Product review- soap and glory thick and fast mascara

So! What do I think of this is mascara? I like Soap and Glory for skin products, but I have never tried their make-up before. This is a really good mascara for the money, it retails for £10, which is great, I did find it was thick and fast, it did make my eyelashes look fuller and longer. It didn’t clump, nor feel itchy and uncomfortable, which some mascaras do on me.
It’s hard to write too much about a mascara, but this is a great product, it looks good, it applies easily and it’s a great price. I’d buy it again! Oh and PS. The packaging is cute too!

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Learning on a Saturday with Neal’s Yard Remedies

Today I had a wonderful day with Neal’s Yard Remedies, I was lucky enough to be invited to a day of relaxation by one of my favourite beauty and therapy brands. We learnt massage techniques, relaxation methods and experienced NYR organic essential oils.

I feel like we all suffer from stress, sometimes I feel super stressed, I can get headaches and insomnia. Sometimes I don’t feel stressed, then I go to a spa for a couple of days, really relax and discover I was stressed without even realising.

National Stress Awareness day is on the 7th November so for that reason Neal’s Yard Remedies invited a few of us along to learn a little about aromatherapy and massage. I learnt a lot today, first of all, we learnt about essential oils and the benefits they can give to us, how they can trigger memories, heal, uplift, soothe. Essential oils can make you feel wonderful, dropped into baths, vaporised and used in massage. Scents are personal, so find the right ones for you, but they can really help to calm and relax. We also learnt a little about the history of scent and how essential oils have been used throughout history. I’m a bit of a geek, so I loved this bit of the day.

So this morning we spent a long time smelling scents and working out which single scents we liked and how they made us feel, then smelling combinations of those scents to see how they worked together. Individually we selected a blend which we liked and used it to practice massage on each other.

I have been to a fair few spas in my time, I love a good massage, but I had no idea how to give one, and no confidence to try. We were taught in very easy steps how to give hand and arm massages, which is great for taking all the tension out our hands from typing. Then we moved onto head massage, which always feels incredible. After a delicious lunch we moved onto backs, necks, shoulders and arms. As time went on we all grew with confidence and the massages felt incredible. Between the soothing music, rose vapours in the air and soft lighting and blended massage oils, it was impossible not to feel relaxed. I felt like I learnt so much today, not just about the power of essential oils but also about the skills of massage. I’m not sure how naturally it came to me, but we had a great teacher. I took my boyfriend along for the day, so I had a practice partner, he was so relaxed he fell asleep, he may have snored a little! It’s hard giving a massage when you are giggling, and it’s probably a little distracting for everyone else in the room which I feel a but bad about. However, I would like to point out, that is how relaxing the experience was!

It makes me realise there is so much I can do to try and more effectively de-stress. Hand massages are so easy to do at home; a base oil, a few drops of essential oils and 20 minutes can make you feel a whole lot less tense. As can vaporising essential oils in a burner in your home or using them in a bath. I really want to put oils on my pillow and wake up inhaling the scent.

I learnt so much today but it really did make me realise sometimes I do feel we need to make the effort to breathe deeply, light some scented candles, and once in a while and maybe book yourself in for a therapy. Don’t forget the power of essential oils, you can use them in so many different ways and Neal’s Yard Remedies add them into a lot of their beauty products. So you can enjoy the scent as you wash your hands and moisturise your skin.
Stress is hard to avoid, but sometimes we all need to be reminded to relax.
Thanks to Neal’s Yard Remedies for a lovely and informative day! Here are some snaps I took of the beautiful venue and the experience they created for us…

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Carmex joy

Today I got home to find a little package from Carmex, they have just released new flavours; vanilla, lime and pomegranate. I was sent pomegranate, which is a scent I go nuts for! This lip balm smells incredible, and feels lovely on your lips. Carmex make brilliant lip balms, and this is a lovely new flavour, also head over to their facebook and press like and share to be in with the chance of winning some goodies!

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Festive scents!

At my parents house, there is a tube of L’Occitane hand cream in every single room. My parents just can’t get enough of it, in fact there is soap in every bathroom, shower gel in the showers, you name it, they love L’Occitaine! I must agree though, it is beautiful product, I love the rustic French-chic feel to all the packaging, I love the big bars of soap, I love the scents and I love moisturisers. The scents for me is what really attracts me to the brand, I just love it, they are rich and full and really linger on the skin. The lavender is a particular favourite of mine.

Since my parents seem to own one of everything from L’Occitane, I’m so excited to tell you that there are two new scents launched for Christmas, both are fresh and light and not flavoured with orange and cinnamon. These are not festive scents at all, they are delightful and summery!

The two new scents are Marvellous Flowers and Magical Leaves, both are really fresh and pleasing. The Marvellous Flowers smells like a massive bunch of flowers, loads of roses and just generally massively floral and fresh! Magical Leaves is also fresh and summer, but more fruity and fresh. I can smell citrus and also vanilla and hazel it’s lovely! For me I love the magical leaves scent, it’s beautiful and exactly my kind of thing. I would always recommend l’occitaine as a gift or for friends and family, the hand creams are perfect, the shower gels are delightful and so are the soaps. Oh how I love beauty products!!! Let’s so our Christmas shopping!!!

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Product review- Neal’s Yard Remedies Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser

I really love the Neal’s Yard Remedies brand. I love the fact they use organic ingredients in their products, I love the fact they are made in the UK, I love the fact when you use them they feel wonderful, they smell amazing, they feel great on your skin and they feel like a real treat.

So Neal’s Yard Remedies rejuvenating frankincense refining cleanser, what did I think of it? Well first of all, I wasn’t sure if I would like the scent, I always thought frankincense was a smell i didn’t like, but this product smells incredible, it smells natural and beautiful, really clean and like a spa, but with a more natural herbal tone.

The texture is creamy, you rub it all over your skin and it feels really lovely and soft, I used a nice big blob of it, but then it’s quite a big tube, so it will last a good amount of time. The cleanser comes with an organic muslin cloth, which I loved using, it really polishes you skin and makes you feel really clean and soft. I also love the experience of a hot cloth on my face, so any product which comes with a muslin cloth is a pleasure to use in my book!

Sometimes I cleanse my face because I need to, and sometimes I do it because I love doing it. This is one of those products you actually enjoy using. I love the texture and scent, but after my skin feels so soft and smooth. It doesn’t seem to strip your skin either, I felt like the cleanser was creamy and moisturising. This is a beautiful product, it is both a pleasure to use and a great cleanser. Enjoy!

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Product review – Neal’s Yard Remedies Geranium & orange hand wash

Yesterday I popped into Waitrose to get a bit of shopping, one of the things I needed was hand wash. I didn’t intend to, but I couldn’t help myself from buying Neal’s Yard Remedies Geranium and Orange hand wash. It just smelt so good in the bottle; I really wanted to take it home!
Neal’s Yard is an independent British company making wonderful organic products which smell amazing and are great for your skin.
I chose this scent because it reminds me of a spa I love called The Grove in North London. It has a pump, so it only gives you as much as you need when you are washing your hands. It doesn’t foam because it doesn’t contain chemicals, but it does wash your hands and makes them feel dreamy!
I’m guessing this product will last a fairly good amount of time, it was a bit of an extravagance, but oh wow, do I enjoy using it!
I always feel like a good hand wash lasts loads longer than a good shower gel, but they cost the same amount, so it’s a good extravagance!
Find out more!

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