Some Exciting News Dr Botanicals Brand Ambassador Cruelty Free Vegan Skincare UK

Some Exciting News!

Hi guys! I’ve been wanting to write this post for a week now but as ever, Mistress M.E and her pal Sir Fibromyalgia had other plans… I have some exciting news to share! ¬†If you’re a regular reader then a) you’re amazing, thanks ūüėÄ and b) you might remember¬†this post¬†about Dr Botanicals. ¬†They are a UK company making high quality, cruelty free skincare. ¬†I tried a couple of their products and loved them!¬†

“What does this have to do with anything?”, I hear you ask! ¬†(OK, I don’t hear you, but I have an active imagination so I’m picturing it)! ¬†Well Dr Botanicals have asked me to be a brand ambassador for them for 2017, which I’ve very happily accepted!¬†

Some Exciting News Dr Botanicals Brand Ambassador Cruelty Free Vegan Skincare UK

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Natural organic makeup Bella Vi primer Bella Vi foundation Benecos lipstick Pink Rose Benecos makeup brush reviews

Best of Natural Makeup & Beauty: My Picks!

Hey guys, hope you’re well? ¬†This post has been a long time in the making! ¬†I was sent/bought these products quite a few months ago but a combination of bad health and wanting to test them thoroughly slowed things down! ¬†I happened to be sent a few natural makeup bits from two different companies around the same time. ¬†It made me wonder how more natural products compared to my tried and true makeup favourites. ¬†As a vegetarian and someone who cares about the environment and animals, you’d think I’d be a bit more ‘in the know’ about natural beauty products. ¬†I’m not, but I definitely plan to find out a bit more, after testing out these bits and pieces!

Natural organic makeup Bella Vi primer Bella Vi foundation Benecos lipstick Pink Rose Benecos makeup brush reviews

L-R: Bella Vi Foundation, Bella Vi Primer, Benecos Lipstick in Pink Rose and Benecos Eyeshadow Brush

I was very kindly sent the Bella Vi primer and foundation, and the Benecos lipstick, for review purposes.  As always, despite this, my views are always honest and wholly my own.  I bought the Benecos brush myself.

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SkinSincere Aloe Vera Skin Polish Moisturiser and Cleanser Review

SkinSincere // Natural, Organic Skincare from the UK!

Hi guys! ¬†It’s been a while since I’ve shared any skincare favourites with you. ¬†You might have read my skincare routine posts quite a while back, but I definitely need to do an updated skincare routine for you. ¬†Lots of products have changed since then! ¬†Today, I’ve got a new (to me) brand to share with you – SkinSincere. ¬†SkinSincere is a natural, organic skincare range, manufactured entirely in the UK.

Established by Gemma Allies, SkinSincere was founded in 2013, following her decision to pursue her dream of working in the skincare industry.  Gemma had personal difficulties with eczema and sensitive skin, which added to her passion for good skincare.  She has limited the use of chemical ingredients in SkinSincere products, especially parabens.

Skin Sincere Aloe Vera Skin Polish Moisturiser and Cleanser Review

Skin Sincere – Aloe Vera Skincare

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July You Beauty Box 2016 review and unboxing

You Beauty Box // July 2016 // Review and Unboxing!

Hey guys! I’m a little more on time with my July You Beauty Box unboxing – hooray! Glossybox will be coming soon too – check me out, I’m on a roll ūüėÄ

The July You Beauty Box theme is ‘The Jet Set Edit’! ¬†Of course, all the beauty boxes are focusing on summer, sun and holidays at the moment. ¬†Bit depressing for me as I’m too poorly to go away on holiday, so cross your fingers for some UK sun for me!

You Beauty Box is a monthly subscription beauty box.¬† You select two products yourself, from a shortlist. ¬†You Beauty¬†then add in two more ‘bonus’ products – all subscribers get the same.¬† These may be accessories, hair/makeup/beauty products or¬†a “healthy treat”.¬† The box is just ¬£6.95 including postage, which I think is fantastic value for money.¬† It’s the cheapest box I’ve personally seen on the market. ¬†

They also now offer the option of choosing 3 products (plus the bonus treats) for £8.95 or 4 products for £10.95.  You can find out more, or subscribe here.

July You Beauty Box 2016 review and unboxing

July 2016 – You Beauty Box

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OohArr Face Masks // Review!

Hey guys I hope you’re all well? ¬†I don’t talk much about face masks on this blog, which is strange really as I actually use one about once a week! ¬†If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me post mask-Monday pictures with various different ones I’ve tried. ¬†And if you don’t… pop along and follow me! ūüôā

Face masks are something I’m not at all brand loyal with. ¬†Although I have certain skincare brands I love and certain ones I know don’t work for me, when it comes to face masks I will try them all. ¬†I like trying different brands, different types (such as sheet masks etc) and ones which claim to have different benefits – from smoothing to brightening or firming. ¬†Today I’m sharing OohArr face masks with you, and showing you them all in action!

OohArr Face Masks Review

OohArr Face Masks

OohArr Face Masks

OohArr kindly sent me three face masks to try (and I then got another two in my March You Beauty Box) – although I was given these products for free, as always all opinions are honest and my own. ¬†I will never tell you I like a product, or that it works well, if it doesn’t! Continue reading

Insta Natural Skincare // Retinol Moisturizer and Serum // Review!

Hi guys! ¬†I was very kindly sent the following products free of charge, to review on Amazon. ¬†As I really enjoyed them, I thought I’d give them a quick review on here too. ¬†This is not a sponsored post (and I was not sent the products to blog about) – all views/opinions are my own.

Insta Natural Skincare – Retinol Range

Both products are cruelty-free Рthey are not tested on animals and hold the leaping bunny badge.  They are made in Florida, USA.

Insta Natural Retinol Moisturizer and Insta Natural 2.5% Retinol Serum

Insta Natural Retinol Moisturizer & 2.5% Retinol Serum

Insta Natural Retinol Moisturizer

The moisturiser contains 2.5% retinol, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, jojoba oil, shea butter and green tea – all together a pretty good collection of things that are beneficial in skincare. ¬†I don’t know a whole lot about retinol, but the basics are that it is a powerful anti-oxidant, derived from vitamin A. ¬†Once absorbed, retinol is converted into retinoic acid, which helps restore skin and diminish the signs of ageing, sun damage, wrinkles, age spots etc. Vitamin C is another anti-oxidant which helps battle the early signs of ageing. ¬†The rest of the ingredients are good for nourishing and hydrating the skin, to actually keep it moisturised.

The main thing I like about this moisturiser is that it is fairly light and doesn’t leave my skin oily at all. ¬†I can be quite fussy about day creams, as if they leave any detectable layer on my skin, my makeup tends to go oily which I really don’t like! ¬†I have oily/combination skin and like a matte makeup finish. ¬†The lotion is actually pretty thick and white, but a little goes a long way (really, you can use such a small amount!) and it absorbs really quickly. ¬†It has a very light, almost indetectable scent. ¬†You get 100ml, which is a very generous about for a face cream.

Wear SPF!!

One thing to bear in mind is that using retinol products can increase your skin’s sensitivity to the sun, so you should use a sunscreen or SPF if you will be using this during the day. ¬†As I spend most of my time bed or housebound, this isn’t too much of an issue for me, although if I have an appointment or anything, I will tend to use foundation and powder with SPF. ¬†If I was taking this on holiday somewhere sunny (chance would be a fine thing!!) I would make sure to actually use a proper face SPF… or maybe just use a retinol-free moisturiser during that period.

My Results

I can’t really tell whether it has had any lasting effects on my skin but it’s something I’ve really enjoyed and would continue using. ¬†I personally wouldn’t buy it at full price (¬£39.95) but it is very frequently on sale at ¬£17.95 which I would happily pay as it’s huge and will last months with the small amount you use! You can find it on sale at the time of posting here.

Insta Natural Retinol Moisturizer and Insta Natural 2.5% Retinol Serum

Insta Natural 2.5% Retinol Moisturizer and Retinol Serum

Insta Natural Skincare – 2.5% Retinol Serum

I believe the two retinol products are safe to use together, but I chose to try them separately so that I could see how my skin responded to each product.  This serum also contains 2.5% retinol, together with vitamin C, hyaluronic acid and CoQ10. The blend of ingredients aim to nourish your skin, whilst helping it look younger and healthier.  As you can see, it contains a lot of the same active ingredients as the moisturiser.  CoQ10 helps to protect against free-radical damage.

The serum is orange, and also smells like oranges (the vitamin C theme I guess?) ¬†It’s actually a really nice, refreshing smell so it makes it pleasant to use, especially in the mornings. ¬†The glass bottle has a screw top with a built in pipette, so you ‘suck up’ some of the product, and then dropper however much you want onto your hands (around 6 – 8 drops seems to do fine for me). ¬†It has a light, non-oily texture and absorbs really nicely, leaving your skin feeling quite matte and velvety. ¬†Again this is a massive plus for me, as I will happily use it before makeup, with it being so non-greasy. The same applies with sun protection as I mentioned above with the moisturiser – please make sure you use SPF if using it during the daytime, out of the house!

My Results

This is another product I really enjoy, and actually prefer it to my Superdrug Vitamin E serum (which I really liked before, but now seems a bit oily in comparison to this). ¬†As with the moisturiser, I wouldn’t purchase this at full price (¬£49.95) but it’s very frequently on offer at ¬£17.95, which I would buy it for. ¬†The bottle is 30ml, which goes a fairly long way as you don’t need much. You can find it on sale at the time of posting, here.

Once again, this post is not sponsored and all views/opinions are my own.

Have you ever tried any retinol skincare?  How did you find it?  Let me know in the comments!  

AA Skincare // Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion // Review

Hey guys Рdid you have a nice Christmas break?  I hope so! Have all the festivities taken their toll on your skin?  If so, this one may be for you!  I was kindly sent this Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion to try, by AA Skincare.  I have tried a few of their products in the past (find my reviews here), which I enjoyed, so I was happy to give something else a go! 

I was given this product free of charge, but all opinions are my own and this post is not sponsored.

AA Skincare Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion Review

AA Skincare = Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion

AA Skincare is¬†a fairly new natural skincare range from Amphora Aromatics. ¬†They are a UK-based company (Bristol) and it‚Äôs always nice to support UK businesses where possible. ¬†Their mission statement is to ‚Äúsupply their customers with wonderfully natural, effective products at affordable prices‚ÄĚ ‚Äď and from what I‚Äôve seen on their website, the prices really are affordable, with most products at well under a tenner! ¬†

The skincare range combines essential oils with natural ingredients, avoiding chemicals and artificial ingredients. According to the company, “this light and readily absorbed lotion not only moisturises but helps to tone and restore your skin. Naturally antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal, making it perfect for acne prone skin, spots, blemishes and other abrasions and can help skin heal”.¬† That all sounds good to me, as my skin is usually not too bad but I’ve had quite a few breakouts recently. The lotion contains lavender and tea tree (obviously!) but also rosehip oil, grapeseed oil, panthenol, sunflower oil and glycerin – all active ingredients that each have their own uses.

AA Skincare Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion Review

I really like that even though it’s really affordable, the packaging comes with both a pump and a secondary lid.¬† There are a lot of cheaper products out there that I really wish had pumps, as it makes dispensing the right amount of product so much easier, and is generally more hygeinic than scooping into a tub with your fingers! The light, creamy lotion is white and has a strong lavender scent… now I personally hate the smell of lavender as it gives me headaches for some reason, but I know it’s generally a popular scent so I can’t see it being a problem for most people.¬† I can’t really smell the tea tree.¬† Once the lotion is rubbed in, you don’t get much residual scent so it’s not a problem anyway.

AA Skincare Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion Review

When using this lotion, I was tending to use it in the morning and then alternate for my usual (richer) night cream in the evening.¬† There is no reason you can’t use this twice a day if you like, I just usually use a richer cream overnight to plump up my skin and rehydrate.¬† The best thing about using this in the morning is that it’s pretty non-greasy and soaks into the skin well, making it perfect to use before applying makeup.¬† I find some moisturisers way too oily to use in the mornings, as they disrupt foundation and leave the skin looking way too oily… but not this one!

Overall I really like this product, and would definitely re-purchase it, but I would opt for one of the other scents in the range, probably the Bergamot and Chamomile one.¬† As always, communication from the brand is really friendly and down to earth.¬† I think they’re a great example of a natural, cruelty-free, British skincare company!

Have you tried any AA Skincare products?  What do you think of them?  Let me know in the comments!