An Evening with Lush

Did you guys know that I used to work at Lush? During my late teens I worked my butt off in their digital sector and it was amazing, made some great friends and gained lots of knowledge about all their products.It was a great job, and I miss it. I love that I get to work on this blog but it’s lonely sometimes and Lush was so much fun.

I along with the Southampton Bloggers were invited to Lush in West Quay to have a little pamper session, make a face mask and have a personal daily routine created for each of us.

(massaging Kristy from The Violet Blonde over on Instagram)

My skin care routine hand picked by Lizzy. One of the fresh face masks that I’ve always avoided was the blueberry one but it’s such a calming mask and so soothing. I have a small sample of the Cup o Coffee for my dark eye bags, and so many other samples. So I can bring back all the Lush I’ve missed in my life.

We made the face mask CUPCAKE. Cupcake is such a calming facemask and really helps to keep your skin calm. You need to keep it in the fridge and is so cold to put on your face it’s beyond relaxing.  Cupcake is filled with some many relaxing and calming ingredients. For me it’s the perfect for after being in the sun all day with makeup on.

Ingredients:

Rhassoul mud, linseed infusion, glycerine, talc, cocoa powder, fair trade organic cocoa butter, fresh mint, slandalwood oil, vanilla absolute, spearmint oil, peppermint oil, limonene and perfume.

We added vegan chocolate into ours for a little extra. Full disclosure I ate some of them when i got home. Curiosity killed the cat, am I right?

You need to keep your Cupcake in the fridge and it is such a cool consistency that it applies like finger paint to your face. Wait till it’s dried, and either wash it off or crumble it off really gently like I did.

A few bits of redness but, oh my! My skin is so much smoother and calmer then sun really makes my skin unhappy but Cupcake has calmed my skin so much.

Ears – Red Panda from The Body Shop

 

Dare To Mask with The Body Shop

I’ve been using products from The Body Shop for years, quite possibly they were the first skin care brand I bought from. So when The Body Shop Southampton hosted a blogger event I had to be there.

The event was in celebration of their new mask range with the hashtag “daretomask” Myself and all the other bloggers got to listen to a skincare expert talk about the new mask range and to take a look at the new more premium collection ( we got to take a few things home which is so exciting) The Body Shop highlighted all the good they are doing with stopping animal testing and creating more sustainable products. 

The himalayan charcoal range of products is supporting the endangered red panda. The Body Shop have consistently worked to protect our most endangered animals and the welfare of all animals. What’s even more exciting is that TBS are even working to sustain endangered plants. Their premium scent collection works with some of the most endangered plants that are used for perfumes all over the world. Normally you’d cut the plant and use it in perfume. Not The Body Shop have cover the plant and extract the smell is naturally releases and uses that in their premium perfume range. Not harming the plant at all.

What’s really refreshing about TBS is their continuos hard work in sustaining animal and plant habitats. They recently built bio-bridges and help discover a new bread of Orangutang. If you don’t know me personally then you don’t know I LOVE orangutang and really want to work on a sanctuary for a few months just helping out, helping save those big orange guys. TBS created Reggie a shower and bath luffa to raise awareness for the new orangutang which is such a worthy purchase.
I was given the strawberry shower gel as part of a set for christmas and i used it every day. It smells good enough to eat and the scent lingers on your skin. I’m so glad to have a mini one  in my possession. The balkan Juniper Body Wash is such a decadent smell that I’m waiting till have had a day off and am going to spend my time in the shower breathing this in and watching my skin get all soft. This on this product as the best five star hotel you’ll ever stay in.
The oils of life cleanser is a daily god send. I lightly exfoliate my face every day and follow with the cleanser and my skin looks so youthful, and bright.
I was given these items in a goodie bag to say thanks for coming and try out or products and see what you think. But because I love TBS and value them as creatives and innovators in the skincare world by going animal testing free. They are also expanding their vegan range. I got a little spendy and bought myself a few extras.
Oils of Life – A pea sized amount covers the face perfectly. The cleanser goes on line a think serum but washes off like water.
Moisturiser- Because that spring sun ain’t no joke, I don’t wanna crisp up at 24 thanks. It’s really tackled my rose cheeks and brought down the tension in my face.
Head bands red panda and bunny:  Putting on my makeup has never been so fun. I’m a bunny fanatic, Hayden can testify to this. If you aren’t already follow Reuben the rex on insta if you love bunnies. He’s adorable and I want to meet him. And the expand and give more to the red panda cause i got that head band too.
Face brush – Going into summer means my skin will suffer in makeup all day but not with this bad boy. A tiny little brush perfect to get the last of the day off.
Himalayan charcoal soap – again i just have to support the red panda and I’m really on the charcoal hype, what can i say.
 Pyjamas – Next  
from the boxing day sales, but Next have possibly the best PJ collection ever.
Let me know what your favourite Body Shop pieces are and i’ll be sure to give them a go.
Thank you to @quaytobeauty on Instagram for inviting me and the Southampton Bloggers.

Winter Skincare | Hands

Hands are so important and I think one of the most missed parts of the body when it comes to taking care of them. We are all told that it’s important to moisturise your face, so you look younger for longer. But hands are neglected and they are one of the places I think ages us the most.

As we head into winter our hands are taking the toll. Here are my favourite hand care products to keep your hands looking youthful and moisturised in Autumn and Winter. Don’t forget to wear your gloves too.

Cath Kidston – A mini trio of floral scented hand creams. Each sent transports you to a stately home somewhere. A scented hand cream instead of perfume? people complimented me on my perfume and i’ve had to tell them it’s actually my hand cream. They are perfect handbag emergency hand creams.

Cath Kidston

Geranium is my favourite scent.

I’ve the worst nails so I use Burt’s Bees cuticle cream to protect my nails as much as possible from breaking. I massage my nails with this lemon butter after using hand cream and feel very protected. I don’t feel like i’ll be getting and ripped cuticles or sore skin. Also smells amazing and comes in gift sets all the time.

Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees almond Milk and Beeswax hand cream is a very thick and sticky cream that needs a little working into the skin, but sinks in and moisturises deeply. It’s a very traditional smell, you smell the almonds and the honey and that’s it.

Something a little fancier for your paws is the Elemis British Botanicals hand and nail butter. Just listen to the list of ingredients. Wild flax, sweet orange, lavender, oats, patchouli, rosemary, burdock, geranium, thyme, camomile. That’s not even the whole list. It’s a beautiful concoction of scents and is such a light butter that it could be used all over the body.

Elemis

The heavy lifting hand cream comes from Elizabeth Arden.

This will sooth your winter skin ailments and leave you feeling like you’ve shed your skin and am fresh and clean. A thick gloopy cream from the Eight Hour collection, that you have to really work into the skin and leaves your hands sticky for ages. Which makes you stop what you are doing and really massage your skin. A little me time while taking care of your hands.

Elizabeth Arden

What are your must have hand care staples during Autumn and Winter?

Introduction to Neal’s Yard

Neal’s Yard Remedies

I’ve been focusing in on creating a skincare routine and have compiled a few pieces. My last post about L’Occitane was the first step and the second is Neal’s.

I was on my way to Frome when mum said there was a Neal’s Yard factory store on our route so we stopped into the store and bought a whole bunch of stuff.

We tried the infused tea and lemonade then perused the shelves for goodies.

Mum bought a bag full of hand cream and I of course got face stuff because I want to stay looking 23 for as long as possible. I picked the Orange Flower Facial oil, a Be Lovely Bath and Shower Gel, an Orange Flower Facial Wash  and a few other bits.

I really love the vibe of Neal’s, the lady behind the counter really talked with passion about the products and answered my questions and I learnt a little too. Apparently Neal’s use blue bottles to preserve to products the blue deflects the sun so Neal’s don’t have to add preservatives into their products.

I’m really sold on Neal’s and can’t wait to have glowing skin.

Have you guys tried Neal’s? What’s your favourite product? what should I get next?

I wore

Pink Shirt – Zara

Jeans – Primark

Denim Jacket – Baum und Pferdgarten

Shoes – Next

Bag – Vintage

 

Amelia xxx

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L’Occitane Bournemouth

L’Occitane has come to Bournemouth.

L’Occitane En Provence

I am more then excited about it! I’ve read and seen a lot about L’Occitane but never had anything myself. I popped in the other day and came away with a couple things.

 

I loved the whole atmosphere of the bight orange/yellow store and wanted to get my hands on everything. I knew I wanted a new moisturiser to combat my oil prone skin in the summer.

Helped by the beautiful assistant who was more then helpful making sure there were no rose extracts in anything I liked and to guide me to making the right decision. I was given the option of Pivoine Sublime and something else, but I was drawn to PS from the off.

Pivoine Sublime – Perfecting Cream

For all skin types, made with peonies from the Drôme region of France. It smells amazing. It helps correct skin texture and colour, and hydrates my skin to no end. it’s quite a thick cream but sinks beautifully into the skin making it feel light and fresh. Peonies are one of my favourite flowers so, I’m in love.

I was so bold over by Pivoine Sublime that I got the Pivoine Flora shower gel! What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good smell.

I can’t wait to use the shower gel and feel like a true flower power girl. I was also given a few cheeky samples to try out which i am excited for.

I’m so excited to try some higher end skin care, and get into a more accomplished skin care routine.

What have you bought in L’Occitane? have you been to the Bournemouth Store?

 Amelia

 

 

 

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