Saturday, 4 July 2015

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo

If you live in the UK then no doubt you will be well aware of the heatwave we are experiencing. I know people who live in hotter climes are probably thinking we are moaning about nothing. I guess us Brits just aren't used to the hot weather. 

My hair has definitely been feeling the heat. It has become dry and frizzy, not a good look. I stumbled across the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil shampoo in the supermarket recently and seeing as it was on offer I thought I would give it a try. 

(I would be telling a lie if the chic metallic packaging didn't entice me in as well)

Dove have been creating shampoo and conditioners for many years now, the items from their Pure Care line are a little more expensive but worth it. 

The colour of this shampoo is a deep yellow colour ( think along the lines of olive oil) and smells lovely and warming, similar to The Body Shop's Argan Oil range

Don't let the word oil put you off because the shampoo is non greasy. I found it lathered up nicely and washed away easily without leaving any nasty coating. 

Even though I colour my hair it tends to get greasy at the roots and dry at the ends. At first I was concerned this shampoo would weigh my hair down but infact it did the opposite. It left my hair with bounce while smoothing out those pesky frizzes.

At the moment Boots are selling the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil shampoo for £5.99 but they are having a 3 for 2 offer on haircare. 

Monday, 29 June 2015

Not on The High Street: The Day You Became My Daddy

I had already posted about the bracelet I ordered for my mum's birthday from Not On The High Street a few weeks ago. Since I had several birthdays and Father's Day this month I ordered several personalised presents from the website. 

As some of you know my husband and I welcomed our first baby into the world on April 2. So this year was my husband's first Father's Day so I needed to get him something special.

I think Father's Day gifts from children is more of a keep sake and a nice memento so I ordered this from Made Lovingly Made via Not On The High Street

The day you became my daddy keyring was the perfect first Father's Day gift. The wooden keyring is engraved with the date our son was born. It is a sentimental gift which is also subtle.

The keyring is made from Walnut wood and cost £13 with postage and packaging costing £1.75. 

The only niggle was that the months do not line up to the correct days. My son was born on Thursday, April 2, however the way the numbers are displayed on the keyring indicates he was born on a Tuesday. 

Made Lovingly Made creates several types of keyrings in this style including The Day You Became My Wife, The Day You Became by Grandma and The Day You Became My Husband. 

Made Lovingly Made also creates jigsaw piece keyrings with wedding dates carved into the front which.  

The company itself is a family run business based in Christchurch, Dorset. Made Lovingly Made also say their wood is ethically sourced. The team also plant trees too. What a green-fingered bunch.

@MLMcollective - Twitter

The company also has a website

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Valley Mill: Handmade Soaps

There is something wonderful about using a bar of soap. Don't get me wrong, I love my showergels and cremes, but I really enjoying using a bar of soap in the shower, there is something satisfying about watching it lather up. Bars of soap also last longer than a bottle of showergel.

Recently I have been using two soaps from Valley Mill which is a company based in Wales. 

I have been using the Bergamot and Basil soap as well as the Tea Tree and Witch Hazel soap. The soap bars and rustic and rough cut which I like. Somehow having a perfectly formed and even slice wouldn't be quite right. The rustic bars also fit in perfectly with the simple packaging. 

The soaps are made using 100% natural shea butter and coconut oils and both have the most incredible scent.

The Tea Tree and Witch Hazel soap worked wonders on my skin. Since giving birth 12 weeks ago my skin has not been behaving. Small red spots have appeared on my arms which I have never had before. However, since using this soap the redness has calmed down leaving my upper arms less angry looking. I guess much of this was down to the tea tree and the ingredient being naturally anti-bacterial. I loved the scent of this soap too. For me it was refreshing and revitalising. If you don't like tea tree it might be too overpowering for you.

I also tried the Bergamot and Basil soap from Valley Mill. Again, this soap gave off an amazing rich aroma. This soap wouldn't be out of place in a luxury spa. Once mixed with water this soap gives off a lovely light foam and left my skin soft and smooth. 

Also, the colours of the two bars of soap are gorgeous, I especially like the tea tree soap. I believe colour plays a huge part in whether we are drawn to a product. All of Valley Mill's soaps are made using natural ingredients and are free from chemicals.

The soaps cost £4 and come in 100g chunks, these would make perfect birthday presents or stocking fillers at Christmas time. (Uh oh, I said the C-word)

Valley Mill also sell grapefruit and fennel soap, rosemary and lime soap, orange and cinnamon soap and lavender and citronella. 

The company also sells a range of other goodies including candles, slate house signs, kitchen ware and baby items. 

(Products sent for review)

Friday, 19 June 2015

Feather and Bone Face Gems: Natural Cleansing Treatment

I stared down at the small tablet which resembled a health supplement and wondered how on earth this product was going to turn into a face wash.

I was amazed at how the Feather & Bone Face Gems turned from a tiny tablet into a smooth paste once added with water. It was this paste which gave my entire face and neck a deep clean.

I have to admit the texture and consistency felt strange at first especially since I am used to using my foaming cream cleanser. 

The Face Gems come in foil sealed packets and you just pop one out as and when you need it. One gem is plenty to cleanse your entire face and neck. A few drops of water to the tablet helps it dissolve into a smooth paste. It was quite therapeutic swishing the gem around with water in the palm of the hand and watch it transform into a paste.

Ingredients in each gem include Sandalwood, Fuller's Earth and starch. Sandalwood acts as the cleanser, the Fuller's Earth acts as an exfoliator while the starch is the moisturiser.

Sandalwood is a natural antiseptic agent which Feather & Bone claims gives the skin a natural glow while removing dirt from pores. The company also said Sandalwood has anti-aging properties.

Fuller's Earth: Exfoliator

The ingredient Fuller's Earth helps improve blood circulation while removing those pesky black and white heads we all dread. Feather & Bone also claim this ingredient helps tone the skin.

Starch is a natural moisturiser and also helps relieve itchy skin while cooling the face. 

One gem provides a full face wash routine, it cleanses, tones, exfoliates and moisturisers in one go. Ideal if you are against the clock. These tablets would also be great to take on holiday because they are so light and won't weigh down your bag like bottles would.

Twitter - @feathernbone

(I was sent a few Face Gems for review)

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Not On The High Street: J &S Jewellery

My mum and my husband celebrate their birthdays on the same day. Today, June 16. Since having had my baby I have not managed to get out and about to do birthday present shopping. 
Shopping online for their presents was the only way. 

I had bought items from Not On The High Street before but forgot to take pictures and blog about what I bought before I gave them away.

This was one of the gifts I got for my mum this year from Not On The High Street.

This is a birthday infinity bracelet from J & S Jewellery. You can choose a letter on the star for who the bracelet is intended for. You can also pick different colour Swarovski crystals on part of the infinity symbol. The bracelet is part of J &S Jewellery's Love and Infinity collection.

I chose light amethyst crystals and a lilac organza draw string gift bag.
The birthday infinity bracelets by this company were exclusively designed for Not On The High Street.

According to J &S Jewellery light amethyst crystals are associated with the month of June and represents happiness and purity.

The bracelet is from my baby as a present to his grandma. 

Have you bought anything from Not On The High Street before? If so what did you think of the website?

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Freeman: Feeling Beautiful Facial Masks

Face masks are a staple in my bathroom cabinet. There is such a wide variety of masks in the shops to choose from. From exfoliating and peel off masks to traditional clay and heating masks. I have tried a fair few but love coming across new products to try out.

Recently I have been testing out these two masks from Freeman during my weekly pamper evenings. 

These masks are the Feeling Beautiful Facial Enzyme Mask Pineapple and Feeling Beautiful Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress Mask. These are both travel size packs and so are perfect for popping in your handbag for a weekend away or for a pamper session on holiday. They are light-weight and take up no room so would be ideal for a pamper evening away from home. 

How colourful, inviting and eye-catching is the packaging? Good packaging which draws me in straight away has always been one of the factors which entices me to a product. 

The pineapple mask is an exfoliating masks which helps to gently buff away dead skin cells to leave your skin soft and smooth. I found the granules to give a more gentle exfoliation so this mask would be ideal for an inbetween treat in the week if you already use a regular exfoliator in your skincare routine. 

The mask is great for normal to combination skin and is paraben free.

The dead sea minerals face mask was my favourite out of the two. For me the scent was what really drew me to this mask. It has that warming, comforting smell which reminds me of a spa. This mask felt much heavier and had a thicker consistency than the pineapple mask on the skin. The dead sea minerals mask would be great for a pamper evening on a cold winter night. Again, this mask is paraben free.

With both masks I found my skin didn't break out in painful spots whereas a few other face masks do. They didn't leave my skin feeling dry and tight afterwards which was also a bonus. 

Each cost £1.50 but there are full size tubes available for £5.99.

The Freeman UK website has a huge selection of masks to choose from including an Avocado and Oatmeal mask, a Charcoal and Black Sugar polishing mask and Chocolate and Strawberry masks.

They also sell a Honeydew and Chamomile Sleeping Mask which has a similar concept to The Body Shop Bouncy Sleeping Mask. With both products you cleanse the skin and apply the mask to sleep in overnight. 

The Body Shop overnight mask costs more than £20 while the Freeman Feeling Beautiful option is £5.99. A cheaper alternative if you fancy trying an overnight mask out. These masks can also be found in Tesco as well as the Freeman UK website. The Freeman UK website also sells beauty products for the body and feet. 

@freemanbeautyuk on Twitter

Have you ever tried these face masks? If not give them a try and if you aren't sure which mask to try perhaps have a go at the travel size packs before you make up your mind. 

(*Face masks sent for review)

Monday, 8 June 2015

Herbal Glo: Natural supplements for hair, skin and nails

If you have ever had issues with your hair, skin or nails like me then you would have searched high and low for a product which can help make you feel good on the inside and look radiant on the outside.

I have suffered from acne through my teenage years and despite edging on the big 30 my skin is far from perfect. During my pregnancy my skin cleared and was probably he best it had ever been. Now, 9 weeks following the birth of my baby boy my skin is back to its old tricks.

The skin on my chin has always caused me issues, red and blotchy and spotty, urgh!
Covering up my problem areas with makeup is not something I like doing, I find it can sometimes make the issue worse. I would prefer to try and make my skin more radiant and glowing rather than covering up problems.

I have been given the chance to review some hair, skin and nail supplements by Herbal Glo.
The company makes bold claims and states that customers saw an improvement in the quality of their hair, skin and nails in a short period of time. 

Herbal Glo uses herbs and minerals to help promote a natural detox inside the body which in turn is meant to help improve the quality of the hair, skin and nails. 

The recipe inside the capsules derives from a closely guarded family recipe which had been handed down from the founder's auntie. 

Herbal Glo has also had rave reviews from Harley Street doctors as well. 
So, with all the hype I am expecting great things from these supplements.

I am going to try the supplements for a month and then report back on any changes to my skin, hair and nails.

What do you think of supplements? Have you tried any before?