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October 25, 2014

A Passion For Natural's Aloe Vera Bodycare Range

Earlier this month A Passion For Natural very kindly offered to send me some of their products to try out. I received their 100% Organic Aloe Vera Body Butter*, 100% Organic Aloe Vera Lotion* and 100% Organic Aloe Vera Body Scrub*. You probably wouldn't know this but I am a complete sucker for aloe vera products, I love how soothing and gentle they tend to be and I really like that they're usually almost scentless (because sometimes you just want something that smells clean and fresh rather than heavily fragranced). What this meant is that the light scent of A Passion For Natural's products totally appeals to me, but I have to admit that the packaging of the products did initially put me off as I don't normally associate soothing and organic products with the colour black. But lets not quibble over colours because it would be wrong to judge the book by its over. 

Since I received the products they're the only scrub and moisturisers that I've been using. I personally think that the 100% Organic Aloe Vera Body Butter* is the stand out product out of these three and I really really like it. I find it difficult to find really good moisturisers at an affordable price point that aren't too thick, too greasy or that aren't filled with chemicals with which my skin disagrees, but this body butter ticks all the right boxes! The 100% Aloe Vera Lotion* is lighter in consistency but still does a good job at hydrating skin and sinks into skin nice and quickly making it perfect for everyday use. I've been keeping the 100% Aloe Vera Body Scrub* in my shower, using it every couple of days. The packaging isn't the easiest to open (especially with wet hands) but the scrub itself is quite thin  with large exfoliating particles that offer a medium level of exfoliation. It isn't as scrubby as I like but it will be perfect for more sensitive skinned ladies or those looking for an exfoliating product to use regularly and it has the benefit of leaving skin soft and hydrated after use. Although I like the body scrub I don't love it, but I would definitely recommend both of the moisturisers especially the body butter. You can find A Passion For Natural's products in Boots and online at Revital for £6.99-10.95.

What body scrubs and moisturisers have you been using lately?

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October 24, 2014

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in Green Tea

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washing my make up brushes soap

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap* is one of those hyped products that I've put off trying because everyone talked about it all the time. This might seem silly but it comes from a place of sanity. I usually a) don't like talking about the same things as everyone else when they're talking about them and b) sometimes I just can't believe the hype. I remember when Bioderma hit the scene and beauty fanatics raved about it. All I could think for months was "why is everyone going so mad about bottles of water?". Inevitably I caved and I will be the first to admit that in the case of Bioderma I had judged the book by it's cover and had gone months without the wonder of miceller goodness. Well, to my pleasant surprise, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap* is another one of those products that well deserves the chatter that surrounds it. I picked mine up at the #BloggersTeaParty in the Green Tea scent (which I chose for myself, although it was a very close call between Green Tea and Almond) and not only does it smell amazing and not at all fake and perfumey but it does a blooming brilliant job of cleaning my makeup brushes! It does it in about half the time, using 1/3 of the amount of product, as baby shampoo (which I've been using for years) and now I just can't imagine going back.

Other than using less product and saving me time there are a whole host of other reasons to switch to Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap*. Not only is it a cruelty free product but it is also suitable for vegans, meaning that it doesn't contain any animal products or by-products. The brand also has a fair trade and eco friendly ethos, with all the packaging being made out of recycled plastic. If a product works then that's one thing, but a product that works from a brand with strong ethical values that makes it suitable for all (or nearly all) beauty junkies is another thing altogether - and I think it probably explains Dr. Bronner's success and subsequent good reputation. I'm going to be investing in a big bottle of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap* when my small bottle comes to an end (although I can see it conceivably lasting me a couple of months if I reserve it for my brushes). You can find sizes from 59ml all the way to 946ml in a whole array of pleasant fragrances over on Dr. Bronner's website (RRP £1.99 - £13.99).

Have you tried any of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps? What do you use to wash your make-up brushes?

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October 23, 2014

Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Minx (compared to Magnetism)

I finally got my hands on one of Illamasqua's new Glamore Lipsticks in October's YouBeauty subscription box. I received the shade Minx, a dark rosy nude that is a perfect colour for the autumn/winter season. It also helps that I don't have anything like it in my collection so I know that I'll be reaching for it whenever I want a slightly vampy nude (when I apply it heavily) or a more subtle dark nude stain (when I apply it lightly). 

I only own one other Illamasqua lipstick in the shade Magnetism, which I picked up in Illamasqua's summer sale this August. It's a gorgeous purple/berry shade (which the the sort of colour I've been wearing a lot this year) and it has an incredibly matte texture. I've included photos of Magnetism (left) and Minx (right) below so that you can get an idea of their colour and also of their texture.

Magnetism is incredibly matte whereas Minx is much creamier in consistency. Minx doesn't drag when I apply it to my lips which makes it slightly more comfortable to wear and I also find it easier to apply it lightly. It also has very good staying power for something so creamy and when I'm not eating or drinking it lasts for hours without fading. It isn't quite as long lasting as Illamasqua's matte lipsticks but this is to be expected. Magnetism's staying power is really quite incredible and I love to reach for it when I don't want to have to worry about my lip colour. 

All in all, I really like both formulations and I think Illamasqua's shade range is pretty amazing, especially now that they've expanded their collection to include nude shades. Magnetism and Minx might not be to everyone's liking, but if you want very high quality lipsticks that are going to feel great to wear and are going to last a long time then I'd definitely recommend them. I certainly prefer them to my Mac lipsticks and I find the customer service when I shop in Illamasqua stores has always been impeccable.

Have you tried Illamasqua's lipsticks? What do you think of the two shades I own?

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October 22, 2014

La Roche Posay's Effaclar Anti-Blemish System International Giveaway

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I've had some really good experiences with La Roche Posay's products, especially their Effaclar Duo + which I found made a big difference to my blemish prone skin. Recently I was given the opportunity to trial La Roche Posay's newly released Effaclar Anti Blemish Systemwhich includes three skincare products designed to be used together as a three step skincare regime. However, as I'm already currently trialling a full skincare routine I asked if I could instead offer the kit to one of my blog readers. La Roche Posay very kindly agreed so I now have a very exciting prize for one of you lovely lot.

La Roche Posay's Effaclar products are suitable for a whole range of skin types because although they work brilliantly at tackling blemish prone skin they aren't overly harsh. The first product in the Anti Blemish System kit that I'll be giving away is the Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel which removes bacteria that may lead to spots. The second product is the Effaclar Clarifying Toner that smooths, mattifies and tightens pores. The third product is the Effaclar Duo + which corrects the appearance of blemishes, unclogs pores and reduces the appearance of red and brown marks. Used twice daily (morning and evening) these products are designed to combat blemishes, unclog pores, reduce excess sebum and even out the texture of your skin. 

If you have blemish prone skin and would like to win La Roche Posay's Effaclar Anti Blemish System (RRP £32.95) then all you have to do is enter via the rafflecopter form below. This giveaway isn't sponsored but the prize has been provided to me by La Roche Posay and I will only be sending it to one winner who will be picked at random via rafflecopter. I will be checking all entries before contacting the winner, good luck!

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