Lotta Skincare Botanical Beauty Balm

Hi beauty lovers,

I have a multi purpose product today by an independent brand, Lotta Skincare. Lotta is made by Charlotte who when starting her degree realised she could no longer afford the high end products she previously bought. As Charlotte studied Chemistry at university, she discovered what kind of chemicals were in conventional skincare, this led to three years making and testing her own products using natural ingredients that were beneficial for skin. Botanical Beauty Balm is one of her products.

Botanical Beauty Balm is multi use, you can use it as a cleanser as well as a moisturising balm for dry skin. I’ve used it as an overnight treatment on body, face and hands and I have to confess I love it!

The balm is Macadamia Seed Oil based with Sweet Almond, Coconut, Sunflower Seed Oils and beeswax. There are essential oils of Clove, Lavendin, Tea Tree and Geranium. It has a gorgeous texture, it is thick so you do have to warm it up by massaging into the skin. Perfect for as an overnight mask, Cuticle Treatment, Lip Balm, foot cream, any dry skin it Botanical Beauty Balm calms and hydrates your skin.

I love it, you only need a small amount as it is concentrated. I think the most surprising thing to me was the price, for 50g is £5.95 (plus shipping) it is SO affordable. You all know how much I love to find fantastic value for money, Lotta Skincare definitely offers that. Charlotte’s Night Owl Facial Oil is an extremely reasonable £15.95 for 45g. Check out her shop on etsy.com.

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

Decleor Intense Nutrition Lip Balm

Hi beauties,

As you may know, I am a fan of Decleor. There are many products from the brand that I really love (Aromessence Neroli anyone??) so I wanted to try the lip balm for such a long time. The only problem is, the duo (how they were sold) were often out of stock on QVC, therefore making it a while before I could get my hands (or rather my lips!) on it.

To be honest, I prefer lip balms in a tube or a lipstick type of component. Having long nails they are much easier to use that way and more hygienic, but this is a pot. You need to swirl your finger around the pot to melt some of the balm and then apply it to your lips. It is a very rich formula with Shea Butter and Macadamia Oil, it's slightly herby with essential oil of Marjoram.

I have to say I have a confession: I hate lip balms. So why is she reviewing one I hear you ask?? My lips are the least looked after part of my skincare regime. I grew up using Vaseline (don't judge, I didn't know any better!!) which I felt was thick, greasy and didn't actually DO anything for my lips. As soon as I realised mineral oil doesn't work for me and developed a passionate hatred for it (long story, but generally it was in whatever crap my GP prescribed for my eczema and made it worse) I tried to find balms that didn't have mineral oil but I really struggled to find any so I gave up. I hate the feeling of balms on my lips, I can keep it on for about 10 minutes and then have to wipe it off, I find it so uncomfortable. At first, I didn't like the feeling but I know I was applying too much in my aim to help the chapping. I adjusted how much I was applying and also swiped around the pot for longer so it melted down easily to a thinner texture.

Intense Nutrition is a great lip balm, having smoked for over 20 years (I gave up in September 2016) I am now conscious of getting the dreaded lines and puckering. I apply this mainly at night and over my lip line too.

In short, this balm is great even for lip balm haters. Just make sure you melt it enough in the pot by swirling your finger around a little longer so you don't apply too much. I bought mine in a duo from QVCUK for £12.52, singly it is £10.50.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

The Organic Pharmacy Lip and Eye Cream 

Hi beauties,

I have a product from The Organic Pharmacy today, their Lip and Eye Cream. This was a choice from a You Beauty Box, I have tried their hand cream before and liked it so wanted to try another from the range.

The Organic Pharmacy was started by Margo Marrone, a pharmacist that specialised in Herbal medicine who discovered homeopathy and whilst studying homeopathy came across the organic term and what it meant. Shocked at the level of pesticides used throughout food and questionable ingredients in cosmetics Margo wanted a place where people could find organic alternatives to their Skincare and Herbal remedies and The Organic Pharmacy was launched.

This dual purpose cream is nourishing for the delicate skin around the eyes and the lips. It’s one of the richest texture of cream I have tried for my eyes, it claims to reduce puffiness (I can’t comment on that as this isn’t something I suffer with), dark circles and help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. 

Key ingredients are Eye Bright, Fennel, Bilberry, Aloe, Frankincense and Neroli though it isn’t highly perfumed. You only need a tiny amount, I find if I use too much especially on my lips it feels really greasy and heavy. It does help moisturise around the eye and lip, helps lines but I didn’t find any difference with my dark circles.

Lip wise, this is good. My lips get really chapped easily as I don’t like using lip balm. I find most feel too heavy and greasy especially high street ones that are mineral oil based. A couple of days of using this and my lips were much improved. My hesitation with this product is the price, it’s £26.95 for 10ml. Although you don’t need need much and it does two jobs, I can’t help but balk at that amount! Personally this isn’t as effective as Gatineau Melatogenine Eye Concentrate (my holy grail eye cream) as I find the effects of that last longer. You can get this from http://www.theorganicpharmacy.com.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx