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miamoo travel goodies

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As a sufferer of dry, sensitive skin, I am always on the lookout for delicate skin care products that may be able to help me, so when I discovered miamoo via Twitter I was keen to give them a try.

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miamoo is the brainchild of ‘The Apprentice’ runner-up and TV personality Saira Khan, who herself struggles with very dry and sensitive skin.  After spending years trying (and failing) to find high street products to suit and soothe her skin, Saira took it upon herself to create a range that eliminated the chemicals that made her condition worse, and miamoo was born.

All miamoo products are formulated especially for those with dry, sensitive skin, and are 98% natural; only using synthetic ingredients when absolutely necessary.  As such, miamoo is free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, SLS, Synthetic colours and fragrances, and PEGS, as well as other nasties that can irritate sensitive skin.

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I was recently lucky enough to receive a miamoo travel goodies set to try out.  The set contains miniature versions of six miamoo products, and a lovely cotton wash cloth which is kind on the skin.  One thing that stood out to me about miamoo is the packaging.  It’s simple and soft-looking, and also very cute with the little cow drawings, and though it looks like it’s aimed towards children, the products are suitable for any age group.  Granted, the miamoo website says the travel set is ideal for mummy-to-be’s hospital bag, and can be used for both mum and baby, but that just shows how gentle the products are!  If it’s good enough for baby, it’s good enough for my delicate skin too.

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Together, the travel goodies form a 3 step skincare routine that not only moisturises dry skin, but also keeps it clean and clear.

Step 1 – Cleanse

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Fresh Locks Shampoo

‘bursting with lavender and geranium’

My thoughts: This shampoo has a sweet, fresh scent which is nice and soothing.  It’s also a pleasure to use as, unlike chemical-laden shampoos, it doesn’t cling to the hair.  As such, it leaves hair feeling soft, clean and bouncy rather than heavy, and doesn’t make my head itch at all!

Splashy Wash

‘brimming with lemon oil & aloe vera’

My thoughts:  The lemon oil in miamoo’s splashy wash gives it an invigorating citrus scent which is ideal for a refreshing morning wake up.  It has quite a runny consistency, but it foams up incredibly well and a little goes a very long way!  A lot of shower gels make my skin feel tight and dry after use, but this one does the opposite and actually leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised.

Spritz and Wipe

‘overflowing with lime water & minerals’

My thoughts:  spritz and wipe can be used to cleanse away dirt, moisturise the skin, or even just refresh and cool the skin, so it’s a fab little product to carry with you when you’re out and about as it covers all bases.  I personally like to use it to remove my make up and it does a pretty good job.  It doesn’t have much of a scent, but it does what it says on the bottle which is ultimately what matters.

Step 2 – Moisturise

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Huggy Lotion

‘crammed with sweet almond oil & marshmallow extract’

My thoughts:  The huggy lotion is my favourite product from the whole set.  It’s light and pretty much scentless, but it’s intensely moisturising, and also has a slight cooling effect on sore, sensitive skin.  It’s non-greasy and easily absorbed, but seems to create a protective barrier which is just what I need in the harsh winter weather.  This one gets five stars from me! 

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Cheeky Cream

My thoughts:  Cheeky cream is another favourite of mine.  This one has a thicker consistency than the huggy lotion and perhaps doesn’t massage in as easily, but it has a lovely softening effect and is very gentle.  I’m not sure I’d use it in the morning as I found it didn’t make a very good base for make up, but it’s an excellent, rich night-time moisturiser.

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Step 3 – Massage

  Baba Oil

‘infused with lavender & sweet almond oil’

My thoughts:  Baba oil is another versatile product as it can be used on the skin, but also as a hair treatment.  I like to use this one at night as it has a calming lavender scent which helps me to relax before I go to sleep.  The oil warms up nicely in the hands and feels amazingly silky on the skin.

This little set would be the perfect way to try out miamoo’s products and see whether they suit your skin, and it would also be great for travel – just throw it in your suitcase and off you go!  I’m really impressed with the quality and effectiveness of the products, and am considering buying full-size versions of the huggy lotion and cheeky cream.

miamoo’s travel goodies set costs £15, and can be purchased here.  You can also view the rest of the miamoo range here, and if you use the code ‘blog13′ at the checkout, you can get 10% off all products!

Naomi x

*This miamoo travel goodies set was sent to me by miamoo for review purposes. All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

STEAMCREAM for Face, Body & Hands

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There are probably thousands of STEAMCREAM reviews floating around in the blogosphere, but for what it’s worth, I thought I’d add my tuppence worth to the mix today.

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So first, a bit of background.  STEAMCREAM is a multi-purpose cream for the face, body and hands, and is produced in a unique process using steam (rather than emulsification), to create a lightweight but moisturising lotion.  It contains natural, high-quality ingredients, including oatmeal, orange flower water, lavender oil, organic jojoba oil, cocoa butter and essentials oils such as rose, and is 100% vegan and handmade.

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I hate to admit it, but one of the first things that attracted me to STEAMCREAM was the packaging.  The cream comes in a 75g, eco-friendly aluminium tin, which is the perfect size to take with you when out and about or travelling, and each one is decorated with a different gorgeous design.  The tins are just so eye-catching and pretty, and I can see how you could get addicted to collecting them!  My particular design is a limited edition called ‘Buttons by Lisa Milroy’, and though it wouldn’t be my first choice (it’s a bit too understated for my liking), I still really like it.  There are so many to choose from, but some of my favourites from the STEAMCREAM Design Gallery have to be Light From Space, She, and Cosmos.

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I’ve seen some bloggers say that they don’t like the smell of STEAMCREAM, but I think it smells absolutely beautiful.  It’s quite earthy due to the natural ingredients, but the sweetness of the lavender and rose really shine through.  Overall it’s a nice relaxing scent, and I like to use the cream before I go to bed as the lavender is soothing and helps me sleep.

Now, the important bit.  STEAMCREAM has a light and loose consistency that is very gentle on the skin.  I find it pleasant to use as it massages in well, is non-greasy and absorbs nicely, and it leaves my skin feeling cool and refreshed.  I’m sort of in two minds about its effectiveness though.  It makes the skin on my face and body feel soft and smooth, but it’s nowhere near intensive enough to help the dry skin on my hands.  I do suffer quite a bit with it in the winter, so perhaps it will do my hands more good in the summer, when the dry skin eases off.

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All in all, STEAMCREAM is a fab little handbag essential.  It’s versatile, smells great, feels nice and looks amazing, and gets a thumbs up from me!  STEAMCREAM retails for £12.95 with free worldwide delivery, and can be purchased here.

Naomi x

*This STEAMCREAM was sent to me by STEAMCREAM for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

MyChelle Dermaceuticals Skin Care

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Quite a few months ago I was sent three skin care products to try by the vegan, cruelty-free brand MyChelle Dermaceuticals.  MyChelle’s tagline is ‘Seeded in science and rooted in nature’, which sums them up perfectly.  Their products are all made from nontoxic, natural ingredients, which have been chosen and formulated specifically for their concentration and nutrient levels, which can help the skin look and feel healthier.

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MyChelle’s products are organised into five steps which, when combined, create the perfect skin care routine – you just have to pick the right products for your skin type!  Step 1 is cleansers, Step 2 masks, peels and scrubs, Step 3 serums, Step 4 mists, and finally, Step 5 creams.  The three products I received, and have now been using for a while, are their Fruit Enzyme Cleanser* from Step 1, Pumpkin Renew Cream* from Step 5, and Fabulous Eye Cream*, also from Step 5.  I haven’t tried any products from Step 2, 3 or 4 so cannot comment on how well the routine works as a whole, so I will share my experience of each product individually.

Fruit Enzyme Cleanser – 61ml – £8.50

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MyChelle say: Gentle deep cleanser uncovers remarkably fresh, smooth skin. A special blend of natural multi-fruit Alpha-Hydroxy Acids unclog and purify pores, and increase cellular turnover for a more youthfully refined look. Strengthening and antioxidant Turmeric keeps skin calm and eases signs of irritation, while Fructooligosaccharides from sugar promote and protect skin’s health.

I say: The Fruit Enzyme Cleanser comes in a squeezy bottle with a mess-free click lid, which makes it really easy to control how much of the cleanser you use, meaning there’s no waste.  MyChelle recommend using a dime-size amount to cover the whole face, which in English money is about the same size as a five pence coin.  In my experience that is enough for a good cleanse, so even this 61ml bottle will last a good while.

The cleanser contains a mixture of natural oils and plant extracts, but the one that dominates is orange, so it has a gorgeous sweet orange scent, which happens to be one of my favourite toiletry scents.  It also has a light gel consistency which massages in like a dream, and doesn’t feel greasy at all.  The gel washes off easily with warm water and leaves the skin feeling soft, fresh and incredibly clean, without that tightness you sometimes get from facial cleansers.  I’ve noticed my face has looked a lot clearer since I started using this cleanser and I’ve had far fewer breakouts which is brilliant.

Pumpkin Renew Cream – 35ml – £21.00

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MyChelle say: A lightweight, hydrating formula blends antioxidant-rich Pumpkin Seed Oil with reparative Peptides to protect cellular health and maintain hydration. Astaxanthin, from Micro-Algae, neutralizes free radicals while reducing moisture loss. EGF Peptides promote cellular renewal and collagen production. Shea Butter and Vitamin E replenish skin’s lipid barrier to prevent dehydration.

I say: MyChelle’s Pumpkin Renew Cream is not orange in colour as you’d expect, but a pale minty green.  It smells absolutely beautiful – fresh, but with a sweet and spicy note of nutmeg which really stands out.  The formula is light, and in the pot looks a little bit oily which, I’ll admit, worried me slightly at first, but I was relieved to find that it doesn’t leave behind any greasiness on the skin.  Rather, it is absorbed nicely and is incredibly moisturising and softening, and also has a calming, soothing effect on tired or angry skin.

MyChelle’s Pumpkin Renew Cream is suitable for all skin types, including combination skin like mine, and can be used as a day or night cream, so it’s a great little all-rounder.  I’ve been using my pot in the morning as a base for my make up, and it hydrates dry patches and evens out oily patches for a perfect finish.

Fabulous Eye Cream – 15ml – £19.00

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MyChelle say: Advanced formula nourishes the delicate eye area while minimizing the look of fine lines. Revolutionary Edelweiss Plant Stem Cells inhibit collagen breakdown and are clinically proven to reduce wrinkle depth by 15% after only twenty days of use. Hyaluronic acid binds moisture within the skin, smoothing and firming the eye area.

I say: Once again, MyChelle’s packaging prevails with this cream and the easy squeeze tube and narrow nozzle make it really easy to control how much cream you use, and you really only need a little bit of this to cover the whole eye area.  The cream itself, like the Pumpkin Renew Cream, is non-greasy and easily absorbed, and gentle enough for the eye area, causing no irritation.  The Fabulous Eye Cream smells different to the other two products (I love how they all have a different scent!), with a delicately sweet, almost floral aroma with hints of coconut, lavender and orange.

Being only 23, I don’t yet have many wrinkles around my eyes, but I’ve been using this almost as a preventative, and it’s doing a great job so far.  After application my eye area feels smooth and firm, without being uncomfortable, and it’s definitely been helping to reduce my morning eye puffiness!

Overall, I’d definitely recommend MyChelle’s products and I’d love to fill the gaps in my routine with more of their offerings.  My skin is really quite sensitive and I often have allergic to reactions to facial cleansers and moisturisers, but I haven’t had any such reaction to MyChelle.  Definitely something to remember if you too suffer from sensitive skin!

You can view MyChelle’s full range here.

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My parcel from MyChelle also contained two packets of Pur chewing gum, and since I am a gum addict it was a nice little surprise to receive these.  The gum comes in two flavours – Peppermint and Wintergreen, and is aspartame and sugar-free, so it contains no nasties.  It’s also suitable for vegans, diabetics and those who are gluten and lactose intolerant, so it’s a really inclusive product.  The gum itself has a nice, powerful flavour and tastes and chews just like any other gum, so it doesn’t suffer in that respect, but the flavour doesn’t last as long as I’d like.  Still, for a natural product that pretty much anyone can have, it’s impressive.

Naomi x

*These products were sent to me by MyChelle Dermaceuticals for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

biOrganics Salon Secret Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil

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I recently came across a hair care brand who attracted my attention for a very specific reason – they’re BUAV approved.  I am always on the look out for cruelty free hair products as they are surprisingly difficult to find, so when biOrganics offered to send me a sample to review I was keen to try them out.

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biOrganics was founded in 1991 as the first professional organic hair care brand in Europe.  The brand claims that their products give salon results, and everything is made from natural and organic ingredients wherever possible, so they’re free from nasty parabens and synthetic chemicals.  As mentioned earlier, biOrganics are BUAV approved, meaning they do not test on animals under any circumstance, and are also endorsed by the Vegetarian Society.

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The sample I received is a 12ml bottle of biOrganics’ Salon Secret Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil.  The oil itself is colourless and has a base of organic Argan Oil and Ylang Ylang, and can be used to smoothe frizz, add shine, and protect hair from heat.  It is also said to strengthen and repair dry and brittle hair, and reduces blow-drying time.

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My experiences with the oil so far have been mixed, but mostly good.  The bottle says to ‘dispense 1-3 pumps into palms, rub hands together & apply directly to clean, towel-dried hair’, which is where I initially went wrong.  Unfortunately, the sample bottle does not come with a pump spray, so I had to guess how much to use.  I ended up applying a coin-sized amount to my hair (to the ends and mid-lengths as suggested), but after blow-drying my hair looked and felt greasy, and I had to wash the oil out again.  It turns out I used too much oil for the length of my hair, but after being given some advice by the lovely folks at biOrganics I tried again with a smaller amount of oil (about a little fingernail amount), and it worked a LOT better.  This time my hair did dry quickly, looked and felt incredibly soft, straightened easily and, most importantly, stayed straight all day!  I usually end up with slightly frizzy locks a few hours after straightening, but biOrganics hair perfecting oil solves this problem.  The lesson here is definitely LESS IS MORE!

I’ve also used the oil on dry hair.  The bottle says to ‘Use sparingly on dry hair for extra smoothing prior to heat-straightening’, so I applied a very small amount to the dry ends of my hair.  The oil seemed to create a protective layer between my hair and the heat, so rather than breaking and looking dry after straightening, my hair looked smooth and sleek.

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Overall, once you learn how much oil your hair needs, this is a very good product if you want straighter, sleeker hair that lasts.  The oil costs £3.99 for a sample bottle or £12.99 for a 50ml pump spray bottle, so it is very affordable, especially for a natural, cruelty free product, and I’d definitely recommend it.  biOrganics Salon Secret Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil is available online here, and they also sell a range of shampoos, conditioners, brushes and other hair care products.  Or, if you’d prefer to buy from a local store, you can also find your local stockist.

Naomi x

*This biOrganics Salon Secret Elixir Hair Perfecting Oil was sent to me on behalf of biOrganics for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and based on my own experience.*

BeTrousse Glitz & Glamour Beauty Kit

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2013 has been a quiet year for BeTrousse so far, with only a sale to their name since December, but towards the end of March I received their first beauty kit of the year, the Glitz & Glamour box.  I was beginning to worry that they had run out of ideas so I was pleased to receive another kit unexpectedly, especially as it’s a good one!

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The Glitz & Glamour beauty kit contains five full-size products to help you ‘get gorgeous’, and so far they haven’t disappointed.  Every item in the box is different this time, with no repeats from past boxes, and no similar products within the box!

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From Left to Right:

Jason Rosewater & Chamomile Normalising Shampoo

Benta Berry G-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser

Fair Naturally Mango & Safflower Body Moisturiser

Make Believe Enhance Shimmer Lip Gloss

Tulecos Tonifying Oil

As usual, BeTrousse provide full-size products so you can get a real feel for each one before deciding whether to repurchase, so for now I will give my first thoughts on each product and review a few, if not all of them, at a later date.

Jason Rosewater & Chamomile Normalising Shampoo – 255ml – RRP £7.29

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This is the first shampoo to appear in a BeTrousse box and I absolutely love it.  It is delicately scented with rosewater and chamomile (no parabens!), which help to soothe and balance the scalp, as the natural ingredients remove dirt without stripping away moisture.  As such, it leaves hair feeling incredibly soft and clean, and also adds volume.  A definite winner!

Benta Berry G-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser – 30ml – RRP £14.00

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I haven’t yet tried this G-1 Exfoliating Facial Cleanser, but it is 100% natural and claims to remove impurities from the skin.  I’ve used a Benta Berry moisturiser in the past and it was quite pleasant, so if this is anything like its cousin I expect it will do its job well!

Fair Naturally Mango & Safflower Body Moisturiser – 200ml – RRP £3.99

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Fair Naturally’s Mango & Safflower Body Lotion is the cheapest product in the box, but also my favourite.  It smells absolutely delicious, like peach yoghurt, and has a rich, creamy texture which massages in well, leaving skin feeling soft but not greasy.  It’s organic, fair trade and made in the UK too – three things I always look for in products.  I will be repurchasing this one!

Make Believe Enhance Shimmer Lip Gloss – 15ml – RRP £10.00

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Make Believe are known best for their tanning products, and this lip gloss is supposed to enhance your tan.  It is very sheer, but has a slight pink colour to it and a beautiful shimmer.  It smells a bit like watermelon, but the scent soon turns a bit plasticky which isn’t great.  I’m not usually a fan of tube glosses as they tend to be quite sticky, but this one feels lovely on the lips – almost like a lip balm.

Tulecos Tonifying Oil – 50ml – £33.00

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I wasn’t familiar with Tulecos before receiving this box, but I have since learnt that they are an organic French brand who use essential oils to create luxury products.  This tonifying oil contains peppermint oil, and is for use on the feet.  It feels silky soft on the skin, has a relaxing, cooling effect, and softens any rough bits almost instantly.  A fab little addition!

BeTrousse’s Glitz & Glamour beauty kit is available online and costs £10, which is well worth it considering you get five full-size products with a total RRP of £70, especially as with most beauty boxes you’re lucky if you get one full-size product for the same price!  The box is full of unfamiliar brands and everything in it is great quality, so if you want to try something new for less then this is the box for you.

Naomi x

*This BeTrousse Glitz & Glamour Beauty Kit was sent to me by BeTrousse for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

Bionsen Japanese Spa Minerals Deodorant

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Since my teenage years I have struggled greatly to find a deodorant suited to me, for several reasons.  Firstly, I suffer from sensitive skin which is easily irritated, and the majority of high street deodorants make my skin red and itchy.  Secondly, I have asthma, so aerosol deodorants are out of the question as they make my breathing bad.  And thirdly, the (unproven) links between antiperspirants and breast cancer have always bothered me, but whether they’re true or not, who wants to be smothering their body with unnecessary chemicals anyway?  With all this in mind, I am always on the look out for new deodorants which are chemical-free and suited to delicate skin, so when I came across Bionsen I was positively intrigued, and was keen to try their products when they were sent to me to review.

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Bionsen’s deodorants contain a blend of skin nourishing Japanese Spa Minerals which are found in the volcanic spas of Japan (known as ‘Onsen’), and the deodorant’s hypoallergenic formula helps to neutralise the body’s bacteria which is responsible for bad odour.  They are also aluminium and paraben free, so are gentle on sensitive skin and, if the claims about cancer causing chemicals are correct, they reduce these risks too.

The deodorants I received from Bionsen are the 50ml Roll-On and the 100ml Pump Spray.  Over the last few days I have given both deodorants a go, and I have been suitably impressed.  Here is what I think of each…

Bionsen Roll-On Deodorant

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Bionsen’s roll-on deodorant has a light, fresh scent which isn’t overwhelmingly strong like some deodorants.  The roll-on applies quite wet and feels instantly cooling on the skin, which is lovely after a shaving or a hot shower, but it does take a while to dry.  I admit I got a little impatient the first time I used the deodorant and got dressed before it was completely dry, but it didn’t leave any white marks on my clothes at all.  Overall, the deodorant lasts an incredibly long time.  The fresh scent lingers all day (and I’m talking ALL day, from before work until bedtime), and most importantly, the roll-on causes me no irritation whatsoever.  It’s a winner in my book!

Bionsen Pump Spray Deodorant

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As I mentioned earlier, I can’t use aerosol sprays due to my asthma, so when I first saw Bionsen’s pump spray I was incredibly pleased to have an alternative to my usual roll-on!  And indeed, it doesn’t trigger my asthma at all.  Like the roll-on, the pump spray is extremely cooling, and has a light, fresh scent which lasts all day.  The spray cap is moveable, so it’s easy to angle the bottle in the right direction, and I find that two sprays of deodorant on each armpit is plenty enough for long-lasting protection.  The spray dries a lot quicker than the roll-on too, so if you’re looking for a deodorant that’s suited to a busy lifestyle then this one’s for you.

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Bionsen’s Japanese Spa Minerals roll-on and pump spray give everything I could want from a deodorant.  They smell nice, they’re free from nasty chemicals, they last a long time and they don’t irritate my sensitive skin.  They’re really affordable too!  The roll-on retails for £2.35, and the pump spray is £2.75, which is the same (if not cheaper) than most high street deodorants.  If roll-ons and sprays aren’t your thing though, Bionsen also do a deodorant stick, aerosol spray and Deo Total Body crystals, so there’s something for everybody.  The range was launched last month in Morrisons supermarkets, so if you want to try them for yourself they’re very easy to get hold of, and I highly recommend you do!

Naomi x

Natural Honeycomb Sea Sponge

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In an attempt to go even more natural with my skin care routine, I recently swapped my synthetic sponge for a natural sea sponge, which was kindly gifted to me by the lovely folks at The Sponge Market.  The Sponge Market are a Sheffield-based skin care company who concentrate on supplying luxury natural bathing products.  All of their sponges are collected by expert divers who make an effort to protect the environment and encourage new sponges to grow, which is very important and reassuring.

The sponge I received is a 5.5″ Honeycomb Sea Sponge, which is said to be the ‘most luxurious and longest lasting sponge of all the sea sponge family’.

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The 5.5″ Honeycomb Sea Sponge is the ideal size for every day use in the bath or shower.  When wet, it has a silky soft texture, but it remains firm so is perfect for all over cleansing.  It feels so gentle on the skin and far more luxurious than a synthetic sponge.  I like to use my sponge before I go to bed to wash off my make up, and it makes my skin feel so soft and refreshed.

The sponge also makes a small amount of shower gel go a very long way.  I usually end up using an overly generous amount of gel in the shower as it never foams up enough, but the first time I tested the honeycomb sponge I used a marble sized amount of gel and it foamed up immensely.  In fact, even after use when I was rinsing the sponge the foam kept coming.  Impressive, and I’m definitely happy to be saving money by not wasting shower gel any more!

After use, the sponge dries quickly so it doesn’t sit there getting soggy and smelly.  It keeps its shape as well and doesn’t fall to bits in a few days like synthetic sponges tend to do, which is a definite plus point.

Overall, I am pleased that I made the decision to switch to a natural sponge.  Its incredibly soft texture is one that cannot be replicated, and the difference it has made to the way my skin feels is amazing.  I won’t be going back to the synthetic variety, that’s for sure.

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This particular sea sponge retails for £16.50, but they come in a variety of sizes (which you can view here), and start at just £10.50.  The Sponge Market also stock two other types of sponge for other skin needs – Natural Grass Sponges which are ideal for exfoliation, and Natural Silk Sponges which are perfect for babies and delicate skin. If you’d like to try a sea sponge for yourself, The Sponge Market have kindly given me a special discount code so you can get 20% off everything on their website, which is a massive saving on already low prices. Just enter ‘TWEET20′ at the checkout.

Have you ever tried a natural sea sponge?  What are your thoughts?

Naomi x

*This Honeycomb Natural Sea Sponge was sent to me by The Sponge Market for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are honest and my own.*

TanOrganic TryMe Set Giveaway WINNERS

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The time has come for me to announce the THREE lucky winners of my TanOrganic TryMe Set Giveaway, which closed last night.  The winners will each receive a a 30ml bottle of TanOrganic Sunless Tan, a 30ml bottle of OilArganic multi-use body oil and a Self Tanning Mitt, worth a total of almost €22 (£18/$29)!

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And the winners are…

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Clair Green

and…

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Congratulations ladies!  Please email me at bewitcheryblog@gmail.com with your name and address, and I will get your prizes posted out to you as soon as possible.

Thank you very much to everyone who entered, and thank you too to TanOrganic who donated the prizes.  Please check back soon for another exciting giveaway!

Naomi x

BeTrousse January Sale – All Boxes £9!

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Good news, beauty fans!  BeTrousse are currently having a January sale and ALL of their Beauty Kits are selling for just £9 each!!  That includes the Christmas Beauty Box, Pretty Beauty, Summer Break, The Must Haves, Organic & Natural Beauty and Spring Beauty.  Every box is packed full of full-size products (not a sample in sight!), so at £9 you really are getting an absolute bargain.  In fact, my favourite box is the Pretty Beauty Box which contains NINE full-size items, working out at just £1 each with this offer – amazing, right?

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If you want to know more about each box before you decide to buy, here is what I thought of each one (except for the Spring Beauty box, which I didn’t receive)…

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Pretty Beauty

Summer Break

The Must Haves

Organic & Natural Beauty

To take advantage of this incredible saving, you can view the full selection of beauty kits here.  Fingers crossed they’ll be launching some new, exciting kits in 2013!

Naomi x

Tropic Pure Plant Skin Care Lip Love Balm

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As I’m sure many of you will have found out the hard way, the cold, harsh winter weather can cause damage to your skin, especially your lips, leaving them sore and dry.  As such, I find it is essential to use a good lip balm regularly to combat this damage, and I have found the ideal balm in Tropic Skin Care’s Lip Love Balm, as it is not only great for your lips, but can be used to protect other areas of dry skin too.

Tropic Pure Plant Skin Care was launched in 2007, and has three main principles – their products are Pure, their pricing is Honest, and they are also Effective.  Everything in the Tropic range is vegan, which is great news for veggies like me, and it’s all made from completely natural plant extracts, so is suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin.  The company is also keen to reduce its carbon footprint so they use recyclable, sustainable packaging materials wherever possible.  Tropic’s ethical image really appeals to me as my aim for 2013 is to go completely cruelty free, and to top it all off their products are wonderful too.  Here’s what I thought of their Lip Love Balm…
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Tropic’s Lip Love Balm comes in a dainty 10ml pot, which is the perfect size to carry with you in your pocket or bag.  The packaging is simple, but the orange metallic lid makes it stand out, giving it a more luxurious look than the average lip balm.  The lid is also a screw top, a minor detail which is actually quite important, as it won’t fall off in your bag like press on lids sometimes do!

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As you can see from the photo above, every single ingredient in the lip balm is natural, and comfortingly recognisable, meaning you don’t have to worry about any nasty chemicals damaging the delicate skin of your lips.  Rather, each natural plant extract combines to form a beautiful, versatile lip balm.  Believe me, once you’ve tried it you’ll be a convert!

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In the pot the balm looks a stunning sunset orange colour, and it gives your lips a gorgeous golden tint.  The balm isn’t strongly scented, but it has a sweet, subtle aroma of lemon, orange and peppermint, which is really quite refreshing as the peppermint adds a slight cooling effect.

Lip Love Balm has a soft, creamy texture and is easily applied with a fingertip.  Thanks to the nourishing Shea and Cocoa butters, it feels intensely moisturising on the lips and forms a long-lasting protective layer which helps heal dry and cracked skin – perfect for this time of year!  I’ve been using this for about a week now, and I have already noticed a big difference.  My lips have shed their winter dryness so look a lot healthier, and feel a lot softer, which I’m very happy about.  The balm isn’t greasy either, yet it makes your lips look incredibly shiny, and works really well over matte lipstick – it keeps it in place for a lot longer than usual and gives it a lovely glossy sheen.

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As I mentioned earlier, Tropic’s Love Balm is also great for hydrating other areas of skin.  Their website states that it can be used on your nails, cuticles, elbows and heels, but I’ve also been using it on my knuckles as they’re quite dry, and it’s been working wonders.  My favourite alternative use, however, is as a cuticle cream.  My cuticles have taken a bit of a battering over the past few months, what with all the nail varnish I’ve been using, and again because of the cold weather, and as a result haven’t been looking their best.  Impressively, I found that within a few days of using the balm on my cuticles every morning, they were a lot neater and more supple.  Carrot oil, avocado, rosehip and macadamia are known for their skin renewing properties, and for improving skin elasticity, and their concentrated levels in this balm really help it to work its magic very quickly.

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Tropic Skin Care Lip Love Balm costs just £5.00, and considering the small amount you need to feel the benefits and make a difference, it really is worth every penny.  If you’re looking for a high quality, multipurpose balm to take you through winter and into spring then this is definitely it – choosing natural products really does pay off!  If you’d like to try this for yourself, now is your chance as Tropic Skin Care are currently offering FREE UK P&P on all orders placed before midnight on the 31st of January.  Just enter the code ‘TROPICTREATS‘ at the checkout.

You can view the full Tropic Pure Plant Skin Care range here – they have such a wide range of products, from Cloth Cleansers to Body Butters to Body Oil, and its all affordable!  Which Tropic product would you most like to try?

Naomi x

*I was sent this Lip Love Balm by Tropic Pure Plant Skin Care for review purposes.  All opinions expressed in this post are honest and my own.*

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