Introducing: Saint Iris Adriatica - Every Body Vitality Spritz & Energy Cleanse review

Friday, 16 November 2018

Saint Iris Adriatica - Every Body Vitality Spritz & Energy Cleanse review
Often referred to as one of the most beautiful seas in the whole world (and I'm inclined to agree - those crystal clear waters are a sheer delight to swim in), the Adriatic Sea is a true wonder of nature. So it's no surprise that Saint Iris Adriatica, a luxury green beauty brand, has taken inspiration from the Adriatic for their products.

Saint Iris Adriatica is all about following your fjaka - a Croatian word that roughly translates to 'doing nothing'. In our increasingly busy and stressful lifestyles, fjaka sounds like the ideal concept of self-care to properly de-stress the mind, body and soul, and Saint Iris Adriatica have tapped into this with their range of naturally active body care.

Made in the UK, but using natural ingredients sourced from the Adriatic and Dalmatia region, Saint Iris Adriatica boasts hotel-luxe style packaging which sets the tone beautifully for this covetable brand. Everything is, of course, certified cruelty-free, and the products have a 100% natural fragrance and are free from parabens, mineral oils, silicones, sulphates and propylene glycol. Founder Sanela Lazic describes Saint Iris Adriatica as being "for women who share her passion for natural wellbeing, an active lifestyle and superbly sensual skincare", which I instantly fell in love with and I was absolutely thrilled when these products below arrived on my doorstep.

Saint Iris Adriatica - Every Body Vitality Spritz review
 Saint Iris Adriatica Every Body Vitality Spritz* (100ml, £45, link)
I've had the pleasure of trying out all sorts of luxury body care products over the years, but I've never tried a product quite like this before. Saint Iris Adriatica's Every Body Vitality Spritz is an energizing, refreshing and hydrating mist that can be applied all over the body whenever you need an instant 'boost'. Packed full of 20 wild plant oils and wildflower essences, it features hero ingredients such as Seaweed Protein to help keep collagen and skin healthy and more resilient, Adriatic fermented Lemon Peel to brighten the skin and boost serotonin levels, and Olive and Pomegranate Oils to nourish and hydrate. There's also Algae-rich Sea Salt which is hand-harvested from Central Dalmatia and bursting with over 75 essential minerals, including copper, to further boost skin clarity. 

Needless to say, this Vitality Spritz smells incredibly invigorating, but it's not overpowering and can happily be used by both men and women as it's very gender neutral in fragrance. It's a wonderful, luxury, post-gym/workout product to cool and refresh the body, and I've been particularly enjoying using it after a sweaty Hot Yoga session - it even adds a little dewy glow for extra radiance which is a welcome confidence booster.

Saint Iris Adriatica - Every Body Energy Cleanse review
Saint Iris Adriatica Every Body Energy Cleanse* (250ml, £19, link)
Energy Cleanse is a luxury body wash that's infused with an all-natural cocktail of 10 essential plant oils which includes Borage, Rosehip and Safflower, all of which are rich in nourishing fatty acids that your skin will love. Prebiotic Pomegranate Enzymes, Adriatic Pomegranate Seed Oil and Bearberry are also included to provide a very gentle exfoliation for the body, helping to reveal brighter, younger looking, and more rejuvenated skin, making it a fantastic product to use during the dull Winter months, whilst Organic Honey gives an extra level of hydration and softness which is very comforting for dry skin.

The natural fragrance is similar to that of the Vitality Spritz above - it's fresh, energizing, gender-neutral and helps to put you in a positive mood for the rest of the day. If you struggle to wake up when it's cold and dark outside, try this and your mind will be transported to the peaceful, sunny bliss of the Adriatic. Now, who wants to move to the Dalmatian coast with me?! 

Discover the full range of luxury natural body care from Saint Iris Adriatica at siadriatica.com

Have you visited the Adriatic?

New In Beauty: Alex Steinherr X Primark Skincare review

Monday, 12 November 2018

Alex Steinherr Primark Skincare review
Launched last month, Alex Steinherr's collaboration with Primark has caused a big buzz in both skincare guru circles and amongst budget-conscious beauty shoppers. But is it any good and which products are worth trying?

Alex Steinherr is a well-known beauty journalist, and many of you will know her from her former job as Glamour's Beauty Editor. She has amassed over 184k followers on Instagram alone, and I had the pleasure of meeting her at a blogger event a few years ago (she was so nice!). This woman loves her skincare and even back then, lots of people were talking about whether she was going to bring out any of her own products in the future.

Well, after two years of research and development, Alex has created a skincare range with Primark which I must admit surprised me, as she's better known for creating sponsored ads for luxury brands such as La Mer and Elizabeth Arden. Although it seems like a strange fit at first, Alex wanted to create a high street skincare range which was affordable and accessible to everyone. In addition, all of the products are fragrance-free, cruelty-free and don't contain any animal derived ingredients, so they're suitable for vegans to use as well - nice one Alex!

The 20 piece skincare collection features some of Alex's favourite active ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Squalene and Niacinamide, and instead of focusing on traditional skin types, the collab is split into five different ranges based on your skin's 'needs' instead, such as Maximum Moisture, Pore Balance, and Plump & Glow etc. This allows you to mix and match everything to create your own skincare routine and with prices starting from £3, with nothing over a fiver, I was keen to see what they were like. I managed to get my hands on five products to try out, so here are my thoughts.

Alex Steinherr Primark Sleep Spa Sleeping Face Mask review
 Alex Steinherr Primark Sleep Spa Sleeping Face Mask* (50ml, £5)
With the weather turning colder, I've been reaching for a lot more moisturising products to use in the evenings, and the Sleep Spa Sleeping Face Mask caught my eager eye. Although it's described as a face mask, think of it more as a hydrating cream/treatment that you leave on overnight. It contains Hyaluronic Acid, Willowherb and Chamomile extract to moisturise and revive tired and stressed skin, but there's also Dimethicone which is higher up in the ingredients list, and I strongly suspect it's this that gives the mask its silky feel on the skin. I also sadly suspect that it may be the cause of a lot of clogged pores that I started to get after using this mask just twice a week, as I generally avoid silicones in my skincare, so if you're the same, you may want to give this one a miss. 

Alex Steinherr Primark Skincare review
 Alex Steinherr Primark Pore Balance Super Detox Clay Mousse Face Mask* (100ml, £5)
The Pore Balance range is an interesting one that my fellow oily/combo skin ladies will enjoy, and I'm happy to say that I got on with the Super Detox Clay Mousse Face Mask a lot more than the Sleep Mask above. Enriched with Kaolin Clay, Charcoal, Niacinamide and Raspberry Leaf, it promises to purify and balance the skin, whilst also unclogging pores and helping to prevent future breakouts. The pump dispenses a greyish-green coloured mousse that feels much lighter than traditional clay-based masks and was easier to spread onto the skin (2-3 pumps was enough for my whole face). It was fully set within around 20 minutes and wasn't a hassle to remove. My skin felt very clean afterwards with no redness or irritation, though I did notice that it wasn't as powerful at drawing out impurities as some other masks that I use, it still did a great job for this price point.

Alex Steinherr Primark Pollution Solution Daily Skin Starter* (34ml, £5)
Daily Skin Starter from the Pollution Solution range is a primer that contains AHA (Lactic Acid), Peach Flower and Lychee extracts, and these work together to create a brightening, smooth and supple canvas for makeup to adhere to. It also has something called 'an anti-pollution active', but it doesn't go any further to mention what this actually is on the packaging? Anyhow, as a makeup primer it works very well and kept my makeup looking fresher for longer, so if you're in the market for a budget-friendly primer, Daily Skin Starter is definitely one to check out - it's a real bargain at just £5.

Alex Steinherr Primark Plump & Glow Plumping Lip Gloss review

Alex Steinherr Primark Plump & Glow Plumping Lip Gloss* (4.3g, £5)
For an enviable pout just like Alex's, the Plump & Glow Plumping Lip Gloss is a quick and easy way to subtly achieve bigger lips. Formulated with key ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid, Cactus Flower and Dragon Fruit extracts, this gloss glides on smoothly and has a gorgeous tinted sheen to it which makes the lips look younger, fuller and juicier! It does have a tingling sensation when you first apply like like most lip glosses of this nature, but I didn't find it irritating or bothersome, and I loved the overall effect.

Alex Steinherr Maximum Moisture Supreme Sheet Mask review
Alex Steinherr Maximum Moisture Supreme Sheet Mask* (1 mask, £3)
Last but not least, I was very keen to try the Maximum Moisture Supreme Sheet Mask because it's been hyped as the 'jewel' of the whole collection, and is apparently Alex's personal favourite product. The mask features 'a potent blend of humectants that help to increase hydration levels in the skin', which sounds great, but the ingredients are a bit disappointing with silicones cropping up again. There are some good ones though such as Glycerin, Amino Acids, Red Algae and Lotus Flower extracts, and I liked how the mask was completely soaked in essence as some cheaper brands can be on the dry side. My main bugbear though? It just didn't really do anything for me. My skin felt very soft immediately after I removed it and massaged in the rest of the essence, but 30 minutes or so later, it reverted back to its original state and it felt like I hadn't used anything at all. Strange!

Overall thoughts?
From the products I've tried above, I've found some hits and misses, as is often expected from such a large budget-friendly skincare collection. I love the fact that it's cruelty-free, fragrance-free and suitable for vegans, but I was hoping that some of the formulas would have slightly better ingredients for general skin health. However, if you fancy trying out some of the products, everything is cheap as chips so if something doesn't work for you, it's not the end of the world (or your bank balance!). 

Find Alex Steinherr's collection exclusively in selected Primark stores.

Will you be buying Alex's collection?

Budget Beauty: Trying Out Perfect Shade Disco Makeup - Review & Swatches

Friday, 9 November 2018

Perfect Shade Makeup - Review & Swatches
Every now and then, there's a makeup range that I come across which literally grabs my attention because the packaging is so awesome, and Perfect Shade is that current brand. I mean how cool does this new Disco line look?!

Perfect Shade is an online-only makeup brand, and if you're a savvy beauty shopper, you may have heard of them before as they're the same people who are behind the comparison website, myperfectshade.com. Having a wealth of experience in the beauty industry, they've decided to launch their own makeup range named Disco which features a core collection of 8 products and over 75 different colours, so there are shades to suit and flatter everyone's skin tone.

This inclusive brand has such a fun vibe to it and I was immediately drawn in by the colourful disco-themed packaging, as well as the fact that everything from Perfect Shade is cruelty-free and suitable for vegans. Best of all though, their makeup is super affordable with prices starting from just £6!

I was kindly sent some products from Perfect Shade to have a play with, and I'm thrilled to say that the performance of this makeup is just as good as the packaging. Let's take a closer look, shall we?

Perfect Shade Makeup - Review & Swatches
Perfect Shade Makeup - Review & Swatches
Perfect Shade Disco Solo Of Sugarcoat Blusher in Hollywood* (10g, £7, link)
The Solo Of Sugarcoat Blusher in Hollywood is a bit of a strange product because, on first inspection, all of those glimmering metallic hues bring to mind a glow-tastic highlighter, but if you blend all of the waves of colours together and miss out the silver part at the top, you'll actually get a very pretty, albeit very shimmery, peachy blush tone as you can see in the swatch below. Clever huh? The powder compact formula is very soft and blends nicely for a quick and easy way to add a warm glow to your complexion. Very pretty!

Perfect Shade Disco Ice Cream Tide Pressed Powder in Cover Page* (12g, £6, link)
As far as Pressed Powders go, this Ice Cream version looks the most interesting in my whole makeup collection. With a cute Ice Cream imprint in the pan, this silky soft powder has a little shimmer to it, but once blended into the skin, it provides the perfect finishing touch to your look. It absorbs excess oil and helps to keep your makeup in place for longer, as well as making sure your T-zone looks shine-free for the rest of the day or night. I was quite surprised by this as I usually have to reach into my bag for a cheeky touch up after a few hours, but this lasted considerably longer than some other much more expensive brands and it didn't dry my skin out either.

Perfect Shade Makeup - Review & Swatches
 Perfect Shade Disco Playful Musician Liquid Lipstick in Plum* (8ml, £9, link)
Liquid Lipsticks are often best when they're richly pigmented and have a matte or semi-matte finish and the Playful Musician range from Perfect Shade ticks all the right boxes. There are currently 24 shades to choose from and it's a particularly good one to look into if you're looking for a vampy red or darker colour for Autumn and Winter. The shade above Plum is a stunning deep red-berry that dries down to a matte finish, and it looks amazing paired with a simple clean eye and perhaps a little flick of black eyeliner, to allow the lips to do all the talking. These liquid lipsticks are seriously long-lasting too and remind me of the Kat Von D and Bite Beauty formulas.

Perfect Shade Disco Swinging Lipstick in Psychopath* (4.5g, £9, link)
Ensuring that those who prefer traditional lipstick formats aren't left out, the Swinging Lipstick range boasts 24 shades and they have everything from nudes, darks, everyday pinks and even some interesting vivid purples. Like the rest of the Perfect Shade Disco range, the lipsticks have really cool packaging that stands out in your makeup bag - I've had so many questions and compliments from friends who have seen this recently! The semi-matte formula is also brilliant with a smooth and creamy application that makes it easy to get an opaque block of colour in just one or two swipes. I was expecting this shade Psychopath to be more of a brick red shade from what it looks like in the bullet, but on my lips and in the swatch it definitely leans a lot pinker, but it's still a gorgeous lippie nonetheless.

Perfect Shade Makeup - Review & Swatches
 Perfect Shade Disco Rocking Eyelashes Mascara in Pitch Black* (8ml, £9, link)
The last product that I tried out from this range is the Rocking Eyelashes Mascara which comes in both brown and black options. It features an interesting curved bristle brush wand which grabs onto the lashes easily and coats them evenly, without any clumping issues. I'd say that this mascara is better for volumising than it is for lengthening, so if you already have long lashes but just want a fuller look, it's certainly one that I'd recommend trying. It provides a smudge-proof formula that doesn't flake, and is nice and inky black for extra definition. 

Perfect Shade Makeup - Review & Swatches
Swatches! From top to bottom: Perfect Shade Disco Playful Musician Liquid Lipstick in Plum, Swinging Lipstick in Psychopatch, Solo Of Sugarcoat Blusher in Hollywood and Perfect Shade Disco Ice Cream Tide Pressed Powder in Cover Page.

Perfect Shade Makeup - Review & Swatches

Discover the full range at perfectshadebeauty.co.uk

Have you tried anything from Perfect Shade before?

Introducing: Alteya Organics - Active Vitality Energizing Eye Cream & Rose Otto Face Wash review

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Rose is without a doubt one of my favourite flowers and I absolutely adore the scent, plus it's something that I often look out for in natural skincare products as it has some amazing properties. 

When I came across Alteya Organics I immediately fell in love because they make all of their products in the famous Rose Valley in Bulgaria (their distillery and manufacturing facility are situated in the very heart of the valley). The region is well known around the world for its beautiful Rose Otto Oil, and Alteya Organics have been a part of its heritage for a long time. Originally founded back in 1999, the family-owned business has been growing roses on its own fields for over a century and to this day, they still grow and harvest Rose, Lavender, Chamomile and Calendula for use in their award-winning skincare.

Organic farming requires a high level of investment and careful management, so it's great to see that all of Alteya's products are certified USDA and NaTrue organic, and everything is free from parabens, petrolatum, paraffin, dyes, mineral oil, and any other chemical preservatives. 

This cruelty-free, luxury natural brand has a large range of skincare available which includes lip balms, hand creams, toners, facial oils, baby products, sunscreens, body lotions, cleansers, serums and more, so there's plenty to discover. To whet your appetite, you can read my thoughts on two of their bestsellers below; the Active Vitality Energizing Eye Cream and the Rose Otto Face Wash.

Alteya Organics Active Vitality Energising Eye Cream review
 Alteya Organics Active Vitality Energizing Eye Cream* (15ml, £25, link)

I have very dry under eyes so I always look out for an eye cream that will deeply hydrate, yet not overload the delicate eye area, as too much moisture or heaviness can cause puffiness which is not a good look! Thankfully, this one has got both the consistency and the formulation spot on with its expert blend that features key ingredients such as Alteya's Rose Jasminium Rejuvenating Complex, Blue Algae Concentrate, Hyaluronic Acid, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Rose Damascena Flower Oil and Cocoa Butter to name but a few.

It feels very rich and luxurious, yet absorbs easily and like most eye creams, a little goes a long way. An excellent one to try if you're looking for something to use in the mornings that will rejuvenate, smooth out fine lines and make your eyes look a little brighter and more 'awake.' 

Alteya Organics Rose Otto Face Wash review
Alteya Organics Rose Otto Face Wash* (250ml, £17, link)

Suitable for all skin types and gentle enough for sensitive skin, the Rose Otto Face Wash is a sheer joy to use, if like me, you love natural rose scents because it really does smell beautiful! Specially formulated with an award-winning blend of natural ingredients and essential oils (such as Bulgarian Rose Otto Oil, Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Olive Fruit Oil), this cleanser is rich in fatty acids and nutrients, which help to effortlessly dissolve makeup and remove all traces of daily dirt and impurities. It has a light gel-meets-oil consistency that's similar to a runny honey in texture (minus the stickiness of course!), and one pump is all you need to use each time. 

This face wash leaves my skin feeling clean, soft, nourished and thoroughly pampered, so if you love luxury rose-based skincare, Alteya Organics is definitely a brand to try out.

Are you a fan of rose in skincare?

Health & Lifestyle: ZOJO Beauty Elixirs - The Beauty Pageant Formula & The Supergreens Formula review

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

ZOJO Beauty Elixirs - The Beauty Pageant Formula & The Supergreens Formula review
If you're on the lookout for a high quality, organic food supplement that you can easily add to your breakfast smoothie every day, ZOJO's Beauty Elixirs will be right up your street.

I love it when I discover a new-to-me healthy lifestyle brand that not only looks good on the outside (that black and white packaging is very cool), but is filled with goodness on the inside too. After all, the very concept of most elixirs is all about beauty from within right?! 

ZOJO was founded by Marta Ravensdale, a busy businesswoman and mother who was concerned about the negative impact that her often stressful lifestyle was having on her health, wellbeing and family life. Working with a team of experienced nutritionists from the UK, Marta created ZOJO, a range of plant-based beauty, fitness and health formulas made from 100% organic ingredients. There are currently seven different formulas which are suitable for vegans and all are GMO-free, lactose and gluten free, plus they don't contain any artificial nasties such as preservatives, colourings, artificial sweeteners, bulking agents, fillers or taste enhancers.

I was kindly sent ZOJO's The Beauty Pageant Formula and The Supergreens Formula to trial, and I've really been enjoying using them in my morning routine.

ZOJO Beauty Elixirs - The Beauty Pageant Formula review
 ZOJO The Beauty Pageant Formula* (35g, £17, link)

Whether you're chasing an actual beauty queen crown or simply want your skin, hair and nails to look their best, The Beauty Pagent Formula is a delicious blend of eight organic ingredients. Carob provides essential vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin A, B2, B3, B6, Copper, Calcium, Manganese, Potassium, Magnesium, Selenium and Zinc, whilst Lucuma is rich in beta-carotene, antioxidants, fibre and minerals such as Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus. 

Camu Camu is an incredible superfruit which has one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C of any food source recorded on the planet, and Cinnamon is included for its antioxidants that help to protect from free radical damage and slow down the ageing process. Elsewhere in the blend, there's Turmeric, well known in Ayurveda for its powerful properties that support a healthy liver and boost the digestion system; Ginger, another useful digestive aid for a healthy gut, and Blueberries which are packed full of antioxidants and are high in fibre, Vitamin C and Vitamin K.

How to use: Simply add a tsp (5g) to your favourite smoothie or a glass of juice and enjoy. It tastes sweet and fruity, with a little bit of a chocolatey flavour thanks to the Carob - one of the nicest powder food supplements that I've tried in a while!

ZOJO Beauty Elixirs - The Supergreens Formula review
ZOJO The Supergreens Formula* (35g, £17, link)

Food supplements that are based around super greens are incredibly popular and I have no doubt that this is likely to be one of ZOJO's bestsellers in their range. As the name suggests, this formula is a potent mix of powerful plant-based organic superfoods which include Psyllium Husk, Spirulina, Linseed, Wheatgrass, Baobab, Moringa and Chlorella. Each ingredient has been carefully selected for its unique health benefits and combined, this formula is ideal for those are looking to improve their gut health, are doing a detox or cleanse to remove excess heavy metals/toxins from their system, and it's particularly useful as a daily supplement for vegetarians and vegans because it's rich in vitamins and minerals, and also high in essential amino acids which supports healthy muscle  growth and maintenance.

How to use: Add a tsp (5g) to your morning smoothie or glass of juice. It certainly tastes better than similar supplements that I've tried in the past, but it is quite 'earthy' in flavour, so I'd recommend blending it in a green juice/smoothie or a mixed fruit/veg drink for the most palatable results.

Discover the full range of ZOJO Beauty Elixirs at LoveLula.com

Have you tried anything from ZOJO?

October Beauty Favourites

Friday, 2 November 2018

October Beauty Favourites
Another month has flown by so it's time to reflect on some beauty favourites! This edit showcases the products that I've been reaching for the most often during October. Spot any of your own faves here?

Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Foam in Dark
 Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Foam in Dark* (200ml, £14.99, link)
Summer is sadly over, so if you still want a gorgeous bronzed tan, it's time to hit the bottle! Regular readers will already know that I'm a huge fan of the Australian brand, Bondi Sands, and their Self-Tanning Foam in Dark is by far the best formula in their range. It's easy to use, doesn't streak or go patchy when you're applying it, and it has a yummy coconut scent. Whenever I use this, I find that I can usually get about 5-7 days worth of tanning goodness before I need to re-apply, and the colour is incredibly realistic and natural looking - no hints of orange at all! Highly recommended for anyone who is new to fake tanning or who just wants something easy and foolproof to use.

October Beauty Favourites
 Botanicals Gentle Cleanse Melt* (30g travel size shown, full size is £26, link)
Cleansing balms are a staple in my skincare routine but they really come into their own when the cold weather starts, as I always find that my skin needs something 'extra' at this time of the year than just a gel or light cleanser. The Gentle Cleanse Melt from Botanicals contains a simple but effective blend of natural and certified organic ingredients such as Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, which effortlessly removes all traces of makeup and daily grime in one sweep. I love the semi-solid consistency because it melts quickly when massaged into the skin and it doesn't leave any greasy residue afterwards. Lovely stuff and suitable for vegans too.

Ultrasonic Beauty Algae Peel Off Mask with Spiriluna* (200g, £23, link
Featuring two of the year's big superfood ingredients, Algae and Spiriluna, this peel-off mask comes in a powder format that you mix with water to create a thick paste. Now, usually I find these kinds of masks a bit of a faff, but I've been pleasantly surprised by this one because the consistency is just right each time and it's easy to apply with a face brush or mask spatula. Once on the skin, it begins to harden and after 20 minutes, it's ready to be peeled off. This mask is brilliant for anyone who has dry, dehydrated and/or skin that's showing the first signs of ageing, as it helps to firm everything up (albeit temporarily), and makes you look instantly more glowy and revitalised. A good one to use if you have a hangover or have had a busy week and need a quick fix!

October Beauty Favourites
Leighton Denny Modern Bohemia in Vintage Chic & Bohemian Spirit* (12ml, £12 each, link)
For nails, I've been enjoying embracing all of the quintessential Autumnal shades, and Leighton Denny's new A/W18 Modern Bohemia collection is simply stunning. Two of my personal faves from the range are Vintage Chic, a dark purple-red that's beautifully rich and glossy, and Bohemian Spirit, a very chic muted lavender-grey that goes with everything. The formula is fantastic and long-wearing with plenty of shine - definitely worth checking out if you're in the market for some new nail polishes.

Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Asteroid* (4.15g, £20, link)
Lastly, I just had to include Illamasqua's Antimatter Lipstick in the shade Asteroid, which I've been smitten with ever since I discovered it in last month's Cohorted beauty box. Not only is Asteroid the most beautiful, wearable mid-toned vampy red that I have in my makeup collection, but the brand's Antimatter formula is one of my favourites for when I want a longer lasting semi-matte finish. Super pigmented, it goes on creamy and it doesn't dry out my lips - win, win!

What beauty products have you been loving lately?

October Empties: Products I've Used Up

Thursday, 1 November 2018

October Empties: Products I've Used Up
Lots of Empties again for last month - the beauty stash in my bathroom is slowly being decluttered - yay! Here's everything that I've used up recently, and my thoughts about whether I'll be repurchasing them again or not.

October Empties: Products I've Used Up
The Soap Shop Peppermint & Cornflower Sugar Scrub
If you're looking for a hardcore body scrub that's also plastic-free, this is a really good one to try. It's almost identical to the PHB Sugar Scrubs and does an excellent job of removing dead skin, especially on your feet! Repurchase? Yes.

Naobay Oxygenating Moisturising Cream
I think this is my second or possibly even third bottle that I've gone through and it's one of those face moisturisers that I keep going back to. Great for combination skin as it feels hydrating and balancing at the same time. Repurchase? Will do once I've used up some other moisturisers first.

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser
Another skincare fave that I've used on/off for the past few years is this wonderful Miracle Cleanser from Aurelia. It has lots of probiotics and peptides to give your skin a lovely glow and it works particularly well as a first or second cleanser in the evenings. Repurchase? I think I might have another travel size from a GWP somewhere!

Westlab Supersalt Body Cleanse Himalayan Bathing Salt*
I love using bath salts and these ones from Westlab are a firm favourite. They're delicately scented with Lemon and Rose, and always help me to relax after a stressful day. Repurchase? Definitely.

Hope's Relief Formula 2 Scalp & Hair Conditioner*
If you have a dry scalp that's prone to dandruff, eczema, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, this stuff is a must try. It's gentle enough to be used every day, but I tend to use it just once a week or fortnight and find that it really helps to keep my scalp hydrated and happy. Repurchase? Yes.

Bloomtown Botanicals The Spring Soothing Mask*
This is a beautiful fragrance-free face mask that I often used when my skin was feeling congested or overly sensitive. There are lots of natural anti-inflammatory ingredients in it which help to calm down irritation and redness, plus it doesn't dry out the skin as the clay in it doesn't set. Brilliant stuff! Repurchase? Yes.

Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil*
I'm a huge fan of all of the Weleda Body Oils, but this Wild Rose one is definitely one of my favourites and I absolutely love the scent. Formula-wise, it's very rich and moisturising - just the kind of product to use during the Winter months if you have dry skin. Repurchase? Will do once I've used up some similar products in my stash.

October Empties: Products I've Used Up
Green People Daily Aloe Shower Gel*
Whenever my eczema flares up, I'll switch my shower gel to something like this and use it until my skin calms down, so I've had this in my bathroom for a while now. It's super gentle and SLS-free. Repurchase? Yes.

Skin & Tonic Coco Mask*
I've got a bit of a love/hate relationship with this face mask because it's a powder that requires mixing with water before you can use it. I love the hydrating results, but I simply found that I didn't reach for it very often because I'd always pick a mask that didn't need mixing over it, almost every time. It's a great product, just not for me. Repurchase? No.

Elemental Herbology Vital Cleanse Facial Cleanser
I enjoyed using this light gel cleanser but it's definitely more of a Spring/Summer product for my combination skin, now that the weather has turned much colder. Repurchase? Will consider next year.

Elemental Herbology Moisture Milk Ultra-Light Facial Moisturiser
Same as the above for this one too - liked it a lot but it would definitely be better suited for my skin in Summer than it would in Winter, as I need some more hydration from my face moisturiser right now. Repurchase? Possibly next year.

Barefoot SOS Daily Rich Body Lotion*
Fantastic product for eczema and very dry skin. I always have a tube or two of this on hand in my bathroom to deal with flare-ups, although you can happily use it as an everyday body moisturiser if you just have dry skin. Repurchase? Yes.

Hurraw! Papaya & Pineapple Lip Balm*
I've tried so many different flavours of these Hurraw! Lip Balms and I loved this fruity Papaya & Pineapple one, it's very Summery! These lip balms have brilliant moisturising formulas and I often go back to them when I need a new one. Repurchase? Yes.

What have you used up recently?

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