Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Night Halo Potent Sleep Mask

Hi beauties

I have a gorgeous product today, Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Night Halo Potent Sleep Mask. I really enjoy using masks, they are such a great way of getting good skincare results fast!

So, let me tell you about Beauty Kitchen. It’s an independent beauty brand created in Scotland and they focus on making effective, natural and affordable products. Jo Chidley created a brand using an ethical and sustainable ethos, the brand is Bee friendly and profits also go to protecting the world’s Seahorse population and ZIWA Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda.  (See http://www.beautykitchen.co.uk for more info.)

Onto the product, Night Halo Potent Sleep Mask is part of the Abyssinian Oil range. Abyssinian Oil comes from the Crambe Abysinnica plant which is said to be more potent than Argan Oil. It is rich in Omega 9, rapidly absorbed by the skin helping to tackle dehydration and it’s structure mimics human sebum making it suitable for all skin types including oily skins, so I was particularly interested in trying the range. 

 I love this mask! It is very hydrating, it is a balm to oil-like texture so it is easy to apply and spread over your skin. A pea sized amount is how much I use for face, neck and chest. As Lady Hirons instructs: take it to the tits! 

I have to comment on the fragrance of this mask, it smells absolutely beautiful. Essential oils of Bitter Orange, Palmarosa, Rose Geranium, Rose Absolute, Magnolia, Cedarwood and Petitgrain make up the gorgeous scent. There is a floral note, but it’s grown up and has depth. I love how my skin feels in the morning, so soft and smooth. The mask is intensively moisturising but it doesn’t break me out. Don’t use too much, you will be wasting product and your skin may feel greasy. A thin layer is all that’s needed.

This mask will give you a lot of treatments, and I am talking many months worth. It’s a 60ml jar and the price is a very reasonable £19.99, however the range is sold in Holland and Barrett and often on promotion. If you fancy a treat, you can’t go wrong with this!

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Sleek MakeUP Power Plump Lip Crayon in Colossal Coral

Hi beauties,

Some makeup today with the Sleek MakeUP Power Plump Lip Crayon, I don’t often go for makeup in my You choices but I’m trying to amend that so I don’t just concentrate on skincare.

I love lippies and lip crayons as they are so easy to use and the formulas are generally lovely to wear. This formula is a plumping one, it has a creamy balm-like texture so it glides on very easily and smoothly. I unfortunately couldn’t tell you about the longevity of this crayon as the plumping sensation was so uncomfortable I had to remove it straight after I took this photo. I have used plumping type lip products before, and I am aware of how they feel. Sleek describes it as “an addictive buzzing sensation” and they weren’t kidding! It felt like I had applied Alpha H Liquid Gold the feeling was that strong!

What also put me off this crayon was the colour, it just didn’t suit me at all. Sleek do make other shades but as I found this unpleasant to use, I wouldn’t buy another one in a different colour. Such a shame as I really wanted to like this. You can find Sleek MakeUP in Boots and Superdrug as well as http://www.sleekmakeup.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

B. Radiant Antioxidant Boost Facial Oil

Hi beauties,

This is the last product in the B.Skincare Haul I got a few months ago, this is B.Radiant Antioxidant Boost Facial Oil.

B. Radiant is for the Skin Phase 2 which is for the 30’s and 40’s age group. It states it “calms stressed skin with a burst of moisture and boost of antioxidants”. It is said to offer 12 hour intense hydration and is suitable for all skin types.

Antioxidant Boost Facial Oil is Sunflower Seed Oil based, with Argan Oil, Abyssinian Oil and Rosehip Oil, Wheat Germ Oil and Meadowfoam Seed Oil. It’s a smooth silky texture that sinks in easily, you don’t need a lot of this oil literally a few drops will do. Those are the positives, however the negative is the fragrance of this oil. It’s a very overpowering rose smell that to me smells synthetic. Whereas other oils I use do have fragrance to them, this is usually in the form of essential oils rather than “Parfum/fragrance” listed in the ingredients.

I wanted to like this oil, it is a good price point at around £13, nice enough texture that isn’t overly greasy but I couldn’t really get past the smell. I don’t think I will be trying anything else from the B. range skincare wise, everything I bought in the Haul ended up in the bin! Sadly I didn’t know about Superdrug’s refund policy or I definitely would’ve returned the items! It is not often that I actually bin products, my best friend usually benefits from when I have a destash (I’m slowly creating another beauty junkie!) but these were products I wouldn’t recommend or pass on.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Hawaiian Tropic Airsoft Face SPF30

Hello beauties,

So I’m still talking SPF, this time Hawaiian Tropic Air Soft Face SPF30. I only use SPF when I know I’m going out and as that isn’t every day I’ve been testing this for a few months.

This is a light textured SPF but I don’t agree with the statement that Hawaiian Tropic make when they say that it “feels like it’s barely on”. It does and yes it does feel greasy. It also smells of coconut, which I’m not a fan of, but if you like that kind of thing it will be fine for you. I used a pump for my face and neck, it spreads over the face well and seems to absorb quickly. However, I did find a greasy residue that you don’t find with Normal moisturisers.

The biggest problem though wasn’t the smell or the residue but the awful burning feeling I had whenever I used it. I have no idea what caused this, but as soon as I got home I would have to remove it, whereas my other SPF’s I would leave until it’s time to do my normal regime. I don’t have particularly sensitive skin, I’m used to active ingredients so I can’t say what it is about this formula that has this effect on me.

Hawaiian Tropic Air Soft SPF30 is available from Superdrug and is £6.00 for 50ml.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

You Beauty Box September

Hi beauties,

Well I bring bad news: this is the last month I shall be bringing you the You Beauty Box. You have teemed up with Latest in Beauty so won’t be doing their boxes anymore. Booooo! There will be options to choose more products but naturally this will cost more and from the look of the first shortlist I’ve seen, is short on full sizes. That’s what I really loved about You, you were offered full sizes so we’re really able to get massive value for money. Perhaps I am greedy….well to be truthful, there is no perhaps about it.

I digress, here is what I chose from this months fab shortlist:

  • Dr Organic Organic Morrocan Glow Body Polish
  • Max Factor Epic Lash Mascara
  • Neals Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm
  • Beauty Kitchen Seahorse Plankton 5 Minute Miracle Mask
  • Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor
  • Weleda Grenade Parfum

This box cost £10.95 including postage and you can buy from http://www.box.you.co.uk.

I will be trying out the Latest in Beauty offering so keep your eyes peeled for that post.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Pure Purpose Coffee Body Scrub

Hi beauties

Today sees a body scrub review from natural brand Pure Purpose. They reached out to me and asked if I would like to try their coffee body scrub and facial and give some feedback. As everyone knows I’m obsessed with oils so said yes please!

Pure Purpose is a small family owned business from Kent, I really enjoy trying products from independents. You really get to know the brand on a personal level as often you are dealing with an extremely small team. That and I find that customer service is so much more personal.

So to the product! I have tried a couple of coffee scrubs before and I love ’em! They are so thorough but I find gentle enough for my eczema prone skin as there is Oil binding the formula together. The scrubs don’t contain mineral oil, SLS, phlthalates or parabens. Ingredients are: Coffee seed powder, Sugar, Seaweed powder, Sea Salt, Sweet almond oil, Vitamin E, Eucalyptus essential oil, Grapefruit seed extract and Limonene.

This particular scrub is the Seaweed and Eucalyptus that smells gorgeous, I love the fragrance as its so uplifting. I use a tiny amount for each body part, I don’t rub really hard, but enough to get the product to work. I love how my skin feels afterwards, I’m left feeling so smooth and moisturised, further oils or lotions aren’t needed so this saves time for me. Also, this scrub rinses away so easily from the bottom of the bath (I already have a non-slip mat in my bath so I don’t need to worry), quick blast of the shower and its all gone. Some oil will remain so if you haven’t got a bath mat you probably need to clean it straight away.
Pure Purpose would be my choice of coffee scrub, while I have enjoyed using coffee scrubs before, their fragrances haven’t been my ideal. I don’t like the smell of Coconut and I am not a huge fan of sweet foodie scents so this fragrance is perfect for me. Also the price is incredibly reasonable at £13.50 for 180g. As only a handful is needed each time this would last months. The packaging is re-sealable too and in a waterproof pouch. I don’t store mine in my bathroom as it’s best kept in cool, dark places. You can buy from http://www.purepurposecosmetics.co.uk.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

Hi beauties

Today’s instalment sees Burts Bees Tinted Balm in Hibiscus, another choice from You Beauty Box, I have tried a couple of products from Burts Bees but not their lip balm.

Burts Bees is a brand I am sure you are aware of, you can buy their lip balms as well as many of their other products on the high street. My local Waitrose stocks them but for some reason I have always overlooked them, I have no idea why.

The ingredients for this lip balm are: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olus (Vegetable Oil, Huile Vegetale), Cera Alba (Beeswax, Cire D’abeille), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera Wax, Cire De Candelilla), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aroma (Flavor)*, Lanolin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Wax, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Wax, Ammonium Glycyrrhizinate, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Canola Oil (Huile De Colza). May Contain: Alumina, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 75470 (Carmine), Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides). *Natural Flavor.

The reason I chose this as one of my options is because Burts Bees don’t use mineral oil in their products. I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to find a lip balm that isn’t mineral oil based AND affordable. That’s where I think Burts Bees fills that gap. I really like this balm, not only is it hydrating and comfortable to wear, I really love the gentle colour. You can build the colour by using a bit more if you want to, in the below picture I did two swipes to get that colour. It really enhances my natural lip colour, being so pale I like to wear colour on my lips to make me look more human!

This balm passes my test, and if you read my Decleor review you will know exactly how particular I am when it comes to lip balm. I find so many too heavy and greasy, I didn’t feel that while using Burts Bees. It’s comfortable to wear and more importantly it conditions without stickiness and grease. A big thumbs up from me!

Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balms are available from Boots, Waitrose, Amazon and FeelUnique, the RRP is £5.99.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx