Sunday, 31 August 2014

Madara Moonkissed Tinted Lip Gloss from My Pure

I recently received Madara Moonkissed Tinted Lip Gloss  from My Pure, in return for an honest review.

My lip gloss arrived packaged in a neat box with a small hole so I could see the colour before actually removing from the box.

Once the lid is removed, you have a nozzle with a flat edge and a small hole in the centre where the gloss will be dispensed from. Simply give the tube a small squeeze and apply the flat end of the tube directly to lips then smooth over. Be careful not to squeeze out too much as this is very easy to do. At least if you don't quite get enough, you can always go back for more whereas squeeze too much, and you're in a mess I was! Regular readers of my blog know that I tend to judge alot of products on smell. I didn't really notice this as having a smell, but once applied to my lips, there was a rather unpleasant taste and then the smell kind of hit me. No disrespect to this product, but the smell reminded me of the ultra cheap lippys I used to buy with my pocket money in my younger days. I didn't like it then, and I don't like it now.

The wording on the box states 'Super shiny natural lip gloss with volume-boosting plant lipids and Northern Rose Hip. Enchants and seduces. Apply generously to lips all day long.' This really excited me!

It's a little difficult to see the colour here as my pics aren't exactly the greatest, but it's pretty close to my skin tone and alot lighter when applied than it looks in the tube. you really do need a generous amount as it doesn't like staying in one place. There is a slight stickiness upon initial application, but this tends to subside after a couple of minutes. I personally felt like I could pull off the perfect pout wearing this. It definitely plumped my lips up and made them appear fuller. The glossiness of this also gave a fantastic shine whilst not being too OTT. This is absolutely perfect to help achieve the natural summer look which is favoured by many and would be great whether used for a daytime look or a more glam evening look.

Sorry I couldn't get a clear pic on my own but you get the general idea ...I hope! Despite the smell (which only lasts a couple of minutes), I absolutely loved this product. It made me feel sexy and special and gave my confidence a great boost. If you're looking for something that's made with natural products and won't feel to heavy on your lips but will go the distance, then this is the gloss for you.

Madara Moonkissed Tinted Lip Gloss is available from My Pure and costs £8.10 for a 15ml tube.
All prices correct at time of post

Young & Pure Revitalising Body Scrub from My Pure

I was recently sent a 100ml tube of Young & Pure Revitalising Body Scrub from My Pure, in return for an honest review.

I'm a huge fan of body scrubs as they give me that all over fresh feeling when I've used them and often leave my skin nourished and glowing. Although the name is a bit of a giveaway, this has been developed for those with way younger skin than myself. In fact, it was especially made for those under the age of 21 which I am clearly not! I did however still give it a try before handing it over to my daughters to get their verdict.

As you can see, the body scrub looks a little like moisturiser but with tiny grains of sand in it ....don't worry,  it doesn't actually contain sand, that's just what it resembles!

The 'How to use' instructions say to 'Apply body scrub to wet sin and massage gently in circular motions to gently exfoliate the skin. Pay special attention to dry areas like elbows and knees. Rinse thoroughly, repeating once or twice a week to keep your skin clear and free of dry flaky skin.' I did as directed and found it quite a pleasant experience. Although I could feel the small gritty bits running over my skin, they didn't scratch or leave any redness. This product also contains Shea Butter so you're guaranteed to feel silky smooth after use. I personally struggled with the smell's really difficult to describe but I definitely wasn't a fan! My daughters both agreed that the smell was something which needed addressing, but apart from that, we were very impressed with the quality of the product and knowing that it's free of parabens, sls and other harsh chemicals, means that we were confident we'd given our skin the best possible treatment whilst avoiding irritation.
Although I used this myself (at the ripe old age of 38), I could tell that it was made with younger skin in mind. I still had a lovely glow, but it didn't feel quite harsh enough for my more mature skin. My daughters are 17 and 19 and they both found it to work fantastically. They both were left with smooth legs and my youngest, who suffers sensitive skin, had no problems with it at all. She found it to be quite gentle and loved the moisturising effect.

Overall I would recommend this for the age it is intended as it really does do what it says!

Young & Pure Revitalising Body Scrub is available to buy from My Pure and comes in a 100ml tube costing £5.39 (price correct at time of post).

10.5 tog Big Value Bed Set from Slumberdown

I recently received a 10.5 tog Big Value Bed Set from Slumberdown, in return for an honest review.

Amazingly, packed inside this neat wrapping is a 10.5 tog duvet, 2 pillows, a mattress protector and 2 pillow protectors!

Open top of bag to remove contents
Contents once removed

As you can see, it is very easy to open the outer wrapping. Simply peel back the SAFETY FIRST sticker and peel the ends of the bag back down over the duvet until it is completely removed.
You'll find that your pillows have been vacuum packed to help save on space. All you need to do is remove everything from it's packaging and lay out over your bed. Within an hour or so, the duvet and pillows will have plumped right up and be ready for use.

The cover for the duvet and pillows is made from Polyester cotton and the filling is made from 100% Polyester. The mattress and pillow protectors are made from 100% polypropylene and it also states 'non-allergenic' on the packaging.

Due to this duvet set having a 10.5 tog rating, it is suitable for use all year round ....although you may opt for something a little lighter if we ever have a scorching summer! I really love the feel of this quilt and due to it being 100% hollowfibre, it is extremely lightweight so you won't feel like you're being suffocated through the night or feel any weighty pressure on your feet! The pillows are slightly smaller than my pillowcases but I often have the same problem regardless of what make/brand pillows I buy. The duvet fit perfectly inside my cover and gave my bed the most inviting look once fully made up. I'm usually always complaining that i'm freezing and no more so than at bed time, however that became a thing of the past when I tried this duvet. Not only was I kept lovely and warm but I had the most comfortable nights sleep I've had in a long time.

Overall, I would definitely recommend the Big Value Set from Slumberdown, even if it's to keep as a spare!
They, like the rest of the Slumberland range are available to buy from either Tesco for £30 or Argos and are also available in Single and King Size.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Balance Me BB Perfection Face Cream SPF25 from my Pure

I received a bottle of Balance Me BB Perfection Face Cream SPF25 free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review.

When I read the description for this product, I just knew I had to try it as it sounded too good to be true ...
'Smooth away imperfections, address uneven skin tone and give your skin a flawless finish with our illuminating, plumping and radiance-enhancing BB cream with a naturally anti-ageing SPF25 to protect against UVA and UVB and anti-oxidant care.
BB cream is a high-tech formula designed to create a naturally active daily skin perfector that leaves skin radiant and glowing, thanks to our sophisticated mineral-based tint. To support the structure of your skin and to smooth away signs of daily wear and tear, our SPF 25 BB cream contains an innovative natural titanium dioxide-based sun filter to block out both UVA and UVB rays. Our hand-picked ingredients were chosen to both enhance the activity of our sun filter and boost complexions. Blended Abyssinian and rosehip oils with anti-oxidant rich, collagen and elastin-boosting blackberry leaf extract to help firm and smooth the surface of the skin; the purest grade of hyaluronic acid to help plump and bind in moisture; spruce knot, lotus flower and violet seed extracts to help calm any redness to give you a beautifully even skin tone.'

As you can see, it really does sound like a miracle in a bottle so I had to see if it could produce the promised results. 

My confidence often takes a nosedive as I have ageing, tired, dry skin which is also uneven in skin tone, and as my face is the first thing people see,  I am constantly trying to find products which not only give great coverage, but are also kind to my skin. The bonus with the Balance Me BB cream is that it also contains SPF25 to give skin that bit of extra protection against UVA and UVB.

Inside the box is a 40ml tube with a screw off lid .....

I personally love the fine nosed nozzle as you're guaranteed not to squeeze too much out. I always (for some bizarre reason), have a sniff once the lids of any creams etc are opened and this one was no different. It was actually quite pleasant when smelled directly from the tube but was a little different when applying to my face. Not an unpleasant smell, but not a particularly nice one either, although I only noticed it directly upon application. 
I was absolutely amazed at the immediate results this provided skin looked practically flawless!! It felt nourished, moisturised and protected and gave me a huge spurt in confidence which my other half noticed immediately. I don't really wear much make-up and found that this worked really well when worn alone as it has a sophisticated mineral-based tint which gave my skin a lovely glow and instantly made it appear younger. It's such a subtly light cream that nobody need ever know you're wearing it. I did try this under make-up too just to get a varied review and it still worked superbly. I only applied once in the morning and it was sufficient enough to last all day.

I seriously loved this and feel that it should be renamed 'Girls' best friend' certainly shouldn't be without it!

Balance Me BB Perfection Face Cream SPF25 is available in a 40ml tube and costs £26.00 from My Pure.

Twinkle Toes Foot Balm from My pure

I received some Twinkle Toes Foot Balm free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review.

I've never used a foot balm before and was quite curious as to whether it actually made any difference to my tired, achy feet. As you all know, we've had some pretty hot weather lately here in the UK which means that the sandals are out and ultimately, so are the feet!

I, like many others, have been making the most of the fine weather but my feet really seem to be suffering. I'm quite pedantic about keeping dry skin at bay and pay particular attention to my feet. This balm is described as 'Great for nourishing dry feet, helping them to stay soft and supple,' so I couldn't wait to try it.

The tin holds 25g of foot balm and is simple to open. The balm itself somewhat resembles a firmer version of Vaseline and the minty smell hit immediately's actually quite a refreshing smell. You simply apply a small amount to your fingers, then massage it into your feet. I found that because my feet were quite hot at the time, the balm spread pretty easily and it didn't take a great amount to get a good coverage. Immediately after application, I could feel the relief it brought. My feet were instantly cooled and felt really soft ...even around the heel! I was amazed when I awoke the next day to find that my feet looked even more moisturised than normal and still felt soothed.
I've also used this after a day which consisted of alot of walking and didn't really think that anything would help relieve them, but I was wrong. This is quite the little miracle for tired, sore and achy feet as it does exactly what it says on the tin and brings that much needed comfort.

The core ingredients are Marigold Flowers, Coconut and Olive Oils, Beeswax and Essential oil of Lavender making this about as natural as you can get.

Gwdihw (Goody Hoo) Twinkle Toes Foot Balm comes in a 25g tin and costs a mere £4.49 from My Pure. A great buy if you ask me!!

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Nivea Shower Cream

I recently received a sample of the new Nivea Creme Care Shower Cream and couldn't wait to see what all the fuss was about!

I was thrilled when my sample arrived as normally they come in sachets, but this one came in a handy sized 50ml bottle which meant that I could extract every last drop with ease .....after using once, I wasn't letting any go to waste!
When you remove the lid, you can immediately smell the familiar scent of Nivea which I have always loved. I poured a small amount on my scrunchie and began to rub it over my legs. I was pretty surprised at how well it lathered up, as my past experience tells me that most body washes etc containing moisturiser, don't normally lather up too well.
This felt like one of, if not the, most indulgent bath I have ever taken (we don't have a shower!). My skin felt immediately softer to touch and had a lovely velvety sheen to it. I suffer from really dry skin and often feel self conscious when the sun comes out, but thanks to Nivea, I managed to wear my shorts with pride and confidence!

If you haven't had the chance to try this yet, then what are you waiting for??? You seriously won't look back!
Get you free sample from Nivea then once you've tried it, let them know what you think using #SHARETHECARE

HURRAW Orange Lip Balm from My Pure

I received a tube of Hurraw Orange Lip Balm free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest reveiw.

I'm a huge lover of lip balms and absolutely love trying new ones ....especially fruity ones! I really love the name of this and had great fun telling everyone I was wearing my Hurraw (I sounded like a timid lion lol).
The funky shape of this also really appealed and was very comfortable to hold.
The second you remove the lid, the orangey smell hits you full on ...and it's gorgeous!! It was much stronger and nicer than I expected and by this time, I couldn't wait to try it.

There's a very handy little bit at the base of the tube which simply twists to operate. Due to the shape of the tube and the balm, you manage to get a really good coverage without having to keep spreading over lips. One swipe along the top lip and one swipe along the bottom provides well enough balm. The orange smell is very prominent and it took all my effort not to have a quick lick of my lips. Hurraw uses, and I quote, 'not one, but two varieties of fresh cold pressed orange peel oil which pretty much makes this balm the bomb' and I completely agree! The balm lasts well on lips and provides good moisturisation leaving lips feeling refreshed, supple and free from dryness which is everything you could wish for in a lip balm. The only time I really needed to reapply, was after eating/drinking.

HURRAW Lip Balm comes in a variety of 3 flavours:
Green Tea Lip Balm
Orange Lip Balm
Lemon Lip Balm
They contain 4.3g each and cost £3.99 each, although there is currently an offer available to get 3 for £10 so grab 'em while you can!!
All prices correct at time of blog post


I received a bottle of Acorelle Eau De Parfum Absolu Tiare free of charge from My Pure, in return for an honest review.

The first thing I noticed about this was obviously the packaging. The gorgeous pastel colouring of the box make it look like it contains a lovely, delicate, feminine fragrance and the bottle itself is rather sweet too.

My Pure provide a range of perfumes and all are made from natural ingredients. They contain no phthalates, no artificial colours, no artificial musk and no synthetic chemicals so you can be sure that they will be kind to your skin.

Absolu Tiare is said to 'bring you balance and peace of mind with its exotic blend of orange, bergamot and ylang ylang essential oils'.

I applied this to my pulse points at around 8am and was immediately uplifted by the smell. The orange really shines through and there seems to me to be some hint of coconut, although I can't find this mentioned anywhere so maybe its just my nose! It's a very spicy perfume, maybe a little too much so for me personally, and extremely strong upon first application ...even if only a little is applied. Despite the strength upon application, this sadly didn't last long and needed to be re-applied after an hour or so to keep the smell fresh.

Both my daughters absolutely loved the smell of this and fought to get a squirt so it's definitely down to personal taste but it just wasn't for me.

If you fancy getting your hands on a bottle of Absolu Tiare, it's currently on offer at the reduced price of £15.00 (that's about half price!) for a 50ml bottle and is available from My Pure.
All prices correct at time of blog post.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Lovea Green Clay Mask for Oily Skin from My Pure

I was sent a tube of Lovea Green Clay Mask for Oily Skin from My Pure free of charge, in return for an honest reveiw.

Although my skin is pretty dry, I still suffer from oily patches around my nose, chin and forehead which result in small blackheads and whiteheads. I have tried many different things but am yet to find anything which makes a real difference.

My daughter also suffers from really oily skin which is prone to spots, so we both put decided to put this one to the test.

The directions for using this were so simple that not even I could go wrong! Simply spread a generous amount onto clean skin avoiding the eye area. Rinse off after 5 minutes before it has a chance to go hard.

It's very easy to squeeze out just the right amount, and it spreads nicely without dragging the skin. Both myself and my daughter absolutely adored the smell's a bit like marzipan which we both love! Please remember though that this is not an edible product lol The mask felt very relaxing whilst on and was also quite cooling. After 5 minutes we rinsed the mask off with ease, and were really pleased with the results. I only applied the mask around my problem areas, but my daughter used it over her whole face. We both noticed an immediate improvement in both the skins' texture, and the visibility of pores and pimples.

Overall, we would both highly recommend this, especially my daughter who has suffered with problem skin for a while now but has had a bit of relief with regular use of this mask. I personally have less problems around my nose and chin than normal so will certainly be continuing use.

Lovea Green Clay Mask for Oily Skin costs of £6.99 for a 75ml tube and is available to buy from My Pure.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Alva Sanddorn Skin Oil from My Pure

I recently received some Alva Sanddorn Skin Oil from My Pure free of charge, in return for an honest review.

I decided to try this oil as my skin is still stuck in Winter mode and is also in dire need of a moisture boost. Alva Sanddorn Skin Oil claims to have so many great benefits that I simply couldn't resist!

According to the My Pure website, this skin oil is the 'perfect intensive care for stressed skin' and that the 'rich oil increases the amount of moisture retained, firms, protects against damaging environmental factors , and promotes natural regeneration - especially after sunbathing. Additionally, it helps to promote a deeper, longer lasting suntan'.
As well as all that, it also:
- can be used by pregnant women as a massage oil to help prevent stretch marks
- helps to lessen the visible impact of already formed stretch marks, scars and blemishes
- works as a soothing shaving oil for men and women and
- is a perfect substitute for liquid paraffin-based oils which are often used on babies' skin

So as you can see, there are many benefits contained in this one small bottle!

Once the lid has been unscrewed, you'll find a small hole which helps regulate the amount of oil being released  .....I was really pleased about this as I have an uncanny tendency to always smother myself in waaay too much product!

I mainly used this as a morning and evening moisturiser as it's my face which is the most problematic for me. I applied it onto clean, slightly damp skin as per the instructions. Immediately, I was free from any tingling or tightness and even my usual 'just washed' redness subsided within a few seconds of application. I tend to have quite a few dry areas of skin which I find difficult to keep suitably moisturised, however, this skin oil managed to not only help make them appear less visible, but after 1 week of using twice daily, has completely eradicated them!! For the first time in years I am able to apply foundation without having unsightly dry patches here and there, which in turn has helped increase my confidence ...HOORAY!!

Due to the gorgeous few days of sunshine we've had recently, I managed to get myself into the garden and yes, you've guessed it, I got sunburnt!! My face suffered the worst, but thankfully, I reached straight for my skin oil and applied immediately. It soothed and de-stressed my skin on contact and I'm pleased to say that the redness didn't last long and in it's place, I have a nice golden tan.

Despite using this twice daily for almost 2 weeks, I have barely touched the bottle! As long as skin is slightly damp, it only takes a small amount to gain really good coverage. I've also noticed that some of my finer lines have paled into insignificance .....I can only assume that it's due to the skin oil. I really do recommend this product, not only because it's totally natural, but it really does work.
WORD OF WARNING: This oil is rich orange in colour and may cause staining so please be careful!

Alva Sanddorn Skin Oil comes in either a small 5ml bottle (which is what I received) at a cost of £5.50 or a large 100ml bottle at a cost of £19.75 and are both available from My Pure.