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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Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet

Hi beauties

I have Caudalie Vinosource Moisturising Sorbet for you today. I’ve had this for a while, it was a Latest in Beauty Pick and as I’m a big fan of The Vinoperfect Radiance Serum I wanted to try more from Caudalie.

Moisturising Sorbet is a very light gel cream so it gets absorbed very quickly. Great to layer with serums and oils, this plays well with others with none of the dreaded roll off. It is good for my skin type, I’m not sure it would be enough for drier skins, it is extremely light.

It’s a very nice moisturiser, I did enjoy using it but not enough to buy a full size as it’s price puts me off. It’s £23.00 for 40ml which I feel is very expensive for what it is. For me there are more favourable moisturisers, Liz Earle Skin Repair (£21.00 for 50ml) for example or Green Keratin Re-balancing Ultra Combo Cream (£14.95 for 50ml). I find those two are much better value.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Tula Hydrating Day and Night Cream

Hi beauties,

Today I have Tula Hydrating Day and Night Cream that I chose from a Latest in Beauty Box a little while ago.

Tula is a skincare brand that is based on Probiotics. These are known to be very beneficial to the gut, when used in skincare they help to balance the skin, keep skin hydrated and reduce inflammation.

Hydrating Day and Night Cream is absolutely beautiful. It’s a light texture which works so well for me and has a gorgeous fresh feel. It’s not greasy and you don’t need much, this small tube lasted me a couple of months. It kept my skin feeling comfortable all day and layered well with oils and serums.

My skin really loves this moisturiser, and I’m gutted to see it’s so expensive!! It’s $52.00, QVCUK have it for £40.00 for the full size. Tula doesn’t seem that readily available in the U.K. which is a shame, because HD&N Cream is fabulous. I do have the cleanser which I’m yet to try, I will open that when I’ve used up some others.

I would recommend this, it really is lovely. If it’s in your budget I do think it is worth a try, it impressed me.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Bee Good Youth Enhancing Plump and Firm Moisturiser

Hello beauties,

Today I’ve got a product from British Skincare brand Bee Good. Bee Good are based in rural Hampshire creating products that are made using beeswax, honey and propolis.

The brand was created by husband and wife team Simon and Caroline. Simon is a beekeeper and passionate about beekeeping in Britain. Caroline was interested in using the excess honey and beeswax to create natural skincare for people of all ages, the brand has grown that the company now uses bee products from other British beekeepers.

I chose Youth Enhancing Plump and Firm Moisturiser from the choices from Latest in Beauty. Bee Good have been on my radar for a while so I wanted to give them a try.

Youth Enhancing Plump and Firm Moisturiser contains beeswax, honey and propolis along with raspberry seed oil, black currant seed oil, hyaluronic acid and a Firming and lifting ingredient called Peha-tight.

I love this moisturiser, it’s really beautiful. Perfect for my oily skin type, not too thick and it sinks in very easily. It also smells gorgeous, a lovely fresh scent that’s suitable for blokes as well as us gals. I find I don’t notice much firming, but it definitely does make your skin plump, soft and smooth.

Plump and Firm Moisturiser is £23.50 for 50ml, which I will say is a bit more than I would usually spend on a moisturiser. However, this is Bee Good’s most expensive moisturiser in their Youth Enhancing range, their non anti ageing Honey and Flax Seed Moisturiser is £14.50 so I do think it is good value for money. There is also a travel size at 15ml for £9.00. You can buy online from http://www.beegood.co.uk.

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

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

Timebomb Flashback Night Cream 

Hi beauties,

I have been testing out Flashback Night Cream from Time Bomb Co for quite a long time now, longer than I usually test a moisturiser so I feel it’s remiss of me not writing this up before!

If you don’t know about Time Bomb Co, it’s Lulu’s brand created by her with the original John Freida haircare team. Lulu has long been interested in skincare and was finding that existing products were not giving her the results that she wanted as she was getting older. She turned to her friend Gail Federici who worked in the original John Freida company and she started making products for Lulu. When journalists were commenting on how amazing Lulu looked rather than her music Lulu knew she was onto something and Time Bomb Co was born.

Flashback Night Cream is based on the principal of a paraffin wax hand treatment you can get when having a manicure, it leaves your skin so soft and smooth and really locks in moisture to your skin. What I love about Flashback is that the company have used natural oils rather than mineral oil based paraffin (I am sure you are all aware of my hatred of mineral oil!!) The waxy texture comes from Rice Bran Oil, there is also Wheat Germ Oil, Shea Butter, Borage Oil and Hyaluronic acid in the formula. Before I tried it I was concerned that it would be far too heavy for my oily skin, but I was pleasantly surprised.

Flashback Night Cream is deceptively light, you don’t need a lot. I use a small spatula full for my face and neck, once you have warmed it in your hands it spreads so easily. It is packed full of moisture but not once did it break me out, I layered it with serums and oils, it locked those in and in the morning my skin felt plump and beauifully soft, and no greaseball face! I have to say I also adore the fragrance which comes from pure Lavender essential oil, it helps me wind down in the evening and I find it very comforting. 

I would definitely repurchase this, it is a fabulous moisturiser and have thoroughly enjoyed using it. Flashback really surprised me, I really didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. For a 50ml size it is £36.00 direct from Time Bomb Co, however it is also stocked by QVCUK so you will probably find a keener price there. 

Till next time,

Lucy xxx