BEAUTY: Montagne Jeunesse Black Raspberry Body Scrub

Browsing as one does through the beauty section in TKMaxx, I stumbled upon the Montagne Jeunesse Black Raspberry Body Scrub.

  

I was intrguied to try this product, purely because I only really know this brand for selling an extremely wide range of face masks… In the UK they tend to be found in most good supermarkets and pharmacists …. So at the mere price of £2.99.  I thought I should give it a try as my body scrub supply game is well and truely  lacking.

I’m absolutely in love with the scent of this body scrub.  It definitely smells like raspberries, to be more accurate very much like the ‘Frutella’ brand of sweets.  Not too over powering sweet though, the scent level is just right. 

  

The consistency of the product is extremely thick and creamy (not runny) a little goes a long way.  

The grains in the scrub resemble the grains on strawberries however I don’t believe they are as the packaging confirms its ‘jam packed with juicy and sweet Black Raspberries and Grape’.
  
The body scrub is suitable for vegetarians (vegetarian society approved!) and proudly mentions that it’s cruelty free.  Which is another plus!

This scrub definitely does a greatjob at  removing dead skin cells as my skin is smooth after use.

All in all I like this scrub for the fact that it does what it says, it smells great and, provides me with smooth skin after use.

Have you used Montagne Jeunesse products – which ones are your favourites?

Thanks for reading …
N x

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FACE: Sukin Foaming Face Cleanser

Hey, I bet you didn’t think you’d see me here again so quickly.  Like I mentioned in my previous post I’m working on the adjustments needed to allow blogging to become more regular.  

So in this post I’m sharing my thoughts on the Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser which has become a facial skin care staple of mine.

  
First introduced to me by the lovely people at Balwins.  Once I used the bottle I was originally sent (last year!),  I have been repurchasing this ever since. 

It’s a clear gel liquid formula which as the title of the product describes produces a ‘foaming’ consistency when applied with water.

I use this two ways.  

When I need to remove a full makeup face, I add the product straight into my hands without water, work into a creamy consistency, add it to my face, work it in, then either wash off with warm water or use a dampened face cloth to gently remove.  

On bare faced or minimal make up days, I apply the gel to hands and work it into my already dampned face and then remove with warm water.  Both ways are very effective.
What I love most about this product is the fact that it contains no nasties – look!

  
Also it’s packaging is very handy in shape.  You are able to get all of the product out without any waste.  Pump bottles tend to be a nuisance so I generally avoid these if I can!

The cost is around £8 – which I think is a reasonable price for a good quality skincare product.

The products ingredients contains Aloe Vera, Chamomile, Green Tea Extract, Witch Hazel, Evening Primrose Oil, Macadamia Oil.

All in all Im happy with this cleanser.  My face is left feeling – most importantly clean, fresh with a non-tightening or stripping feeling.  The scent of the product is non offensive.

Sukin have a full range of products which I’m interested in, however I’m keen to hear if any of you have tried them? Feel free to leave your comments below.

Thanks for reading 

N x

Disclaimer – This post was not sponsored, I was sent a bottle of Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser by Balwins last year July 2015, with no obligation to write a blog post.  All thoughts and views are my own, the product used in this post was purchased by me as I am a regular user of Sukin Foaming Facial Cleaser which I purchase from Baldwins and other good stockists.

LIFESTYLE: Planning to stay organised

Really! 6 months since my last blog post….

Life has been ….well …. just life.

In an effort to enjoy more of my hobby, my consistency, planning and routine has waned and this is what I need to get better at!

Over the past six months I have found my work and life schedule getting busier and busier with more things to remember…. it came to me what was missing…. my good old trusty Filofax.

In my twenties and for most of my early thirties, I used to use and carry one, for the most part this helped me to stay somewhat organised.

I attempted to resurrect my old battered Filofax ….it had seen better days.

So during a rare, childless Saturday in February, I snagged a Filofax bargain purchase from WHSmith – at the bargainacious  price of £5 – oh yes you heard me!

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Over the past few weeks the new Filofax and I have began getting a little more acquainted, I have found tons of planner related videos on YouTube, that I am steadily making my way through and Pintrest has become my new best friend (again).

I really want to stay invested in this new ‘way of life’ so bought myself various planner ‘essentials’ such as – sticky notes, Washi tape and the like to …’spruce up my Filofax’ … as is so fabulously demonstrated via the resources I have seen and watched.

 

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With my new Filofax companion, the plan (pardon the pun) is to build in more consistency by working out my free days outside of familylife , schoolruns, kiddo’s extra activities, impromptu birthday parties, cleaning, cooking, yoga (both home and studio visits), SLEEP! and anything else considered a priority!  I have high hopes that the consistency part of blogging returns over time…

Wish me luck, I have a feeling there will be some adjusting to get things back where they need to be on the blogging front.

Thanks for reading…

N x

 

 

 

Weleda Insight Day 2015

I was invited back to sunny Derbyshire to visit Weleda UK HQ.  Of course there was no way I was going to miss this again as my previous visit was fantastic! You can read more about the here

  
 So rather than flood this post with a whole load of pictures that you may have seen before I have focused this post mainly on the differences of this visit compared to last years and of course the new product launches …So here goes

Weleda insight day 2015!

Weleda had taken on feedback from previous visits so with further ado it was straight on the mini bus to the gardens for a tour. 

  
On this visit we were given the opportunity to take part in plant study. 

When developing products Weleda usually carry out a plant study in order to gain inspiration from the lead flower/plant of choice.
The flower of choice this time, for our study was Chamomille.

  
The first stage of the Plant Study we were told to shake off any negative energy, previous thoughts from your mind and then he headed down to where the chamomile flowers were planted to basically look, touch and smell the flowers … In silence.  This was lovely, and in such a tranquil setting I got to truely appreciate just how beautiful the chamomile flower is, simple yet beautiful….there was a slight breeze in the air on the day so seeing these flowers bobbing around vibrantly was delightful and unbelievably calming at the same time.

Next we were asked to describe how the flower made you feel or what you felt it represented? Words such as ‘relaxing’ ‘sunshine’ and ‘vibrant’ were words shared amongst the group. 

Then back to base, where we dissected the flower from the root upwards, placing each leaf on a piece of A3 paper to see how the leaves are formed from the root to the flower.

  
  
This plant study gave me a real appreciation for how much effort goes into producing Weleda products – which is truely something special! 

Back to the ranch and after being in an abundance of wide open space, we worked up appetite and it was time to eat! 

  
What a generous spread!!! All hand lovingly made by Basilia Deli and Eaterie.

After lunch it was time to hear about the products.


July:

Calendula Nappy Change Cream launches in July. Offer a deeply norishing and restorative cream. The cream contains Rosehip oil which provides improvement to elasticity and moisture. The key ingredients are:

  • Witch Hazel – astringent, cleansing, antiseptic 
  • Iris Germanica Root Extract – moisture
  • Jojoba Seed Oil – light and for easy absorption.

August:

In August the Arnica Sport Showr Gel launches. The key ingredient are Arnica, Rosemary Oil and Lavender Oil. The blend of all of these scents is both energising and calming, the gel is also supposed to be non drying to the skin.  I was given a sample to try so I’ll report back soon.  

  


September:

Almond product range for sensitive skin, the products launch in September. No lie, they smell absolutely gorgeous. I have a tendency to suffer from sensitive skin especially when my skin is exposed to too much sunlight and sea water – yes I am a prickly heat sufferer. 

  
So hearing that these products actually balance the skin was a win for me.
We were also given some advice on how to keep sensitive skin at bay:

  • Wearing natural fibres 
  • Bathe in warm water
  • Eating a balanced healthy diet
  • Limit sun exposure
  • Limit time in air con and central heating conditions
  • Reduce stress
  • Do something you enjoy
  • Patch tests 
  • Avoid over cleaning 
  • Use 100% natural products 

Weleda kindly gave me a body lotion.  So I will share my personally views on this in a few weeks time.

October:

Ready for Christmas yet?  It’s good to see Weleda really fully embracing the gifting market.  They have expanded the range of pre gift boxes items to include both full and minature sized favorites.  There is something for everyone, prices for the gift boxes range from £5 – £55.

I had a thoroughly enjoyable day, finally it was off to the shop to make some long awaited purchases.  I had been saving myself for this and bought the following items.

Weleda were generous enough to give me the following items below in a goody bag.  If they happen to ready this, thanks again so much and for the hospitality of all the staff! 

Goody bag:  

Purchased:  

Note:  I was not asked to write this blog post, the products gifted to me where in return for my visit.  What more can I say, and you know the drill if I like/love something I blog about it! 

Thanks for reading …

N x 

LIFESTYLE| Baldwins Herb Art – Stomach Soothing Tea

The lovely people at Baldwins recently got in touch and asked me to be involved in their Herb Art campaign* called ‘Inside Out Beauty’. 

It’s the first part of a 6 month campaign which focuses on  De-Stress Summer, All About Autumn and Live Happy.

 

The Inside Out Beauty campaign focuses on how looking and feeling great starts from the inside out. The campaign reflects on how natural remedies and supplements can boost your wellbeing, in turn enhancing your confidence and happiness – with this theme reflected in the visual beauty of using herbs to create artwork.


I just couldn’t turn down the opportunity to get in involved, as last years Herb Art was pretty damn impressive take a looksey here!


I was sent my own personalised Herb Art card and some Herbs and then it was time to get creative!!!


   

 


Here’s my design…


   

 


Being an avid drinker of herb teas I fully appreciated this little task, the aroma of the herbs was absolutely gorgeous!!! 


The herbs I was sent where a blend of:

Chamomile Flowers

Peppermint leaves

Fennel seeds

Dried cut ginger


All the ingredients needed to make my own “Stomach Soothing Tea”


Perfect … Someone put the kettle on please!


To learn more about the campaign visit the Baldwins website for more details.


Thanks for reading …


Ps I plan to share details of my recent holiday and photos very soon!


N x


*Being an avid herbal tea drinker, I was not paid or gifted to write this post although I was sent the lovely package of herbs for the design. 

 

LIFESTYLE | Boo! 

Boo ….remember me! 

Yes I’m still living and breathing, but have been a tad busy which unfortunately hasn’t  left me much bandwidth to blog.

Your probably wondering why I have been away? Well I have been completely consumed with making some changes in my career and I’m pleased to say the dedication I have shown in doing this has really helped me make a very long overdue change which hopefully will open new doors to little travel, the chance to experience a change in environment, meet new people and to make a lasting impact…. I’m excited! 

So this was just a quick post to say the blog (and me) still exists and I will be uploading some new blog posts very soon! 

As always thanks for reading (and sticking with me!)

Please note I have used five exclamation marks in my post which is a display of my total and sheer excitement to be back! There goes another one … The count is now six!

N x

FACE | Super Facialist By Una Brennan Skin Renew Cleansing Oil

During the winter months I switched up my skin care routine and introduced a new skin care ‘friend’ into the fold.  

This new ‘friend’ being the Super Facialist by Una Brennan, Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil.

  

This stuff is seriously a miracle in a bottle! 

Cleansing my face with an oil means I’m not stripping my skin of its natural oils and also whilst using this cleansing oil it does a good job of almost melting the makeup, making it so much easier to remove but gentle at the same time. The cleansing oil contains olive oil, grape seed oil and rosehip oil together with rosemary, vitamin e and cucumber oil. 

I use it with an already damp face straight out of the shower, and gently work a pea sized amount of the oil into my face with circular motions, I do my eye area last so as not to spread eye makeup all over my face. 

Then with a warm damp face cloth or muslin cloth, I remove the cleanser with gentle sweeping motions. Once done my face feels fresh and smooth.

The scent of the oil is a combination of sweet/citrus and not too over powering.

Now this stuff lasts AGES! I have been using it day and night for well over a month and at around £10 per bottle it is well worth the ‘cleanse per pound’.  It’s was definitely worth a repurchase I have picked up another bottle to see me through Spring and definitely worth sharing how great I think it is!

What products are you using to nurture your skin just lately? Feel free to share! 

 Thanks for reading ….

N x