I haven't been well since last Thursday, I suffer from bad migraines, my entire weekend and life went down hill and I'm currently on sick bed day 5 but needing to keep active, I've got shades, eye masks, cool compresses, water and my bed, just to keep going I'm in dark rooms, dimmed screens and trying not to move cos that's when everything wants to set off. So last night I thought let me take a relaxing bath and go back to bed and hopefully have a good nights sleep. The bath was relaxing...the after effects, umm not so much.

I opted for only a couple of products cos I had no patience to be messing about in the bathroom, staple products, quick relaxation, no fuss, no mess. Back to bed!

After reading my darling Halima - Fashionicide's post on The Lazy Girls Guide to Moisturising Your Body I wanted to try these two N07 products, I too can be a lazy bum when it comes to creaming my skin, there's just too much of it imo I've spent all this time relaxing and now I'm working up a sweat creaming my skin! I've tried a few dry oils and there great for shine but moisturising, they haven't 100% been.

N07 Luxurious Foaming Shower Oil £9.95 this oil is thick, to touch in what you might experience with oil being very runny. It almost reminds me of jelly? Not that thick but to touch using my hands, I know it's different. Once put on a bath lily and onto the skin you get a generous lather don't expect too much but it's enough for me to be satisfied. The skin doesn't feel like it's being stripped or robbed of anything. It's packed with grapeseed & argan oils.

The N07 Pampering Dry Skin Oil Body Spray £9.50 - amazeballs. Once it's sprayed on, you get a light scent nothing overbearing & while my skin is damp I start to spray ( danger! be careful when spraying as you do not want to slip on an oil slick ) it begins to soak into my skin quickly but I do rub some spots in making sure those elbows and kneecaps get a good rub! Slip on my clothes let the skin dry while the oil seeps in and moisturisers. Even the touch of this oil on the skin feels better than ones before.

This NEOM Tranquillity Organic Bath & Shower Oil* is actually from a box set but NEOM do sell these full sized for £32.00 100ml with English Lavender, Sweet Basil & Jasmine, I decided to put a cap full in my water. Lavender is one scent that generally gives me a headache but when I opened it, the Lavender scent wasn't that strong, I put it in the running water and the infusions bursts out, thinking I've ruined my bath and getting aggravated I left the bathroom, upon returning the scent had become mild and with my TU Orchid & Sweet Coconut Tealights burning it made for a relaxing environment.

Time for a quick relaxation, what would be your staple products?

Bath-time Quick Relaxation Products!


You would think after the Tans for Women of Colour project, I'd be all tanned out but no. This dull weather that lingered has just been gloomy, appearing even on the skin, think we all want a nice boost to the complexion then and now. Whenever I want glow, I channel my inner Jennifer Lopez, she's the Queen of glow to me. So I've been testing out the award winning Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel!*

About Luminous Gold Gel
This is Xen-Tan's Magic Tan, yup, Magic Tan! Apply the clear gel and leave to develop for 3 hours to reveal a luscious deep golden tan. The skin will also appear dewy thanks to the gentle iridescent sparkles. The say this is there quickest drying, longest lasting tan. Let me put this all to the test!

The Product

A tan with a difference for me, a clear gel that has loads of gold shimmer inside. Paraben-free, so for all those who dislike parabens, thou shall not fear!

Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluonate, Dihydroxyacetone, Fragrance, PEG-40 Castor Oil, SD Alcohol 40, Mica Titanium Dioxide, Ircon Oxides, Trimethylpentanediol/Adipic Acid.

Ease of Application
I used their mitt and a plastic glove under the mitt. They do say you can use just your hands and once finished wash your hands with warm water and soap for 1-2 minutes.
As it goes on clear there's not much indication where your applying it, besides the odd flecks of gold shimmer sweeping over the legs. It's easy to blend over the legs, I prefer gel to mousse application to be honest but I did feel that sticky feeling a little when it started to dry, reminded me of gel on the face. They suggest still wear dark clothing while tanning & wait 3 hours before any water contact.

Smell
The smell, I LOVE THE SMELL! Yup, I love it, when I first squeezed it out I was expecting that typical stench. There's a sweet scent to it, even during application. I can't say that once it was drying I smelt anything, blame the oil burner and candles around me. Xen-Tan call it a tropical smell, smelling it again reminds me of the Hawaiian Tropic Aftersun!

Development Time
It says within 3 hours you will develop a dark complexion, I took ill after this application and just had to get into bed but I did get up and notice my legs were a little darker but the next day as you can see in the after picture there was a deeper colour. The knee caps were a little red but once you shower/bath and rub those legs clean, I was left with a nice more healthier brown glow to my legs.

Overall Thoughts
This tan lasted me about 5 days with regular exfoliating, started to fade nicely for me. With the smell being welcoming and the fact that it develops quick, giving you a chance to apply and still shower before a night out it's convenient for those wanting a quick tan for the night. As I said I prefer this gel to mousse it's less messy.

I've currently got my beady eyes on their Xen-Tan Moroccan Tan!


Are you a fake tanista? Have you tried this award winning tan gel?

*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Xen-Tan Luminous Gold Gel


Don't groan, I know what you are thinking, 'Another beauty box!?' but I agreed to show you Beauteco Box* because just like the majority I know beauty boxes can end up looking recycled and your upset with what you get. So what if you have a box that gives you just what YOU want?

 Beauteco Box comes with three menus monthly, each menu has 5 products on them. I did notice that across the three menus most of the products were the same but would always have a few different products. This way the customer gets what they want and know that they are going to receive it. Leaving you less disappointed.

Beauteco Box will include 1 or 2 star products and 3 or 4 trial size samples. There will be limited monthly supplies, so once they are gone, it's gone forever!! The box that it's packaged in, is the box itself unlike other boxes that have boxes inside of boxes or little drawstring bags. Beauteco has a 100% recyclable box that uses as little of material as possible while avoiding high carbon materials.


~Menu~


1. Anatomicals Body scrub RRP £3.49 / 200ml

Infused with fresh and invigorating melon and mint extracts. This clever deep cleanser will
leave skin fabulously fragranced throughout the day.


2. Anatomicals Hand cream
RRP £3 / 100ml

Anatomicals mouturising hand cream will leave your hands feeling super soft. Contains sweet almond oil and vitamin E.


3. Mitchell & Peach Body Cream RRP £36 / 180ml

This indulgent body cream, containing honey, organic cocoa and Vitamin B5, rubs in easily, without stickiness.


4. Dr Bragi Age management moisturiser RRP £120 / 60ml

Dr Bragi’s versatile facial moisturiser helps to reduce the signs of ageing by fighting the effects of environmental stress, preventing the breakdown of collagen and supporting optimal cell function.


5. Melvita Cleansing Oil Rose RRP £27 / 40ml

Melvita’s rich, creamy cleanser effectively removes make-­‐up and impurities with ultra-­‐ gentle action whilst preventing dryness. It has a delicious fresh floral scent with delicate hints of honey.


It's a lot easier choosing what you want. Products you know that you'll use and hopefully benefit from. I like the fact the boxes are eco-friendly, you feel that you are doing your part. This is definitely a box I myself would purchase as it isn't much of a gamble.

If you are interested in trying to win a box before they launch until April 30th you can try your luck

• Via Facebook at facebook.com/beautecobox
• Via Twitter at twitter.com/beautecobox
• Via the website at beautecobox.co.uk


Launching May 3rd 2013

Beauteco Box more up your street? Share your views on beauty boxes with me below!

*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Beauteco Box - A Box With A Difference


With the beauty world discovering CC creams, BB creams are still at the forefront & capturing the market. Decléor is one that has just launched a new BB Cream, 24hr Moisture Activator has been put into Decléor's Hyrda Floral Multi-Protection skincare range. Having only used the Aroma Cleanse eye make-up remover which I adore, I think was having a rough skin time due to a product I was using and wanting to hide away in my bell tower, I decided well isn't this the best time to try this out.

Decléor claim it is a 5-in-1 multi-action cream:
  • Provides 24 hour moisturisation
  • Brightens and evens out the complexion
  • Refines the skin's texture and corrects imperfections
  • Protects the skin from UVA/UVB (SPF 15)
  • Protects the skin from pollution
So how did I find the beauty professionals 'Secret Weapon'? Firstly it only comes in one shade, the claim is, it's meant to adapt to every skintone. Reminds me of The Body Shop BB Cream which also does this, that one is a grey shade with beads in whereas this one is just a light brown smooth cream. It smells floral, which I'm guessing is what the Hydra Floral collection scent. Below I will show you in daylight how it looks on my hand. I'm a bit darker on my hand than on my face so it gives you an idea of how the shade adapts. There's a smooth coverage, it's even and light. The texture itself is easy to blend. I use my hands to apply it on my face.





I was listening to an 80s mixtape and this happened but of course this is a look I would normally do with foundation. With a lot happening with the blush and eyes, I'd want a base that can withhold all of that. Shockingly I liked the BB cream on with this look but with dark spots it can make them look a little ashy. It's definitely a nice one for the Summer, a little costly for a BB cream at £29 but even with the sample tube I had I noticed you don't need to use a lot.



*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Decléor Hydra Floral Multi-Protection BB Cream


HAPPY EARTH DAY!

With so many ingredients in products these days that are not beneficial and can cause our skin to misbehave more and more people are turning down the natural / organic path. I enjoy more things that are this way because I find my skin is at it's best with products that aren't full of ingredients, I know quicker what I'm not benefiting from too. It can be a costly path but for me it's a happier path.

In preparation for Earth day I decided on a collaboration posts with a few other bloggers who enjoy products that are friendly to the Earth, being that they are either natural, organic, animal friendly or vegetarian/vegan suitable. Sarirah from Pretty Not Included (she gave me the idea of this in the first place with a comment she left on my blog a few months ago)and Yolanda from Pink and Leopard Prints. You should notice posts from all of us sharing brands that are either budget friendly, luxury, brands we have tried or yet to try.

Let's just celebrate a week of being GREEN!

The London Oil Company
Against animal testing and located within the UK no harsh chemicals, alcohol or parabens or any preservatives. Their products range from body oils to help you sleep, kick start your day and even oils for those of you glowing expectant mothers. Quite another pricey brand that I haven't yet tried, samples are available from £3.00. I must say their Sweet Cheeks and Sleepy Head Bath Oil captured me, I don't even do Lavender but I would like to see how well this relaxes me.




Pure Lochside is a Scottish spa brand, free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oil, petrochemicals, silicones, PEGS, propylene glycol, TEA, DEA and phthalates and also against animal testing. Pure Lochside can be pricey with some of their products. I have used products from this company before, their  Organic Orange Cleansing Oil. I'd like to try their Cleanse and Refresh kit next. You can purchase online purelochside.com or visit one of their two spas to get the full Pure Lochside experience.







I've used this moisturiser for a couple of years now, it's main purpose is to keep the skin's oil under control to stop breakouts during the day. I enjoy the whole Good Things brand on a whole. It's affordable and smells good. I always have to have this mattifier in the house as I always tend to refer back to it. With Goji berries as an ingredient it's an antioxidant which helps against free radicals.









Emani is an American cosmetics brand that are formulated and manufactured within the US. Vegan and natural products, a company who doesn't test on animals. Their website has a entire list of ingredients used in their products. Free from parabens, mineral oils, petroleum, talc, gluten and filers and more. I'd like to see how this somewhat compares to Inika, how pigmented this is and how well it holds up.

There's a few websites that sell Emani here & here.





Australian skincare brand, I had this in my possession last year for a giveaway. Their a brand that are against animal testing, vegan recyclable and 100% Australian made. Vitamin C is that vitamin that is making it's rounds and is beneficial to the skin. You won't find parabens, artifical colouring, fragrance or Petrochemicals within this skincare range. U Little Beauty is available within the UK here and here. The serum I had, is definitely one I would try.




With all products it's important to research ingredients, I always prefer when ingredients are listed especially online because you can just copy and search and do the research yourself and see if these products are for you. There's always going to be a debate with certain ingredients if they are good or bad. Don't forget to visit the other girls blogs and hopefully at some point during Earth Day or Green Week their posts will pop up :)

Tell me what's your favourite 'Earth Day' product or brand that you love?

Earth Day Collaboration Post

With my hair just starting to grow out, I like to do length checks even though I'm completely cutting back on heat until my next haircut so testing out the Yogi Mid Size Straighteners* was new for me in the retrospect I've never used a slim plated iron. Designed to get close to the roots, I find having these a huge convenience, if like me you have baby hair using normal straighteners don't cut it. I've spent years during my straightening days being burnt within a inch of my skin.
Deep purple in colour, vibrant and smooth to touch. DON'T be like me, use a heat mat if you have one cos I burnt my new table, it stained purple and yellow burn mark, spent that morning scrubbing. The only problem is if you look at the immediate image above it only has an on - off switch, there is no temperature dial. This will reach 200°C whether you like it or not, I prefer not to use this all over as I would like to keep the heat down, but once it's on and starts to heat up as I am only catching the shorter hairs it's perfect as it hopefully doesn't as much damage compared to if I used it all over.
The tourmaline and ceramic plates, release negative ions that eliminate frizz, they've also made the iron longer than other mini irons on the market so they are not so fiddly to hold, they want the iron to fit comfortably into your hand so there's still a good grip it measures 22 cm long. Besides not being able to control the temperature settings, which I do feel is a let down it's a nice handy straightener that cannot go wrong for those with short hair or do have quite a bit of baby hair.

I actually have a short wig my mum gave me to do dress up in :) cos you know girl needs to play dress up at any stage of her life, I should definitely see how these style that.....Hmm an idea.

*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Yogi Mid Size Straighteners

Hey, hey, hey my make-upistas!
A super lipstick quad giving you all your lipstick needs this year? Um yeah that's what's happening. Sleek MakeUP are releasing next month Lip4 Mmmhmm smack it four times! I have tow of the 6 that are available with one being an limited edition palette, you don't need to fret that you need to run out and collect them all like Pokémon.


About Lip4
The quads are made up of 3 finishes, matte, gloss and satin. Each with it's own mini lip brush and mirror, it's perfect to pop into your handbag and go. It's a bigger size than their brow kit to give you an idea of dimension. Palettes that are available have names such as, 'Show Girl', 'Siren', 'Ballet', 'Havana', 'Tease' & 'Mardi Gras'. Mardi Gras is your only limited edition palette, while Havana will only be available online at www.sleekmakeup.com and the other 4 you can get in your local Superdrug stores & online.
Ballet* & Mardi Gras* {limited edition}
Today I share with you Ballet, perfect for you nude loving babes & Mardi Gras for those who aren't afraid of bold and fun colours!


Ballet Plié is a glossy peachy pink toned nude, Tutu is a satin finish more of a red brown, Pirouette a matte soft brown and Swan Lake, satin pink nude while Mardi Gras has Carnival an ultra bright purple satin finish, Rio is a deep pink, still bright with a glossy finish, Masquerade is a matte coral red and Firework a pink gloss.

The Mardi Gras palette stained my lips after removing the lipstick for a while. Looked like I had tinted lips. The satin finishes I'm not a fan off, the matte isn't as drying as I had anticipated but you can tell the gloss, is exactly that glossy and vibrant. I'm of course yet to wear these out to see how long they last but plenty of time to do so.


Lip4 a nice addition to the Sleek MakeUP family or too much new releases to keep up?


*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Sleek MakeUP Lip4 Lipstick Palette


Face masks, I haven't treated myself to one in such a while so where better to start than in the kitchen, welcome back the kitchenista. I was using a new product to review and it didn't react well with my skin - at all. Needing a face mask that can help get my skin to a good point, Greek yogurt and honey face mask to the rescue.
Greek Yogurt is good for the skin it's full of protein which helps wrinkles by making the skin firmer. It can help calm dry, irritated or sensitive skin. Honey is fantastic for acne, it's a good antiseptic and can help the redness of your spots.

They suggest Manuka Honey which can be expensive. I just used Sainsbury's own brand of honey and greek yogurt, I mixed equal parts of each and I used about 2 tablespoons which proved too much. Using a brush to apply it onto the skin and left it on for 20 minutes and washed off with warm water. You can feel it getting tighter when it dries thanks to the honey and if your like me and need to feel or/& see the affects of a face mask then the honey addition is perfect. Helped calm my skin :)


Do you have a favourite go to face mask?

Greek Yoghurt & Honey Face Mask


Upon opening this months Glossybox* I was taken aback by the box itself, it's beautiful. I love the peach toned, black & white flowered covered design. All I kept saying was 'What a gorgeous box!' but albeit you are not paying for the box, well maybe you are but it's the contents that matter. Did the April box live up to the outer appearance?


*HOORAY*

A box to love, with April being my birthday month, I look at it as my birthday box - oh the sad life I lead. At first glance these products look like I would use, enjoy and possibly purchase. So let's dig deeper!


Richard Ward Couture Hair Optimiser Style Reviver 
One this smells from in the bottle reminds me of something at first I thought Bacardi Rum but then after a few more smells it didn't and now it's still unidentified. This Wheat Protein and Kukui Oil spray is designed to counteract frizz and increase shine whilst giving you volume without residue or stickiness.
Full Size 150ml £19 {in the box 50ml}

balance Me Radiance Face Mask
A triple action mask that deeply cleanses, exfoliates and brightens the skin. With kaolin clay, skin brightening fruit acid complex, ground walnut shells and a bespoke blend of calming essentials oils - rosemary and palma rose. I've heard good things about balance Me, a brand I've been wanting to try. This one I will be trying over the week and giving a review on.
Full Size 75ml £18 {in the box 15ml}

Yves Rocher France Nutritive Vegetal 24H Comfort Nourishing Cream
Great for those with dry skin, able to nourish skin for 24hours, skin is nourished more times at night up to 5 times more. This helps to transform your dry skin into something that is soft and comfortable.
Full Size 50ml £13.50 {in the box 15ml}

Nip & Fab Dry Skin Fix Body Butter in Mango
Smells good enough to eat. Smooth and absorbs well into the skin, once again another brand & product that's been on my wishlist but with me being such a product junkie it would be unfortunate to purchase it and store so it's lovely to have a mini sized tub to get try and use up quicker.
Full Size 200ml £9.95 {in the box 50ml}

Essie Nail Polish in Sugar Daddy
A sheer pink shade, would be good to team up with white tips if you are a fan of french nails. I needed two layers when I tried it out cos the one layer made it look like it was just a tinted clear polish.
Full Size 13.5ml £7.99 {in the box 13.5ml}


Really enjoyed and liked this Glossybox, what did you get in your box?


*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Pearl Lowe x Glossybox

Essie Fear or Desire

With the weather not being able to make up it's mind whether it wants to be sunny, raining or even snowing during April. I wanted something bright & summer minded. Going for Essie Fear or Desire this week for my nails to feel unlike the weather, bright and cheerful.




What are you rockin' on your nails this week?

Manicure Monday : Essie Fear or Desire

Sleek MakeUP Showstoppers I-Divine £7.99 Online Exclusive*

This new online exclusive features twelve of Sleek's legendary eye shadow shades, singled out from Sleek MakeUP's renowned I-Divine palettes. Paraguya, Sunset, Bad Girl, Me, Myself & I, Graphite, Noir, Ultra Matte V2, Oh So Special, Bohemian, Storm, Sparkle & Au Naturel. Seeing as we've mostly all seen these shades before, once I had swatches these I also decided to swatch the colours from the original palettes. The texture of the shades have changed over the last year, I did prefer how the shadows were before with the wafer pattern, the shadows seemed more pigmented, they cracked more granted but they seem to pack on more colour. Going ahead and comparing them was interesting.


Within this palette you have five matte shades, six shimmer and the one party-perfect sparkle shade!

Paraguya (Sandstone) Sunset (Bottom row, first shade) Bad Girl (Innocence)  Me, Myself & I (Primal Green) Graphite (Gumetal) Noir (taken from Storm palette)
Ultra Mattes V2 (Thunder) Oh So Special (Ribbon) Bohemian (Navy Blue) Storm (Top Row, Second Shade) Sparkle (Festive) Au Naturel (Mineral Earth)

I used the same base on all shades and I was quite surprised with the different texture and colour change with the majority of them. The shade from the Sunset palette, Innocence, Primal Green, Mineral Earth & Storm are all about spot on. Mineral Earth looks a little off but it's near enough. Ribbon from Oh So Special looks more pink in person.

I wonder how they came up with the colours to put into this new palette, maybe their was a Facebook vote? There's a few shades in here that I've frequently used such as Sandstone, Ribbon, Primal Green, Mineral Earth, Sunset & Storm.

Was this palette necessary? Probably not. It's handy to have all these within one palette if you like all the shades, you don't need to lug around multiple palettes. Plus most these colours go well together.

Interested? Share your thoughts below with me (:

*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Sleek MakeUP Showstoppers I-Divine Palette

Rococo Babette & Amelie  14ml £12.00 each*

French Chic For Spring
Forever envious of the natives across
the pond, the French je ne sai quoi is the
epitome of timeless style. Effortlessly
groomed, classic, yet edgy, it’s these
Parisian ground rules that helped to
inspire Rococo’s New Paris Collection
that revisits four French Classics.

About the brand
Widely used at London Fashion Week, on celebrity clients and music videos, Rocco's collections remain ahead of trend, inspiring seasons. The polishes themselves are formulated carefully to ensure a quicker-drying, longer lasting finish. These polishes are without DBP, toluene and formaldehyde. Rococo have a selection of colours and are high-pigmented. Not forgetting their luxury nail lacquer ' Gold Leaf ' at a hefty £35 price tag, it's luxury nails at it's best.

Amélie
Celestial ballerina pink with a certain je ne sais quoi

The colour in the bottle looks very pale, bordering a washed out lilac. The first layer is very sheer and a little streaky. The second coat was a lot better with coverage. A dainty shade that's great for those who like pinks and nail colours that don't shock.

Babette
Shimmering apricot that's sassy and chic.

I like this shade, apricot shade that does shimmer but it didn't pick up on camera but you can see it in the bottle. This needed two coats also, they are all opaque with the first coat and the second one gives a nice coverage. Apricot is a nice alternative to pink in my eyes, still get that softness, I love apricot tones on various skin tones.

The shades lasted about 3 days without chipping, with my hands always submerged in water, in a hutch, in bags all day it's a given that nail polish just doesn't last. I like the shades that Rococo has to offer and they do dry quite quickly but not so dry that I can be wreckless.


What's your opinion on these shades, have you tried Rococo?


*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Rococo Nail Apparel - Springtime in Paris Collection

Amazemitt £5

A mitt that can take make-up off with no product, just water?

When I first heard about the Amazemitt, I thought to myself how much could I save not buying make-up remover? Granted I don't wear make-up on a daily basis but we all want something that's effective and quick. So I purchased the Amazemitt a few months ago. It comes in a little organza bag, with a use & care instruction card.

How to use the Amazemitt :
Moisten with warm or hot water and clean your face and neck by applying slight pressure. Do not use any face cleansers or lotions. After use, wash your Amazemitt with hand soap and leave to dry.


I remember when I first started blogging and I started breaking out *oh the woes*, I was recommended microfibre towels, I remember seeing microfibre towels for cleaning around the house. While I could tell the difference than then normal flannels it wasn't long until I moved onto Muslin cloths and left microfibre in the dust. There's no surprise that the AmazeMitt is made out of microfibre.

About the product:
You have to be ever so gentle with microfibre cloths, the synthetic material is a good exfoliator and used too hard could cause irritation and that's the last thing you want. My experience with AmazeMitt was hit and miss, if you are wearing anything waterproof such as mascara or eyeliner I would recommend that you take it off using your normal eye make-up remover. As when I first used it, while wearing waterproof mascara, it was such a hassle to take off.

The mitten reminds me of something I would put on a baby. I thought how on earth is this going to fit on my hand. Course it does fit, I'd like it if it was more bigger just because I'd feel it was more secure on my hand.

Overall Thoughts:
While in use I did need to go over my face a few times to feel like I was working some of the make-up off but in the end I had to use my LUSH Ultrabland cleanser & muslin cloth to really make sure I had got rid of any residue. I need to feel there's more than water taking my make-up off, like the mitt is another step that isn't needed. Seeing as a cleanser can take it off quicker.


Heard of the Amazemitt? What's your take on microfibre cloths?

AmazeMitt

Green Tea Purify Soap 100g £15*

Bathing is my favourite time, bubbles, water softened up, steam and candles. The one thing that can be the trickiest is the feel of bath-time products, a lot of them can try out my skin so I do stray from various brands and ingredients. As soon as I hear the word soap, I don't bother me & soap aren't friends. When I was offered to try Sai-Sei, I did a little research and was intrigued to try this is one of two products.

Sai-Sei meaning rebirth and renewal honours the principals and rituals of the Japanese onsen hot springs whose healing waters are used to cleanse, restore and reinvigorate the mind, body and spirit.

Active Ingredients:
Green Tea - highly regarded in Japan for its anti-oxidant properties.
Shea Butter - super hydrating
Glycerine - vegetable derived moisturiser.

It comes with a net, that you can use with the soap. Using the net to exfoliate is gentle on the skin enough to use daily. The soap has a gentle, steady lather while the fragrance is not overwhelming but soft so don't be surprised if there is no big smell you want to linger. The big thing for me is once I've washed the suds away, the aftermath of my skin. With soaps I can find the skin is sucked out of moisture, with this I still feel that but not as much, it's not high in moisture for me, unfortunately. With the Shea butter, I hoped there would of been more moisturising for my skin. I don't get dry skin but when I use something in my bath, I'd like to feel more moisture. Due to the ingredients, it's good for those with sensitive skin in my opinion. I'm still using this soap daily, it's handy to have a good soap that can exfoliate safely.

£15 for a soap may be a steep price for some to pay. With products like this we have to take into account the the ingredients and what they are offering.

Does not contain parabens, sulphates, glycols, mineral oil, petrolatum, PEG, DEA, TEA, Silicones, Phthalates.


Have you ever tried anything from Sai - Sei?

*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

Sai - Sei Green Tea Purify Soap

Invigorate: Organic Reed Diffuser. Grapefruit, Bergamot & Lime £35*


Being that my bedroom is my room for everything, tranquillity is key. Scents play a huge part in that too, anything that helps to calm my anxiety is needed, that's why I always feel I need a diffuser and/or candles. I keep diffusers on my chest of drawers next to my bed, having the smell nearer to me helps me during the night to have something calming. After reviewing the NEOM Contentment candle last month I chose to go ahead and review a reed diffuser from them, choosing the Invigorate Organic Reed Diffuser. I adore citrus scents it's calming as opposed to Lavender which doesn't calm me, has this opposite affect on me and makes me nauseas so being around familiar, likeable scents make me happy.

Treatment:
An uplifting and zesty scent that promotes positive thoughts and a strengthened spirit. Bergamot's antiseptic and healing properties, blended with mood-boosting Grapefruit, makes for an altogether more confident you.

Ingredients:
Organic Alcohol, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Fragrance Blend (Pure Essential Oils of Grapefruit, Bergamot & Lime).

Did you know? 
Bergamot oil is sometimes inhaled (used as aromatherapy) to reduce anxiety during radiation treatment.

Product:
It comes in a glass bottle with a stopper but there's something about the frosty glass of the bottle that I love the most, the whole essence of the sticks, the wooden sticks gives it that natural feel. As if I made it myself. It says to give it 48 hours to allow the fragrance to diffuse but by the next morning, when I left my room and returned, I could smell it, less than 24 hours later. Roughly every 4 days I invert the sticks to get the best results. The scent has been complimented by visitors ( not sure how I should take that, never got no compliments before ) & I too think I made a wise pick.

I'm so happy that I got a few tweets in regards to my other NEOM post and had influenced a few of you to try the brand, I do hope you ladies have been happy with your purchases. They are definitely a luxury as the tag line of their brand says 'Luxury Organics' the price may be steep for what you see but these are luxuries and to me, I will purchase once it's finished for health reasons. The smell really does help me, might be a mind over matter but if it works, who cares!

80% Certified Organic Ingredients // 20% Natural Ingredients // 100% Pure Essential Oils.
No Petrochemicals, SLS, Parabens, PEGs, Silicone or Animal Products. 
Suitable for Vegetarians & Not Tested On Animals

So now tell me, how do you feel about diffusers? Love 'em, hate 'em?

*This product was sent to me for consideration for a review. This does not sway my opinion. This is 100% my view and research is that of my own!

NEOM Invigorate Reed Diffuser