Thursday, 23 February 2017

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lipsticks

Fans of Burt’s Bees will be thrilled to hear that they have launched a 100% natural lipstick collection!

Comprising of 18 gorgeous shades, these full coverage lippies are made with 100% naturally moisturising ingredients to help soften and condition your lips leaving them kissably soft all day long.

Housed in 100% recyclable packaging, these gorgeous lipsticks contain beeswax,  raspberry seed oil (which contains vitamin E) to improve skin elasticity and Moringa oil which is packed with antioxidants as well as being a skin purifier.

Boasting 8 hours worth of moisturisation AND full coverage, I couldn’t wait to give them a try.

The range of shades are just stunning, from pinks and corals, to nudes, reds and berries.

Applying the lipstick is just sheer heaven. The formula is really soft and creamy allowing for easy application and while they do offer full coverage, you can opt to build the colour.

Paler shades such as Tulip Tide which Holly Willoughby recently rocked at The NTA awards can be slightly harder to apply in terms of getting an even look but once you’ve built the colour it looks fab and feels wonderful on your lips.

I cannot stand lipsticks that within 5 minutes leave your lips screaming out for moisture and these lippies do a brilliant job of leaving your lips feeling soft and nourished.

Top: Lily Lake,  Middle: Tulip Tide, Bottom: Blush Basin

I love their really soft, pleasant scent as well which despite being barely detectable is a sweet and comforting aroma.

They offer a delicate sheen and soft, satin finish which gives the illusion of fuller lips and they are so comfortable to wear I’d almost liken them to a tinted balm were it not for their powerful, pigmented colours.

All 18 wearable shades of the new Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lipsticks are available now and cost £9.99 each.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Mandara Spa Oriental Retreat Collection

Oriental Retreat is the sumptuous new collection from Mandara Spa.

This luxurious yet affordable range has been delicately fragranced with cedarwood and sweet orange and features a line-up of six bath and body products which the experience of a spa to your home.

Formulated using exotic ingredients including oriental orchid extract, aloe vera, rose petals, macadamia nut oil and rosehip oil the Oriental Retreat Collection is free from parabens, microbeads, mineral oils, SLES and SLS.

You would never guess that this brand is available from Sainsbury’s or that they are so reasonably priced thanks to their beautiful fragrances and quality products- I’m a big fan!

The Oriental Retreat collection comprises of a Bath Milk (£7), Bath Salts (£8), Shower Gel (£4), Honey Bath (£10), Beauty Oil (£7) and a Body Cream (£7) so whatever your preferred method of bathing, Mandara Spa have got it covered.

I love how elegantly fragranced the range is. It’s the most perfect blend of soft, woody cedarwood and sweet, juicy orange and it’s a little bit addictive!

My go-to trio are the shower gel thanks to its soft, frothy bubbles, the body cream because of its light yet nourishing properties and the beauty oil thanks to its multi-purpose abilities.

I like to add the oil to my bath but it can also be used as a moisturiser, massage oil and can even be applied to your hair prior to shampooing for an intensive treatment.

It is a really special collection that is softly aromatic without being overpowering and I thoroughly enjoy using it.

The Mandara Spa Oriental Retreat Collection is available now from Sainsburys.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Philip Kingsley Coconut Breeze Elasticizer

When my hair is in need of some serious TLC (and let’s face it in winter that’s pretty much all the time) there’s one product I always go to and trust to sort it out.

That product is Philip Kingsley’s multi award winning Elasticizer and now it is available in a GORGEOUS new scent, Coconut Breeze.

Originally created for Audrey Hepburn, Elasticizer is an intensive, super conditioning, pre-shampoo treatment that delivers a rush of moisture to the hair’s cuticle; suppleness, elasticity and bounce appear instantly without weighing down or coating the hair. 

With an impressive celebrity following including Georgia-May Jagger, Cate Blanchett and Gwyneth Paltrow, Elasticizer is every beauty editor’s go-to treatment, for healthy, beautiful hair. 

The new Coconut Breeze Elasticizer is infused with luxurious notes of coconut, jasmine, almond and vanilla to seduce your senses and take you away to a tropical paradise! Enriched with elastin, castor oil and olive oil, plus sunscreen for UV protection this treatment doesn’t just leave your hair smelling beautiful, it leaves it looking it too.

Suitable for use once or twice a week, apply before shampooing. Dampen your hair and apply the rich Elasticizer cream from the mid lengths to the end of your locks and don’t be afraid to be generous with your application.

Cover you hair with a shower cap or towel to create heat and help the nutrients to be fully absorbed and leave for 10-20 minutes. After that you can simply shampoo and condition as usual, however you’ll notice immediately a difference in your hair.

When I use my Elasticizer my hair is instantly transformed; it is super shiny, soft and feels stronger.

It is quite an expensive product but is worth its weight in gold if you suffer from hair in need of some serious pampering.

The new Philip Kingsley Coconut Breeze Elasticizer is available now and costs £19.50 for 75ml.
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