Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser*

Hi beauties,

A couple of months ago I was delighted to receive a package from the extremely kind Jane Scrivner including her Nourishing Cleanser which I hadn’t tried before.

Nourishing Cleanser is a non emulsifying Cleansing Balm, it’s a beautifully rich texture that is suitable for all skin type. Non stripping and with emollient beeswax and balancing Jojoba and 9 beautiful essential oils. It smells absolutely heavenly, and feels wonderfully smoothing. It also blitzes makeup including the Über stubborn waterproof makeup too.

Emulsifying balms are my preference, this isn’t but it’s won me over big style! Nourishing Cleanser is a luxurious treat, for me it makes cleansing a joy. It’s £46.00 for 100ml, (you only need a tiny bit so it’s more economical than you would think) and while it’s not in my usual price range it is definitely a cleanser I would save up for and treat myself with. Complete luxury from a wonderful British independent brand. I would like to say a huge thank you to Jane for giving me the opportunity to try her stunning cleanser.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

*GIFTED BY THE BRAND

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Natura Siberia Rhodiola Rosea Face Serum

Hi beauties,

Today I have the Natura Siberica Rhodiola Rosea Face Serum, I bought this when I went to London to Whole Foods (I LOVE their health and beauty section!!) at the time my skin was still being a little temperamental (thankfully all back to normal now) and this serum had been on my radar for a while.

Natura Siberica uses wild harvested plants and herbs, it’s certified organic, using natural ingredients sources from Siberia. Rhodiola Rosea Serum helps to relieve dryness and intensively nourishes Skin. It also has SYN-AKE and SYN-COL to regenerate skin cells and helps to stimulate collagen production, Hyaluronic Acid and Bisabolol hydrate, reduce inflammation and calms skin.

This serum is a god send! It really helps to reduce redness and irritation. It’s not oily or greasy and works well underneath moisturiser and makeup. I love this, and have been using it even when my skin was back to normal. It’s not thick or heavy and absorbs quickly. I wasn’t expecting it to be so good for the price, which for a 30ml pump bottle is £11.75. Rhodiola Rosea is a great every day serum as well as an SOS product, the day and Night Cream are on my list to try as well as their Sophora Japonica range for combination and oily skin.

You can get the range at Whole Foods or go direct to http://www.naturasiberica.co.uk they do body and Haircare too and the prices are very reasonable. Looking forward to trying more from the brand.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Lyonsleaf Natural Zinc and Calendula Cream

Hi beauties,

Today I have Lyonsleaf Natural Zinc and Calendula Cream. I ordered this when my eczema was playing up, my skin was ever so itchy and sore and Calendula is an ingredient I have used successfully before.

Lyonsleaf make products on a small farm in the Mendip Hills in Somerset, they grow their ingredients where possible and all products are water free so the use of preservatives and emulsifiers are not required.

I bought this Balm and actually didn’t need to use it for that long to see results. It creates a barrier to protect your skin, the Zinc added to the Calendula is more soothing and within a couple of days my skin wasn’t flaking, not itchy and much more smooth than before. I used it twice a day, in the morning after my shower and in the evening before bed. After about three days I went down to using it at night, and a week later my skin was pretty much back to normal. You could still see the brown marks but my skin was more hydrated, all the flaking had completely gone.

My Mum also had great success with this Balm too, she suffers with cold sores and had a rather nasty one at the time I was testing this out. I gave it to her which massively improved the cold sore and within a week that had gone too. This really is an incredible products for compromised skin! Brilliant also as a lip balm, for cracked heels, dry elbows and I also used it on my hands and cuticles.

I would definitely repurchase this, you need such a small amount that a 30ml jar lasts a very long time. Even when I had a lot of skin to cover, it proved economical to use. At £8.99 a jar (a 120ml jar is available for £22.50 and you can also buy a sample size) I think is great value for money. Especially as it’s so effective and multipurpose. Go to http://www.Lyonsleaf.co.uk to find out more.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Bare Minerals BB Advanced Performance 5 in 1 Cream Eyeshadow

Hi beauties,

Some makeup today with 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow from Bare Minerals. I’m sure you know of my love for BM, I’ve been a Bare girl for years now.

I am quite a novice when I come to makeup, I don’t know a lot of advanced techniques I like to keep things simple (KISS – keep it simple stupid!) so I love things that are fast and easy but still looks like I’ve made an effort. Enter 5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Eyeshadow.

This cream eyeshadow is amazing, it really is 5 in 1. It’s a long wear colour, primer, brightening, smoothing, and has a mineral sunscreen. It’s super easy to apply with the doe foot applicator and you can blend it quickly with very little effort. I always use my fingers to blend, you can use a brush if you wish to but you don’t have to.

I have the shade Soft Linen (swatched above) my favourite is Bare Nude which is quite difficult to get hold of, so Soft Linen is the next best shade for me. I mainly use it alone, I have used it as a primer for other shadows and it lasts all day. I have very oily eyelids and it really stays put! The pigment is brilliant and really hides the red and purple tones I have on my eyelid.

5 in 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow is £19.00 and comes in various shades. Quite expensive for one shadow really, but I do feel it’s worth it, it’s versatile and a perfect addition to my makeup bag.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

La Roche Posay Serozinc

Hi beauties,

I was advised to try Serozinc when my skin was tricky, I’m aware of its legendary status in the beauty world so I ordered a bottle.

Serozinc has just three ingredients, water, zinc sulphate and sodium chloride. It helps to target blemishes and oiliness and can be used as a toner in the usual way or as a refreshing spray at any time of the day.

I was really disappointed with Serozinc, I didn’t see any particular improvement in my skin whilst using it, which were breakouts, oiliness and dryness. Also the spray is so concentrated that I got soaked every time I used it! I’m pretty generous with my spritzing, but this I found too much. I used it Day and Night for about a month before I got fed up and binned it. It’s not a product I would go back to even though I’m back to just oily skin as usual now.

You can buy Serozinc in 50ml and 150ml bottles both of which are available from http://www.escentual.com for £4.25 and £8.50 respectively.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Hollywood Browzer

Hi beauties,

Last month the lovely people at Hollywood Browzer asked me if I would like to try out their hair removal gadget. Being a fan of the Lilibeth Brow Shaper, I said yes to see how the two compare.

The Hollywood Browzer is great for shaping brows, if I don’t keep on top of my mono-brow I start to look like the missing link! But its getting rid of the peach fuzz I have and the ‘tash that I use this for the most.

HB is like a razor so you do have to be careful when using it, don’t use too much pressure and hold it against your skin at a 45 degree angle and it will remove all that pesky hair for you. The “blade” is made from stainless steel, the pack contains two Browzers and a little pouch to keep one in.

Performance wise it is very similar to the Lilibeth Brow Shaper, however they can be difficult to get hold of. QVC stock them but more often than not they are out of stock. The Hollywood Browzer is available direct at http://www.hollywoodbrowzer.com or at Amazon. As I like the performance of the Browzer and the easier availability I will be sticking with the Browzer rather than Lilibeth. Single Browzer’s on Amazon are £7.95 or two for £14.95. A nifty tool that I can’t be without.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Jane Scrivner Rose Gold Facial Serum

Hi beauties,

Another offering from Jane Scrivner today, Rose Gold Facial Serum.

Jane created her range using her 24 years experience in the beauty and therapy industry. She chooses the best natural and organic ingredients, making sure that they have the highest levels of nutrients to benefit the skin.

I have tried a few products from the range now, and I can certainly say Rose Gold is just as fabulous as the others. This is made using 100% Organic Jojoba Oil with 100% Bulgarian Rose Otto essential oil. It sinks in so easily, one pump is more than adequate for face, neck and chest. (I’m a firm believer of the famous Caroline Hirons discipline of “take it to the tits”)

Rose Gold smells absolutely divine, it’s a beautiful silky texture. I would say less is more, you get 30ml so this would last for months. It’s particularly good for sensitive and redness prone skin, toning and soothing. Also great value for money for the quality at £33.00 for a 30ml bottle. Available from http://www.janescrivner.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx