Showing posts with label Cosmetics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cosmetics. Show all posts

May 19, 2015

Review: Neve Eye Pencils

I'm a big fan of Neve Cosmetics. I love that their products don't contain parabens, silicones, petrolatum or animal components. Plus the quality is amazing. 

I've recently purchased these three eye pencils and have used them all several times now. I love the colors and the product is easy to apply. The effect is stunning and clearly visible. Plus the color stays on for the rest of the day which is a big plus. It doesn't give you panda eyes after a few hours. I like that these pencils make my eyes bigger and enhance their natural color.

Neve has a big assortment of colors and there are almost endless possibilities. The price of Neve products is great, especially since the quality is so good. I highly recommend this brand, I love the packaging and the beautiful products and have been a happy customer for quite a lot of time already.

Apr 23, 2015

Giveaway: L'Occitane Hand Cream and Soap

Enter this giveaway to win L'Occitane products, a tin filled with two tubes of hand cream and a soap and hand cream set. Good luck!

I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.      

Apr 22, 2015

Neve Chiarissimi Eye Shadow Palette Giveaway

Enter this giveaway to win a beautiful Neve Chiarissimi eye shadow palette. I love Neve eye shadow and this palette is perfect for the summer. Good luck!

  I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.    

I Love Pacifica Island Vanilla Body Wash

I'm a big fan of Pacifica. Their products are vegan and cruelty free and they are absolutely amazing. I love the packaging and Pacifica is a brand with charisma and character. 

I've tried this Island Vanilla body wash and it's the best body wash I've ever used. The scent is divine, it's gentle and the vanilla isn't too sweet, it's perfect. The product is creamy and easy to use. It leaves the skin soft and smooth. It's also perfectly suitable for sensitive skin, which is a big plus for me. 

The price of the product is really decent, especially considering what you receive for it. I think it's an absolute bargain as the quality is amazing. I highly recommend this brand, I love it.

Apr 20, 2015

Welsh Week: Earthbound Organics - Review & Giveaway


I received this Earthbound Organics Eye Gel to try. I really like this Welsh brand that is completely natural. The scent is soft and herbal. I love the chamomile in this product and its soothing effect, it's wonderful. I'm very happy with this eye gel, it definitely relaxes the skin around my eyes. 

The gel comes in an easy to use bottle. It will last a long time as only a small quantity is needed to do the job. The floral labels look great and so does the overall style of both the brand and the website. I'm definitely going to use more Earthbound Organics products in the future.

About the brand

Earthbound Organics is based in Wales and makes Organic skin care products such as; Facial Creams, Soaps, Body Oils and toners. Most of the ingredients used are certified organic and wild crafted; all of them are natural. We hand pick some of our ingredients from the hedgerows and the Welsh countryside including: Plantain, Ivy, Comfrey and Hypericum. Those not indigenous to Wales are bought from approved organic herb suppliers.
Jo believes that organic skin care is extremely important and that what we put on our skin is pure and natural since it will be absorbed into our bodies. Thus it is the high quality and purity of our ingredients that are the most important part of our production.
Significantly we don't add in any chemical preservatives such as any of the parabens. All our ingredients are listed and will be recognised as ingredients found in any kitchen and herb garden. It is this and the simplicity of her recipes that feed and nurture the skin leaving it glowing with health and vitality.
The main oils used are cold pressed, organic sunflower and cold pressed, organic olive oil as well as Organic Jojojba oil organic cold pressed organic rosehip oil and borage oil. They are rich in vitamins and minerals which are beneficial and enrich the skin. Most of the herbal oils e.g. Carrot, Hypericum, Calendula, Chamomile, Arnica and Lemon balm are made using cold absorption which ensures maximum infusion of the properties of the plants.
Beeswax is used in all the creams and is from a special bee keeper living close to Jo in the welsh hills. The Rosewater Lavender water and Orange water act as mild antiseptics and are believed to help in the battle against the onset of wrinkles.              


One lucky reader of my blog will receive this little organza gift bag filled with small jars of Earthbound Organics products. It's the perfect way to try them. 

Good luck!

   I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.   

Apr 19, 2015

Welsh Week: We Love Penlanlas Cymru Soaps! & Giveaway

Tanya has tried the wonderful Penlanlas Cymru soaps and she's interviewed the owner of the shop.


Suzanne asked me to try these soaps for her and I was so pleased to help. I spoke to Kate, the owner, on the phone.  She is lovely to chat to and you can hear in her voice her passion for her products and belief in them. She very kindly sent me quite a few samples and I'm going to give some of them away to a reader of this blog.
My oldest daughter decided we should use the Strawberry one first and WOW it is lovely. You get a lot of lather from a little bit and the smell is divine. My skin felt so soft after using it and the scent of the strawberries lasted for ages.  When you walk into the bathroom it reminds me of a lovely bowl of strawberries although I don’t recommend you actually eat the soap!
The oat and honey is also gorgeous and has a much more masculine smell and my husband likes this one the best. I have to say that I like both equally. I am looking forward to trying the seaweed and sea salt one knowing it is all locally sourced and will be very good for my skin. I think this would be the one I put in my caravan as it will be such a great smell in there. 
Kate also sent me a beautiful rose scented bath creamer and my youngest, Ffion, used this as I can’t get in the bath easily with me disability. As you unwrap it from its beautiful packaging you are immediately hit by the gentle smell and an attractive glittery item with a dried miniature rose on the top.  We enjoyed feeling it fizz in the water and watching the water turn all sparkly. Ffion’s skin after the bath felt smooth and soft but not greasy like some bath products can leave it. We loved how her skin and mine, when I dipped my hand in, glittered.  She has already told me that she is putting this on her Christmas list as she wants the party skin again.  I really want to try this for myself and think it would be worth the pain of getting in and out of the bath. 
I am certainly going to buy these items for myself and as gifts for my family. In fact I would love to arrange to go to Aberystwyth and see the farm and buy some from Kate direct. Her postal service is quick and the items were packaged really well.

About Penlanlas farm

by Kate

I was brought up on Penlanlas farm and spent an idyllic childhood roaming the fields and exploring hedgerows. I am married with two children and now divide my time between London and Wales. However my ties to Wales remain as strong as ever.

Penlanlas farm which is farmed by my brother is managed using environmentally responsible methods and aims to provide a more natural and unspoilt habitat for a wide variety of wildlife. We decided to produce artisanal soap as a way to diversify the farm and make the most of the fantastic natural ingredients growing around us.  

The pure local ingredients that go into Penlanlas Cymru soaps include: spring water from our own bore hole, home grown strawberries, lavender, calendula, chamomile, honey from beehives on the farm and seaweed gathered by hand from nearby beaches. The natural botanical oils used in the soaps are infused with dried flower petals and fragranced with pure essential oils. All the soaps are 100% natural and not tested on animals.

All our packaging is as environmentally clean as the soap it wraps - made from recycled and recyclable materials.

Our mission statement is: Home grown, handmade … and 100% naturally gorgeous

I am working on expanding the range of soaps, for instance - a new Goats Milk Soap with lavender and chamomile will be available shortly - however the soap is handmade in small batches to maintain the highest quality.  I also make 100% natural bath creamers - rose and lavender which are embellished with dried pressed flowers.

I would not consider moving anywhere else - I have a strong heritage from this part of Wales and the ethos of Penlanlas Cymru Soaps is based around the farm itself and its abundant natural resources.


One very lucky reader will receive two delicious Penlanlas Cymru soaps

 I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.  

Apr 13, 2015

Welsh Week: Earthbound Organics Comfrey Hand Cream Review + Giveaway

When I received my wonderful Earthbound Organics products I tried their Comfrey Hand Cream straight away. I love that this brand is so pure. They even handpick some of their ingredients. High quality and natural is what they're delivering. The owner of the shop, Jo, is from the Welsh countryside. She uses the things around her for her products and almost all of the ingredients could be found in any kitchen or herb garden.

The hand cream is really good for the skin. It's moisturizing and it feels like a hand mask. It's a product you have to use when you go to bed or when you have time to give your hands a bit of rest. Let the cream do its work and your dry and chapped skin will be soft and smooth again. 

Earthbound organics has a website filled with fabulous products. I have three lovely small jars for one winner.

Good luck!

  I will contact the winner via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.   

Apr 5, 2015

Rituals Miracle Balm

I love Rituals, it's a beauty brand I can never get enough of. I like the scents of the products and the look and feel of the brand and the shops. The style is simple and fancy and Rituals manages to sell all kinds of luxurious products for a very decent price.

 Miracle Balm with white lotus and ginkgo biloba is one of the best hand creams I've ever used. It's perfect to heal dry and chapped hands. The balm smells lovely. It's thicker than a regular cream, but it's easy to apply. This is more of a night time product as it's better to put a thin layer of it on your hands without having to wash it off, so you can make them softer and let them heal. I think the balm is perfect to use once or twice at night and then a regular hand cream can be used during the day. Rituals has several other lovely hand creams you could use for that purpose. I highly recommend this miracle balm, especially if you have dry hands. It does what it promises to do and it truly is a miracle for dry hands.

Apr 3, 2015


Soap is something that most people are using on a daily basis. I started properly thinking about it when I kept having dry hands after washing them and realized the problem was the soap I used. Since then I've discovered that it's worth it for me to spend a bit of extra money on it. It's much better for my hands, which is a big plus. Fortunately it isn't as expensive as I thought as most of the soaps I've tried lasted a long time. As I only need a little bit each time I wash my hands, it takes quite a while before I finish a bottle. 

I'm going to try to test more soaps in the future, so I can share a wider range of fabulous products with you.

Some of my current favorites are:

L'Occitane Verbena Liquid Soap

Rituals Silence

The Body Shop Wild Rose Hand Wash

Only You Green Tea Hand Wash

Mar 25, 2015

Clinique Moisture Surge - Review and Giveaway

I was very happy when I found this Clinique moisture surge 15 ml. It's such an easy size for traveling as it's a handy small tube of cream. 

Clinique products are usually working well for my skin and this one is no exception. I liked this moisture surge a lot. It's easy to spread, it's soft and caring for the skin and it does what it promises to do. My skin feels soft and smooth after using it. 

This cream is suitable for all skin types which means that it's ideal for people who have combination skin. 

Because I'm so happy with this product one of my readers can win it. Good luck!

I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.   
Please don't cheat. For every prize that's being offered to you someone has worked very hard. I won't send prizes to people who are not playing fair.
 Normally I will send my prizes within 10 days. If you haven't received it within 5 weeks please contact me. I often use tracking and insurance, especially for the bigger prizes.
It can take a long time for mail to arrive in the Middle East, some parts of Australia and South America. I will ship to every country, but I can't make the mail go any faster.
It's your responsibility to know about import restrictions for your own country.

Mar 17, 2015

Suze Loves Balm Balm - Review + Giveaway

Balm Balm sent me this cute mini set of their Seven Single Note Eau de Parfums; Bergamot, Lavender, Mandarin, Petitgrain, Rose Geranium, Spearmint and Ylang Ylang. The people behind this website are very friendly and organized. The package I received from them looked absolutely perfect. I want to thank Balm Balm for their kindness and generosity.

 I fell in love with this bag with mini perfumes as soon as I saw it. It looks so nice and cheerful and it would make the perfect gift for both yourself or someone else. I like that there's a great care for the world behind this brand. Balm Balm is a family company, set up by a husband and wife. They try to make their products as environmental friendly as they can and they don't test on animals.

These perfumes are 100% organic made with essential oil and pure grain alcohol. Every time I open one of these small bottles there's a wow effect. They smell amazing and I'm completely in love with them. There's a different one for each situation or taste and they are all great. Looking at this set makes me cheerful and the scent makes me even happier. It doesn't only smell pure and natural, the main ingredient also comes out so well. For me it's a big hit and I'm definitely going to buy myself some more products from the shop as soon as I can. I like the idea of mixing these scents together to create something different every time. You can find more information about that in the directions on the website:

REFRESHING...bergamot + spearmint
INNOCENT...lavender + mandarin + bergamot
BOLD...ylang ylang + petitgrain + bergamot
FUN...bergamot + mandarin
MASCULINE...petitgrain + bergamot + spearmint
STUDIOUS...spearmint + lavender + bergamot
OUTRAGEOUS...all seven single notes for a kaleidascope of fragrance
SIMPLICITY...any single note worn alone for it’s stunning simplicity

There are quite a few lovely gifts on the Balm Balm website. Besides gift sets, there are also candles, bags and mirrors. The mirrors are both compact and cute. They can easily be put in any (small) handbag or pouch and they come in several great designs. I like them a lot.

Balm Balm has very generously sent me something to give away. One lucky reader of my blog will receive this lovely set and a very cute mirror. Good luck!

Mar 15, 2015

Boozi Lip Balm Review & Giveaway

As most of you already know I'm a big fan of paraben free cosmetics, which is why I wanted to try Boozi Bodycare Cocktails. I love the idea behind this brand. The cosmetics have been made with as many natural ingredients as possible. They have all got cocktail names, which is original and I think it works really well.

 I've tried two of their lip balms. The Glitzy Kir Royale and the Mango & Ginger Margarita. You can buy them from Stephensons Online. They offer worldwide shipping and they carry a lot of Boozi products. The lip balms are really gentle for the skin and they are easy to use. They instantly made my lips soft and smooth. I love the scent, it's quite something actually. It's fruity and it's something different, I think that's fantastic. This is not a fat lip balm and not much of the balm is needed with each application.

I like Boozi's packaging. The little tins are both original and practical. They're light and easy to carry with you wherever you go. These lip balms are definitely among my favorites now. 

One lucky reader of my blog will receive both the Kir Royale and the Mango & Ginger Margarita lip butter. Good luck!

     I will contact the winner on twitter or via email. If I don't get a reply within 60 hours the prize will go to someone else. All of my giveaways are international.  

Mar 12, 2015

Crabtree & Evelyn Lily ultra-moisturising hand therapy

I've been a fan of Crabtree & Evelyn for years and have tried a lot of their products already. I love that they have so many different kinds of hand creams. There's a whole range in different sizes and scents. The small tubes are great for trying out the products or for putting in your handbag. There are bigger tubes for when you like something and want to keep using it at home.

The lily scent of this ultra-moisturising hand cream is divine. The tube is easy to open and you just need a little bit of cream each time. It lasts quite a while, which is a big plus. The price is pretty decent, especially given the quality of the product. The cream leaves my hands soft and smooth and they smell amazing. This product is really good for the nails. It's also touch screen proof as it doesn't leave a fat layer, which makes it ideal for daytime use. 

I really like Crabtree & Evelyn's packaging. The green of the tube is fresh and it comes in a very nice and luxurious box. For me it's a big advantage that there are no parabens, mineral oil, phthalates or propylene glycol in this cream. That makes it a lot healthier and safer to use.

Mar 10, 2015

L'Occitane Almond Leg Reviver

It's no secret that I love L'Occitane. I think their products are fabulous. I've tried the Almond Leg Reviver this time. L'Occitane buys their almonds from growers in the South of France. They try to keep the process as natural as possible. 

I like the feeling of luxury this product emanates. The scent of this cream is delicious, it's a combination of peppermint and almond oil. I was really surprised that this cream has so much effect. I love the soothing and cooling effect it has on my legs. It's for tired legs and it's perfect for people who have to stand a lot or who have sensitive legs. It's of course no painkiller, but it really helps to make the legs feel more calm and refreshed. It's a cream that can easily be applied before dressing as it won't leave any stains and it doesn't leave a fat layer on the skin. When I had the chance I bought a second tube as soon as I could and this cream is now one of my most favorite products that I use on a daily basis.

I like the packaging. The green is pretty and the tube is easy to use. It isn't very big, but it lasts quite a long time as you don't need much of the cream, it's easy to spread. It's a product you can easily put in your bag when you have to go somewhere where you have to stand all day long. I highly recommend it and can't express enough how much I love it.

Mar 9, 2015

Grace Cole Strawberry and Kiwi hand lotion

I've bought Grace Cole Strawberry and Kiwi hand lotion because I loved the packaging. It looks so sweet and cute and makes a great gift. This hand cream is affordable and it comes with a nail file in a handy toiletry bag which can be reused. All in all it makes a very nice package for a decent price.

The hand cream makes my hands soft and smooth. I love the scent, strawberry and kiwi combine well. It's an easy hand cream for daytime use, my skin absorbs it immediately and there's no layer or residue, so it's phone, book and tablet proof. I love the silky feeling it leaves and think this is the nicest thing about the cream.

I like the brand. Grace Cole has a good plan for the future. They want to offer quality products that have been produced locally. They are not entirely there yet, but I'm sure their aim for the best possible quality is a good strategy.

Mar 7, 2015

Honeymania Shower Gel

I've tried Honeymania shower gel from The Body Shop. It's a soap free shower gel made from fair trade honey. I love the beautiful rich color of the product, that immediately attracted me. The packaging is simple, but beautiful.

What I like best about this shower gel is the scent. It's so delicious. It's floral and because of the honey it's softer and a little bit more sweet, which is a great combination that keeps cheering me up every time I use it. Honeymania is gentle for my skin, which is a big plus.

I love The Body Shop, because of the consistent quality they offer. There's a lot of choice for reasonable prices, which makes it a great shop to find a perfect gift or to find a great treat for yourself when you need one.

Mar 4, 2015

Rose & Co. Patisserie De Bain Cranberries & Cream Hand Cream

I love Rose & Co and have purchased and repurchased most of their Patisserie De Bain products already. This Cranberries & Cream Hand Cream comes in a sweet box that contains a very cute jar. I like both the colors and the design. That goes for all Patisserie De Bain products, they're a joy to have on my dressing table.

What makes me fall in love with this hand cream over and over again is the scent. It's really delicious and it radiates warmth and comfort. I use this hand cream every day, it's a great moisturizer and it's very suitable for dry skin. The product doesn't leave any fat residue at all, so touching phones or tablets is no problem almost immediately after using it. My hands feel fresh and smooth which is exactly how I like it.

I'm a big fan Rose & Co. and every time I try one of their creams, bath products or lip balms I'm amazed. The quality is great, while everything they offer is affordable and the look and feel is such a happy one while at the same time it's still very professional. I like the way the brand has been set up, the combination of vintage and modern is fabulous. I'm definitely a loyal and satisfied customer.

Feb 24, 2015

Cattier Paris Lip Care


I bought this lip balm from Ecco-Verde (the link below the photograph is from a webshop that ships it worldwide), because I liked the packaging and the product description looked good. Cattier is a French brand that has been around for quite a long time. I'm a fan of organic lip products and ever since I started using this lip balm it's on my list of favorites.

The balms key ingredients are olive oil and wild mangoes. For me the taste and scent of a lip balm are quite important. I like the softness of the mango and the natural mild flavor. The lip balm isn't sticky, which is nice, and it's quite economical. I only have to use a little bit each time and that already leaves my lips soft and smooth. The nourishing effect is great and the price is really good for this kind of quality.

The ingredients of this lip balm are all eco-friendly and so is the packaging. That makes me like this brand even more. I'm happy with the lip balm and would love to try more Cattier products when I have the chance.

Feb 21, 2015

Gamila Secret The daily herbal skin care for your Hands

Gamila Secret is a 100% natural brand. The products are a combination of vegetable oils and herbs. I immediately liked that idea and I couldn't wait to try this hand cream. It comes in a beautiful box which gave me a feeling of both luxury and authenticity.

The cream might seem a bit pricey, but there's a very handy distributing system that makes it easy to use just a little bit, so it lasts a very long time. The scent is amazing, I fall in love with it all over again every time I'm using the cream. It leaves my skin soft and smooth. My hands absorb the cream quickly, so it's perfect for daytime use. It's also good for dry and cracked skin, it really helps.

I'm very happy with this purchase and love the brand, so I'll definitely try more of their products as soon as I have the chance. The website is worth a visit as there's a great promotional video and a documentary you can watch and there's a webshop to order the products. I like it that there is so much information available about the brand itself and the herbs and oils that are being used. 

I'm very happy with this hand cream, it's definitely one of the best ones I've ever tried. I'm certainly going to buy myself another tube very soon. It's a product I never want to be without.

Feb 12, 2015

Suzanne Loves Balmi


I'm always looking for new and nurturing lip balms to try. I recently bought this strawberry Balmi. I really like Balmi's packaging. The little cube is very cute and it comes with a strap to hang on your bag or phone. I love that detail. Balmi's design is fabulous and it's why I bought the lip balm. It's great when something is different and original.
 The opening of the cube is quite easy, with a little twist it's open and it closes well, which means it can't open on it's own while it's in your bag. This lip balm isn't a very expensive product and it works really well. It does what Balmi promises it will do. The effect is indeed long lasting, which means that this lip balm protects my lips very well when I'm outside in the cold. I love the strawberry flavor and scent, they're sweet and delicious. The nurturing effect is good too, especially for the price. I really like this product and definitely want try the other flavors as well.
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