Category: Beauty

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Collection Review

 

I will straight up admit I bought these products on a whim. As I have now crossed the HUGE line and turned 30, I have started to think more about skin care ingredients and have focused on those “fine lines” – which to be honest to me are not that “fine”. I started to research different ingredients, and to be honest it was all very confusing! Words like “Salycilic Acid” and ” Copper Peptide” were being thrown around like I’m supposed to know what that is…

That being said, after extensive research (thank you Google) I decided that Glycolic Acid was my starting point. Nowadays. products are labelled with the ingredients rather than a fancy name so this was quite easy to pin down. However, as I had no idea what I was doing I decided the most sensible option was to start with affordable products and see how that goes.

So! As a long term loyal fan of all things Superdrug, I stumbled across their Naturally Radiant collection. super affordable and had the main ingredients I was looking for, so off I went!

 

 

 

 

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Face Cleanser

“Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Hot Cloth Cleanser is formulated with a unique energising complex and infused with Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry extracts to help revive skin’s radiance and even out skin tone.

Enriched with nourishing Cocoa Butter, this rich and creamy formulation melts into the skin and cleanses away make-up and impurities, whilst also providing gentle exfoliation, leaving skin feeling renewed, soft and ultra clean.”

Although this product does not have a fancy ingredient in its’ title, it is part of the collection so I went with it – and I love it! It is super gentle and leaves my skin feeling moisturised, but somehow also removes every single trace of makeup. HOW!? I don’t need to know. All I need to know is that it works, and it is – in a word – lovely.

 

 

 

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro Polish

“Superdrug Naturally Radiant Brightening Micro Polish is formulated with a unique energising complex and infused with Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry extracts to help revive skin’s radiance and even out skin tone. Enriched with Blueberry Seeds and Fruit Acids, this polish exfoliates dead skin cells, helping to refine skin’s texture and clarify skin discolouration for an ultra smooth, luminous complexion.”

I am a big fan of exfoliators and have tried countless different ones. The Brightening Micropolish is gritty enough to satisfy my need to scrub, but also not sharp or OTT. It melts into the skin and leaves it silky smooth.

 

 

 

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic 5% 

“Naturally Radiant Glycolic Tonic is formulated with a unique energising complex and infused with Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry extracts to help revive skin’s radiance and even out skin tone. Highly concentrated in Glycolic Acid, a powerful Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), the refreshing tonic also refines pores, retexturises the skin’s surface and smoothes fine lines, providing a brighter, healthier and more youthful complexion.”

We have a winner. I have to say it would actually be difficult to pick a favourite from this collection, but the ****** is the cherry on the top. Yes it has Glycolic Acid in the title, but it genuinely feels like it is actually making a difference. A word of warning, if you have gone a bit crazy with exfoliating or have any open “sores” on your skin then this will sting. But personally I like that as it makes me feel like its’ working – a bit weird I know. I love this, and regardless of what else comes my way I will continue to use this daily.

 

 

 

Superdrug Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel

“Naturally Radiant Glycolic Overnight Peel is formulated with a unique energising complex infused with Kiwi Fruit and Mulberry Extracts to help revive skin’s radiance and even out skin tone. With Glycolic Acid, a powerful Alpha Hydroxy (AHA) and a Fruit Acid blend, the refreshing gel formula also refines and retexturises the skin’s surface, providing a brighter, more youthful complexion.”

To finish off the routine, this is bang on. I didn’t actually see the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Renewing Night Cream which I now have (and also love!) but these two products paired together are literally what dreams are made of. To start with it feels a little “tight”, but this loosens as my skin drinks it up. The Glycolic Overnight Peel sinks into the skin so beautifully.

 

 

 


Overall it is safe to say that I am obsessed. Not only has this collection been a wonderful introduction into the world of skin care ingredients, but it works! I am in love with every single product and it instantly made a different to my skin. After one use my skin looked brighter, more hydrated (less old!) and my pores actually looked smaller. I am 100% a fan, and I won’t say that I will repurchase these products because I already have. Thank you Superdrug!!!!

 

Click here to shop the Superdrug Naturally Radiant Collection!

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Natura Siberica Snow Cladonia Review

Natura Siberica Snow Cladonia Review

Natura Siberica Snow Cladonia Review!

 

 

I am SO happy to be writing another review for one of my all time favourite brands – Natura Siberica. It is no secret that I love this brand, so trying out a new line obviously excites me! As I have been renovating a house the last few months (hense the lack of blog posts!) some new skin care products were just what I needed to make me start feeling like a human again. The Snow Cladonia range is a collection I have not tried before, so let’s dive in!!

 


Snow Cladonia Day Cream

RRP £11.95

“Snow Cladonia, which stays green even during severe Siberian winters, contains Usnic Acid, a unique active ingredient which works to actively restore skin cells and effectively slow down the ageing process.
Natural Vitalayer® gives your skin a smoother texture and improved elasticity by boosting the production of Hyaluronic Acid which deeply moisturises the skin and reduces wrinkles.
Anti-ageing SYN®-AKE and SYN®-COLL complexes regenerate skin cells and stimulate collagen synthesis, renewing the glowing appearance of youth.
Wild Harvested Siberian Ashberry Extract and Organic Wheat Oil beautifully soothe and heal the skin.”

 

 

This product is literally perfect for every day use. It melts into the skin and dries down really quickly still leaving the skin super moisturised. There is no greasy residue, and it doesn’t become oily throughout the day either. It is a beautiful base to wear under make up, I only have good things to say about this product!

 

 


 

Snow Cladonia Face Serum

RRP £11.75

“The powerful formula of this serum contains concentrated active ingredients from various Siberian plants for enhanced effectiveness. The Snow Cladonia Extract contains the rare Usnic Acid, which works to actively restore skin cells and effectively slow down the ageing process. Snow Cladonia, which stays green even during severe Siberian winters, energizes and helps the skin to resist the external stresses that can negatively effect it.
Extract of Wild Harvested Siberian Dwarf Pine is a wonderful antioxidant, protecting skin from external impacts, while Organic Chamomile soothes and calms the skin.
Natural Pentavitin® improves skin’s smoothness and protective barriers, preventing dehydration and flaking.
SYN®-AKE is an excellent hydrator and wrinkle eliminator, which gives your skin a natural healthy glow.
Within just a couple of weeks of continued use, the serum minimizes wrinkles, leaving your skin looking radiant and noticeably younger.”

 

 

So although this is technically a serum, I have also used this product on its own with nothing underneath before bed, and it soaks into the skin (you can literally feel it working!) and wake up with beautifully hydrated skin. An absolute winner!

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

These two products as a duo are the ideal staple items in anyones skin care routine. They are simple and stunning. Considering my skin is definitely not looking its best at the moment, a day cream that can keep me looking presentable throughout the day at the moment and a serum for overnight to make my skin look like its actually being taken care of is a miracle in itself! The main point here though is the difference in my skin already is amazing, and that is just from using two products from this collection! I can’t wait to try more!!

The Snow Cladonia collection, along with some other products, has also just been launched in Holland & Barratt stores!

Click here to see this collection on Natures Dream! 

 

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Urban Veda – Review!

Urban Veda – Review!

Urban Veda – Review!

 

Urban Veda

 

I first came across Urban Veda in a Cruelty Free Beauty Box – this was with their Radiance Body Scrub – and was instantly on their website. I loved it, and couldn’t wait to try out more of their collection. They are not your average skincare brand, they combine the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with a modern 21st century twist.

 

“The Urban Veda ranges are designed to be suited to different skin care types which in the principles of Ayurvedic medicine are associated with ‘doshas’. This is the Ayurvedic term to describe the physical and emotional tendencies in our mind and body.”

 

 

What’s Your Dosha? 

If you’re anything like me when I first saw this I had absolutely no idea, but fear not! They have a “questionnare” that will tell you this, and then you’re off!! Of course because I am never simple I am mix (Tri-Doshic) and they have kindly sent me a combination of products to try out. So let’s dive in!

 

Urban Veda

 

“Originating 5000 years ago in the Himalayas, Ayurveda’s holistic health and wellbeing system is based on the therapeutic properties of plants. Brimming with plants rich in vitamins, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and phytonutrients, our products are uniquely formulated to help maintain skin’s natural balance. Our key ranges help to harmonise environmental factors, to purify, soothe, revive and add radiance. We believe in the value of nature and source natural, fresh, and pure ingredients to create our holistic products.
All our packaging is recyclable, and our bottles are made out of post-consumer recycled plastic. Recycling is like Karma, what goes around comes around. We’re proud of our sourcing provenance and all of our cartons are Forest Sustainability Certified.
Belief in the value of nature means valuing plants as nature intended- all of our products are free from Genetically Modified ingredients, and none contain parabens, artificial colours or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS).
All of our products are certified as ‘vegan’ by the Vegetarian Society. As a holistic brand we don’t, and will never, test on animals.

Inspired by the principles of Indian Ayurveda, lovingly manufactured in the UK”

 

Daily Purifying Facial Wash

Neem + Botanics RRP £12.99/150ml

Urban Veda

 

“Our Daily Purifying Facial Wash has been naturally formulated to cleanse and purify oily and acne-prone skin. The key ingredient is Ayurvedic cold-pressed neem oil. This is an excellent antibacterial and antiseptic tonic to help treat blackheads, in addition to reducing excess sebum, breakouts and toxins.

Infused with antioxidant-rich ingredients to minimise pores and reduce shine, Purifying Facial Wash is perfect for treating spots and mattifying oil-prone skin. This Ayurveda-inspired purifying cleanser is packed with clarifying witch hazel and astringent quassia. It also contains antiseptic tea tree and refreshing eucalyptus to cleanse congested skin.

Purifying Facial Wash has a natural, uplifting and refreshing scent. It is a detoxifying cleanser which gently removes makeup and also balances an oily t-zone for a healthy, clear complexion.”

 

 

This cleanser makes my skin feel SO clean! It’s strange because it almost feels squeeky clean, but so soft at the same time. It removes any and all make-up and leaves nothing behind. It smells delicious, I have nothing but good things to say about this product!

 

Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish

Sandalwood + Botanics RRP £13.99/125ml

Urban Veda

 

 

“Gently buff away dead skin cells with our Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish. Supporting healthy skin cell renewal, Soothing Facial Polish is the perfect texture to reveal fresher-looking skin.

Enriched with calming sandalwood, this gentle facial scrub exfoliates delicate skin with the natural mildly abrasive exfoliant of pumice stone.

With healing and detoxifying geranium, hydration-preserving palmarosa and harmonising ylang ylang, this cooling facial exfoliator balances and de-stresses aggravated skin.

Soothing Exfoliating Facial Polish is specially formulated for the most sensitive skins, nourishing, hydrating and protecting as it deeply cleanses the pores.”

 

 

Even though this is not technically in the same collection as the Daily Purifying Facial Wash I feel like they are the perfect cleansing duo. The teeny weeny grains in this are so gentle and – as the name suggests – soothing, but this product gives such a gorgeous glow and makes my skin feel 10 years younger! Who doesn’t want that!? Plus it smells incredible!

 

Radiance Day Cream

Turmeric + Botanics RRP £18.99/50ml

Urban Veda

 

“Soothe uncomfortable, tight dry skin with our turmeric-infused Radiance Day Cream. Lightweight yet deeply hydrating, this vitality-enhancing moisturiser helps to brighten your complexion and is designed for those with dehydrated, dull and lack-lustre skin.

Enriched with brightening turmeric extract and anti-inflammatory Ayurvedic herbs and botanicals, this natural day cream keeps skin hydrated all day long. Improve signs of hyperpigmentation and lock in moisture with this blemish-fighting blend of natural ingredients. Radiance Day Cream envelops your skin in softness with its luxuriously creamy texture and indulgent formula. It also contains Ayurvedic arjuna extract which has been clinically proven to moisturise and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.”

 

 

This is the most expensive out of the products I have tried from Urban Veda (so far!) and I have to admit I can 100% see why. This is life. This has the prefect balance of being hydrating enough without being overly greasy. It manages to keep any oils away throughout the day making it perfect for under makeup or just to wear all day without turning into a grease ball. It has a lovely light scent and soaks straight into the skin. Literally stunning.

 

Reviving Body Wash & Reviving Body Scrub

Rose + Botanics RRP £12.99/200ml

Urban Veda

“Add a touch of luxury to your shower or bathing routine with our nourishing Reviving Body Wash. Skin conditioning plant extracts help to gently yet effectively cleanse without stripping skin of its natural oils.

This hydrating and creamy body wash is specially formulated to respect your skin’s natural moisture barrier and pH level. Cleanse and refresh dry skin with this enriching shower gel – hydrating rose damask, moisturising evening primrose, soothing geranium and repairing rosehip work in synergy to nourish tired and mature skin.

Lather up with our SLS-free formula and drift away with the delicate natural scent of rose and jasmine. A gentle and enriching body wash helping to restore suppleness and promote skin repair.”

 

“Support healthy skin cell turnover with our exfoliating Reviving Body Scrub. Microbead-free, we instead have used natural milled peach seed powder to gently slough away dead skin cells, revealing smooth, fresher-looking skin.

Massage in using circular motions to boost circulation and improve the appearance of the skin. A gentle formula which won’t strip your skin of moisture, our Reviving Body Scrub is a shower essential for silky smooth skin.

Replenishing rose damask, essential fatty acid-rich borage and regenerating pomegranate work in synergy to leave skin feeling soft, clean and cared for. The perfect blend of omega-rich botanical extracts to pamper dry, tired and mature skin.”

 

This pair are a match made in heaven. They have a stunning scent and gently cleanse leaving the skin so soft and silky! I say gently cleanse, I have used these before applying fake tan and it was perfect! It removed any traces of old tan or dead skin and gave the best smooth base!

 

Soothing Body Lotion

Sandalwood + Botanics RRP £14.99/250ml

Urban Veda

 

 

“Soothe uncomfortable, tight dry skin with our fast-absorbing sandalwood-based Soothing Body Lotion. Heavenly hydrating, this body moisturiser is specially formulated to calm, care for and protect dry skin.

Enriched with irritation-relieving myrrh, blemish-healing orange, hydration-preserving palmarosa and harmonising ylang ylang, Soothing Body Lotion is a treat to the skin and the senses.

Inspired by the ancient principles of Ayurveda, this calming concoction helps to de-stress aggravated skin and helps to diminish the appearance of redness and inflammation. This gentle formulation helps to smooth and soften delicate and sensitive skin, leaving it feeling refreshed and hydrated.”

 

 

Here I have, completely unintentionally, left my favourite until last. (I say my favourite but I wouldn’t actually want to have to choose between any of these). It may be the scent – as with the Exfoliating Facial Polish from the same collection I am obsessed with this scent! But aside from that, for someone who is not normally that excitable by body lotions, I am in love with this. It is heavy enough to deeply nourish the skin, but soaks straight in without leaving any residue behind. It may just be me but I also feel super glowy after using this! Its just heavenly.

 

 


 

So! Overall, I think it is safe to say regardless of which collection will suit your skin type and lifestyle these products will not let you down. They aren’t necessarily the cheapest, but they have a ridiculous amount of gift sets and trial sized products to get you started. I love the concept of what Urban Veda are doing here and what they stand for, and I can’t wait to get my hands on more of their collections to try!

Urban Veda

Click here to visit Urban Veda! 

 

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Bella Forever Review!

Bella Forever Review!

Bella Forever Review!

100% Natural Beauty

 

Bella Forever

 

When I first heard about Bella Forever, it hadn’t even launched yet! A new, exciting, natural and cruelty free brand creating homemade face masks. Pure luxury! Putting my excitement aside, Bella Forever has stunning powder based face masks that not only look stunning, but truly are.

 

Bella Forever

 

 

“Bella Forever aims to inspire all women to embrace their natural beauty by using natural products that nourish and rejuvenate the skin, enhance texture, impart radiance & reduce signs of ageing.”

 

 

 

 

So who is Bella Forever!?

“Hi There!

Many beauty products on the market today are not suitable for sensitive skins, including mine. My name is Annabella and I am the natural beauty founder of this flourishing business. My own story was one of fragile skin which couldn’t cope with numerous cosmetics and makeup preparations available on the high street. My skin protested repeatedly showing its irritation with rashes and soreness and I began to notice just how many products used alcohol, mineral oils and synthetic fragrances… and most were tested on animals too 🙁

Motivated by a complete lack of 100% natural products available, I started to experiment by creating my own facial masks and beauty products, taking things back to basics in search of beautiful, clear skin. My powder based masks are created with an array of skin types in mind and use only the finest clays and essential oils that are gentle on the skin but work wonders by enhancing radiance and glow whilst tackling other skin sensitivities. All my products are safe for everyone to use and enjoy, including pregnant women. Quality is never compromised and you can trust that I personally inspect everything before despatch.

Time is at a premium for us all. Juggling the demands of our work and personal lives leaves little time to invest in a comprehensive and often expensive skin care routine every day. That is why my masks have been formulated to be quick and easy to mix and apply but the results are simply outstanding. Regular care with simple but excellent ingredients is the key to preventing and clearing skin conditions that invariably become worse with unnatural product additives.

Look forward to rejuvenated and nourished skin, reducing the signs of premature ageing and imparting a pure radiance you’ll love……

Bella Forever – it’s all you need.

Annabella x”

 

Bella Forever

 

 

So straight off the bat I was in love with the personal touch just from the packaging. These products had clearly been tucked up and wrapped with love. (I’ve even kept the little label!). I have two face masks, but there are 10 to choose from – and I need all of them! On top of that there are multi-mask packs and accessories such as brushes and application sets. Everything about them is just heavenly!

 

 

 

 


 

 

Bella ForeverBaby Belle Clay Mask

RRP £17.99

Bella ForeverNatural Face Mask for Sensitive Skin

“Natural Face Mask for sensitive and fragile skin. This soothing, purifying clay is known for producing radiant skin. It is perfect for dull & tired skin.”

 

 

 

 

Bella Forever

 

 


 

Bella ForeverMint Cooler Clay Mask

RRP £17.99

Bella ForeverDeep Cleansing Face Mask

“This is a cooling mask that helps remove impurities and absorb excess oil. The sage essential oil is refreshing and has stimulating properties.  The combination of white and green clay moisturises, clarifies and nourishes the skin. Perfect deep cleansing face mask.”

 

 

 

Bella Forever

 


I honestly couldn’t pick a favourite out of these two, they are both just brilliant. Mint Cooler (which is definitely cooling!) detoxifies beyond belief – I can literally feel it working! And Baby Belle? Well, this one is just pure pampering at its’ best. It left my skin so calm and smooth. Also if you’re not sure which masks to choose, there is a “Choose Your Mask” feature on the website to help you decide – tailor made beauty!

Bella ForeverBella Forever

 

 

 

So what else!?

– powder-based and therefore never expired as no liquid agent is in it so no parabens and nasty chemicals.

– they are 100% Natural, vegan, organic and cruelty free

– they are child friendly so perfect for sleepovers great fun!

– they are made in UK

– they are perfect for those who have fragile and sensitive skin or people who have vitiligo or rosacea

 

Is there anything else I could possibly say about these!? Oh yes… use the chat feature on the website to get 20% off! I could cry!

I am so pumped to have found Bella Forever and geniunely excited for Annabella’s stunning launch! Watch this space, I can’t wait to see these stunning masks fly!

Click here to shop Bella Forever!

 

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Cruelty Free Skincare Brands at Boots

The Pip Box – Limited Edition Beauty Kit In Partnership with Cruelty Free International!

The Pip Box – Limited Edition Beauty Kit In Partnership with Cruelty Free International!

The Pip Box – Limited Edition Beauty Kit In Partnership with Cruelty Free International!

 

The Pip Box

 

When The Pip Box approached me about this Limited Edition box I was beyond excited. I have used their subscription service before, and the value for money is astounding. But this!? This box is worth £110!! On top of this 25% of the profits are being donated to Cruelty Free International. This really is just fantastic. So! What do we have!?

The Pip Box

 

 

Starting at the top, The Pip Box have included a “Mini Guide” to Cruelty Free Beauty. Along with some facts and Q&A’s about Cosmetic Animal Testing, there is also a breakdown of all the products included in this glorious box.

 

 

Kewekó Refreshing Toner

RRP £27.00

The Pip Box“Starting off with a luxury treat, this beautifully packaged mist delivers a hydrating and refreshing boost to skin. Mist on to cleansed face morning and night. Gently pat into skin until fully absorbed.”

 

7th Heaven Pink Guava Peel Off Mask

RRP £1.00

The Pip Box“Deeply cleanse and purify pores with the new 7th Heaven Pink Guava Peel Off mask. Bursting with antioxidant rich ingredients including Vitamin C, pressed Mangosteen and crushed Guava – this heavenly fruity medley will help remove dead skin cells and reveal super soft squeaky clear skin. Perfect for a pamper night.”

 

Lily Lolo Natural Eye Pencil in Brown

RRP £7.50

“Enriched with moisturising and conditioning ingredients which are excellent for sensitive skin. Its soft and smooth application combined with a rich colour pay-off make this Natural eye Pencil perfect to outline, define and enhance your eyes.”

The Pip Box

 

iGlow Long Lashes Serum

RRP £53.00

The Pip Box“iGlow is the lash serum tat keeps its promises. Longer looking and healthier lashes in 3 to 12 weeks.”

 

 

The Natural Deodorant Co. Clean Deodorant Balm Palmarosa + Mandarin

RRP £6.00

The Pip Box“Clean Deodorant Balm is bound to become your ‘go-to’ deodorant. This creamy balm melts into skin effortlessly and is perfect for daily use on all skin types. A clever combination of antibacterial magnesium and sodium bicarbonate provide all day odour protection. Coconut oil and shea butter nourish delicate underarm skin.”

 

Purple Tree Skincare Pomegranate Miracle Balm

RRP £3.99

The Pip Box“Pomegranate Miracle Balm uses natural Pomegranate Oil, to moisturise and provide relief from dry, cracked and irritated lips and skin. Its multi-purpose formula has many beauty uses too, such as smoothing and taming brows or fixing glitter make-up looks. A handbag essential for your moisturising and beauty needs.”

 

Silvan Skincare Anise Lip Balm

RRP £5.00

The Pip Box“Silvan Skincare’s beautiful began Anise Lip Balm is packed with shea butter,m jojoba, olive and apricot oils with star anise and sweet orange to moisturise and protect. Their range of lip, body and skin balms are made with the highest quality organic and sustainably sourced plant-based ingredients.”

 

Urban Veda Travel Friendly Face Wash

RRP £3.99

The Pip Box“With a gentle formula that won’t strip your skin of moisture, this cleanser effectively removes all traces of makeup and bacteria, whilst enveloping your skin in softness. Head to their website to test out the full range from exfoliator to moisturisers.”

 

Friendly Soap Hair and Body Bar

RRP £2.11

The Pip Box“This natural handmade shampoo and body bar cleans, nourished, conditions and promotes healthy hair growth whilst helping eco-conscious consumers to cut down on plastic bottled liquid shampoos and hand washes. All their soaps are Free from Palm Oil, Parabens, Sulphates, Triclosan, Phthalates and Cruelty, as well as being boxed in plastic free recycled (and recyclable) packaging.”

 

Aldi Kickstart shower gel

RRP £0.55

The Pip Box“Kick start your day with a blast of freshness! Packed with natural essential oils and extracts. pH balanced. Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans. At only 55p this shower gel makes cruelty free certified products more accessible and affordable.”

 

Primark 9 Shade Eye Palette Amber Edition

RRP £3.00

Primark Palette“Budget friendly and available on the high street, Primark is the perfect go to store for all your make-up essentials. included in your Limited Edition Box is a new-to-the-market eyeshadow palette with a mix of mattes, shimmers and metallic finished.”

Primark Palette

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, I do feel I have to home in on that last one – Primark is Cruelty Free!

Primark Cruelty Free

 

The Pip Box

 

The Pip Box has been putting these beautiful boxes together for a couple of years now (since 2016), and the value, quality and range of products is superb. On top of the 25% being donated to Cruelty Free International for this particular box, every normal monthly box donates 50p to Animal Free Research UK. There are various subscription plans to choose from, with rewards for referring friends and Pip Points!

 

Click here to visit The Pip Box!

The Pip Box

 

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Natura Siberica – Christmas Gift Sets!

Natura Siberica – Christmas Gift Sets!

As we all know, Natura Siberica is definitely one of my all time favourite brands, so combine that with Christmas and what do we have!? Sheer delight that’s what! Here are just a few of their stunning Christmas Gift Sets (there are so many to choose from!) so let’s dive in!

Day & Night Beauty Kit

RRP £15.99

Starting with the biggy, this Day and Night Beauty Kit contains both a day and night cream, along with a travel friendly hand cream.

Rhodiola Rosea Day Cream for sensitive skin

“Treat your skin with our Rhodiola Rosea Day cream. Rhodiola Rosea, commonly known as Siberian Golden Root, is famous for its fantastic adaptogenic properties. It effectively protects skin from environmental impacts, making it supple and soft. Natural Bisabolol reduces the appearance of dry and sensitive skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness, while Vitalayer improves the skin’s barriers and deeply hydrates it. Syn-Coll increases the natural production of collagen, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Extracts of wild harvested Aquilegia Sibirica and Organic Chamomile soothe and calm sensitive skin, helping it reveal its natural radiance and beauty.”

Rhodiola Rosea Night Cream for sensitive skin

“While helping to slow the ageing process, Rhodiola Rosea protects the skin from environmental impacts and helps to keep it supple and soft. Natural Bisabolol soothes dry and sensitive skin by reducing sagging and restoring suppleness, while Vitalayer® boosts the production of hyaluronic acid to moisturise the skin.
SYN®-AKE complex stimulates collagen production and has excellent smoothing and anti-wrinkle properties.”

Bio Hand Cream

“This bio hand cream protects and hydrates skin. Organic honey, Rhodiola rosea, Siberian geranium, organic arnica, snow cladonia and organic beeswax nourish and repair skin.”

Beauty Essentials – Firming Hand & Face

RRP £10.99

Moving on to this Beauty Essentials set, this is PERFECT for anyone wanting to slow down time (who doesn’t!?). The perfect little pamper treat!

Extra Firming Hand Cream

This advanced extra-firming hand cream helps to improve skin’s elasticity whilst providing intensive nourishment to the skin.

Extra Firming Night Face Mask

The mask deeply nourishes and revitalises the skin. It is rejuvenating, slows the ageing process, lifts features and redefines facial contours.

Beauty Essentials – Energising Hand & Face

RRP £10.99

And finally, another Beauty Essentials Set. As with the previous this also includes a face mask and a hand cream, but this time focusing on energizing the skin and giving that glow!

Taiga Hand Cream

A daily hand cream rich in Wild Honey, Arctic Cloudberries and Lingonberries. A beautiful, softening moisturiser for the hands. The oil in the Arctic cloudberry and lingonberry supplies the skin with nutrients and actively restores its natural protection barriers.

Energising Face Mask

Our Energising Facial Mask awakens dull skin, bringing a fresh and beautiful glow. This face mask revitalises and energises your skin, providing a bright, healthy and radiant appearance.

So there we have it! Like I said there are SO many gift sets to choose from, not just for Christmas but all year round. Natura Siberica is such a beautiful and affordable brand that I am so in love with, and these gift sets are just as fabulous as everything else!

Click here to see more Gift Sets!

Natura Siberica Skincare Review

Natura Siberica Skincare Review

Natura Siberica Skincare Review

 

Natura Siberica

 

 

Natura Siberica have become one of my holy grail skincare brands. I have reviewed various products from them already, so this time I thought we could look at their basic products, which are SO affordable. While I wasn’t exactly expecting them not to be any good, these are at the bottom end of their prices so I was intrigued! Super affordable luxurious skincare? Let’s find out!

 

“Natura Siberica products are based on the traditional remedies of ancient Siberian tribes. Featuring wild harvested ingredients, sourced from unspoilt landscapes, Natura Siberica work with these local tribes, bringing about positive changes in their lives.

To survive the extreme Siberian conditions, endemic and adaptogenic herbs and plants synthesize highly protective active ingredients and have extraordinary antioxidant properties. When used therapeutically they offer unique health and beauty benefits.”

 

Natura Siberica

 

 

Cleansing Foaming Mousse

– £6.25

Natura Siberica“Our gentle Cleansing Mousse is a perfect everyday treatment for oily and combination skin. Its rich lather foams away excess dirt, oil and make-up, leaving skin clean and refreshed.
Rich in vitamin P, Sophora Japonica strengthens and replenishes skin while Chamomilla Recutita soothes it and protects from bacteria. Your skin will be deeply cleansed, soft, and beautifully refreshed.”

So starting with cleansing, this foam is just awesome. As someone who would usually use creamy cleansers (or face wipes if I’m feeling lazy..) a cleanser in the form of a mousse isn’t something I have tried before. It is so easy! It lathers up straight away (without being messy as I would have expected!), cleanses the skin removing all traces of makeup AND leaves skin so soft. It isn’t designed to remove eye makeup however, which brings me on the next product…

 

 

Moisturizing Foam Eye Makeup Remover

– £5.75

Natura Siberica“This Moisturizing Foam is specifically designed to gently remove eye make-up without stripping or stinging the delicate eye area.
Rhodiola Rosea, highly renowned for its fantastic adaptogenic properties, deeply oxygenates and rejuvenates the skin. Daurian Lily gently soothes and nourishes the skin – promoting a healthy glow.”

 

This is the perfect partner to the Cleansing Mousse. It is the same format being a mousse, but this is specifically for eye makeup. I have quite sensitive eyes so can be wary using products directly in that area, but this is brilliant! It does not irritate my eyes at all and removes every teeny weeny flek of mascara. I don’t know how this works, but it does. It is genius.

 

 

Exfoliating Face Scrub

– £5.50

Natura Siberica

 

 

“This gentle face scrub with Sophora Japonica and Arctic Raspberry delicately exfoliates, renews and restores the skin making it smooth and firm.
Extract of Sophora Japonica contains up to 30% of Rutin (Vitamin P), which stimulates regeneration processes, and regulates lipid balance. Apricot Seeds gently exfoliate skin while Arctic Raspberry Extract soothes it.”

 

 

 

 

 

Gentle Face Peeling

– £5.50

Natura Siberica

 

 

“A gentle face peel with Aralia Mandshurica, Meadowsweet, AHA-acids and Vitamin F gently exfoliates and renews skin to improve the complexion. 
Our gentle face peel reinforces the skins protective functions, making it smooth and supple. Aralia Mandshurica protects skin from external factors while Meadowsweet restores skin’s natural regenerative functions. AHA-acids gently exfoliate skin while Vitamin F facilitates cell renewal  – making skin firmer and more elastic.”

 

 

 

 

So these two products are fairly similar (hense why I am putting these together). They are similar in the sense that they feel almost identical when squeezing out the tube. BUT, these two beauties definitely do different things. I can’t quite put my finger on what the differences are. I have used them separately and yes after using the Face Scrub alone my skin feels silky smooth, and after using the Face Peeling alone my skin again feels silky smooth too but in a different way. It’s a really difficult one to explain but the descripions are pretty bang on really. All of this being said, I am in love with using these as a combo. This might seem like overkill, but the two combined (I do the scrub first) give just seriously epic results. My skin looks totally different after using these, smooth and hydrated and actually “youthful”. So affordable and make SUCH a difference.

 

 

 

Nourishing Facial Mask

– £5.50

Natura Siberica“Our Nourishing Facial Mask is perfect for dry, normal, and dull skin types.
Calendula Marigold detoxifies and rejuvenates, strengthening by improving resistance to environmental damage.  Wild Daurian Rose deeply nourishes skin and protects it from dehydration. It intensively moisturises and smoothes your skin, making it brighter, firmer, and imparting a youthful glow.”

 

Last but not least every pamper session should be finished with a face mask. In the past I would always use masks aimed at detoxifying and unclogging pores etc. And I still do, but there is something so beautiful about gorgeous, moisturised, glowy skin. 30 is definitely on the horizon for me, so my priorities with my skin have changed somewhat recently, and this mask is just fabulous. It is SO hydrating, but doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy. It hasn’t caused me any break outs, and leaves my face feeling and looking – in a word – healthy!

 

 



So overall I think it is safe to say I am still 100% in love with this brand. Yes the more luxurious and expensive products are definitely stunning and give ridiculous results, I am so happy that I have found these affordable alternatives to use on a daily basis. These products combined are literally transforming my skin (I noticed a difference just in a few days!) and don’t break the bank. And yes, a luxurious product here and there on a pamper night is something I will always get excited about, but these every day staple products are perfect to keep skin looking its best, every day. Another success!!

 

Click here to visit Natures Dream!

 

Natura Siberica

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The Cruelty Free Beauty Box Review

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box Review

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box Review – June 2018

 

Cruelty Free Beauty Box

 

This is the first subscription box I have tried from The Cruelty Free Beauty Box and honestly it was beautiful before I’d even opened the box! Straight away the rose gold logo had me hooked! (Shallow, but true!) The Cruelty Free Beauty Box is primarily a Subscription service for Cruelty Free makeup, beauty and hair products – but they also offer One Off Boxes, Build Your Own Boxes AND they have a general Beauty Shop, AND a Reward Scheme! So pretty much all bases covered there!

Cruelty Free Beauty BoxThe Subscription Box is the perfect way to try out different brands and products that you may not normally come across – plus the amazing thing is if you fall in love with something you can continue to buy this from their Beauty Shop! The Month to Month Subscription costs £14.95 (this can be cancelled at any time) and the 3 Month Prepay costs £43.50 (£14.50 per month). They also have a 6 Month Prepay for £84.00 which reduces this down to £14.00 per month. This all being said, the value I received was way more than £14.95 (my math makes it over £30) so this really is super affordable – plus they even give discount on first orders!! That was too many numbers!! So let’s get going!

 

 

 

Cruelty Free Beauty Box

 

 

 



 

Pure Purpose – Natural Deodorant Cream – Lemon Breeze

RRP £9.50

Pure Purpose

 

Finding Cruelty Free Deodorant can be a bit of a challenge, so this was a lovely product to include – not the most glamorous but definitely appreciated!! The fact that this deodorant comes in cream form, in a jar, could be a little unnerving. But! This genuinely works! It also leave underarms feeling super soft and moisturised which is a huge bonus. And the scent……. Oh the scent. This Lemon Breeze fragrance is so subtle but so refreshing and actually quite addictive! They also have a Lavender Fresh scent too which I would imagine smells just as beautiful. This deodorant is 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free.

 

 

Pure Purpose

 

 

 


Friendly Soap Shea Butter Facial Cleansing Bar

RRP £2.62

Friendly Soap

 

So this gorgeous little beauty bomb is a nourishing face cleanser in the form of a bar of soap – and it literally is beautiful. Lathered up with a little water it creates and creamy foamy cleanser that is just a dream. It smells incredible and is prefect for sensitive skin. It is super calming and leaves skin feeling as though it has already been moisturised! As well as being cruelty free, the ingredients are all so natural and the box is even made from plastic free recycled (and recyclable) packaging. Again this also has an alternative option of Cocoa Butter which is described as being good for dry skin and even eczema! At such an affordable price on its’ own I am positive I will be loading up!

 

 

 

Friendly Soap

 

 

 


Evolve Hyaluronic Eye Complex

RRP 5ml £8.00 / 10ml £16.00

Evolve Organic Beauty

So, a funny story! A little advice with this one – read the note inside the box.

In my excited state I of course had to jump straight in and ended up losing almost half of this product. It quite clearly states inside the box to be careful when opening this product due to its watery consistency – of course I didn’t see this until afterwards. Completely my fault – so please learn from my mistake! Anyway! This product is more of an eye treatment to me than an eye cream as such, and it is SO luscious. It instantly feels refreshing under the eyes and feels so soothing! This is genuinely amazing on tired eyes (which I seem to have a lot…) and it reduces puffiness like magic. The full size comes with a roller ball applicator and given how refreshing it is just using finger tips my brain can’t quite comprehend how amazing it would be with a roller ball! Definitely a favourite!

Evolve Organic Beauty

 

 


Johnny Concert Amplified Eyeshadow – Desert Trap

RRP £12.00

Johnny Concert

 

This was a nice surprise to find as Johnny Concert is a brand I strangely haven’t come across before. (I have since been nosing through their website!). The shade Desert Trap is a stunning Khaki shimmer shade that is absolutely bang on for me! The undertones are neutral so this would literally suit anyone, and the golden reflects give it that extra glow. A simply beautiful shade. Again this products’ ingredients are just brilliant, and as beautiful as this shade is there are SO many shades to choose from (29 if I counted correctly). Click here to view all the shades!

 

Johnny Concert

 

 

 


Delune Mandarin Dry Body Oil Mist

RRP £16.00

Delune

 

 

Now this product – a dry body oil mist – I wasn’t quite sure how to go about using. So (for once) I just followed the instructions and BAM! This is beyond awesome! It is a light weight but intensely moisturing spray body mist that is so ridiculously easy to use! A light spritz transforms the skin making it silky soft, and it smells amazing!!!! Because it is such a light mist it doesn’t even need to dry! This really is epic, and if I was forced to choose a favourite product from this box I think this has to be it!

 

 

 

 


The Cruelty Free Beauty Box – How It All Started!

“Our Founder, Chloe has always been on a mission to make a difference. However, signing petitions, speaking out and avoiding Companies just wasn’t good enough-Yes, it kept her awake at night! She wanted something much bigger than that and to help people see what was happening in the world of Animal Testing and to help them make the change to Cruelty Free – Many people say you can’t change the world, if we all though like that what would get done’?
We have all always been aware of animal testing and boycotted the Companies who allow this, but then as time went on we realised we hadn’t been avoiding them at all. We realised just how sneaky Companies could be – Logo’s were fake, Companies sold in China, they didn’t test but 3rd parties did…. And so it unraveled! That’s when the light bulb went off – We needed something that made it simple for us to enjoy a Beauty Box but one we could trust & enjoy without any guilt whatsoever! Oh & to show these “ugly” companies that it’s beyond acceptable… and so the journey of The Cruelty Free Beauty Box began!”

 


So there it is!! Whether you want to surprise yourself with unknown new products every month, create your own box or just shop in a place that you can trust, The Cruelty Free Beauty Box has cracked it!!

Click here to visit the website!

 

Cruelty Free Beauty Box

 

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Saaf Skincare Review

Saaf Skincare Review

Saaf Skincare Review

 

Saaf Skincare

 

Saaf Skincare is a brand that I came across through Nature’s Dream and was instantly drawn in by their beauty! The packaging alone is so stunning and looks so “spa like”. The products look so luxurious but are actually very affordable! Saaf Skincare are certified Cruelty Free, Organic and Vegetarian with the majority of products also being Vegan certified. Could it get any better!? Let’s find out and get pampering!!

 

Saaf Skincare

Saaf Skincare

“Saaf Pure Organic Skincare brings together the very best of naturally active and ethical ingredients to produce a wonderfully luxuriant skincare range that protects, heals and moisturises, to reveal naturally beautiful and radiant skin.

Active ingredients help to keep skin looking younger and more supple and, by not adding water to bulk and dilute the formulations, the Saaf range of serums, balms and oils remain at their most effective and pure. Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Beeswax, Safflower Seed Oil, Black Seed Oil, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Lavender and Mandarin are just some of the ingredients found in Saaf’s products, all chosen for their skin and hair enhancing effects.”

 


Saaf Pure Face Cleanser & Exfoliating Cloth

“A luxuriously purifying, balancing and soothing face cleanser suitable for all types. Gently removes impurities and make-up whilst exfoliating, rejuvenating and moisturising the skin.”

Saaf Pure Face Cleanser

 

Saaf Skincare

This cleanser is simply beautiful. Just to look at it is so darn satisfying and makes me feel calm! But deeper than that, this cleanser is so gentle and moisturising that I wasn’t convinced it would be removing makeup – but fear not! It removed literally everything giving such a deep clean, but also left my skin feeling like it had already had a full on facial! The texture of this initially looks and feels like a wax, but it melts into the skin feeling more like a buttery balm. Combining this with the included Exfoliating Cloth is just a dream. I love a good face scrub, and using a cloth is so much cleaner, quicker, easier and feels SO nice on the skin! This gives a soft exfoliation that doesn’t feel sharp or gritty, it just leaves skin glowing! This whole set is £24.99 which I think is very affordable for both products – plus Saaf also sell the Exfoliating Cloths separately in packs of 2 for £4.99.

 

Saaf Pure Face Cleanser

 


Saaf Complexion Boosting Face Serum

 

Saaf Face Serum

“Decongest, balance & improve the tone of normal to oily/combination skin with this rich facial serum. Balance oily skin, clear breakouts, smooth away blemishes, and improve skin tone and texture.”

Saaf SkincareSo this is literally the product I have been waiting for. I love the idea of Face Serums but as my skin is ridiculously that of combination (it changes daily!) any serums I have tried in the past have either been too heavy, too oily, too greasy, too thin etc….. THIS however, is perfect. The consistency is literally bang in the middle – not thick but also not watery and runny. It feels so luxurious on the skin and actually soaks in. No grease! I use this before going to bed and in the morning my skin is so hydrated and plumped – I am completely in love! Luckily for me this product is also pretty affordable at £19.99 – but it will last for such a long time!

 

 

Saaf Face Serum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saaf Eraser Body Oil

Saaf Eraser Body Oil

 

“Nature’s correction fluid in a bottle, this impressive toning and smoothing oil is a skin-saving formulation. Calm irritated and itchy skin, promote healthy skin renewal and keep skin supple and smooth.”

 

Saaf SkincareOK so this is where my life changed (well that sounds dramatic but it kind of is…). I can tend to be on the lazy side when it comes to moisturising my body – I absolutely love bubble baths and body scrubs, but once I’m out the bath I usually forget to follow it all up! Until now! Obviously I initially first used this to try it out when it arrived, and I’ve used it pretty much every day ever since. It feels like pure luxury on the skin and leaves it feeling like silk. It soaks in beautifully (again, no grease!) and completely evens out the skin tone giving the most gorgeous glow! While this is on the higher end of pricing at £24.99, this bottle is huge! As with the Face Serum a little goes a very long way so this will last for ages.

 

 

Saaf Eraser Body Oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



So overall, I think it is safe to say I am obsessed. The Saaf range as a whole is on the smaller side currently with 8 products – but I cannot wait to try more of their collection! All three of these products still wow me every time I use them (which is pretty much every day now!). Another point to mention is the scent of these products!! It is beyond amazing. I can’t really put it into words, but it smells like a “sweet spa” – as in spa like but not chemical or perfumed, and sweet but in a soft smokey way. (Safe to say I’m not the best at describing scents…) You just have to smell it to know what I mean!!

To top this all off, regardless of their sheer beauty in every way, Saaf Pure Skincare is one of the world’s most accredited skincare ranges.

  • Certified Cruelty Free by Cruelty Free International
  • Approved by The Vegetarian Society
  • Certified Organic by the UK Soil Association
  • Saaf’s Oils & Serums are proudly Vegan Society Registered
  • Saaf’s formulations are fully Halal compliant

Click here to visit the Saaf website!

 

Saaf Skincare

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Natura Siberica Sophora Japonica Day Cream
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The Pip Box Review (May) – Cruelty Free & Vegan Friendly Beauty!

The Pip Box Review (May) – Cruelty Free & Vegan Friendly Beauty!

The Pip Box Review (May) – Cruelty Free & Vegan Friendly Beauty!

 

The Pip Box

 

Here we have my first ever Pip Box! I was so excited to recieve this as not only is it such an easy way to try out new products, but also introduces you to brands you may not have come across before! The Pip Box is a Subscription Box containing all Cruelty Free & Vegan friendly beauty products (an award winning subscription box might I add!). All products are either full sized or travel sized – no sachets or samples, with an average box value of £45 – for £13.50!? Another incredible part to point out is that 50p from every box is donated to Animal Free Research UK. On top of all that, The Pip Box is named after her dog Pip – so cute!!!

The Pip Box

“Every Pip Box contains at least 5 items, one of which is always a full sized make-up item. Unlike most beauty subscription boxes we never feature one-time-use sachet samples. 

Our current average value per box is just over £45 and our current feedback rating is 4.7 out of 5, as voted by our subscribers themselves. 

We make sure our box edits are always on trend and suitable for the season – think cooling mists and coral nail polishes in the summer, with matte lipsticks and hydrating balms in the winter. 

You’ll also never receive the same item twice because every edit is created bespoke each and every month.”

 

So let’s get into the products included in May 2018’s Pip Box!

 


MoYou Stamping Set

MoYouWeirdly enough I have recently been researching stamping and watching alot of YouTube tutorials, with MoYou being the focus! Bare in mind i am definitely no nail technician, but this stamping set is so easy to use! Much easier than I had expected! This particular plate is from the Kaleidoscope Collection and would normally cost £5.99, along with the Classic Stamper – usually £2.99. Overall this duo is the perfect introduction to stamping and has taken my DIY mani’s to another level!

MoYou


Bloomtown Roll-On Infused Oil

Bloomtown

 

 

This is an absolute gem! I had no idea what to do with this initially as I have not come across these before so I just followed the instructions – and I am in love! Not only does this smell absolutely amazing, but it genuinely boosts my mood! Applied to “pulse points” as the instructions recommend this works perfectly as a subtle fragrance AND it just makes you smile! Usually priced at £4.80, I’ve no idea how it works but I am obsessed!

 

 

 


Glo By Glory Glo Stix Semi-Matte Liquid Lipstick

Glo By GloryNow here is the perfect example of discovering new brands… I had not come across Glo By Glory before so was intrigued to try this out. It is a stunning, full size liquid lipstick with a gorgeous finish (as it states in its’ title – a semi-matte finish). This would normally be priced around £14 (the website is in dollars) so with just this product alone the value included in this box is insane! The colour (Sugar Dumpling) is absolutely beautiful, a soft but rich dusty rose shade that has brilliant pigmentation but still looks natural. Super adorable packaging, a genuinely lovely product!

Glo By Glory Swatches

 


Conscious Skincare Shampoo & Conditioner

Conscious Skincare

 

Another brand that is new to me – and it’s hair! This hair duo are in the Grapefruit and Cedarwood collection and for the 250ml sizes it would normally cost about £23 for a full sized set (these are travel sized – perfect to try a range out!) The packaging is so simple and clean looking and the scent is heavenly! There is definitely the grapefruit there but in a sort of soft musky way… difficult to describe but SO addictive!

 

 

 

 


 

The Pip Box

 

So!!! A fabulous range to start with! While a subscription to beauty products isn’t something I have done before, it is such an affordable way to try out new brands and products – and so much fun! There is also a 10% discount if you sign up for 3 months at a time instead of the usual monthly plan, PLUS there are 2 subscription plans to choose from. You can also earn “Pip Points” (seriously satisfying to say…) with your orders that you can redeem as vouchers.

 

On a side note if you like looking at pictures of cute pups (who doesn’t…) then check out the About Us page too!

 

Click here to find out more!

 

 

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