are. Being a self-confessed pampering addict, I couldn't wait to try some of the new products for myself, so once they arrived I jumped straight into the bathroom!

Superdrug Spaa Retreat range review
Superdrug Spaa Retreat Shower Gel*
Although this shower gel has SLS in it, my sensitive skin hasn't experienced any problems with it yet, and I absolutely love the Bergamot & Cassis scent which is really addictive and uplifting. It feels far more luxurious than your average budget shower gel and leaves my skin feeling soft and cleansed afterwards.

Superdrug Spaa Retreat Bath Salts*
I find it hard to find good quality bath salts on the high street and tend to automatically favour more higher end brands as a result, but I have to admit that these have really won me over. They're made from just six ingredients and are composed mainly of Sea Salt that's been blended with Marula Oil and the signature Bergamot & Cassis fragrance. To use, I just drop two handfuls into a warm bath and then enjoy a long relaxing soak with them. Bliss!

Superdrug Spaa Retreat Salt & Oil Scrub*
Since I've been loving the Westlab Salt Body Scrub & Bath Soak so much lately, I was keen to see if there were any more budget-friendly options available, and this one is the closest that I've found so far. Formulated with a range of nourishing ingredients such as Glycerin, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Grape Seed Oil and Vitamin E, this scrub gets to work using a combination of Sea Salt, Sugar and Walnut Shell powder, to gently but effectively, polish away dull dead skin cells, leaving the whole body feeling silky smooth and soft.

Superdrug Spaa Retreat Body Souffle*
With Winter on the way, I've been digging out my thicker body butters to appease my dry skin, so I was looking forward to trying out this Body Souffle. Sadly, I've been left a little disappointed by it. Although the texture is nice and it smells gorgeous (again it has the same Bergamot & Cassis scent as the rest of the range), it just doesn't hydrate my skin as much as I want it to. Perhaps one to try if your skin is less dry than mine.

Superdrug Spaa Retreat Bath Milk*
The Bath Milk was also a bit disappointing. It's certainly not bad, but it's as not as hydrating as I hoped it would be and I still needed to apply a lot of body lotion afterwards. Again, you may get on better with this if you have normal skin as opposed to dry skin.

Overall thoughts?
A few hits and misses, but I'd definitely recommend the Bath Salts and the Salt & Oil Scrub!

Spaa Retreat is exclusive to Superdrug - prices start from just £2.99.

Have you tried anything from Spaa Retreat?

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