Friday, 31 October 2014

Flamingo Candles Cinnamon Appleberry


Flamingo Candles Cinnamon Appleberry Halloween Classic Square Jar Candle* - £12

Halloween is easily my favourite holiday. I've always been drawn to the spooky side of life & it's a whole lot more fun than any other annual occasion. I love dressing up, decorating the house & handing out sweeties to trick or treaters. Rather than going out for a party this year we're just gonna stay in and watch some classic movies. I'm thinking Hocus Pocus, The Craft & Ed Wood. Tonight along with my pumpkins I'll be lighting this limited edition Halloween candle from Flamingo Candles. For Halloween 2014 Flamingo Candles have brought out a special trio of fragrances complete with three spooky colourways to complement your creepy decorations. The three candles available in this range are Aniseed, Orange & Nutmeg and Cinnamon Appleberry which is the one I that have here. The minty green EcoSoya soy wax is the perfect colour match for witchy face paint and the black Florrie flamingo adds to it's ghoulish appearance. The scent of this candle is described as a 'delicious blend of tart, juicy apples and sweet strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries laced with a cinnamon glow'. It's an incredibly yummy & fresh combination. If you're a fan of crisp apple scents then you will absolutely love this candle.

Earlier this month I reviewed Flamingo Candles' Applecurrant Crumble candle and although they're both apple-based scents they couldn't be any more different. Cinnamon Appleberry is a lot sharper & fruitier whereas Applecurrant Crumble was very sweet & comforting. This candle still has a hint of sweetness though which nostalgically reminds me of Atomic Apple flavoured Hubba Bubba and toffee apples, one of my favourite treats at this time of year! The addition of spicy cinnamon is very warming & makes me feel all cosy inside. It'll carry through nicely into the Winter as well as the spiciness is somewhat Christmassy. With up to 50 hours burn time it'll probably last you that long anyway! It has great scent throw which beautifully fills the room. I really like that these organic hand-poured candles use soy wax and natural cotton wicks as they burn very cleanly. They won't leave any random bits of soot around your home & they're non-toxic so they're much better for you as well.

Although this candle is from the Halloween collection there's nothing stopping you from burning it at any time. Cinnamon Appleberry is another wonderfully Autumnal scent from Flamingo Candles & would make a lovely accompaniment to any cold dark night. I'm not sure how much longer the Halloween collection will be available for so I would suggest ordering soon to avoid disappointment. Happy Halloween everyone!


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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-In-1 Cream Cleanser


Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser* - £11.50

At this time of year my skin always goes a little bit haywire. As a result I have to change up a few of the products I normally swear by for richer formulas that can keep my skin hydrated through the colder months. When it comes to cleansers I'm firmly an oil followed by a gel kinda gal but this product from British skincare brand Bee Good has reminded me of just how lovely cream cleansers can be. I'm sure most people have tried Liz Earle's Cleanse & Polish or something similar by now but this has to be my favourite of that cleanser category. Thanks to my recent wasp infested house trauma I have a rather large aversion to any stripy flying insects. I just try to ignore the packaging design when I'm applying it! Of course bees are a whole lot more useful than wasps as they help to pollinate flowers & produce lots of delicious honey. Bee products have also long been regarded as potent skincare ingredients. That's why Bee Good have harnessed the healing powers of British honey, propolis & beeswax to create an effective, all natural range of skincare products.

The Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser has an incredibly thick & luxurious creamy texture which is more akin to a mask than a cleanser. It feels very comforting on the skin & has a beautiful fresh natural scent with just a hint of honey. In terms of ingredients this product features super-moisturising British wild flower honey, nourishing British crambe oil & British propolis which is renowned for it's antibacterial properties. It is also rich in vitamins B, C & E to promote skin healing. Each tube comes with it's very own muslin cloth. After massaging the cleanser onto dry skin simply rinse the cloth with hot water and remove the cleanser using circular motions. The luscious cream gently cleanses the skin whilst the cloth softly exfoliates. It works brilliantly as both a morning & evening cleanser as it removes every single trace of makeup without the need for a second cleanse. Although it makes light work of my heavy eye makeup you might want to use an eye makeup remover first as it tends to sting a bit if you massage it too far into your lashes.

This cleanser is suitable for all skin types but anyone with dry, dehydrated or problem skin will really benefit from it. I have combination skin so my cheeks sometimes get rather dry. Using the Bee Good Honey & Propolis 2-in-1 Cream Cleanser for a few weeks has really helped to balance out my skin & eliminate dry patches. It leaves my skin feeling really soft, smooth & hydrated without leaving any residue behind. My complexion looks noticeably brighter & clearer too. Like most cream cleansers the formula is very rich but unlike most of them this one hasn't given me any blemishes. If anything it has helped to clear up any breakouts as propolis is one of the best ingredients for balancing problematic skin. I feel like my skin gets on really well with this calming creamy cleanser & I would highly recommend it as an Autumn/Winter skincare addition. If you're fed up of cleansers that leave your skin feeling tight or stripped then Bee Good might just have the perfect product for you.


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Friday, 17 October 2014

Claudia Louch Protective Jojoba Day Moisturiser



Claudia Louch Protective Jojoba Day Moisturiser* - £52.50

Having fallen completely head over heels for the Claudia Louch Hydrating Mango Face Cream it was a very sad day when that sleek black bottle ran out of product. Despite my fussy combination skin type, my face got on incredibly well with it due to it's deeply hydrating properties & velvety matte finish. Whilst the Hydrating Mango Face Cream is meant for normal to dry skin types, the Protective Jojoba Day Moisturiser is ideal for those with combination or oily skin. I had high hopes for this moisturiser so I jumped at the chance to try it out. As this one is actually intended for my skin type I figured that I would love this product even more. Changing up your moisturiser is always a bit of a gamble but I have tremendous faith in this brand. All of the Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic products are natural and plant and/or mineral-based, hypoallergenic, allergy-tested, non-comedogenic & free from harsh chemicals. Each blend of natural botanical ingredients is designed to work in perfect harmony with your skin & this moisturiser is certainly working wonders on mine.

The key active ingredient in the Protective Jojoba Day Moisturiser is, of course, jojoba oil. This acts as an anti-inflammatory & helps to dissolve excess sebum which is the cause of blocked pores & breakouts. Pretty impressive for a moisturiser! This high-performance 94% natural product boasts an excess of 18% oils (jojoba, avocado & grape seed), 2% shea butter, vegetable glycerine and vitamins A & E. It's a deeply nourishing blend that feels weightless on the skin. The texture feels quite similar to the Hydrating Mango Face Cream but with a bit more slip to it & not as thick in consistency. I use about two or three pumps each time which is plenty for my face. A little goes a long way with this stuff so you definitely get your money's worth. It makes a lovely silky base for makeup as my skin gets less shiny throughout the day. I don't have to wait around for it to sink in either. Although it is labelled as a day moisturiser, I've been using it day & night as the formula feels light yet hydrating enough for both occasions. I normally just apply it over a facial oil at night to really lock in moisture & add some radiance to my complexion. As a result my skin is looking very clear, more even toned and it feels beautifully soft. This moisturiser is wonderfully comforting to the skin & is a brilliant skincare addition for this transitional season.

Claudia Louch's botanical skincare range sets the bar really high & once you try one of her products, you won't want to use anything else. The price might not be within everyone's budget but you can rest assured that this luxurious moisturiser has been produced by utilising Claudia's masterful knowledge of skincare. The Claudia Louch Natural Skin Clinic skincare range is available to buy online exclusively at www.claudialouch.com with free UK delivery.


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