Autumn Body Products

28 Nov 2017

Now it's getting colder, I'm finding myself reaching for more body products to stop my skin drying out. I thought I'd share a few that I've been enjoying using recently...

A fairly new launch from Bodhi & Birch was a trio of body oils and my favourite had to be the Chinois Blue Body Oil. It has a blend of organic camellia, avocado and tamunu nut with hyacinth, honeysuckle, ginger and blue tansy which is quite fragrant & floral but it has a spice to it too. 

MU London White Chocolate Moisturiser
This stuff smells incredible. The brand have had a makeover since their launch and they're now certified organic by the Soil Association and have a brand new design. The White Chocolate moisturiser is for face & body but I prefer to use it all over my body in drier areas like my heels, elbows & fronts of my legs (one area that's always dry if I don't moisturise!?)

The Gentle Label Healing Balm
This is the product that kicked things off for the Gentle Label. It's a multi-purpose balm with calendula and pawpaw that are both amazing at healing skin. It can be used all over including eyelids and lips and I've been using this on my lips over the last few weeks as they've been super dry!

La Eva Blu Lotion
There are two scents in the La Eva range; Blu & Roseum. Blu is my favourite and is a calming blend of chamomile blue, vetivert and cedarwood. It's a lovely lightweight lotion that's perfect for daytime and it's relaxing in the evening. It is 100% natural and 81% certified organic.

Kinn Living Body Lotion
A fairly new brand to the green beauty scene are Kinn Living who make organic skincare and house cleaning products. I've really been enjoying the shower gel and body lotion. The lotion is full of sunflower oil, shea butter, aloe vera & cacao butter which work together to hydrate skin and the scent is beautiful. 

Handmaids Oregano Foot Balm
This balm is made with olive oil, beeswax, shea butter and essential oils of oregano and tea tree which are antibacterial & antifungal. The pot isn't huge but it's a really soft balm so you only need a small amount for each foot.

Amber

*This post contains products send for consideration for review and affiliate links.

Green Beauty Black Friday Deals

23 Nov 2017

Every year Black Friday deals seem to be getting earlier and earlier (can we just stick to one day please?!) but nevertheless, people seem to enjoy getting the discounts so I thought I'd put together a post with all the green beauty deals in one place...

Don't forget to check out my Gift Guides too for inspiration on what to buy your loved ones for Christmas!

Love Lula - 15% off everything - use code FRIDAY
*excluding Love Lula Beauty Box, sale items and gift vouchers. Valid until 2nd December.

Content Beauty - 15% off £30+ spend - code HOLIDAY15
                          - 20% off £100+ spend - code HOLIDAY20
*available instore and online with code. Ends midnight November 29th. Excludes
some brands, sale items, gift with purchase offers and gift vouchers.

Naturisimo - 15% off all orders - use code GREEN15. 20% off orders £100+ - use code GREEN20
*ends Tuesday 28th November. T&Cs apply.

Ethical Superstore - 20% off & they'll donate items to food banks on orders over £30. No code necessary.
*Valid 21st November until midnight 28th November - excludes certain products. A grocery item as requested by the Foodbank will be donated with every order total over £30 (not including delivery).

Eco Beauty Crew - 15% off - use code BLACKFRIDAY
*excludes sale items. Valid from Friday 17th November to end of day Friday 24th November.

Neal's Yard Remedies - 20% off everything two day event. Plus, for every £2 a customer spends with Neal’s Yard Remedies they buy and protect 1m2 of endangered forests with the World Land Trust.

*Valid 22nd November to midnight 24th November.

MyPure Beauty - 20% off everything - use code CYBER20. 40% off Madara, Radius & Acorelle - use code CYBER40
*Valid until midnight November 28th.

Ecobeauty Store - 15% off - use code BF15
Valid Wednesday 22nd November to Tuesday 28th November.

Nectar & Bumble - 15% off & FREE Bee Print on orders over £25* - use code BLACKFRIDAY15
*order total after discount and before delivery. A4 print excludes Collection of British Bees. Valid until midnight 24th November.

abeautifulworld - see my blog post from Tuesday for all the new releases plus get 10% off on Friday with code BLACKFRIDAY.

Bodhi & Birch - Secret Sale - exclusive access when you sign up to newsletter (you'll need invitation and entry password to get the deals)

Supernatural Cosmetics - Up to 50% off - use code GREENFRIDAY at checkout.
Valid until midnight November 30th

Alchemy Oils - 10% off - use code BLACKFRIDAY
*valid until 27th November

Isla Apothecary - 20% off entire range to celebrate their second anniversary - code 2YEARS.

Green People - 3 for 2 on everything over £5 with code 3FOR2
*valid from 23rd November to 27th November

Friction Free Shaving - Free trial box over the Black Friday weekend (pay £2.95 P&P) - get a handle & razor to try & avoid plastic one-use razors. I'm tempted by this one myself!

Akin - Save 1/3 on selected skincare - no code necessary
Valid until midnight 27th November

Magical Tree - 17% off on Black Friday to newsletter sign-ups

Amber

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Winter Luxuries, new at abeautifulworld

21 Nov 2017

I have a very exciting post for you all today, coming from one of my favourite online natural & organic skincare boutiques, abeautifulworld. They are experts in bringing over new, upcoming green brands to the UK from all around the world, with a focus on products that really deliver. Founder Liz McCarthy has curated an amazing range of brands since their launch in 2013 and they stock some of my favourite brands including Indie Lee, The Body Deli and Josh Rosebrook.

To add to this amazing selection, Liz has added YULI, Lilfox Miami, Proverb and Lucy Annabella over the last couple of months that'll make the colder months ahead a little more luxurious. I don't know about you but when the weather starts to get colder, I love making more of an effort with my beauty routine, pampering myself with masks, scrubs and body oils in the evenings to get cosy.
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Lucy Annabella was founded by Colleen Quinn, a passionate Complementary Therapist and Clinical Aromatherapist who has been an organic health enthusiast ever since she realised that what we put on our body is as important as what we put into it. They have a luxury, organic therapeutic bath and body range, including body milks, oils and candles that encourage renewal and restoration, helping to heal the body and soul - an ideal treat during the Winter months to de-stress and wind down from the chaos of the festive season. They have curated a range of gift sets that would make the perfect present for those who love to enjoy some time-out, relaxing in the bath and taking care of themselves.
The hero product is their Soothing Gift Set which features a Soothing Organic Treatment Oil coupled with the Soothing Aromatic Candle. Both products are scented with spike lavender, rosemary and marjoram which aid calm, serenity and peace. The treatment oil can be used in a host of ways; as a daily body moisturiser, a nightly face oil and a weekly hair treatment. It smells absolutely incredible - as if you're being transported to a spa! There's also the Adore, Uplifting and Restful Gift Sets if you prefer a different scent blend.
Winter Luxuries, new releases at abeautifulworld | Luxury online natural and organic performance skincare
Their Time-Out Bath Milk is also an essential for the winter months if you're a bath-lover and is a luxurious blend of argan, sweet almond and coconut oils with a calming, indulgent blend of Cypress, Orange, Juniper Berry, Geranium, Marjoram and Chamomile. I'm not usually one for baths however every now & then I'll dip into our claw-foot bath to enjoy some beautiful natural products. Using all three of these products together would be the perfect pamper evening; light the candle, take a relaxing dip in the bath using the oil as a hair treatment, then use afterwards on your body...you'll have the best nights sleep!

Special Offer: Spend £150 in the abw Christmas Shop and get a FREE Lucy Annabella Peaceful Soul Candle.
 
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Lilfox Miami are a luxury botanical skincare brand, pioneering the new trend for "Spiritual Beauty", with crystal infused products based on performance-driven, earth conceived ingredients. I recently discovered that their founder Alexis Rose graduated from Formula Botanica, an online skincare formulating school, whose conference I attended a few weeks back. It was so inspiring to see so many women in one room, creating their own natural skincare brands and to see those who've graduated and started their own successful ranges too.

A couple of standout products from Lilfox Miami are the Jungle Glow (which I've been eyeing up since I spotted it in New York) and the Camomilla Infusion Makeup Remover. Jungle Glow is an enzyme cleanser & mask that's made with raw Hawaiian rainforest honey and a blend of organic raw cacao & gentle white clay. It also has finely ground rosehip seeds which provide gentle exfoliation and neroli & pink grapefruit which make for an intoxicating aromatic beauty ritual. 

It's fairly sticky thanks to the honey, but using the Face Mask Brush means there's no mess & I can apply the mask quickly & evenly over my face. I love honey in skincare and my skin loves neroli so it's easy to say that I know this will be a firm favourite in my weekly skincare routine. My skin looks plump & healthy after using this as a mask and it works nicely as a cleanser too - I like that it has exfoliating seeds as I have combination skin that is prone to breakouts but also dry patches so this helps multiple skin issues that I have.
Winter Luxuries, new releases at abeautifulworld | Luxury online natural and organic performance skincare
The entire skincare range is created with the most beautiful organic ingredients that make your skincare ritual a wonderful treat at the end of a long day. The Camomilla Infusion Makeup Remover is a beautiful blend of organic cold-pressed jojoba oil and soothing botanicals of lavender, chamomile and frankincense that gently removes makeup & cleanses skin. The scent is simply divine, it's so calming and perfect for taking off my makeup at night. You just need a few drops to massage it into the skin & it removes mascara and preps my skin for a second cleanse (I've been loving the YULI Halcyon cleanser recently!)

Special offer: Free Lilfox Camomilla Infusion Make-up remover with any product from the Lilfox range (full size, worth £28)
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A new launch to abeautifulworld as well as the natural & organic skincare scene is Proverb which is a skincare brand for men, created by the duo who bought us Pinks Boutique, Kirstie & Luke Sheriff. Based on the knowledge and efficacy of sports nutrition, Proverb have applied this to skincare harnessing clean, active, natural & organic ingredients such as proteins, antioxidants and enzymes for lab-proven results.
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Proverb are encouraging the men in your life to adapt the 4x4x4 ultimate skincare routine - four products, four moves, four minutes. It really is that simple! My fiancĂ© Paul has been testing out the Cleanse & Shave Nutrient Mud and the Hydration Pro Moisturiser which is very exciting for me as I've been trying to get him off his mainstream moisturiser for years! The nutrient mud is a 2-in-1 product that acts as a face cleanser and shaving creaming. It combines avocado, acai and clay minerals which deeply cleanse and help to calm and repair skin. Paul has been enjoying using this as a cleanser in the evenings and says it has a nice texture, it rubs into the skin easily and his skin feels much cleaner after using it. He also likes using it to shave and says he'd definitely continue to use this over his usual foaming gel - although it isn't foaming as it's a cream, it still works well.

An essential for the colder Winter months is the Hydration Pro Moisturiser which combines spirulina, sea buckthorn, hyaluronic acid and amino acids & peptides from coconuts which work together to moisturise skin and increase hydration. Paul loves the scent of this and so do I! It's not too strong, doesn't smell too "natural" (which is sometimes how he describes some of my skincare products) and it works well to moisturise his skin. Overall, he really liked both products!

Special Offer - Free Proverb Skin Strengthening Serum when you buy any two products from the Proverb range (full size, worth £65).

Choosing presents for your loved ones doesn't have to be time-consuming or stressful. The abeautifulworld Christmas Shop is full of festive fabulousness including exclusive gift sets from Josh Rosebrook, The Body Deli and Indie Lee - the only trouble you'll have is choosing which one (or two) sets to buy! Once you've decided, don't forget to treat yourself too - spend £150 in the Christmas Shop and you'll get a free Lucy Annabella Peaceful Soul candle (worth £35).
Winter Luxuries, new releases at abeautifulworld | Luxury online natural and organic performance skincare

Amber

*This post is sponsored by abeautifulworld. As always, my thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own. I only work with brands that I love!

How to Get a Summer Glow Naturally through Winter

16 Nov 2017

As I'm saving up for our wedding, I didn't get to enjoy a Summer holiday this year and the last holiday we went on was June 2016. I do still love having a tan though which is pretty much impossible to get whilst sunbathing in England so I turn to natural fake tans! I had this post planned quite a few months ago at the beginning of Summer but hadn't got round to finishing it so I thought I'd turn it into a keeping your Summer glow through Winter style post.
 
You have to start with a good base so I use a body scrub in the shower followed by a moisturising balm on any extra-dry spots such as elbows, heels etc. I've been loving the Isla Apothecary Blood Orange & Vanilla Scrub as it just smells so good! I follow up with the Babe Balm from BYBI to keep skin extra moisturised and free from dry patches.

My favourite fake tan is the Green People Self-Tan Lotion which I've been using for a couple of years now. It develops into a lovely colour, nothing orange and it doesn't go streaky if you apply carefully (not at 10pm the night before wedding dress shopping...oops!). It doesn't have an awful scent and it doesn't look fake either. I use this if I'm going to an event or party. 

If I'm after a slightly less dark tan then I'll use my Chocolate Sun Cocoa Glow which is a lovely cream that offers a hint of tan. Chocolate Sun offer different variations so if you're after a bit more colour then opt for a darker colour. I love this lotion though as it's just enough coverage to get a lovely glow and it smells amazing too.

A new product from the Chocolate Sun range is their Cocoa Glow Illume which is a self-tan gel for the face. I literally need just one pump and it covers my whole face and down onto my neck to blend. You need to apply to dry skin but I apply at night so I use a little bit of face oil to stop my skin drying out. It's a lovely colour and gives my skin a nice, clear base - it almost acts like a primer and makes my skin look even better before applying foundation!

If you like a more gradually developing tan, then opt for the Green People Gradual Tan. The colour will develop over a few days after each application so ideal to use on a daily basis to get a nice colour, rather than 0 to 10 overnight.

Amber

This post contains affiliate links. Products in this post were sent for consideration for review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.
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