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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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Misslyn Bronzer and Blush Review and Swatches!

Misslyn Bronzer and Blush Review and Swatches!

Misslyn Bronzer and Blush Review and Swatches!

 

Misslyn Swatches

 

I have to admit, when I first saw these products on Beauty Bay I immediately fell for the packaging. So darn cute! But, because they are SO affordable, I honestly wasn’t expecting much from these other than looking cute. But low and behold! I am still shook! These have gone above and beyond my expectations, so why!? Let’s find out!

 

“MISSLYN is on a beauty mission and is ready to carry you off to the fabulously colorful world of cosmetics. We will make your everyday life a little sweeter with our new beauty favorites, for mesmerizing makeup looks and guaranteed good vibes! Fall head over heels with the snazzy designs, radiant colors and trendy textures and jazz up your makeup with ease! Whether you are going for a sun-kissed, shimmery or matte complexion – Misslyn has all the absolute must-haves all you beauty babes will need, which will give your makeup look that sweet something!”

 


Misslyn SwatchesBeach Please! Bronzing And Contouring Powder

 

 

RRP £7.50

 

 

 

 

Misslyn Swatches“In a retro, pop art palette, Beach Please! Bronzing And Contouring Powder is available in a range of complementary colours. Suitable for defining the cheekbones, use sparingly as a contour powder or all over for a subtle bronzed glow.”

Misslyn Swatches

 



Misslyn SwatchesTreat Me Sweet Powder Blush

 

 

RRP £7.50

 

 

 

Misslyn Swatches“In a retro, pop art palette, Treat Me Sweet Powder Blush is a velvety, buildable blusher available in a range of flattering shades. Ensuring a natural and flawless finish, apply as desired to the apples of the cheeks for a long-lasting and intensely on-trend look.”

Misslyn Swatches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


So starting with the shade range, each of these comes in 6 shades. Each. 6 blushes… 6 bronzers.. how many brands have 6 shades of blusher to choose from!? I have the bronzer in “Vitamin C!” and the blush in “Let’s Dance Mango Tango!”Also, some of the shades seem to be almost “crossover” shades like a browny blush and a warm bronze. Genius! In terms of choosing shades, Beauty Bay has done fantastically with their descriptions. Each shade explains its’ undertones and shade, which is SO helpful when buying products online.

The part that surprised me the most, was how well this lasts! Working outside means my “no makeup makeup” doesn’t seem to last throughout the day, and while this does fade slightly by the evening it is 100% still there and looking good. It doesn’t break apart or go patchy, and it looks so natural!

 

Misslyn Swatches
(left) Vitamin C!, (right) Let’s Dance Mango Tango!

 

 

I honestly haven’t got enough good things to say about these products, and they have set a very high standard for the rest of the collection! I can’t wait to try more!

Click here to view Misslyn on Beauty Bay!

 

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Milani Conceal And Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation And Concealer

Milani Conceal And Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation And Concealer

Milani Conceal And Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation And Concealer – Review and Swatches!

 

Milani 2 in 1

 

First of all I have to say, I have NO idea why it took me so long to try this. The hype around the Milani Conceal and Perfect 2 In 1 has been humongous. I have watched YouTube and googled swatches and for some reason never actually bought it. Until now! As I work outside 99% of the time, I really wanted something that was going to last. There are so many foundations claiming to be “sweatproof”- but lets be honest this is the UK and heatwaves are pretty minimal. Water resistant however, that is what finally got my attention. I get rained on – alot – and having a product that will not just wash off or disappear would be pretty game changing. So! I went for it. Lets have a gander!

 

Milani 2 in 1Tone wise there are a whopping 29 shades. While a big shade range is awesome, it can also be a little overwhelming when buying online without being able to test them first. That being said, Beauty Bay give epic descriptions of the shades including their undertones, so I was able to narrow it down to Creamy Vanilla 01 and Natural 02. I have to say I am so glad I bought both. Even though these are techincally next to eachother, there is quite a difference in the shade. Natural 02 is perfect for when I have fake tanned, and Creamy Vanilla 01 has the best yellow undertone for when i’m a little “pastey”. Plus, mixing them together in the interim works fine.

Milani 2 in 1
Creamy Vanilla (left) – Natural (right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“A full coverage concealer and liquid foundation.

Conceal + Perfect 2 In 1 Foundation + Concealer applies seamlessly over the face offering a flawless, matte complexion. Reducing the need for a separate concealer, the richly pigmented formula requires just one layer for a naturally perfected, water resistant veil that covers everything from blemishes and redness, to dark circles and imperfections.”

 

Milani 2 in 1In all honesty, the claims are bang on. This is definitely full coverage (for me anyway) and initially I missed the slightly lighter concealer under the eye. However, as on a day to day basis I wear more of a “no make-up make-up” look it actually works fantastically. In case the coverage is actually a little too much, I have also tried mixing in an illuminator (No7) or even just a touch of moisturiser and this definitely takes the edge off for a a daily look and blends perfectly. For a flawless look however, honestly this is bang on.

 

Overall, this stuff is serious. No games are being played here, it is simply epic. It lasts SO well, and while i’ll hold my hands up and admit of not dunked my head in a bucket of water with it on, it has 100% held up in the marvelous British weather. I am hooked!

 

Click here to view on Beauty Bay!

 

Milani 2 in 1

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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!

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box Review

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box Review

The Cruelty Free Beauty Box!

 

So! Luckily, I have been fortunate to be sent another of the Cruelty Free Beauty Boxes. I received my first Beauty Box in June 2018 (full review here) and instantly fell in love with everything that The Cruelty Free Beauty Box stands for. A monthly subscription box that includes completely Cruelty Free products for just £14.95 per month (the value inside the box is WAY more!) – plus, if you prepay for 2 or 6 months it is even cheaper! What I loved most about this was the opportunity to discover Cruelty Free brands that I may not have come across on my own. This being said, with Christmas on the way (too early?) the December Box is available as both a subscription box or a gift subscription box, or as a One Off Box for a gift! Use code TREATME for a bonus item!) 

On top of this (as if that wasn’t enough) they have added loads of new products for gifts to their shop, including a Men’s range! So with all this in mind, let’s dive in to the November 2018 Beauty Box and see what goodies we have!

Tisserand Aromatherapy – The Hand Cream (RRP £7.95)

“A must have handbag essential this winter! This Rose & Geranium Lead Hand Cream is bursting with the heavenly fragrance of enriching Rose and balancing Geranium pure essential oils. Expertly blended with botanical extracts of Aloe Vera and Calendula Flower with added, moisture-rich Jojoba oil, this 100% naturally fragranced hand cream helps to protect & soother delicate skin & strengthen nails.”

I LOVE this! The scent is absolutely delicious and it feels SO nourishing! 

Flawless – The Blend Brush (RRP £4.99)

“This Eco Friendly Blending Brush has been carefully designed to work with both concealers and eyeshadows. The long densely packed bristles are designed to diffuse powder, cream, gels and liquids for an airbrushed finish. So whether you use it for your favourite eyeshadow palette & want to create a smokey eye or you just want to conceal an area, it’s the perfect multi tasking brush!”

This brush has been a game changer for me. I’m not a makeup artist – at all – and blending is always a bit of a mission. But! This  brush is so soft and makes any look I am trying to attempt look a lot more seamless! 

LUE’s by Jean Seo-Clear (RRP £11.50)

“Clear is a powerful compound which leaves skin smooth, radiant and clear. Using a special blind of 12 herbs and organic bio dynamic alcohol, this tincture is the ultimate blemish control for leaving your skin flawless. With party season just around the corner & the stress of Christmas, Clear is the perfect essential to keep your skin calm & flawless. You can either us the product directly from the applicator or use a cotton bud to apply (preferably eco friendly ones). Don’t make the mistake we did of putting a cotton bud into the tube as the end came off & it’s impossible to get back out! Apply to area & hold for 30 seconds, repeat 3 times.”

While I don’t particularly have any “spots” at the moment ( a rarity in itself) I did have one of those annoying “under the skin” types. I say did, as its gone. I can definitely vouch for this product, a life saver especially with the Christmas events coming up! 

Spoiled Lips – Matte Liquid Lipstick (RRP £8.95)

“These Matte Liquid Lipsticks will all all day or night. Not only with last, they’re also waterproof! Keep and eye on our website as they’ll soon be some seriously quirky palettes by Spoiled Lips too!”

So I was pleasantly surprised by this, not so much the formula or quality (which I must say is so comfortable and lasts such a long time!) but the shade! While I would usually gravitate towards nude shades, this gorgeous rich brown-red-plum is so wearable and perfect for the season!

Urban Veda – Radiance / Soothing Body Scrub (RRP £12.99)

“Gently exfoliate & buff away dead skin cells with these Body Scrubs. harnessing the power of naturally abrasive exfoliants or pumice stone & crushed walnut shell powder, this formula is the perfect texture to reveal fresher-looking skin. Exfoliate in circular motions, massaging the skin to help stimulate circulation. Another winter essential that will add a touch of luxury to your bathroom routine! Urban Veda are also making the movement to help our planet, their packaging is made from recycled plastic & they are also recyclable.”

This body scrub is an absolute joy. It is super soft and doesn’t feel like it’s attacking the skin, it just smooths the surface leaving baby soft skin behind. Genius! 

As always, I have loved every product I have received in this box. The value as a subscription is just astounding, but now that they have a shop!? Off I go! 

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Monthly Favourites – September 2018

Monthly Favourites – September 2018

 

 

Here are the products I have been loving in September 2018!

 

 

 

 

LUSH Slap Stick Foundation

Lush FoundationThis beautiful little egg is such a joy – even looking at it makes me smile. Not only is it creamy and blendable, but also has zero packaging (other than its’ recyclable box). There are so many shades to find the perfect match – and the “shade finder” on Instagram is just awesome!
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Superdrug Toothpaste

I honestly never thought i would get so enthusiastic about toothpaste. But! As a product that is generally thought to be quite difficult to find cruelty free options, Superdrugs’ own brand toothpaste is just that. It is easily accessible, super affordable, and gets the job done. There are various types to choose from and usually an offer on to make it even cheaper! Go Superdrug!
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BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette

This palette is so stunning it could geniunely just be used as display – but that would be far too much of a waste! The shade selection is ridiculously pretty, and the highlighters!? Oh, the highlighters…

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Natura Siberica Cleansing Foaming Mousse

Natura SibericaI actually became obsessed with this cleanser pretty quickly. It is so quick and easy to use – even on lazy days. It lasts SUCH a long time and leaves skin squeeky clean and super smooth. Plus it is darn cheap!
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Jasmine Rebecca “Butterfly Kisses” Candle

Jasmine Rebecca Butterfly KissesAlthough I have had this for some time now (April 2018!) it is still one of my absolute favourites. The scent is gorgeous, and it is lasting so well! A beautiful brand from a beautiful person!
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Lily Lolo “Blondie” Mineral Concealer

Lily Lolo

This is another product that isn’t particularly new to me, but I still love it. It remains to be the only powder form concealer that I use and is perfect for “no makeup-makeup days”. This is lasting me ages which is a winner for the price.
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Dirty Works Detox Mud Mask

Dirty Works

Who doesn’t love to finish off with a good face mask!? OK so this has been in one of my “Monthly Favourites” before – but it really is that good! The tube has lasted for such a long time, and for £3.00? There literally is nothing bad I can say about this little gem.
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Monthly Favourites – August 2018

Monthly Favourites – August 2018

 

In no particular order as always!

 

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Obsession Customizable Eyeshadows (Ginger)

Obsession Swatches

 

To be honest I am obsessed (no pun intended) with this whole collection in general. But if I had to choose a favourite it would currently be “Ginger”. This shade is so stunning! It is the perfect transition shade that I use pretty much constantly now.
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Natural Collection Foundation

Natural Collection

 

This one was a shocker. I did not expect to like this much, and have ended up absolutely loving it. I don’t have enough good things to say about this product!
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Natural Collection Bronzer

Natural Collection

 

Again I was pleasantly surprised by all the products I tried from this brand, but this bronzer is just phenominal. It is on the natural side, but gives such a gorgeous and subtle bronzey glow that also looks epic on the eyes. Another winner!
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Natura Siberica Exfoliating Face Scrub

Natura Siberica

 

I may have gone a little crazy with this product since I tried it (how often is too often to exfoliate.. I mean really…?). This scrub is heavenly. It is not scratchy or too intense, but the super fine exfoliant leaves skin SO soft and healthy looking – seriosuly addictive!
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Filthy Candles Soy Wax Vintage Tin Candle

Filthy Candles

 

I received this candle a few months ago actually but have been loving this scent during the warmer nights we’ve been having. Super quirky, the adorable vintage tin, and hand made!
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Eden Project Lip Balm

Eden Project Lip Balm

 

Another brand that so far I have loved everything I have tried… I suffer with dry lips a lot (I’m not sure suffer is the right word, it sounds a bit dramatic), but this lip balm has been a knight in shining armour. It leaves lips so moisturised and soft and the results last for ages!
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Madam Glam Gel Polish – Rosy Nude

Madam Glam

 

This is the first product I have tried from Madam Glam and I am already obsessed. I always use gel polish as it lasts longer (a normal polish would struggle to make it through a day on my nails), and this shade is literally bang on. A pale pink that is not bright but not boring. More on the nude side than Barbie, I can’t wait to try out more of their shades!
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Cantu Curl Activating Cream

Cantu

 

One for the curly girls, Cantu is a brand I am working my way through and are becoming staples in my hair care routine. This cream smells incredible, keeps my hair soft (but not fluffy) and encourages my curls to be curlier! Super affordable.. Love it.
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Solait 10 Minute Tan (Superdrug)

Solait Tan

 

As a super fan of the Solait Express Tan (1 hour) I couldn’t exactly not buy this. 10 minutes? Like, for real? And the answer is yes. For real. It is definitely a lighter tan but is so quick and easy and has a really nice olive bronze undertone – no orange in sight! Oh, and its £3.29!!!
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Natural Collection Review

Natural Collection Review

Natural Collection Review

Natural Collection

 

So first off I’ll be frank, I bought these products just to build up my collection as they are SO cheap (everything is under £3). I wasn’t expecting much from them and just thought they would be handy to have around. BUT!!!! I am literally obsessed. I don’t know how they’ve done it, but they have. These have very quickly become products that I now use every day. How!?!?

 

“Natural Collection has curated a selection of cosmetics to work with your natural beauty rather than covering it up. From soft and timeless hues to a touch of colour, this is our ‘show you’ range (not ‘make up’), created to show off the best of you.
Our beauty experts have developed a simple range of lightweight, simple to use, wearable and easy to understand products that fit into your life, not take it over! Beauty isn’t about looking perfect, it’s about finding what works for you and celebrating what makes you individual. Freckles, scars, stretch marks and they are your stories, your beauty.
Embrace your natural beauty, don’t cover up, just shine!
No nonsense make up. Beauty made simple.”

 

 

Natural Collection Hydrating and Radiance Foundation

Natural Collection

 

“Our Hydrating and Radiance Foundation has been created with a lightweight formula that glides onto skin, giving you light coverage.
Containing moisturising and luminescent properties that will help leave skin radiant, whilst feeling beautifully hydrated. An instant boost for tired or dull looking skin.
Kind to skin. With camomile to help soothe and protect.” – £2.99

 

 

 

Natural Collection

So this is the product that shocked me the most. For £2.99 I was kind of expecting a cakey foundation that didn’t really cover anything or last more than 5 minutes. This miracle has become my every day base product. The finish is absolutely stunning and it somehow does last really well! It does “fade” towards the end of the day but baring in mind I work outside the fact that it lasts past lunch time at this price is impressive! Plus it fades rather than going patchy so it still looks good at the end of the day. The coverage is more on the natural side, but I absolutely love it. I am usually a BB Cream girl but this is definitely more coverage than a standard BB Cream. I have the shade “Cameo” which matches my current skin tone (a little tanned) bang on, and I will definitely be picking up a lighter shade for when this sunshine disappears. I just love it.

 

Natural Collection

 

 

Natural Collection Powder Blusher & Bronzing Powder

Natural Collection

 

 

“Our Blushers have been created to give a hint of natural colour, adding a delicate glow to your complexion. It’s easy to blend and build, to help you create your perfect everyday look.
Enriched with Camomile to help soothe and protect.” – £1.99

 

 

 

Natural Collection

 

 

“Our Bronzing Powder is lightly tinted to add a natural, healthy glow to your complexion. Infused with golden pearl, this subtly frosted Bronzing Powder enhances the warmth of your skin and is blendable and buildable, for a natural sunkissed look. This powder is great for use on its own for a more natural finish or over your base for a more intense glow.
Enriched with Camomile to help soothe and protect.” – £1.99

 

 

Again these two products are just life. They have such a stunning finish to them and look so natural. I have the shades “Peach Melba (Blush)” and “Golden Glow (Bronzer)”. If you’re after a strong sharp contour and a bright blush then these probably aren’t what you’re looking for, but to warm up the skin and add some subtle colour to the cheeks these are fabulous.

 

Natural Collection Mono Eyeshadow

 

Natural Collection

 

“Our Mono Eyeshadows have been created to give beautifully pigmented colour.
Our soft and creamy formula provides an easy and smooth application,which is both blendable and buildable.  Available in a variety of colours to suit all looks.
Enriched with Camomile to help soothe and protect.” – £1.99

Another diamond, the shade range on these eyeshadows are pretty impressive and they are suprisingly pigmented. That being said they again have such a lovely finish are super easy to blend. I have the “Milk Chocolate” shade and it is beyond perfect for everyday.

 

Natural Collection Definition Mascara

Natural Collection“Our Definition Mascara has been created to define and separate lashes from corner to corner for a fanned out, clump free and wide-eyed effect.
Enriched with Camomile to help soothe and protect” – £2.49

Last but not least, this mascara is a game changer for me. I don’t tend to wear mascara on a daily basis (I have fairly sensitive eyes and tend to use mascara for occasions rather than every day). But, this gentle mascara has not irritated my eyes in the slightest. This doesn’t make your lashes look like falseys so if you’re more into full on drama or clumpy mascaras then this isn’t going to fit the brief. It looks so natural and just defines the eyes without it being obvious that it’s even there – which for me is perfect. Obviously I do like to go all out when it comes to special occasions, but for an every day makeup I am obsessed.

 

 

 

Natural Collection
(Left:Bronzer, Middle:Blush, Right:Eyeshadow)

 

 

Overall it is safe to say that I am beyond impressed with this whole collection. Had I known it was going to be quite this epic I would have picked up a lot more products when I was there! But I can now crack on and trust that the standard of these ridiculously cheap products is beautiful. I don’t know how they’ve done, and I don’t need to – I’m just glad they did!!

 

 

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