Saturday, 28 February 2015

Review: The Rose Tree Carrot & Mango Cleansing Butter

The Rose Tree are a small boutique brand that offer Organic Luxury that cover skincare, body care and luxury candles too (Rose Tree No.5 - swoon). With very clear and honest information on ingredients, you can trust that what you are using has a purpose - all killa no filla, if you like.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Review: Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist* is a bit of a multi-purpose product; it can be used as a toner after cleansing but also as a top up during the day. The spray pump provides a brilliant mist and yes, I mean mist and not squirt-you-in-the-eye spray like some can do!

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Review: Narynda Skincare

"Narynda Kumar is no ordinary Grandmother..."

I love this introduction into Narynda's story about how she came to develop her own skincare range. It sounds like she's a superhero that tickled me.
You can read more about her story here but the short version is that she took a more holistic approach to her diagnosis of stress-related dermatitis and Narynda Skincare was born.

I was sent a couple of products to try out, a Cleanser* RRP £12 for 100ml and a Toner* RRP £12.50 for 100ml.

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Review: Couleur Caramel Cosmetics

Couleur Caramel popped up on my Twitter feed at the beginning of the year  - a natural, mineral and certified organic make-up brand that originates in Paris.

Photo courtesy of Beauty Well

I was sent a few items to review thanks to the UK distributors, Beauty Well.
A Multitouch Concealer Pencil in no.21 (Light Beige)* RRP £15.50 This couldn't have come at a better time to be honest - I had a bit of a hormonal break out a couple of weeks into January which meant this got a good amount of testing! The colour is a good match for my pale wintery skin but I don't think it would work during the Spring/Summer as I tan fairly easily. The pencil is smooth and easy to blend and covers a multitude of sins.
Photo courtesy of Beauty Well

A Lip Gloss no.808 in Pearly CoralRRP £16 I like to call this my browny, peachy colour with a hint of shimmer gloss. I'd not really ventured into lip glosses before as I've had long hair most of my adult life and girls, we all know what happens when the wind turns when you have gloss on!
Anyway, now I've had my locks well and truly chopped off and my hair can't reach my lips I was pleased to give one a go! The applicator is easy to use, it spreads the gloss evenly without having to re-apply too many times or end up with half a sticky mouth. I keep referring to glosses as sticky but it wasn't - high shine yes, tacky feeling no. I was surprised by how much I liked wearing it.
One major thing I want to point out is that on top of the dubious "parfum"it may contain carmine. I did email Beauty Well as it is listed after "May Contain" and asked if they could clarify for me; turns out it does so heads up to everyone really.

Photo courtesy of Beauty Well

Lastly, I was sent a Lip Pencil in no.134 in Caramel* RRP £10.50 This lip pencil is actually a perfect shade for me. I've been looking at getting a lip pencil as I'm wearing lipsticks more than I ever have done and have found that my lips definitely needed a barrier to prevent 'bleeding'. The pencil is a little hard to start off with so I often find I warm it up a bit on my hand before applying. It blends well with my natural colouring which means I can use it with all my lippies.

While I liked everything, I was disappointed by the carmine in the lip gloss and that soured my feelings a bit. I think that a brand promoting natural, mineral and organic make up should look to cut out ingredients like carmine and look for natural alternatives.
What does work in their favour for me is that they are EcoCert approved and all packaging is recycled and a lot of it (including the lip gloss) is recyclable. Big plus in my book.

Have you heard of Couleur Caramel before? 

*PR Samples

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Mini Review: Botanicals Organic Body Wash Lemongrass & Mandarin

I was recently sent a 50ml sample of Botanicals Organic Body Wash in Lemongrass & Mandarin* and yay! because I had it on my wishlist as it sounded right up my street.

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