Lyonsleaf Calendula Cream

Hi beauties,

Another Lyonsleaf product today, their amazing Calendula Cream. I love Calendula and have seen great results with Lyonsleaf Calendula and Zinc (I bought them both at the same time) but my mum has now commandeered this product (“it’s my magic cream!”

However, she’s not getting her mitts on this one! This is a fabulous cream for my dry, tricky, scaly skin. It literally glides on the skin it’s so easy to apply. Lyonsleaf’s formulas are waterless and without emulsifiers so they are very concentrated. I use this cream regularly and it has lasted me many months. The beautiful healing properties of Calendula Cream has been fabulous for me.

The base is made from plant oils, sweet almond, shea butter, apricot kernel oil, Calendula flower extract, borage (starflower) oil and Vitamin E. There are essential oils of Juniper, Lavender, frankincense and Geranium so smells utterly divine, Calendula Cream has been brilliant for me. I’ve been using it on my healing tattoo, I was using a beeswax based balm but I felt that was a bit “draggy” whereas this literally melted into my skin with the TINIEST amount!

A 30ml jar is an super affordable price of £8.99, the product is very economical as it is a concentrated waterless formula. You can get this in 3ml sample size and a super size of 120ml. Suitable for adults and children over the age of 3 it’s a brilliant formula to have in the first aid kit, you can use it face, body and the eye area. Find out more at http://www.lyonsleaf.co.uk.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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Seche Soft Cuticle Softener Therapy

Hi beauties

Today I have Seche Soft Cuticle Softener Therapy, this is a daily use cuticle remover. I usually use a Cuticle remover once a week, but noticed that at least 2 cuticles that are quite tough so I wanted to test this out to see if this is a better solution.

Seche Soft is a light lotion that sinks in very easily, I try and use it at least once a day. It’s hydrating but unfortunately does have a slight tacky feeling once applied. It does help to minimise the cuticle, it has AHA’s to help loosen the skin, making it easy to push the cuticles.

I wouldn’t repurchase Seche Soft, I found the tacky after feeling really off putting. I used it for a few weeks and then got fed up with it! So I’m still looking for a decent cuticle remover. I bought mine from Nail Polish Direct for £18.95.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

December Latest in Beauty Box

Hi beauties

It’s LIB time!! Yay…!! Love taking the time to pick my choices and the anticipation of them arriving, very exciting stuff. Yes, I really ought to get out more. So this months choices are:

  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel In Jingle Red Rock
  • Sally Hansen Miracle Gel In Sleigh All Day
  • Simple Hydrating Booster
  • Bee Good Plump & Firm Moisturiser
  • Collection Speedy Blush In Pinch Me
  • Espa Overnight Hydration Therapy

Heavy on hydration this month but it can’t hurt. For the first time in my life I’m struggling with dryness which I’m finding really bad. The texture of my skin isn’t great either but I’m trying not to go mental and do too much too it.

Anyhoo, I have the 6 product box subscription that costs £15.00 per month, and I think you can easily see the value here. The list of choices on the Latest in Beauty is huge and is updated regularly so as much as I was gutted it was originally changed from You Beauty, I’m keeping this subscription, I’m really pleased with it. Go to http://www.latestinbeauty.com to find out more.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Kiko Polishes Browns

Hi beauties

Today I bring you the swatches of the gorgeous brown polishes I bought in my Kiko haul. I love these kind of shades, they all have shimmer to them which I find perfect for autum/winter. I do love my creme polishes, but for me there is something about metalics and shimmers in the autumn sunshine and of course we need a bit of a lift in the cold and darker months.

The top polish is 512 Metallic Rosy Taupe, for me it leans far more towards taupe/brown than it does rose. It does have a very deep almost purple shimmer to it so that’s probably where the name comes from. Beautiful shade, easy to paint and clean up was really easy considering how dark the pigment is.

Second is 371 Gold Rosy Brown, again I don’t know where the “rosy” kind of tone fits into this shade as the main pigment is brown and the shimmer is gold. A fabulous transition shade, but I can see me wearing this at any time. The formula was easy to paint and clean up super easy.

The deepest most vampy shade of all three, 514 Pearly Golden Coffee, I love this one! The depth of the coffee pigment is beautifu and the gold shimmer is amazing. Best seen under daylight to really appreciate the shift in tone. Cleanup was slightly more difficult with this one as darker shades can be, but I was persistent lol.

So there are the browns, keep your eye out for the swatches of the other polishes I picked up.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Latest in Beauty September

Hello beauties,

As you may know the You Beauty Box is no more *sob sob*, instead they have teamed up with Latest in Beauty to offer a beauty subscription service, typically its more expensive! So if you want to subscribe, here are the options:

  • Beauty Novice – choose three products from the long list for £9.00 per month
  • Beauty Enthusiast – choose six products for £15.00 per month
  • Beauty Guru – choose nine products for £18.00 per month

Delivery is included and you get a free makeup bag with your first month. I was lucky to have a code from You Beauty to get the special offer gift for You subscribers, this entitled me to a full size Paula’s Choice 1% Retinol Treatment.

If you don’t want to subscribe monthly, you can build a one off box for the following cost:

  • Beauty Novice – choose three products for £16.00 plus delivery
  • Beauty Enthusiast – choose six products for £22.00 plus delivery
  • Beauty Guru – choose nine products for £25.00 plus delivery

The list of products is longer on LIB, so the choice is massive. I prefer to choose my boxes because I don’t want to be stuck with things I know I wouldn’t/don’t want to try. Popbands were in a box I tried which is no good for me as I have short hair so they were given away to my best friend and her daughter.

For my first box I chose:

  • Andalou Naturals Instant Brighten and Tighten Hydro Face Mask
  • Charles Worthington Volume and Bounce Body Booster Mousse
  • Nourish Skin Renew Cleanser
  • Green People Instant Definition Lip Crayon in Sangria
  • Origins Plantscription Anti Aging Facial Serum
  • Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Rudolph Red

I am going to try LIB for a few months to see how I get on, my gut feeling is that I will more than likely keep the subscription up.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners Nail and Cuticle Therapy


Hi beauties,

This has been one of my favourite recent beauty finds, it truly exceeded my expectations. After I chose the Gardeners Hand Therapy in my You Beauty Box and Crabtree & Evelyn sent me an email about their sale I went to the website to have a browse. 

I found the above product with 30% off, the Gardeners Nail & Cuticle Therapy and thought I would try it. I love the fragrance which is Green Clover, Lavender, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. It’s a sexy, herby, male sort of fragrance that I really love it has a cologne sort of scent, so if you are after something floral this is definitely not for you.

The formula is a light cream that you rub into your nails and cuticles, only a small dot is needed as it is quite concentrated. It contains Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5) and Keratin for strengthening and conditioning. I used it twice a day as directed, in the morning and evening and it wasn’t long before I saw results. As a polish addict it means that my nails aren’t always in as good as condition as they look, polish remover even the non-acetone kind tends to take its toll on your nails. Usually I don’t like my nails to be naked for any length of time because I am susceptible to breaks, it wasn’t intentional (I was being totally lazy and couldn’t be bothered to polish!) but I ended up testing this for 2 weeks on my naked nails. Not one break in that time and indeed since! My nails feel more durable (I had also been cleaning during that time with no gloves – I hate marigolds lol) and still flexible so I didn’t get the over-hardening you can get with some strengtheners. 

This is a fabulous product if you don’t like using the paint-on kind (Nail Envy and similar) it is easy to use and you get the benefits very quickly. Even within a couple of days my nails felt stronger and I did not worry about having them naked. I am still using the product now when I am wearing polish. My cuticles are ridiculously soft and easier to push back and my nails look glossy and healthy. I would recommend this to anyone, I usually just use hand cream around my cuticles (a habit I developed years ago) Nail and Cuticle Therapy is superior. 

Just as a side note I used it after I applied cuticle oil, I used it as a replacement for hand cream. I would still use oil, but if you don’t like using oils or if you are a chap you may want to use this on its own. I think you would still get brilliant results using it alone, I don’t think it is dependant on anything else. 

I paid £7.00, the regular price is £10.00 which to be honest I think is a great price for a generous 15ml size. Such a small amount is needed it should last a decent amount of time. You can find the Gardeners range at http://www.crabtree-evelyn.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