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

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Indeed Labs 10balm Soothing Cream 

Hi beauties

Today I have 10balm from Indeed Labs, this again was a choice in the You Beauty Box shortlist a few months ago so I have been testing this for a while. Indeed Labs came on the beauty scene in 2011 launching with their now famous Nanoblur that was the first skin-blurring cream to make you picture perfect. 

10balm is a soothing cream for irritated and unhappy skin. The ingredients are traditional and well known, such as Honey and Arnica as well Vitamin E and Glycerin. Bisabolol is an oil that is the primary constituent of German Chamomile, it helps to calm inflamed skin and sensitivity. There is also Propolis and Royal Jelly in this formula, both ingredients famous for being soothing, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. 

I would call this more of a thick cream than a balm, once rubbed into skin it disappears leaving no residue. To me, balms are a waxy texture that turn into an oil when applied and do leave a residue. It has a natural carrier oil smell to it, not unpleasant to me but I am used to using fragrance free oils as well as fragranced ones. There is no fragrance or artificial colourings in this which sounds obvious, but some people are sensitive to essential oils and fragrance and don’t want that in their cosmetics and skincare (I am lucky as I find essential oils beneficial to my skin). 

I like 10balm, it is a brilliant soothing and repairing cream. I think products like this and for example, La Roche Posay Cicaplast are first aid type of products that you should have in your bathroom cabinet for those times when you need some extra help with your skin. It is £19.99 for 30ml and can be bought from Boots.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

White Rabbit Comfort Cleansing Balm

Hi beauties,

I have another British brand White Rabbit Skincare and their Cleansing Balm today, White Rabbit is a luxury vegan skincare company based in Scotland. I think everyone can agree that animal testing has no place in the modern beauty industry, (I can’t believe a brand such as Nars are going into the Chinese market, where animal testing is mandatory – I think that shows the greed on behalf of Shiseido but that is another rant for another day). White Rabbit go further than this , using no animal derivatives such as beeswax making them Vegan friendly and I am thrilled to see no petrochemicals (I am sure you all know my utter hatred of mineral oil!!) or SLS, artificial colours, fragrances or ingredients. Products are made in small batches by hand to ensure quality. Also the brand use and recycle packaging – there is a loyalty bonus for sending in your packaging to be recycled.

So down to the product! It’s base is Shea Butter, Castor Seed Oil, Olive Oil and Olive Wax with essential oils of Rosemary, Eucalyptus and Lavender. The balm has a waxy-like texture, take a small amount and rub between your hands and apply to dry skin. I LOVE the smell of this balm, herby and refreshing, it leaves your skin feeling so clean. I have to be really thorough to make sure I remove it properly as it does not emulsify (which is my preference for cleansing balms). I find it takes off makeup very well, including mascara. When I test any cleanser I always to my “mascara test”. this means slathering on lots of layers of mascara in the morning so it’s had time to dry, before doing my evening cleanse. I also do that with all the mascaras I have too (I like many of you have more than one!!) so I can get a good idea of the cleansers effectiveness. After that, I sweep some micellar water over my eyes to see if there is any residue. My skin was left feeling soft, smooth and most importantly clean! Drier skin types I think will like this too as the cleanser definitely lives up to its name by being comforting.

I found this brand through You Beauty Box and tested the 15ml size which is £3.00, the full size is £15.00 for 100ml so very affordable. I do love it when a brand does travel/discovery sizes, great for trying products and of course putting them in your travel bag. You can buy from http://www.whiterabbitskincare.co.uk.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

Hi beauties, 

Today I have Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream. I ordered this a few months ago while I was having the most awful eczema flare up and wanted to treat it with more natural ingredients rather than the mineral oil based crap my GP prescribed which was not only revolting to use, but it made my skin drier.

Egyptian Magic has only six ingredients: Olive Oil, Bees Wax, Honey, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, Bee Propolis. It is a firm Balm that you need to warm up until it emulsifies into an oil and then you can spread it over your skin. A little goes a long way so do be careful with how much you get out of the pot! I use a small spatula and to cover my lower back and down to my legs where the eczema is (it stops mid-thigh) I use around a 50p piece amount and it covers that area. I use Body butter first and use Egyptian Magic to seal it in.

This is a fabulous balm which really does help heal skin. You can use this in so many ways, there are 20 uses for it on their website! You can use it as a makeup remover, lip balm, moisturiser, eye cream, face mask, hair conditioner, baby balm, nail and cuticle balm and the list goes on.

You also get a lot in the pot, 118ml so it’s lasted me for such a long time. If I am wearing my pain killing patches then I’m only using the Balm in the evening. I’ve had mine for 3 months and I’ve not hit the halfway mark yet. I’m not using it quite so much at the moment, as the balm has got my skin in fabulous condition. I bought my pot from an ebay store for £10.00, it is available in Boots but at £29.00. If you have tricky skin and are looking for a natural alternative to the utter rubbish that GP’s prescribe, Egyptian Magic would be a great option.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

April You Beauty Box

Hello beauty lovers

You all know how much I love You Beauty Box Time, it’s my favourite time of the month when this bad boy arrives!

This month was all about an organic theme and this is what I chose:

  • Benecos Hand Cream
  • Bee Good Hydrate, Smooth and Prime Serum
  • White Rabbit Comfort Cleansing Balm
  • Ren Evercalm Ultra Comforting Rescue Mask

The two freebie products were:

  • The Organic Pharmacy Marigold and Comfrey Hand Cream
  • Pip and Nut Coconut and Almond Butter Snack pack

Skincare heavy based as usual, but in my defence they are brands I have not tried before (apart from Ren, there is one product I’ve tried) so looking forward to testing these out.

To get your box go to http://www.box.you.co.uk where there are 3 membership option starting from £6.95 per month.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Decleor Iris Balm

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Hi beauties,

Today I have Decleor Iris Rejuvenating Night Balm. I have been converted to the use of balms since I started blogging, I’ve tried a few Balm cleansers and used some moisture balms in my Skincare routine.

Decleor Iris is for lines and wrinkles, I actually ordered the Neroli balm but I was sent this instead and I couldn’t be bothered with the faff of returning and waiting for the other one (I’m lazy!) so I thought I would test this out on the necklace lines around my neck which I really don’t like.

I couldn’t find the ingredients on the Decleor website and to be honest that annoys me. It isn’t difficult to let your customers know what is in your products, I like to know as there are ingredients I like to avoid. Decleor state this is a natural product with no water or filling ingredients, but I can’t definitely say for sure.

Iris Night Balm is to be used at night as your Serum/Oil/Moisturiser so you can get away with one step. I have layered over other products (waiting for each layer to be absorbed) and it was fine, there wasn’t anything I tried that resulted in the dreaded pilling. It has a beautiful Floral/woody kind of fragrance, it does contain essential oils so if you are sensitive this isn’t for you.

I used it primarily on my neck morning and night in some cases, this is a lovely balm but I didn’t really notice any improvement especially in texture on my neck which at the time felt grainy. I think to be honest I don’t think I needed this particular one. I have since used Balmology Soothing Comfort Balm and that has definitely improved the texture of my skin and made it smoother.

I think you need to have a lot of lines and wrinkles to see the benefit of this balm, even if you do Decleor Iris wouldn’t be my first choice. Balmology has quickly become my brand of choice when it comes to balms (watch out for my review of their new facial oil, it’s currently unreleased but I have been testing it, as soon as it’s available I will post) as they really do work and price/volume wise are much better value. I still like Decleor as they are a great aromatherapy brand but this product wasn’t really for me.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Balmology Discovery Set

Hi beauties

I am giddy with excitement about this post as I have something very special, Balmology Discovery Set.

Balmology is a UK brand that lives just outside Cheltenham in the Cotswolds (it’s actually 30 miles from the town where I live!) it’s a natural brand with a small portfolio of products, 3 balms and a facial oil. I was introduced to the brand by  two Instafriends, Isabella who is a fan of the Hot Cloth Cleansing and Nourishing Beauty Balm and Victoria who is a facialist in Oxfordshire who uses the products at work in facials and also in her own routine.

I was desperate to try the brand and was so pleased to see they do a discovery kit with the Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm, Soothing Comfort Balm and their Nourishing Beauty Balm, all in a handy tube that is great for travelling.


Anyhoo, onto the products. As soon as my postie dropped this package off with me I went to cleanse straight away even though I had done my regime for that morning! I started with the Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm which is scented with Neroli and Basil. It has a beautiful, sweet (but not sickly) herby scent, it’s not an emulsifying Balm which I will be honest is my preference as I’m oily, so I did another swipe round after removing to make sure there wasn’t residue left. My skin felt so soft and clean afterwards, gorgeous! The base of the balm is Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Avocado Oil, Apricot Oil and Beeswax with essential oils of Mandarin, Neroli and Sweet Basil. Really simple, natural and effective ingredients for lovely clean skin.

Next I tried the Soothing Comfort Balm, I had used a very active product the night before and I had some extremely dry, red and sore patches so I applied this all over my face and lips (the corners of my mouth were so flaky and sore!) I only needed a little so my skin didn’t look greasy, and I didn’t feel like I had a heavy product on. In fact I had forgotten, and it was only when I looked in the mirror a few hours later I knew I applied it as the results were so quick! This balm definitely lives up to its name and it really soothed my skin very quickly, it also reduced the redness and by the next day (when using it again in my evening routine) the irritation was practically gone. This is a true star product and I will definitely be purchasing a full size. The base of this balm is Apricot Oil, Jojoba Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Calendula, Rosehip oil, Marigold extract, Chamomile, with essential oils of Lavender and Immortelle Oil. I really noticed a refinement of the texture of my skin, it was much smoother and plumped out. This is a multi purpose balm everyone should have. 

The last product is the Nourishing Beauty Balm, again another that lives up to its name! It really is nourishing and hydrating, beautiful, Silky texture that melts into your skin and smells divine! I have used this alone and layered it will other products if I feel I need a boost. I have always woken up with smooth and comfortable skin. Nourishing Balm feels as good as the Soothing Balm, they are high on hydration and nourishment but they aren’t greasy or heavy. The base is Jojoba Oil, Apricot Oil, Beeswax, Macadamia Oil, Avocado Oil, Pomegranate Oil, Rosehip Oil, with essential oils of Neroli, Frankincense, Mandarin and Lavender. The ingredients for all balms are similar, but each recipe is different depending on what you need.

This travel/discovery set is £21.50 for all three pots and each pot contains 15ml so excellent value. I love Decleor Neroli Balm but I feel I get more results and benefits from Balmology. The full sizes are all 50ml in size, Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm is £27.00, Soothing Comfort Balm is £24.00 and Nourishing Beauty Balm is £29.00. I think you get great value for money as you don’t need to use huge amounts of any balm so they would last you months and you can use them on your body if you wish to.

A big thank you to Isabella and Victoria for bringing this brand to my attention, I am over the moon with the products and I really like that it’s a UK company that’s reasonably local to me, using natural ingredients for wonderful results.

Till next time, 

Lucy xxx