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November 01, 2014

A Much Anticipated RMS Beauty Haul (and a treat for you)

image of RMS living luminizer and buriti bronzer haul
image of RMS living luminizer and buriti bronzer haul

Over the last month or so I've been getting more and more into natural and cruelty free beauty products and have realised that in almost all areas there are viable alternatives to many of the products I repurchase simply out of habit. I've heard really great things about RMS beauty products but the thing that always put me off indulging in any of them was the price. However, I really do think this was just a poor excuse because I can think back and remember spending more money on similar products from brands like Benefit and Dior so I think my real hesitation was about whether natural beauty alternatives were worth splashing out on. This month I've been reading more blogs that feature (sometimes exclusively) natural beauty products - Ana Goes GreenThe Ramblings of a Beauty Bird, Sugarpuffish, Beauty Balm, NatuRia Beauty, Amber's Beauty Talk - and from their blogs and their reviews I got the impression that I should bite the bullet and go for it.

Once I'd made the decision to invest I just had to work out which products to go for. I had a lot of help on twitter which I really appreciated and in the end I opted for RMS Beuaty's Beauty's Buriti Bronzer (RRP £25) and RMS Beauty's Living Luminzer (RRP £30). I looked into purchasing them from Love Lula and Naturisimo as both had £10 off vouchers on a £50 spend.  In the end I opted for Naturisimo because I could choose 5 free samples with my order. I picked up free sachet samples of Lavera's Wild Rose 24 Hour Moisturising Cream, Lavera's Soft Moisturising Creme and A'kin's Purely Revitalising Firming Night Creme. I also chose a free sample of Pai's Kukui and Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliater (which at first glance seems gorgeous). Lastly, I also managed to get a free Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream. I actually received the same eye cream in a goody bag not long ago so I'm going to give this away to one of you lovely lot. 

For a chance to win a brand new 10ml Balance Me Wonder Eye Cream leave a blog comment telling me about anything that you've bought for yourself recently that you'd recommend and leave your email address or twitter handle so I can contact you if you win! Good luck and thank you all for your continued support :) The giveaway will run for roughly one calendar week (ending at midnight on the 7th November) and I will pick the winner at random.

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October 31, 2014

Upcoming Lush Releases: New Shampoo and Massage Bars

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I was recently scanning the pages of the latest Lush catalogue and I spotted quite a few new products that are part of an upcoming release. I've asked in store at Lush on South Molton Street and the sales assistant told me that the massage bars are due in store on November 1st and the shampoo bars are due in store on November 21st. These new shampoo and massage bars might not be of interest to everyone but I'm certainly excited. There's a massage bar full of coffee beans (coffee beans!) that I'm particularly lusting over and a shampoo bar packed full of argan oil (and with a witty name too). If you're keen to know more then all the information on these products are available in Lush's catalogue which can be picked up for free in Lush stores.

 Do you use Lush's shampoo or massage bars?

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October Beauty Favourites

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Where does time go? I feel as though October has just sped me through life at an alarmingly fast pace and now it's time for me to share my favourite beauty products from the last month. Some are new discoveries but there are a couple of much loved favourites that have been around a while.

First up is my beauty front runner for October - if you can't already identify it then please let me introduce to you Living Nature's Lipstick in Summer Rain*. This is has been my berry lip of choice this month and I've worn it a lot! It has a really lovely moisturising texture which means that its easy to wear even with dry lips (which is how I'd describe mine at the moment). I like to wear it patted on my lips as a stain and as a full on berry lip. 

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in Green Tea* has been making life much easier for me this month and I've really enjoyed using it to wash my make-up brushes. If you missed my post about this beauty I'd redirect you there as I spoke some serious praise about its virtues.

My skin was pretty dry at the beginning of the month but I've discovered two products that have made all the difference - Roger and Gallet's Fleur de Figuier Ultra Nourishing Oil* and A Passion for Natural's Aloe Vera Body Butter*. Which one I use has depended on where I'm going and what I'm doing. After a shower I really like applying Roger & Gallet's body oil onto damp skin as it absorbs so quickly and leaves my skin soft and delicately scented. If I'm looking to apply something to dry skin then I reach for A Passion for Natural's body butter which really deeply hydrates my skin but doesn't take ages to absorb. It doesn't have much in the way of a scent, so it's great if you're looking for something effective that won't interfere with your perfume. 

My face mask favourite of the month has definitely been Antipodes' Aura Manuka Honey Mask. I had relatively clear skin for most of the month but in the last ten days I had a hormonal break out that nothing has seemed to clear up. This face mask has helped cleanse my skin without stripping it and I find the scent and texture really luxurious.

I've included MaxFactor's Masterpiece Mascara as my last favourite because it is definitely the product that I've worn the most this month. I wear mascara everyday and this has been my go-to daytime mascara for a long time now. Often my everyday beauty picks can miss out on the spot light so I thought I'd give it a fair share of the lime light this month. I've actually finished this mascara up (well, technically it's past it's sell by date) so I won't be wearing it next month but I'd highly recommend it and I would consider repurchasing it again in the future!

What have been some of your beauty favourites this month?

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October 30, 2014

Out with the Old (and very quickly in with the new)

deep cleansing face mask

Just when I think I'm about to bid a beloved beauty item farewell I remember that I've already got a back-up somewhere in my beauty stash. Thus was the case with Origins' Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. I finally finished up the 75ml bottle that I picked up last Christmas and its promptly being replaced with a new tube that I was gifted for my birthday in July. I think I expected to finish it more quickly than I did, but I've got about three or four really gorgeous face masks in my collection now and I'm just not as reliant on Origins' Clear Improvement Mask as I used to be. That being said, I still think it is great for a deep pore detox and I reach for it at least once every fortnight. It is one of those skincare "extras" that I really like having to hand and I'm so glad I already had a replacement ready to go!

What beauty products do you regularly repurchase?

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