MuLondon Lavender Moisturiser

Hi beauties,

In January I received a care package from a very dear friend Elizabeth (my.skinology on Instagram) and included was this moisturiser from MuLondon.

MuLondon was created by Boris and inspired by traditional herbalism, after developing eczema and psoriasis Boris started to research the use of ingredients his mother told him about whilst he was growing up and made natural remedies to his skin difficulties.

I love “natural” products and use a lot of them, my favourite essential oil is Lavender so was really interested in trying this. My skin was very topsy turvy at the time of testing, dry and oily with flakiness and breakouts, I pared back my routine simply to cleansing and moisturising.

Lavender Moisturiser is a Shea Butter base and very rich. You need a TINY amount, warm a small amount between your palms and apply. This is really a multi use product, I’m still using it just not on my face now my skin is back to normal. It makes a fabulous hand and nail treatment, great on any dry and flaky or irritated skin you may have. It’s a very good product to have available to use top to toe.

The fragrance is absolutely divine, I wasn’t disappointed at all. It’s really a concentrated product so while it seems expensive at 50ml for £19.00 I use it frequently and have more than half left which I think is really good going. There is a fragrance free version for you sensitive peeps as well as other versions such as hemp. Go to http://www.mulondon.com to find out more.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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OPI Pro Spa Moisture Whip Massage Cream

Hello beauties!

I have an offering from OPI today, Pro Spa Moisture Whip Massage Cream. Pro Spa is the new and updated Avoplex range, based on Cupuacu Butter and White Tea. Cupuacu is related to Cacao, it’s used in confectionery similar to white chocolate. It’s low melting point makes it perfect for use on the skin.

The texture of Moisture Whip is so much more thin that I expected, I thought it would be similar to a Cocoa Butter. I find it just as hydrating as a thicker texture, making it easier to use, a tiny dab being all you need!

I bought the 118ml tub which I’ve hardly made a dent in, this is perfect for daytime use. It’s non greasy and has a gorgeous fresh scent that isn’t overpowering. It’s excellent for applying to cuticles as well, I always use hand cream on my nails too, it’s a habit I’ve had for years and I can’t stop even if I tried! This size would last months, even with frequent daily use. I bought mine from eBay for the bargain price of £9.95.

I’m looking forward to trying more from the Pro Spa range, there are various other products such as a scrub, oil and serum. So keep your eyes peeled for other Pro Spa items.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

Beauty Kitchen Abyssinian Oil Facial Moisture Cream

Hi beauties

I’ve got a really great product today from the stable of Beauty Kitchen, which is another brand I’ve really fallen in love with. Their Aroma Facial Concentrate is absolutely beautiful, as is the cleanser, Line Serum, sleep mask and many others that I will be blogging about in the future.

Facial Moisture Cream is a fragrance free moisturiser, not a type of moisturiser I am immediately drawn to. I’m sure you all know me well enough now to know I adore a pretty smell! But this moisturiser really surprised me. It’s a beautiful light texture but rich enough I feel for drier skin types. I have used it when my skin has been really tricky lately and it’s worked well for me. My sister in law has sensitive skin so I’ve passed this on to her to give it a try, naturally I already have a back up!

Facial Moisture Cream is part of the Abyssinian Oil range, it’s meant to be more effective than Argan Oil and Jojoba. It closely resembles human sebum so is very compatible with all skin types. I layer oil or a serum underneath this but if you are oily you don’t have to, this will be enough on its own.

Another winner from Beauty Kitchen, it’s also reasonably priced at £19.99 for 60ml and often on offer at Holland and Barrett. For me it lives up to Liz Earle Skin Repair moisturiser which I’m a huge fan of but perfect for those who need hydration without fragrance.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

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

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

You Beauty Box July

Hi beauties

It's You Beauty time again, which is my favourite time of the month! I get ridiculously excited about seeing what products ar going to be on the shortlist when the first of the month rolls around.

So from July's shortlist, I chose:

  • Hawaiian Tropic Air Soft Face SPF30
  • Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
  • Skin Chemists Aqua Repair Facial serum
  • Green People Age Defy 24 hour Brightening Moisturiser
  • St Tropez In Shower Gradual Tan in medium (Gold subscribers only)

I am looking forward to testing out the SPF, I usually wear a Ultrasun Face 50 but I do find this heavy so I thought I would give Hawaiian Tropic a try, I've not tried the brand before. Also looking forward to seeing how Simple's Micellar water compares to the Garnier and Boots I have already tried. I am not sure I will use the St Tropez gradual tanner, I don't faux tan at all anymore as I am far too lazy. Pale and interesting is the way forward you know!!

If you want to find more about the You subscriptions available go to http://www.box.you.co.uk.

Till next time,

Lucy xxx

NB Bio-Extracts Home Skincare Lab

Hi beauties,

I have a really exciting brand today Bio-Extracts which uses biotechnology to deliver plant extracts so they are beneficial to skin. It’s unique approach to personalised Skincare isn’t anything I’ve seen before so when Marina the founder of the brand got in touch to offer me the chance to try some of the range I was intrigued and said yes please!

Bio-Extracts has three moisturisers, Normal, Rich and Light. These creams is formulated with a Multi-Lamellar System, this has structural similarity to our skins natural layers. When the cream is applied, it mimics the layers of the skin, acting like a patch to enhance barrier function and reduce water loss. It sounds very technical, but don’t be put off, the products are very simple to use.


The second part of the range are the skincare boosters. These are formulated to penetrate deeper into skins layers, delivering highly concentrated ingredients. There are 9 boosters in total, so a wide choice available depending on your skin’s requirements.

I was sent Glow Boost, utilising Wu-Zhu-Yu fruit, this extract provides oxygenation to the skin for a healthy glow

Firming Boost which uses Wild Jujube to help tighten and tone your skin

Lifting Boost that uses Oat extract to help improve skins elasticity.

The moisturiser is a gorgeous light texture, perfect for my oily skin type. It sinks in so quickly and is very hydrating, leaving no residue at all. It has been a fantastic choice for this hot weather we have had, my skin didn’t feel like I had product on at all even with boosts mixed in. I love the airtight packaging which means all the ingredients are kept fresh until the last “dose”. One pump is the right amount for face and neck.

You can use the boosts in two ways, as a traditional Serum or mixed into the moisturiser. They come in syringe-like packaging, just pump one dose of your moisturiser and add up to four pumps of your chosen boost, mix together on the top of the jar and apply to skin. It’s great fun, you do feel a bit like a scientist when using the products. 

My favourite boosts were Firming and Lifting, I had more noticeable results from those two. The Glow boost was pleasant and hydrating but I didn’t really notice any change in my skin. With Firming Boost you can feel the effects straight away, it gently tightens the skin and leaves your skin feeling comfortable. Some firming/tightening products can be too intense leaving you feeling uncomfortable and feeling like you can’t smile! The Lifting Boost made my skin feel more bouncy, I used it separately and mixed with Firming Boost which I saw the best results in terms of the tightening and lovely bouncy plump feeling.

I have really enjoyed using this range, I really like the unique approach and the packaging is brilliant fun. You can buy a kit from QVC as well as the moisturiser and boosts separately, Moisturiser priced at £28.00 and the individual boosts are £19.50 each. 

Till next time,

Lucy xx