Sunday, 1 December 2013
Sunday, 18 August 2013
Origins mission is to create high performance natural skincare products that are powered by nature and proved by science. Their products use organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils, and use earth- and animal-friendly practices. The brand comes from the USA, created in 1990, and is part of the Estee Lauder group.
Origins have a purity promise – “Origins products are formulated with natural and certified organic ingredients and 100% natural essential oils. And formulated without parabens, phthalates, propylene glycol, mineral oil, PABA, petrolatum, paraffin, DEA and animal ingredients. We manufacture using a combination of renewable resources, wind energy and earth-friendly practices.”
The majority of their products have a similar, distinct fresh green scent to them which reassures you that they are natural.
They have a commitment to protect the planet and it’s resources which is reaffirmed by their practices and methods. They respect that they have a responsibility to future generations.
I adore Origins for their purity statement, as well as their fantastic products. It’s a brand that I have quickly come to love and want to try more and more of their products. I would recommended the brand to anyone, especially those who feel strongly about natural skincare.
Friday, 16 August 2013
L’Oreal has launched a brand new website dedicated completely to nail art! Everyone loves a bit of nail art, and it is becoming more and more popular every day. I for one love trying out new looks on my nails. Can you believe that there were over 1.8 million Google searches for nail art in the past month?!
L’Oreal’s new site features tutorials from nail experts Tom Bachik and Grace Humphries, and showcases new nail trends and lots of inspiration.
If you are a nail art lover, you seriously need to check this website out. You will never be stuck for new ideas again! There are even tutorials based on your skill – easy, medium, and difficult!
Thursday, 15 August 2013
I went for some lunch with my Mum & Nana, and a wander around a garden centre when I wore this outfit.
I was really pleased with the shirt, it was a real bargain from Cow Vintage in Nottingham in the 2 items for £10 sale! Nottingham is fantastic for vintage/second hand clothes shops.
The cute hair bow was from there too, they are £5 for a pair and they have loads of different colours and styles. I had my hair in a victory roll at the side with the bow pinned underneath it, and the rest of my hair pinned to one side.
SHIRT: Cow Vintage Nottingham
HIGH WAIST JEANS: Next
KITTEN HEEL SHOES: Barratts (in the sale)
HAIR BOW: Cow Vintage Nottingham
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
The Handmade Soap Co.’s Grapefruit & Irish Moss Soap* is their best selling soap; it has Carrageen Irish Seaweed in it which acts as an exfoliator, and a wonderful citrus-y grapefruit smell which is beautifully invigorating, especially first thing in a morning when you need waking up a little!
The soap lathers up pretty well considering that it doesn’t have any SLS in it (YAY!!!) and feels quite creamy too. It has a citrus scent to it, as I mentioned before, and these leaves a delicate fragrance to your skin all day long which I adore, it helps me to feel fresh throughout the day.
The thing I love the most about this soap is that it is not in the slightest bit drying – so many soaps are ridiculously harsh and drying to the skin and many play absolute havoc with the small amount of eczema I sometimes suffer with on my legs. This soap does not annoy my sensitive skin at all, in fact it feels really moisturising and leaves my skin feeling silky and smooth (I guess the exfoliation helps here too!). I am usually irritated by products almost immediately so I am so pleased to say that my skin loves this soap.
Can I just take a second to mention the packaging too? – I mean, how adorable is it!? It’s got a chic, vintage design which I utterly love. Now, I’m not one to judge a product by it’s packaging, by how easy is it to see this and immediately fall in love!? It really is quite gorgeous.
The Handmade Soap Co. use only the finest natural ingredients, and this soap bar is 100% natural, plus it’s free from SLS, parabens and petrochemicals; this makes me love the soap even more! I love love love natural skincare.
You can buy this online here for £3.58 (correct when post was written), or translate the currency into Euros (€4.50) or US dollars too ($5.80).
Or, if you are in Ireland, visit one of the many shops listed here!
Similarly, if you live near any of the following places in the UK you can get them from these stores: Bloomsbury Store in Bath, Bristol; Fenwicks in Cantebury; or The Golden Sheaf Gallery, Pembrokeshire.
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
This Green Tea Face Scrub* is another wonderful natural product from Lemongrass House. Made with Jojoba Beads to gently exfoliate the skin, this scrub helps to release toxins and cleanse impurities from the skin. The scrub also has aloe vera and shea butter in it to help smooth and moisturise skin.
As well as Green Tea, the scrub comes in other variations such as white orchid or lemongrass. The Green Tea scrub has a light, fresh fragrance to it that leaves me feeling very refreshed.
This scrub is really great, the little beads in it really do smooth skin and get rid of any flaky bits on your face, it feels pretty similar to a microdermabrasion scrub to me although feels a lot gentler afterwards. It doesn’t dry out my skin at all, in fact my skin feels really plump and radiant after use. And the best part of all it that it is all natural! My skin seriously loves natural products and this is no exception. It’s much nicer than chemically ones that are often on the high street these days.
Another thing I love about this scrub is that is comes in a pump bottle rather than a squeezey tube one; I find this so handy in the bathroom as it is so much easier to use. Just one pump is enough for the whole face, and it avoids that mess I always seem to create with squeezey packaging (is it just me that gets in all inside the lid, and generally all over the bathroom!?).
You can buy this brilliant scrub here online for £12.50, or if you live around Leeds that visit the store in Trinity! Also, find out a little more about the brand here where I wrote a post about Lemongrass House.
Sunday, 11 August 2013
The Handmade Soap Company create and sell skincare products using only the finest natural ingredients in stand out packaging – “Little House on the Prairie, meets Paris, somewhere North of Dublin”.
All of their products are free from all SLS’s, parabens and petrochemicals, and are handcrafted in Slane, Co. Meath, Ireland. They mix new and traditional formulations, using old fashioned methods and values to avoid modern chemicals and create the finest quality products. And then it’s all wrapped up in beautiful, fun, vintage packaging. (Shown in the photograph above is a selection of products from the grapefruit inspired range, found here).
The Handmade Soap Company is an Irish brand and was founded in 2009 by Donagh Quigley and Gemma McGowan, after struggling in the economic downturn – and so they decided to get creative.
On a trip to Australia, they visited a market in the rainforest where soaps were made and sold, something rarely seen in Ireland. Here, Donagh (who suffered from mild psoriasis) found a soap that suited his skin, and thought there must be loads of people in Ireland with the same problem; here, the idea for The Handmade Soap Company was born!
By the end of the year, after lots of trial and error, they produced their first product – a bar of grapefruit soap. This was debuted at a Christmas craft fair in Ireland, and it quickly sold out!
The Handmade Soap Company is quickly growing and gaining more and more notice, winning numerous awards for their 100% natural skincare products.
The Handmade Soap Co. have created their own animated video to give you a bit more of an idea about the story behind the brand – watch it below! :)
Shop online here on their website! Product reviews to come soon :)