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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Gatineau Melatogenine Futur Plus Mask*

Hi beauties,

I cannot believe that I haven’t done a post on this mask yet, how remiss of me!! Gatineau very kindly offered to send me this and to be honest it was a lovely gift in what has been a horrible time.

I’ve been using a very pared back routine, (literally 3 steps, cleanse, serum and moisturise as I haven’t had all my products back with my Mum and Dad) and to be honest I’ve not had a lot of energy to dedicate to my usual routine. It’s been a case of cleaning my skin and mindlessly slapping some moisture back into my skin. So I’ve been using this normally as a moisture mask but leaving it on all night to get the most out of it. I know I’m getting good ingredients such as the wrinkle fighting Melatogenine to help make me look better even if I don’t feel like it.

This is my most favourite mask ever, I’ve used it for a long time, it’s smoothing, hydrating and really helps bring the bloom back to your skin. It’s a beautiful cream texture, so not one of those clays that set hard and it’s versatile. It can be a quick 10 Minute Mask in the morning or an all night treat you don’t have to remove just apply, pop your ‘jama’s on and get ready to hit the hay.

Thank you to Lia and the Gatineau team for this lovely treat, it has been very much appreciated. If you want to try Melatogenine Futur Plus Mask, hop over to http://www.qvcuk.com and check out their special deal.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

*Gifted by the brand

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

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

Jane Scrivner Bioluronic Buzz 2000*

Hello beauties

I have a very special product today, and it’s very new! In fact it only launched a couple of weeks ago, I was extremely lucky to have been sent one to try. I introduce: Jane Scrivner Bioluronic Buzz 2000.

Bioluronic Buzz 2000 is Jane’s smoothing and hydrating hyaluronic gel. The Buzz refers to the inclusion of Spilanthes Acmella Extract. This particular ingredient is know as the Buzz Button which applied topically reduces muscle tension, smoothing out lines and inhibiting facial contractions, a safer alternative to Botox.

The 2000 refers to the amount of hyaluronic Gel, 2000mg of hyaluronic in every 135g bottle. It also includes White Willow Bark (Salicylic Acid) to gently smooth the skins surface with toning and Rejuvenating Frankincense Oil.

The texture of this gel is quite viscous, you really don’t need a lot, I’m talking pin head amounts as it spreads so easily and quickly over the skin. It makes a fantastic smoothing and hydrating serum, I’ve used it under my sunscreen and it works perfectly. For me I prefer it over oil, it works better for me that way but experiment and try it with your other products.

Bioluronic Buzz 2000 is a gorgeous product, my skin is definitely smoother and I love to use it as a serum underneath my eye product, it helps to fill out the lines . The price is £59.00 for a 135g bottle which is great value, it’s equates to £13 for 30ml and it can be difficult to find this kind of quality for that price. I think this would easily last 6 months with daily use you need to use that little. The size of a 10p piece does my whole face and I use another 10p size for neck and chest (I take it right down to the cleavage.)

I would like to say a huge thank you to Jane for sending me a bottle to try, it has been very exciting testing this new addition to the range! Bioluronic Buzz certainly does NOT disappoint.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

*The product was Gifted by the brand

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

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