It's cold outside, I'm not sure if you've noticed? I'm teasing of course, but it is freezing. That means we need to take extra special care of our skin, as it gets battered by wind, and confused by the constant changing of temperatures. Obviously we can't stop cleansing, but we do need to be careful that we're not over drying our skin (even if it's oily, it can still be dried by cleansers). This is where GerlindeNaturals' Balancing & Purifying Face Cleansing Oil comes in.
I've never really used cleansing oils, as I tend to think of them as messy and time consuming, so I was really happy at how easy to use this was.
I chose to use a gentle cleanser first, and then follow with this, but if you don't wear makeup I'm sure this would do the job perfectly on it's own.
You just pour a few drops into the palm of your hand and then massage onto your face. Then wipe it off with a warm, damp cloth (a Washi! Cotton Hot Cloth comes included, BONUS!!!
) and then follow with moisturiser while your skin is still damp, and you're good to go.
I cannot explain how much I love this product. It smells beautiful, it is packaged beautifully (as you can see in the photos below), it is made-to-order, it goes on like a dream, the Washi! Cotton Hot Cloth is amazing, and it leaves my skin so soft, clear and glowing! I adore
it, that is in no way an exaggeration.
GerlindeNaturals' Balancing & Purifying Face Cleansing Oil contains Jojoba Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, Apricot and Coconut Oil and Essential Oils. It is perfect for all skin types, even you combination types (like me). This won't clog your pores or lead to breakouts, it will leave you soft, glowing skin that is clear for dirt!
This is the perfect product to soothe your skin during these winter months. The gorgeous packaging makes it a great gift, especially if you have a vegan friend. Or even better, you can buy it for yourself and make everyone else jealous!
I cannot recommend GerlindeNaturals' Balancing & Purifying Face Cleansing Oil highly enough. It is perfect.
You can buy your own, as well as other GerlindeNaturals products here: http://gerlindenaturals.co.uk/
What is your winter skincare must-have??
Stay safe, and warm, x
*I was sent this product to try by beauty on trial*
A bauball for your Christmas tree!
This year Orchid, a UK male cancer charity, are running a special Christmas campaign called Check Your Bauballs
. The campaign is hoping to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer, while the sale of 'bauballs' will raise money for live-saving research.
Now while this isn't something a lot of us here will have to worry about (myself included), we all have men in our lives who we love, and who we would want to look after themselves. We all try to avoid doctors and worrying about our health as much as possible, but it is important to be aware of the signs and to act on any you find.
So if you are a lovely gentleman please look after yourself and check regularly
and if you are a lovely lady please encourage the men in your life to do the above!
I lost my Mum to breast cancer 2 years ago so I cannot emphasize enough how important campaigns like this are, for men and women. We all need to be aware of the signs of cancer, and we all need to look after ourselves.
Guys there are 3 simple steps for you to follow:
- Get to know what's normal for you; the Check Your Bauballs campaign recommend rolling your 'bauballs' between your thumb and forefinger, looking out for lumps
- Make it fun; why not ask your partner to join in? This can turn a scary job into something for enjoyable ;)
- Talk about it; if you are worried about anything you find please go and see your doctor!
Orchid and the Check Your Bauballs campaign have one very important message for you:"If testicular cancer is spotted at an early stage there’s about a 98% chance of cure. Remember that your Bauballs are for life, not just for Christmas, so keep getting them out and checking once a month. Merry Christmas and happy checking!"Now if you want to support this fantastically, festive campaign you can buy yourself a bauball (as shown above) from House of Fraser for just £5, which you can find here: www.houseoffraser.co.uk Or you can donate at checkyourbauballs.comIf I can get my hands on one (quiet at the back please!) I will definitely be hanging one of these on my tree. Yes it will probably get a few funny looks, but that just means we'll all get talking about a very important subject.
Please please please share this campaign with all your friends and family, it could make such a massive difference if we all get involved this Christmas!
Below are a few fun photos showing just some of the celebrities getting behind Orchid's Check Your Bauballs campaign this Christmas.
looking for a new daily moisturiser, always hoping that maybe this one will do everything I need, wishing it will answer all my skin prayers. But alas, they never do, which is why I have more moisturiser's than any other product.
Organic Surge's Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser is natural and organic. It is animal friendly and is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is enriched with organic rose geranium essential oil, and has additional benefits from the inclusion of Aloe Vera.
It claims to:
- nourish and condition dry or mature skin
- repair, soothe and soften skin
- help to boost the skin's natural rejuvenation cycle.
Did Organic Surge's Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser do everything I needed and wanted it to? No, it didn't. As a daily moisturiser to use on the whole of my face, I just didn't find that it worked for me. But
I did find that it worked fantastically well if you have just a couple of target areas that need a some 'super-intensive' care.
If you've got a dry area on the side of your nose, or if you've reached that horrible stage post-breakout where it's dry and flaky, this is the product for you. It is not
a cream, it is the very definition of a balm. It's luxurious to apply if you are only targeting small areas, and quickly dispels any dryness.
As I said, if you want to use this on your whole face, I hope you have more patience than me. Because it is a balm it takes effort to get any largish amount of product out of the pot, so it's not good if you're short on time. But I do think that for small targeted areas, you really can't go far wrong with this moisturiser.
Organic Surge's Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser has earned itself a place on my dressing table, it's not a product I use every day but when I do turn to it I am confident in it's ability to get rid of any dry areas.
I would recommend this product if you have small targeted areas which will benefit from an intensive hit of moisturisation.
You can buy your own Organic Surge Super-Intensive Daily Moisturiser here
Stay safe & protect yourself from the cold, x*I received this product from Baobella*
Image courtesy of Ozeri
I'm sure at some point we've all used a pedometer, and given ourselves a cheap joy by shaking it to increase your steps. I've tried both this 'traditional' type and apps which claim to track your steps. Personally I didn't find either of these to be particularly accurate. Luckily, this is one problem I've solved with the 4x3 motion digital pedometer from Ozeri.
4x3 references the new 3D Tri-Axis sensor which measures and records your movement on the Y axis, the X axis and the Z axis for extra accuracy.
The pedometer can record up to 1 million steps; it has a 7 day memory; and it tracks distance, speed and calories burnt. It also boasts 3 recording modes, a blue
back-light for night-time viewing, split screen display, auto sleep mode, a sports timer, a clock and a calendar.
I've found the 4x3 motion digital pedometer to be easy to use, easy to carry (I'm fairly certain it will fit into any pocket with it's slim design and lanyard), and simple to program.
It accurately recorded my steps, distance, speed and as far as I can tell, how many calories I've burnt.
It comes with a 1 year warranty, easy to follow programming instructions, a very useful screwdriver (to change the battery, which comes included) and it is also endorsed by Evan Kimber, 100 mile Ultra Runner Champion.
I've had absolutely no problems using it, and I now pick it up every morning and put it straight into my pocket without giving it a second thought.
The 4x3motion digital pedometer from Ozeri is perfect if you're just starting to walk/run more, if you're already doing this exercise regularly, or even if you're looking for a Christmas gift for a fitness fiend
I would definitely recommend this pedometer, it is so useful to know just how much exercise you're doing (often without even realizing).
You can buy the Ozeri 4x3motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Tri-Axis Technology from Amazon.co.uk
for £15.95 (RRP £39.99)
How do you record your exercise?
Stay safe & warm, x*I was sent this product to review, but all views and opinions are my own*
Bodhi Neroli Luce Face Oil. Copyright Bodhi.
I've heard a lot of good things about face oils lately, but as I have quite combination oily/dry skin I didn't think it would be suitable for me. But after trying out Bodhi's Neroli Luce Revitalising face oil, I have completely changed my mind!
For me my favourite thing about this product is that I feel like I'm really pampering myself when I apply it. The essential oils make me think of luxurious massages and are brilliant at relaxing you before bed.
It claims to tone your skin, even your complexion and give you a radiant glow. I completely agree with all of these claims. It ticks every box.
I found it really helped clear up any blemishes as soon as they appeared, as well as lessening the appearance of old scars.
I used Neroli Luce after cleansing and before moisturizing as part of my night-time routine.
Because it's so easy to use, I had absolutely no problem fitting this product in.
Although I think you're supposed to apply with your fingers I prefer to dispense some onto cotton wool and then use that to apply. This is just because I don't like oily fingers!
But as I've already mentioned the smell makes this oil for me. Even if it did nothing other than smell nice I'd still want more.
I definitely recommend you try this out for yourself.
You can find out more about Bodhi's Neroli Luce Revitalising Face Oil here: http://www.bodhi.uk.com/skincare/neroli-luce-revitalising-face-oil-detail where you can also purchase this fab product from!
Let me know how you get on!
Stay safe, x
I know, I know, it's a long title! Forgive me and read on? Trust me, it's worth it..
So I'm sure many of you know who A'Kin are, but for me it was my first time using one of their products. As with any first time experience with a brand I was little bit cautious, you never know how you're going to react, but I was excited as well because here is a conditioner with none of the chemical nasties we should all do our best to avoid!
Now I have a never-ending battle with my hair. The ends are too dry, the roots too oily, and there are too many curls everywhere in-between. This means that while my roots need an intensive conditioner like this one, the rest of my hair ends up feeling heavy and claggy. But simply not conditioning the rest of my hair from roots upwards is just a simple no no, when your hair can be as unruly as mine!
As soon as I squeezed some of the A'kin Macadamia & Wheat Protein Conditioner into my hand I knew it was different. It didn't feel slimy like most conditioners, just very light and firm. After applying to my hair and then rinsing out, I could still feel the difference, my hair didn't feel slippery or slimy, just soft and clean.
Even after I'd dried and straightened my hair, it still feels soft (without a greasy feeling), looks healthier and is definitely shinier. So after only one use I am certain this is a winner.
I don't know what makes the A'kin Macadamia & Wheat Protein Conditioner work so well. Maybe it's the cold pressed Australian Macadamia oil, maybe it's the 2% wheat protein, or maybe it 's the fact that it contain to silicons whatsoever.
To be honest I don't care why it works, I'm just over the moon that it does. Finally a conditioner that makes my hair look good, feel great and improves it's health at the same time!
A'kin are definitely onto a winner with this one. So I couldn't more highly recommend that you buy your own A'kin Macadamia & Wheat Protein Conditioner. It might just end your hair battles the same as it has mine!
You can buy A'kin Macadamia & Wheat Protein Conditioner from Holland & Barrett stores nationwide.
Stay safe you lovely lot, x
*I received this product to review from Sparkle PR, but all opinions are my own and are not influenced by any other party*
Lip Dual from Leighton Denny is a lip stick and a lip stain in one handy package. There are 10 shades to choose from, with one for every occasion, complexion and age. With Lip Dual you can create 3 different looks; from a subtle day look, night time glam or a dramatic finish!
Lip Dual boasts a number of celebrity fans including Geri Halliwell. It is rich in anti-oxidants and ceramide-like ingredients, which means it should look after your lips as well as giving you a boost of colour.
I chose 03- In The Nude
and while it's slightly rosier than I would normally have gone for, it is perfect for all skin tones, and really gives you that just bitten look without feeling overdone.
There are 3 ways you can wear Lip Dual;
- the Lip Stain on it's own, for just a slight hint of colour with some shine.
- the Lip Stick alone, for a more intense, luxurious colour boost.
- both the Lip Stick and the Lip Stain together, for a truly dramatic look. (This will also give you the best staying power combination!)
I found that the Lip Stain on it's own was a bit drying, so I prefer to apply it over chapstick. But it definitely gives you some gloss and colour. The Lip Stick is moisturizing and comfortable to wear.
Below you can see some more photos of Lip Dual 03-In The Nude
. It's a really difficult product to photograph, because it is so close to my natural lip colour, but hopefully it shows well enough!
Do you like 2-in-1 products or do you prefer to keep them all separate?
You can buy Lip Dual now from QVC
or directly from Lip Dual
Stay safe, x (and stay warm!) *I was provided with this product to conduct the review, all opinions are my own and are not influenced by any other party. Thanks to Lip Dual and Sparkle PR*
So a bit of a change of direction from my usual posts but I want to share with you a little bit about one of the biggest parts of my life.. my gorgeous dog.
He's a rescue dog, and he's been part of the family for the past 7 years. I will never forget the first time I saw him, he came running straight over to me and I instantly fell in love. It's definitely one of my best memories. We took him home with us the same day, and I can't bear to be away from him for too long now!
Like the breed suggests he springs everywhere. We got him when he was still a puppy, and everyone would say "he'll calm down as he gets older" WRONG!! He's got madder, he tears around, he jumps all over the place and leaves hair everywhere he goes!
Not a day goes by when he doesn't make me smile, although when he decides 6am is a good time to wake me up by barking I'm not so happy!
He's given me so many happy memories, and I completely agree that dogs are a (wo)man's best friend!
Let me know about your pets and the happy memories they give you.*This post in an entry into the Tots100/SwellUK competition*