My hair loves oil, not so much coconut oil as I've documented previously but there's not much oil that I've not tried whether alone or blended. When I was introduced to Alchemy Oils, they promote age old Ayurvedic practices of using oils to massage the scalp to give healthier hair. This is something I've grown up being told to do, grease and massage the scalp. The oils cater for all hair types. I wanted to try their blends and see how they worked for me. I was sent two travel sized bottles of Amla Oil & Grapefruit Oil. The brand is certified by Peta, cruelty free and registered with the Vegan Society.

Amla Oil :-
With a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients such as iron, vitamin A, C, fiber, potassium, magnesium, and calcium. Amla fruit is high in essential fatty acids and also contains water, protein, and carbohydrates. It's good for hair growth, used as a massage oil it'll help stimulate the blood circulation on the scalp, promoting hair growth. While being able to heal dandruff, prevent grey hairs, thanks to the antioxidants, darkens hair, imparts shine, deep conditioning treatment and also a cleansing agent. Alongside the Amla oil, Coconut, Avocado, and Argan oils & Lemon Essential Oil is used to aid the shine and naturally cleanse.

Grapefruit Oil :-
Massaging with grapefruit oil on the scalp, promotes healthy hair, imparts hair growth and shine. Cleans the hair from build up, fights dandruff, the scent is naturally uplifting for the senses. Within this combination it also contains Coconut, Avocado, Almond and Castor oil to help alongside the key ingredient of Grapefruit Oil. Castor oil is known to prevent hair loss, help hair growth. Avocado Oil is a natural humectant, drawing and locking in moisture to wherever it's applied. Sweet Almond Oil, penetrates the hair shaft, moisturising from inside and protects from hair from heat styling. Coconut Oil is an anti oxidant and disinfectant and it protects the hair.

Whenever I do my hair to leave it naturally curly, I will moisturise and seal with an oil to lock in the moisture. While when my hair is straight all I use are oils because they give my hair enough moisture and keep it lightweight. These oils are good to use nightly for a massage, drop a few in my hand and begin using my fingertips and spend 5 minutes massaging the head - sometime using the inversion method where I flip my hair to the front, bend forward so the blood rushes to my head and massage.

Travel sized £9.00 each - full sized £24.00 - £27.00 each.

Samples.

Alchemy Oils.

This hair styling product caught my eye because it's an organic styling spray Less is More - Thyme Lacque'Firm hold / Style control / Shimmering shine'. It's basically a hair spray with no throat and chest coughing ingredients. Yup, totally free from gases. Good for you, the others around you and the environment.

Beneficial key ingredients such as:
Shellac - A natural film former, gives your hair a strong hold and beautiful shine.
Fair Trade Mascobado - Traditional whole cane sugar from the Philippines. Mascobado is the dried, unrefined juice of the sugar cane. Made using organic production and imported through Fair Trade. Contains valuable minerals including calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, phosphor and give the hair form and a strong hold.
Forest Honey - precious forest honey from natural reserves in the Upper Austrian Mühlviertel brings moisture, nourishes and cares for hair and scalp.
Sicilian Bergamot - Essential oil from expression of the fruit peel. Mood brightening, refreshing and balancing oil. Has antibacterial, toning, immune-stimulating and antioxidant effects.

It also has glycerin, which is a natural humectant, therefore it draws moisture to the hair keeping it from drying out. So much nourishing and natural ingredients while giving you the benefits of a gas induced hairspray while being natural. It's sprayed on dry hair and then you can style shortly afterwards but for me it's all about holding my hair in place whether straight, braided or in a bun/ponytail and at the end of the night when I brush my hair there's no 'hard case' to break which means no dryness, flaking or crispy feeling. It's not a cheap alternative with some prices from online retailers being between £18-£22 for the full size 150ml but I've found it for under £6 for 50ml and if you're like me and only need a few spritzes and not daily, that'll last.

Less Is More Available Here.

Ever tried a natural hairspray before?

Sample.

Less is More - Thyme Lacque.

Pop culture runs in a 20-year cycle. If you’ve been in the next solar system NASA has recently discovered the past few years, you’ve not been aware of the wave of 90s nostalgia that’s running wild for the past 7 years or so. I’m a 90s kid & there’s no doubt that the influence of the 90s has moulded a lot of my interests as an adult but even the 90s was inspired by the 70s quite a bit and evolved into its own style.

Pinafore dresses, platforms, tie dye, bell bottoms, 70s Blaxploitation influenced the rap ‘pimp culture’ hey Snoop, g-funk anyone? 70s artists were collaborating with 90s up n comers i.e. George Clinton, Isley Brothers. The 70s Show – I just hope I don’t witness the noughties revival. Here's a few that I'm loving.

Chokers.
A trend that’s going strong is the chokers, elastic, velvet, rope, metal – lucky enough – diamonds. I like the choker trend, my issue is finding chokers that vary in length, they’re made quite petite I find. I normally have to add extenders because I don’t want to die of asphyxiation. I have 4 chokers in my collection. The latest 3 are from Happiness Boutique, a black and pink velvet and a string/rope choker – which I adore.

Happiness Boutique have a customer reward program & also offer free shipping. Plus they also have a bi-monthly giveaway.If you'd love to shop on Happiness Boutique, I can offer you a 10% discount code dolcevanity on orders over €19, until April 28th

Slip & babydoll dresses.
Babydoll dresses remind me of the kinderwhore / Hole, trend, I couldn’t go full kinderwhore but I do like babydoll dresses as they’re effortless and good for daywear. Pair with Dr.M, Converses, sandals – whatever. Slip / Cami dresses – I can’t get enough of, I don’t know why I’m so drawn to them, I own quite a few in different colours and lengths but there’s something about the spaghetti straps and silhouette that screams, sexy & 90s supermodel chic.

Ripped jeans + fishnets.
This has been on the radar for about 4 years now but it’s getting a revival and I’m digging it the most, I use to have so many ripped jeans, quite loose – ah I miss being a size 10 – 12. Anyway…there’s a few ways to wear this trend, either fishnet socks or tights with intact or ripped jeans, roll up the jeans at the ankle to show off the socks or simply pair your tights and ripped jeans together. If you’re lucky to have a flat stomach, pair with a crop top/jumper and show the waistband off.


Some of these products may have been sent to me for review.

20-year Nostalgia Cycle - 90s Trend

Garnier Ultimate Blends Maple Healer with Castor Oil and Maple Sap, this new range is to help repair neglected, heat-damaged hair. What's nice is that this range has no nasties within the ingredients therefore our hair and health should benefit a lot more from that aspect.

I wanted to try this because even though it's been nearly 18 months since returning back to my natural hair colour, I've still got the blonde underneath so it's very easy for it to get dry and brittle. What my hair benefited from before was regular, weekly deep conditioning so getting back into that is key and I admit, it's where I started to slack.

As this has Omega's 6 and 9 to help revive hair, it makes castor oil one of the best ingredients to put within these products, maple sap from the maple tree can withstand extreme temperatures therefore it'll help protect our hair from any further damage. I decided to try the conditioner and healer mask - I opted out on the shampoo as I'm not keen on many shampoos and I'm pretty happy with what I'm using. Conditioner, I can't get enough of for my hair. Once I rinse my hair free from shampoo, I completely coat my hair with the conditioner. It's creamy and gives my hair a nice slip as I brush through using either my tangle teezer or wet brush. Once rinsed out there's no dryness or problems and this is where the healer mask comes into it. It's a thick texture and I apply from mid lengths to the ends heavily in the mask and apply to the roots afterwards and clip the hair out the way and carry on showering. Although this has coconut oil within the ingredients it didn't bother my hair or skin which is a problem I am occuring as of late.

The body lotion is paraben free and non-greasy. Even if I use quite a lot it doesn't get very greasy which is nice for some, I can take or leave the grease lol - not an issue. If you've got recurring dryness on your body this could be a good possibility to try to heal the skin. Dryness is annoying and for some relief it's worth the try. I've been using it within my homemade lactic acid body lotion because the skin exfoliates and this helps to keep the skin moisturised as it's shedding the dead skin: win - win.

With so many ultimate blends to choose from, have you tried any from the range?

Samples.

Garnier Ultimate Blends - Maple Healer.

Recently I've been introduced to Al Din, a vegetarian, vegan and halal approved, cruelty free British skincare brand. Al Din is a family owned brand started by Muslim entrepreneur Suraiya Uddin. Inspired by her Grandmother and experimenting at home from a young age by formulating her own natural skincare recipes modelled on traditional Southeast Asian remedies. Suraiya has always been the go-to amongst family and friends for beauty advice. I like skincare brands like this, there's a passion and a heritage behind it. I'm very fond of natural skincare. It's effective and gentle.

No brainer to try the Sumptuous Touch Daily Moisturiser. The key ingredients helps the skin's hydration, anti-ageing and overall improve the skin's appearance and health. With ingredients such as:-

• Hyaluronic acid – naturally found in the body. Helps the skin to be plump, smooth, hydrated and youthful.

• Vitamin E – well-known and researched antioxidants. Occurs naturally in human skin and can help to prevent signs of premature ageing. Blocks free radicals from the body therefore slowing down the ageing process. Anti-inflammatory while helping keep the skin smooth and supple.

• Sunflower oil - An emollient with hydration properties. Keeps the skin nourished.

• Coconut Oil - Anti-inflammatory, hydration, antioxidant, anti-bacterial. Helps repair the skin while keeping it nourished and hydrated.

• Sweet Almond Oil – Rich in Vitamin E, fatty acids, proteins, potassium & zinc. And a good few other minerals and vitamins. Nourishing and nutritious for the skin.

• Jojoba Oil – Moisturising and nourishing. As it closely resembles he sebum in our skin it makes it easily absorbed.

• Glycerin Oat Protein - Oats and Glycerin are known humectant meaning that they draw in moisture making it ideal for keeping the skin moisturised.

The bottle itself is beautifully eye catching with with combination of black and rich purples. It has a airtight twist-up pump which I like products like this, prevent contamination, waste and gives just the amount of product when dispensed. I think my only hesitation was the coconut oil ingredient, even though it's amazing for a lot of skin it's a well known comedogenic oil and rates at a 4 or higher on the scale meaning that it can block pores and cause acne in some cases. I was surprised by its light consistency but don't be fooled by that as it is moisturising, unfortunately due to the coconut I've had to pass this onto my nan to try because I've started to get little breakouts 😞 but so far she's fairing out so much better than I was. I think it would be great all year round for any skin type because of how it keeps the skin moisturised by drawing in the moisture due to the humectant ingredients.

It's a shame for me but it's definitely not a bad thing cos I too experienced the benefits minus the ingredient reaction - it sucks but don't sleep on Al Din. Try the brand out.

Sample.

Al Din Sumptuous Touch Daily Moisturiser.

The glo’up quest. I think besides, having a mental glow up, the outer appearance can make us feel good too. I know if my skin feels & looks, healthy and smooth – I can be a happy woman.

As we’re approaching Spring, so many are looking forward to being able to shed few layers of clothes – at some point, reminding myself this is the UK – but with less layers on, comes more skin exposed. Not a problem but it’s all about having that smooth skin, that can make you feel happy as ‘ish. And that is straight down to the exfoliation and some key exfoliating acids but we will start with the manual scrub. I think there’s nothing wrong with having a daily exfoliation – if your skin can handle it, my body can handle it, I do my face every other day I don’t like to over exfoliate my facial skin. I’ve used all kinds of scrubs, coffee, homemade, salt, sugar scrubs - endless list. Currently I’ve been using this DHC Olive-Corn Body Scrub & Polish, it’s more than just that because it cleanses, removes dead skin cells while moisturising – oh hello – put that down to the olive oil & vitamin E. As it cleanses it also lathers up, I’ve never used one that does that by using structure surfactant liquid (SSL) technology it helps to do this while the small and large granules of corn cob powder work to refine the skin, exfoliate without irritation all while giving off a natural relaxing lavender aroma and vibrantly glowing skin.

//Remember getting even toned skin that glows is a ritual!//

I can use this daily, especially over my back, torso, arms, legs - even the soles of my feet. Everywhere gets a good scrubbing where skin can shed. Gotta admit it's a well served product for my skin. I use it with my salux cloth and when that's all rinsed off, my skin feels smooth but not dry but I still go ahead and use my ritual of bodycare products afterwards cos it doesn't stop in the shower. For £!5.50 it's not badly priced at 200g because you're getting a 3 in 1 product. Maybe DHC have another cult product on their hands?

How do you like to exfoliate? 

P.S. it is microbead-free.


Sample.

DHC Olive-Corn Body Scrub & Polish Review.

I often look forward to seeing what new releases The Body Shop has to offer and one of their latest ones launches is The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Collection, with organic almond milk formulated for sensitive skin, to help soothe any signs of irritation, redness, dehydration and dryness.

The combination of milk & honey isn't new - just depends on what type of milk you use. This contains almond milk and almonds are an amazing source of Vitamin E which is very hydrating for the skin, well known antioxidant therefore it prevents ageing by protecting the skin from free radicals. Although I don't suffer from dry skin, I like to keep it very moisturised. Within the little bundle I got to try is the, Calming & Protection Hand Cream, Shower Cream, Body Butter & Cleansing Bar. All these are easy on the skin, nothing is drying as it shouldn't be even down to the cleansing bar. Which I love, since last year I've really got back into cleansing bars. My body doesn't dry out that easily unless I'm using something very drying - high in alcohol, the fact this is for dry + sensitive skin doesn't bother my skin. Body butters are a favourite of mine, they moisturise and give the skin a nice gleam and this one is the small tub good for travelling or the handbag.

Have you tried this collection? Are there any from The Body Shop that you recommend?

Samples.

The Body Shop Almond Milk & Honey Collection.

Everyone knows about the Dermalogica's daily exfoliant it's definitely HG of so many. Even me, it's amazing, especially once you find out the benefits & ingredients - bitter orange peel oil, ginger, lavender oil, lemon peel oil, rosemary oil, sage oil. Also contains activated Binchotan Charcoal which is traditionally from Japan. It draws out dirt from pores, excess oil (also absorbs odors - charcoal deodorant anyone?) and it improves blood circulation. Glow, on girl. ey ingredients rice bran, full of vitamin E and fatty acids; anti-inflammatory niacinamide; and lactic acid to get rid off dead skin cells.

Dispensing a small amount in damp hands, make it into a paste and & the same way I wash my face, I begin to massage and work it into my skin for a gentle exfoliation. It's so smooth with a little grit but there's zero irritation meaning no down time for the skin. It literally gives the face a moisturised and supple feeling once rinsed off. It's one to try if you're a fan of the original but this one helps against pollution - I'm just saying - added benefits?!

Have you tried the superfoliant or daily exfoliant?


Sample.

Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant

Last January, I blogged about Body Fantasies which are fragranced body sprays. I still have some from the last collection cos they do last a pretty long time & it's hard to choose between what fragrance you may want to use from time to time.  Body Fantasies have introduced four new fragrances - in a SUPERSIZE, where as the others are 94ml these are 236ml!

Cotton Candy :- This deliciously sweet and playful fragrance will have you reminiscing to your childhood with a long-lasting blend of sparkling raspberry, cotton candy accord, strawberry sugar, whipped vanilla and soft caramel.

Vanilla :- A rich and luxurious fragrance that smells good enough to eat, with decadent notes of frosted tangerine, Hawaiian pineapple, Tahitian vanilla bean, vanilla musk and caramel candy that evokes relaxing yet exhilarating feelings.

Pink Sweet Pea Fantasy :- This fun and flirtatious fragrance inspires the romantic within, with floral notes of cyclamen and passion flower while a warm base of musk envelops the crisp notes of grapefruit, raspberry and passion fruit.

Kissing in the Rain :- Fresh, fruity and floral, it captures the fragrance of early spring flowers misted by gentle rain with notes of juicy orange, spring rain accord, water lily and sweet honeysuckle.

Cotton Candy smells a lot more of grape than of a strawberry-raspberry blend. Not a bad thing at all but when I think cotton candy I think fairground, candy. Vanilla is without a doubt vanilla, super sweet & it takes a while for the scent to wear off when it has been sprayed. Pink Sweet Pea Fantasy is beautiful, sillage is moderately high, I can spray it and it really lingers for awhile, it's uplifting. Kissing in the Rain a fruity floral, the others are very young and fun while this one holds more of a mature scent, there's a sandalwood finish which I think gives off that vibe.

Have you tried Body Fantasies before?

These are available at Superdrug for £8.99

Samples.

New Body Fantasies Scents.

Wow, when another box is delivered it reminds me of how quickly times going. This is some jam-packed box this month, with 8 items, 7 food and 1 bath product but all in all, some great stuff at an affordable price.

Clearspring Organic Seaveg Crispies Toasted Nori Snack, crispy seaweed thins and only made with 4 single ingredients - nori that's grown in the clear waters off the coast of Korea, unrefined sea salt and organic sesame and rapeseed oil. Having only baked them for a few seconds and you get this tasty and nutritious snack but it can also be put into sushi or sprinkled over salads or noodle soup. I've taken to just snacking out the packet but I definitely should save a few and try within a noodle soup. Mmm.

Long time - no taste. Hoots Smoked Bacon Multigrain Snack. It's great to see something like this available for vegans without compromising on ethics. I've tried Hoots before and thoroughly enjoyed them as they're baked and not fried they're a healthy option especially for me who has to watch what they eat and make sure I'm making wise snack choices.

Take 100% dry roasted chickpeas and sprinkle a blend of spice and herbs and you'll get Garbanzo Snacks Cajun Kick. High in fibre, high protein with a low GI (glycaemic index) these are another good snack choice between meals.

Oatly Chocolate Milk Oat Drink. Growing up, so many children LOVED chocolate milk, ice cream, bars...chocolate anything and they was happy. Me on the other hand - could take it or leave it & I'm still like that especially cold drink wise. But for those who adore it and also like the Oatly brand, I'd say try this out because it's got protein, carbs and fibres thanks to the oats while also being enriched with calcium and vitamins.

TVK have featured this in gift and limited edition chocolate boxes previously & after requests to see it in their subscription boxes - wishes have been granted. Sarelle Hazelnut and Dark Chocolate Cream Filled Wafer Bar with everything being natural it's another guilt free choice. Now when I do eat chocolate I love to have nuts, so this is a 'take it' opportunity when it comes to chocolate and one that is not regretted.

Here is one for all you fudge lovers, Melting Pot Madagascar Vanilla Dairy Free Fudge. Melting Pot carry 4 delicious: Chocolate, Orange & Chocolate, Seam Ginger & Chocolate and of course the Madagascar Vanilla featured this month. From a family business in Belfast, they specialize in making a award winning handmade fudge - with a less is more ethos, they keep it simple from the ingredient list right down to the packaging.

I've missed being able to have melted cheese on things - seriously missed it. So the Vegan God send of Terra Vegane Easy Cheezy Sauce Mix is a blessing that I can't wait to try out. Hmmm cheesy garlic penne I think I see within the next week - YUM!

Faith in Nature Shower Gel and Foam in Pineapple & Lime - YES! You smell so good and if you know me, I adore citrus so hello. I agree TVK describe it as smelling like Summer and it does have this tropical, fresh and uplifting scent that makes me not want to leave the bathroom - what's new?

Purchase: TheVeganKind

Samples.



TheVeganKind #41

No secret that I love essie’s colour range so when this new range was alerted to me, I found it interesting, I’ve not used any of essie’s nail treatment before and was pleased with being able to try the range as sometimes I like to give my nails a break from colour now and again but it’s always nice to be able to have a little hint of colour while the nails being treated.

If your nails break & peel easily this’ll be ideal especially as your nails will breathe, have sheer colour and still look great. My main problem is that my nails can break easily as they get longer, I try to not have them too long as it’s not practical for me but I like them to have some length. I’ve been trying the new Essie, Treat, Love & Colour range with three beautiful sheer colours available, Sheers to You – pink blush, Laven Dearly - lavender & Tinted Love – coral peach, the collections aim are too:

• Treat – restore strength to dry, brittle nails in just 1 week.
• Love – pamper your nails with a formula that locks in moisture and perfect nails.
• Colour – enhance nails instantly with visually brightening pigments for a healthy glow.
I’ve been wearing the colour for about a fortnight now, I do two coats & I remove them off after a week, do the usual routine file, push back cuticles, treat them – colour. A few nails were a little soft but I've found with constant use and probably using these underneath the polish when it comes time to wearing polish again, it'll benefit a lot. I've had no breakage, the nails don't bend - can I complain? No. 💅

Do you or have you used a nail treatment? 

Available at Boots £8.99 each.

Samples.

essie - Treat Love & Colour