Liz Earle Lavender & Basil Hand Repair

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Hi beauties,

My favourite hand cream has got to be Liz Earle Hand Repair, beautifully scented and makes hands so soft but they discontinued it. Yes, I know how rude! I was gutted and rushed to get as many bottles as I could.

However, I needn’t have worried as the very clever people at Liz Earle came up with something even better, Lavender and Basil Hand Repair! Deliciously scented with lavender and basil obviously, but there is also Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, Pettigrain and Rosemary it is a gorgeous and rounded herby fragrance. As a huge fan of Lavender, one of my most favourite essential oils this is glorious, forget old Nan smell, this is modern and fresh.

The new formula is a tad more moisturising too, as with products with more natural ingredients you don’t need a lot, about a pea sized amount is plenty. I love it that much I’ve already got a back up which is the biggest beauty compliment I can give. Lavender and Basil Hand Repair is available from http://m.lizearle.com and is £21.00 for 150ml pump bottle.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum

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Another post that has been long in the making! This is a serum I’ve used consistently for the last 6 months which as a beauty lover and always keen to try new things is rare.

I had heard of it before and after trying so many serums to try and correct the dark spots I have on my skin that didn’t work I thought I would give Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum a try. Vinoperfect is extremely lightweight, it feels like nothing on your skin so I was a bit sceptical. However, this means that it does sink into lower levels of your skin making a brilliant difference.

Having oily skin means I do get the occasional breakout and I do get spots that are lumps under my skin that just don’t go so I have scars from those. I find this serum gets rid of those discolourations on my skin and really does brighten my complexion. You have to be committed to using it day and night as it will not get rid of those problems overnight and although it hasn’t totally got rid of the brown patches it has certainly lightened them.

Another important thing when using this serum is SPF. The serum works so much better when using SPF religiously, I haven’t recently and I have noticed that the marks have become a little more pronounced. It’s a very light texture so do be sure to not to use too much, it is more a fluid so a couple of drops is all you need. During the day I don’t need an extra serum for moisturisation although you can layer easily, so I just pop my SPF over the top of this and I am done for the day. At night I do layer with an oil, I apply it first and there is no annoying roll off.

This serum is a pleasure to use, light non greasy with a fresh fragrance that dissipates quickly and sinks in very well. It doesn’t leave any residue or feel sticky, if it does then you have used far too much.  It works so well for me that I will always have some in my beauty back up drawer, luckily I was given a sample from the Beauty Bash so I have extra waiting for me!

An excellent serum that is really worth using, it is available from http://uk.caudalie.com/ at £45.00 for 30ml.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

CND Solar Oil

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Hi beauties,

I love a cuticle oil and CND Solar Oil is always in my manicure kit. It is a wonderfully moisturising oil that I mainly use during the day as it is lighter than my usual OPI Avoplex.

Solar Oil is a gorgeous oil and has an almondy fragrance to it that I wasn’t sure about when I first tried it, but now I love it. If you know L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil the scent is very similar, not marzipan just fresh almond. It is a highly nourishing oil but very lightweight so great for use during the day, I just pop some on – I don’t even bother rubbing it in as it sinks in so well and then get on with whatever I am doing.

I couldn’t be without cuticle oil, I know you really don’t need a specific oil for your nails as just a single ingredient oil would still be good but I find both Solar Oil and Avoplex more pleasurable to use due to scent and texture for nails and hands. I think that oil is as important as a strengthening treatment in your nail routine and highly recommend their use. It’s also really good for using on your hands underneath a hand cream for extra hydration.

The ingredient listing is: Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Vitamin E and Parfum. This combination of oils work very well for me, you can use this when you have nail enhancements too.

I either buy mine from eBay or Amazon where I can usually get it for around £6.00.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Naturally European Classique Milk Luxury Hand Cream 

Hi lovelies,

Every Wednesday for the next few weeks is going to be a hand cream review, I’ve tried so many new ones lately I thought I would do a wee series on them.

I’m starting with Naturally European Milk Hand and Nail Cream. This is a really good dupe for the very famous L’Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream which I do love but find quite expensive.

Milk Hand and Nail Cream contains 20% shea butter so it is extremely rich, it isn’t one of those I necessarily would use during the day as it is a wee bit greasy and you have to rub it in for a while. However saying that, it is really good for very dry hands, so if you suffer with excessively dry skin this is a great option. Brilliant for cuticles too, I have also used it on my feet overnight and it leaves them so soft and helps heals awful cracks that I always seem to have.

I also love the scent of this, very fresh and clean, so similar to the L’Occitane not overpowering and suitable for all ages. It reminds me of the smell of Dove products, lovely fresh white flowers but it’s not sickly. I love to use it as part of my wind down routine for bed, I find it soothing.

The Naturally European is very good value, at only £6.75 for 75ml and it lasts for such a long time as you need so
little. It is available from http://www.amazon.co.uk

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Elemis British Botanical Duo

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Hi beauties,

This beautiful duo I received in a kit from QVC for Christmas Elemis British Botanical Duo which comprises of the Shower Cream and Body Cream.

The British Botanical Shower cream is a milk protein base with gorgeous essential oils of Lavender, Chamomile, Geranium and Palmarosa. It is reminiscent of the Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm so if you like that fragrance you will enjoy using both of these. As well as the milk protein, there are oats and Echium oil which is rich in omega oils, moisturising your skin leaving it soft and smooth. It foams nicely without stripping and as it’s Elemis you only require a small amount.

The Body cream is a thinner texture than Elemis signature Skin Nourising Body Cream but I find it just as hydrating, it is easier to use in my opinion. It sinks in so quickly, the scent is so beautiful and uplifting although not overpowering. Both are such a pleasure to use and would make a wonderful gift. The kit also included a 150ml Pro Radiance Cream Cleanser, Apricot Toner, Pro Collagen Marine Cream and Papaya Enzyme Peel. It’s available from http://www.qvcuk.com for £60.48.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Indie Botanical Cleansing Balm #1*

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Hi beauties,

Indie Botanicals Cleansing Balm #1 was included in my Cleansing Balms Comparison post but I wanted to do a more in depth review and tell you about the brand.

Indie Botanicals are a UK company that create cleansing balms, facial oils, eye serums, exfoliating grains and cloths. Their products are based on the oil cleansing method which I have been a converted to (although I can’t give up my beloved cream Cleanse and Polish!) and handmade. There are 3 cleansing balms based on skin types:

  • Cleansing Balm #1 Oily/Problem Skin
  • Cleansing Balm #2 Normal/Sensitive
  • Cleansing Balm #3 Dry/Mature

There are essential oils of Tea Tree, Lavender and Geranium which are used in different concentrations according to your skin type. Indie Botanicals very kindly sent me a jar of Cleansing Balm #1 when they heard that my skin was throwing a hissy fit and breaking out. I received the most gorgeously packaged box with a glass jar inside. I know you shouldn’t be swayed by packaging, after all it doesn’t go on your skin, but I did feel I was getting a real luxury gift.

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The balm is completely solid, the base being Shea Butter, Moringa Oil, Castor Oil that are used for their cleansing, softening, antioxidant, antiviral and antifungal properties and essential oils are added. I find it easier to scoop out some balm using a spatula and then warming it in my hands while also inhaling the beautiful scent. It does take a wee bit of time for it to melt, however as I use this predominately as my evening cleanse this doesn’t bother me at all. I like to do some massage with the balm as it glides over your skin easily once warm and it dissolves makeup and grime instantly.

The cloth that is supplied is also amazing, my skin felt so clean afterwards. It’s not too abrasive, lightly exfoliating and it is a decent thickness (I can’t bear thin cloths, I just don’t think they work as well) and washes well too.

I always use the balm as my first cleanse in a double cleansing routine, it doesn’t work as well when your skin is damp it feels a bit sticky so always on dry skin and remove with the warm cloth. It’s extremely enjoyable to use and has really helped to calm my skin. I saw results within a few days, my skin was clean, soft, soothed and lightly buffed by the cloth.

You get 55g of balm in a jar so at £21.95 can be seen as quite expensive, however I would buy this balm because the results were excellent and it is of high quality. Handmade in the UK and with no ingredients like mineral oils, sulfates, chemical preserving agents and synthetic fragrance I think it is worth the price. I will be checking out their facial oils next, for me that’s the obvious next step! I really feel like I am being pampered when doing what most consider a chore.

Cleansing Balm #1 is available from http://www.indiebotanicals.com and is £21.95 for 55g.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

*PR Sample

SBC Arnica & Black Pepper Warming Lotion*

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Hi beauties,

As you all probably know by now I am a huge SBC fan, I’ve blogged about various products in the range and many are staples I cannot do without. I had first tried Arnica and Black Pepper Warming Body Cream at the QVC Beauty Bash when the lovely Adele O’Donoghue applied some to my back after I had forgotten my Lidocaine painkilling patches. I was impressed then and SBC kindly sent me a bottle to try at home.

Camphor and Menthol is one of my SBC must haves to help with my chronic pain, but Arnica and Black Pepper is something else! It is a fabulous product reminiscent of Deep Heat with a much better fragrance. As it is from SBC it is more of a natural product, Arnica has been renowned for centuries it an anti inflammatory properties and for general aches and pains. Wintergreen is used for pain relief in sports injuries, Black Pepper Seed Oil is stimulating and increased circulation. I find excellent alleviation both from the joint pain in my spine and also the aches I get in my neck and shoulders. As I have the pain constantly my muscles are very tense and after applying this I get significant relief.

This product is extremely potent and warming due to the spicy ingredients so you do have to be careful when using it. You will notice redness and flushing of the skin after applying, don’t apply it to broken skin, to your face or intimate areas and always wash your hands after use. Only a thin layer is to be applied to localised areas, this is a targeted treatment and not to be used as a general body lotion. If you have hypersensitivity then this product unfortunately isn’t for you.

I find that it takes about 5 minutes or so to feel the effect and then when it kicks in it is deliciously warming! I also find it lasts for a good while too, so it helps me especially at night when I am so tired and need rest. I apply it and it helps me get comfortable enough to get to sleep. If I wake up and need more I pop some more on and go back to bed. Arnica and Black Pepper is a definite hero for me now, used alongside Camphor and Menthol (although not at the same time!!) and my medication it really does help me. SBC have another winner on their hands with this product, please can I have one in a bigger size??

Arnica and Black Pepper Warming Cream is available from http://www.qvcuk.com for the great introductory price of at £14.96 for 100ml.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

*PR Sample