Blog reader gift – trying out Lush products

So a couple of weeks ago something happened that has never happened before on Unseen Beauty. I received a parcel from one of my readers! It was such a lovely and kind thing to do. It’s one thing when a brand is kind enough to send you something to try out, but when it’s someone who does it because they read your blog and want to do something nice for you, that’s something else and I was really touched.

So Becky has been supporting Unseen Beauty for ages now by commenting or sharing my posts. She asked me on Facebook whether I had tried any products from Lush, and I said that I hadn’t. She then asked for my address because she wanted to send me something.

When the box arrived, there were actually four things inside! I was really surprised and the box smelled amazing. Becky had clearly been paying attention to my posts as well because she chose things that include my favourite fruity scents – mango and grapefruit!

To be honest, I hadn’t really tried that much from Lush before. It’s partly because I didn’t realise the full range of products that they do, partly because I thought everything would leave the bath really messy, and partly because some bath products I’ve used in the past haven’t dissolved fully and there were gritty bits all over the bottom of the bath, which were a problem for me. More about sensory sensitivity in another post.

So what was in the box from Becky?

Bright side bubble bar

I didn’t know that bubble bars were even a thing. They are flat, like a bar of soap, and you can snap them in half because when dissolved, even half of one will give you a lot of bubbles.

The bright side bubble bar smells amazingly citrusy and contains Bergamotte mandarin and tangerine. You get a thick layer of bubbles on top of the water and they are proper bubbles, not ones that dissolve into nothing if you touch them. It’s like a carpet of bubbles floating on your water and it makes the room smell wonderful! I was definitely a fan of this!

Happy hippy shower gel – grapefruit

I think Becky chose this grapefruit shower gel because she knows I’m a fan of grapefruit! This is the really zingy kind of grapefruit, not the sweeter scent that you sometimes get when it’s pink grapefruit or mixed with other things. The shower gel was moisturising, and the scent stayed around on my skin throughout the rest of the day. I would definitely get this again!

The comforter bubble bar

This is another bubble bar, like the first one, but the Comforter bubble bar contains blackcurrant and bergamotte. I liked this bar too, although not quite as much as the orange one because I liked the citrus scent more. There weren’t quite as many bubbles either, but there were still more than you get with a lot of bubble baths that are more expensive than the bar.

You’ve been mangoed – bath oil

This cute little mango bath oil dissolves away into your bath water. I love the design because it looks like a mini mango, and the mango scent is also one of my favourites. When you get out of the bath, your skin is really soft, and although I always use moisturisers afterwards, this is a good option for people who forget or who don’t like body lotion. The bath water did apparently look a bit cloudy afterwards and there was an oily mark round the bath. Obviously I clean the bath anyway, but this took a bit more to remove, and I would advise anyone using these to watch out because they can make the bath a bit slippery as well. I’d say I’m more a fan of the bars, but I enjoyed testing this bath oil out.

Final thoughts

So, overall I was really glad to get the chance to try out these products because I learned a bit more about the range of things on offer at Lush, I got some grapefruity and mango goodness, and I discovered bubble bars. It was only really the bath oil that made a bit of a mess. In terms of the debris, I put my bars, bath salts, or bath bombs in a small material bag that floats and keeps all the bits inside. The oils come out through the holes, and anything else stays inside. Of course most people don’t do this, but my doing it means I can enjoy these products too – and that has to be a good thing!

Thanks again to Becky for her generous gift. Since I received it, I have made a trip to lush and got a couple more bars and bath bombs – more reviews to come soon!

What is your favourite product from Lush? Let me know in the comments!

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Skincare products for grapefruit lovers

After my skincare for coffee lovers and skincare for mango lovers went down well, I decided to do a post about my favourite grapefruit-scented skincare products. So here they are! If you like grapefruit scented products, I hope you find some new favourites here! Also, if you have any to add to the list, please let me know in the comments!

Body Shop

We can’t talk about grapefruit products without mentioning the Body Shop’s pink grapefruit line.

I’ve gone through a jumbo size of the Pink grapefruit shower gel because it smells so good! It’s fruity and refreshing and I always say you can’t go wrong with their shower gels!

The grapefruit hand cream is my favourite hand cream from the body shop, and I also use the body mist for when I want a citrus zing. There is also one of the famous body butters in this scent too.

Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees do a range of products, but my personal favourites are the lip balms. I really like the Burt’s Bees pink grapefruit lip balm because apart from smelling amazing, it’s gentle on the lips, leaving them soft and hydrated for a long time.

Cowshed

For anyone who doesn’t know this brand, all the Cowshed products have something to do with cows. I’ve only tried one of their handcreams, and that’s the Cowshed Cow Pat hand cream. Once you get past the idea of covering your hands in a cow pat, it is actually really nourishing, leaving your hands wonderfully soft. As well as grapefruit, there is coriander oil in this handcream, which gives it quite a distinctive scent. I quite like it, but if you think coriander only belongs in food, this might not be the one for you!

In terms of the body products, I like the grumpy cow line because that includes grapefruit. The Cowshed – grumpy cow uplifting body lotion is a fairly thick lotion with mandarin and grapefruit. There are other cows in the cowshed, but this is the one for grapefruit lovers – and for those who want to wake up their inner grumpy cow!

Maybelline

You may already have seen the Baby Lips range of lip balms and tinted lip balms from Maybelline. There is a grapefruit one too – the grapefruit zing! To be honest, I like the Burt’s Bees one more, but this is still a good lip balm and you can taste the grapefruit!

Yes To

The Yes To grapefruit range is for pore perfection and skin tone. I usually go for the dry or sensitive skin ones, but I picked up these grapefruit ones because I saw the word grapefruit and didn’t understand that they were for different skin concerns. Still, these wipes are gentle, and although I don’t generally take off make-up with wipes, they are nice enough for freshening up.

Baylis and Harding

Baylis and Harding also do a grapefruit range which is not quite as strong, because it’s mandarin and grapefruit together. I sometimes buy the Baylis and Harding sweet mandarin and grapefruit hand wash or a big pump bottle of the hand cream in the same scent. The hand cream is not ultra rich, but it’s nice to have in the bathroom for after you’ve washed your hands.

For something less sweet, there is also the pink grapefruit and raspberry range. I’ve had the body mist and the bath and shower cream.

Radox

When I was at the supermarket, I picked up this Radox grapefruit shower gel. It’s a more budget-friendly alternative to the Body Shop one I’d say. I don’t think it smells as grapefruity, but in terms of being a shower gel, it does the job well enough!

Avon

I’ve tried a number of hair masks including this Avon hair treatment mask with grapefruit, passion fruit, and vitamins, which is said to give hair shine and radiance. I have very thick, long hair. It’s not damaged, but I like to give it some love in the form of a mask a couple of times a month, because who doesn’t want some extra shine and radiance? And of course, it’s got grapefruit in it, so it must be good.

So how about you? Do you like grapefruit products? Have you tried any of these?Let me know!

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January empties – grapefruit, banana, and one for the bin!

14 of the skincare and bath products that I finished up this month – what I thought of them and whether I’d buy them again.

I have 14 empty products for you – well 13 empties and one that I chucked because I hated it! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these things, what you thought of them, and what else you think I might like based on this selection! Also, If you’ve done a January empties post, you’re welcome to leave the link in the comments.

1. Malin Goetz moisturiser

I mentioned this Malin Goetz moisturiser back in October and I’ve now finished it up. First of all, I got this in Latest in Beauty, and it was a really decent size, which you can’t say about all of the moisturisers that you get in there! Vitamin E is good to have in face creams because it has antioxidant properties, which help your skin to fight the effects of wrinkle-causing free radicals, both from the sun an the pollution all around us. I liked this cream – it went on nicely, absorbed quickly, moisturised and had a slight scent. I can’t do with completely scentless moisturisers! 8/10

2. Radox grapefruit shower gel

I saw “grapefruit” and had to try this! I think I prefer Radox for its bubble baths, but this grapefruit shower gel is refreshing and will help to wake you up. I don’t like it as much as the pink grapefruit line from the Body Shop, but if you’re looking for a budget-friendly alternative, this one is fine! 6/10

3. Lavera cream highlighter

I don’t even want to link this! I got it because I was so happy with the Lavera night cream. I then got a couple of satin lipsticks, and they were fine. I was excited to see that this natural brand also did some cream make-up products and got myself one of the highlighters. It was a mistake. It felt like a cream with coarsely-milled powder in it, which meant that when I tried to blend it in, I was rubbing all the scratchy powder grains across my face. Great if you like the sensation of rubbing sandpaper across your cheekbones, but that’s not for me! Maybe there was something wrong with the one I had, but that’s all I have to go on and I couldn’t bear to use it again! 1/10

4. Madara mask

This was about the only thing that made me happy in the December Lovelula box which was full of samples and make-up I wouldn’t use! I was already a Madara fan and I enjoyed using this MADARA SOS Hydra Mask, which alone was worth over double what I paid for the box – so I did get my money’s worth! I did take the mask off, but some people used it as a leave-on treatment. Its main ingredient is northern peony, which is used because it moisturises, tones, smooths the skin, and protects it from environmental damage. It also contains hyaluronic acid, which is good for locking in moisture and preventing skin from drying out.

I’m still a sheet mask kind of girl, so I probably wouldn’t get this again, but I did enjoy using it! 7/10

5. Body Shop almond milk and honey body butter

I reviewed this whole range here, but used up my almond milk and honey body butter this month. Once I’d got over the fact that it didn’t smell like the almond hand butter, and the honey scent was stronger than the almond, I found that I really liked it. It’s not as strong as some of the other Body Shop scents, but it’s fresh and clean, and great if you want something a bit less overpowering. I know that a lot of people with sensitive skin love this range too. 8/10

6. Styling spray

We got this Agario London Styling mist in a Lovelula box. I used up mine, then a friend gave me hers. It’s not something I would buy because I don’t really need a styling spray, but it does contain nutrients that are good for the hair, so I mixed a couple of squirts in with my detangler. 6/10

7. Yes to Cucumber conditioner

I’ve mentioned this before, but then I realised that there are two of these cucumber conditioners – so I wanted to be clear that I mean the Yes to cucumber volumising conditioner. I like it and have already repurchased it. There is a colour protection one too, but I don’t need that so haven’t tried it. 9/10

8. Original Source shower gel

I was actually looking for something else when I noticed this but, being intrigued by green banana and bamboo milk, I decided to give it a go. I’m not vegan, but if you are, this is vegan certified and contains natural fragrances and moisturisers. I don’t like the sickly sweet banana smells that you can get because they’re too synthetic, but this one was not like that. I’m not loyal to shower gels and I like to switch things around, so I enjoyed using this for a while. 7/10

9. Nature republic sheet masks

The masks I usually get had run out, so I decided to try a set from Nature republic.

There are 13 masks, and you get a selection of 10, which could include Olive, Orange, Chamomile, Rose, Avocado, Shea Butter, Aloe Vera, Green tea, tomato, Acai Berry, Royal jelly, bamboo, or cucumber. Not a snail mask in sight – this makes me happy!

I liked these masks because they felt a bit thicker than some of the others, which made them easier to apply. They also didn’t have such large tears, which you’re supposed to use to fit around your face, but which can result in the whole thing sticking to itself. These seemed a good size for me too – some are too big. The only problem was that two of the masks – I don’t remember which now – left my face feeling a bit sticky afterwards, so I had to remove the serum rather than just letting it sink in because I didn’t want to walk round feeling like I’d smeared my face with honey! But other than that I enjoyed using these masks. 8/10

10. L’Occitane foot cream

I cannot get excited about foot creams, but I got one in my advent calendar and used it up. Yay for citrus and not the usual peppermint scent! 7/10

11. Wileda almond body lotion

I discovered this through a sample size that I got in Latest in Beauty. This almond body lotion is good for sensitive skin and is made from a few ingredients to moisturise the body. It’s a mild formula and good for skin that gets irritated easily – I don’t have that, but it was created with this kind of skin in mind. I just liked the moisturising cream and walking round smelling like a cherry bakewell! 9/10

12. Grapeseed hand cream

I was curious to try a Burt’s Bees hand cream, so I got the honey and grapeseed one. It’s nice though and I had it on my desk because it’s not sticky and dries quickly – I’m just not a fan of the grapeseed smell, so won’t get it again. 5/10

13. Vitamin E night cream

I don’t think there’s anything in the Vitamin E range from the Body Shop that I don’t like. These products are lovely if you want your face to feel soft and silky in the morning and to treat any dry patches. I’ve been through more than one pot of this and I’m definitely a fa! Of the night cream. 10/10

14. Tea tree face cream

The last thing I used up was also from the Body Shop – the Tea tree night lotion. One of these will last me for ever because I don’t use it as a night lotion, but if I get a break-out, I just apply a bit of this to the area and it helps to take it down. 7/10

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15 November empties – lots of hand creams and a disappointing panda!

15 November empties – lots of hand creams and a disappointing panda!

Another month is over and I’ve been trying to use things up because I know that more will be added to the collection when December starts! Let me know if you’ve tried any of these products, what you thought of them, and also what you got through in November!

Hair care

So, the first thing isn’t a new product for me, but I liked it so much that I got another one! It’s the Banana hair mask from the Body Shop. If you want something that’s natural, that smells great, and that gives your hair a pamper session, this is a good thing to go for. It’s not cheap, although you can get a good deal if you wait for it to be on offer, and you do get a generous pot of it. I do intersperse this with cheaper ones sometimes, but overall this is my favourite!

The other haircare products were a sample set of the shampoo and conditioner from the Seaweed Bath Co. The products contain vitamins and nutrients from the ocean to give you strong and healthy hair. It may be ok as a product, but I can’t deal with peppermint in haircare. I don’t want my hair to smell like toothpaste, which means that these products were not for me. Still I was glad to get the chance to try them, and overall I was very pleased with the November Lovelula box, which also contained a lipstick, eye cream from Madara, a face primer and a moisturiser.

Click here for my other hair care reviews.

Bath and shower

I got a mini of the SenSpa sleep therapy bubble bath in my Latest in Beauty box. I’m usually a Radox girl, but I like to try other things, and this bubble bath contains lavender, which is good for a relaxing pamper session at the end of the day. I don’t know that I’d rush out to buy it, but if it shows up in Latest in Beauty again and I’m looking for things to fill my box, I might pick it up again.

I went through an enormous 750 ml of the Pink grapefruit shower gel from the Body Shop. This is my all-time favourite scent, and sometimes these bottles have 1/3 off. Something this size lasts a long time, and unless you’re someone who gets bored with a single scent, I definitely think they’re worth it. Just make sure you like the scent first. I knew I would with this one though because I think I’ve had most of the pink grapefruit products. By the way, I’ll be doing a skincare post for grapefruit lovers in the new year, so do let me know any recommendations that you have for me to include.

Skincare

November was a bumper month for skincare empties! First up is the body lotion from the Seychelles bath and body set. I just love this stuff! The coconut is really refreshing, but it’s offset by the orange, almond, and vanilla. This leaves you moisturised and smelling amazing for hours!

I don’t usually get excited about the little sachets in Latest in Beauty, but the Lavera face cream really got my attention because it smelled sooo good! It was a night cream and I liked the way it left my face afterwards, but I have to say it was the scent that got my attention. This is a brand that I would like to look into more next year.

After I enjoyed the SenSpa bath soak, I also tried the SenSpa relaxing body butter which was being offered as a mini on Latest in Beauty. It’s a thick, rich, butter for anyone who likes something a bit more intense, but this also smelled of lavender, and whilst I don’t mind my bathwater having this scent, I don’t want to walk around with it for the rest of the day. So this was ok, but I probably wouldn’t get it again. That’s why I’m so glad that I get to try minis of these things in Latest in Beauty, rather than buying them full-size.

Next there were a couple of the little handcream tubes from the Body Shop. I had a couple of them open and wanted to use them up. First there was the pink grapefruit hand cream, which is my favourite! I also finished the tube of Almond and honey hand cream which I got when I reviewed the whole almond milk and honey range earlier in the year. I think when I first smelled this range, I was a bit disappointed that you couldn’t smell the almond as much as the honey, but I really enjoyed using this gentle hand cream, and it’s definitely a good one if you’re not up for the more powerful, fruity scents, or if you have sensitive skin that might be irritated by other ingredients.

I haven’t tried much from the Spa of the World range from the Body Shop, but I did get some of their Ethiopian green coffee cream when it was released earlier this year. At first I was a bit surprised because it didn’t smell of coffee, as my other coffee products do, but it’s a creamy lotion with green coffee extract, suitable if you want your skin to feel firmer and smoother. I didn’t really need a skin-firming cream, so I can’t comment on how well it does that, but I did enjoy using it!

The second thing I want to mention from the Lovelula November box was the priming serum from Ren. Ren is a good brand and I was happy to try this out. The little glass bottle, the kind that you get perfume samples in, made it a little annoying to get out, but the serum itself absorbed very quickly, but as I tend to go more for moisturising primers, it wasn’t the texture I’m used to. To be honest, I don’t want to sound cheap, but I couldn’t justify spending £50 on a primer. Not when there are others on the market that I feel do the job just as well. Still, I’m glad it was included because I enjoyed trying it out!

Now something from the May Lovelula box – the Laidbare cleanser and toner that is out of stock at the time of writing. I’m genuinely a little suspicious of two-in-one products. I like the face care ritual with its many steps, and I don’t try to double up, because I think each step has its purpose. However, I did use this up eventually. It had a pleasant, citrus and apple scent, and I had it in the bath for a while. I wouldn’t buy it again, but it’s a decent enough product if you don’t like faffing around with as many products, or if you’re going away and need to save space.

I got the next product because a number of people received it in one of the beauty boxes that I don’t get. I don’t like a lot of them because there would be too many products that I wouldn’t use, but that doesn’t stop me watching the videos and reading the blog posts for inspiration. I was already a fan of the Grumpy Cow range from the Cowshed, so I decided to try out their Cowpat handcream. Such a funny name! One thing that drew me to it was the grapefruit oil listed in the ingredients. It’s quite a thick cream, so I kept it by the bed and put it on last thing at night. This handcream also contains coriander essential oil, which apparently relieves muscular aches, increases circulation and helps you to sleep. It does however smell of coriander – I’m fine with that, but I’ve seen some people saying that they don’t like it. We use coriander quite a lot in cooking, so it doesn’t bother me.

I’ve gone on about the vitamin E cream from the Body Shop before, so I won’t ramble on about it, but if you haven’t tried it, it’s wonderful stuff! I got a mini pot in last year’s advent calendar and was using it in my travel bag. I decided to finish it up and when I’ve got through some of my other creams, I would definitely buy this again!

This was a bit of a disappointment. I wanted to try some things from the Oh K! brand, so I got their cherry blossom panda hand cream. The panda is definitely cute, but I’d rather plain packaging and a good product than cute packaging and an underwhelming product! The product was like a hand butter, a bit greasy, and I didn’t like the scent. I didn’t find it particularly moisturising either. I know there are other things in the range and they might be better, but I felt the product wasn’t really worth it. I guess it would be ok to buy for someone who wants some cute things on their dressing table, but don’t expect big results from it!

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September empties – lots of mangos

There is a bit of a mango theme going on this month, but that’s to be expected with me.

Most of these are things that I have used up, but there are also a couple of things that I just didn’t like. I’m not a big fan of decluttering, because I think if I bought something, I should use it up, unless it is horrible in some way or really doesn’t suit me. But I did throw out a couple of things this month because I will never use them and they were just taking up space.

Skincare

I thought that all cotton pads were alike, but then I bought some, nice fair trade ones as I thought, but they weren’t well-made at all. They stuck to each other and tore apart in the middle, and they drove me wild! That’s why I was happy to discover the Cottontails oval cotton pads. They are slightly larger than other ones I’ve had because they’re oval, and when you take one out, you don’t get half of the next one along with it! I only get these now.

At the beginning of the month I finished up my Vitamin C glow-boosting moisturiser from the Body Shop. I’ve raved about this before – it’s a lovely, refreshing day cream that wakes your skin up in the morning and smells wonderfully of oranges! It is energising and hydrating, and contains aloe vera and vitamin C rich camu camu from the Amazonian rain forest. It absorbs quickly and my make-up sits well on top of it. I would definitely buy it again if I didn’t have so many other moisturisers to use up!

The other face cream that I finished was from the July Lovelula box. It was the Madara Smart Antioxidants Fine Line Minimising Cream. We got a generous 20ml travel size one, whereas the one behind the link is the full-size 50ml. I was particularly happy about this because firstly I’m a fan of Madara skincare, and secondly, this cream is formulated for dry skin, which is what I have. It’s described as a rich, youth-preserving cream, but I have to admit I also used it as a day cream because it was not so rich that it didn’t absorb quickly. It contains lichen, moss, fern, and archemilla, to give you hydration, reverse the first signs of ageing and smooth out fine lines. I don’t have that many fine lines to worry about, but anything that supressing the formulation of free radicals and repairs skin cells is a good thing. It smells more plant-based, but not in an overpowering or annoying way!

Yes, Miss Mango managed to use up two mango body products this month, although the mango body butter from the Body Shop was only a 50ml mini from a mango gift set. I’ve mentioned before how some of the Body Butters are softer than others, and this is one of the more creamy ones, which makes it glide on easily and spread over the skin. I love anything from this range, and on chilly autumn days, it’s the perfect end to a nice, hot bath!

The second mango product in this section was the chili mango and tonka bean body lotion that I reviewed for the Being by Sanctuary post.

It was probably my favourite scent out of the ones that I tried from that range. The lotion is thinner than the body butter, and the mango scent lasted for ages and ages after use. The chilli made it not quite as sweet as some of the other mango products that you come across.

Bath and shower

This was a lucky find at the back of my drawer. I actually thought I’d already used it – it was a Christmas present – but no! So I got to use it in September. I love the Grumpy Cow range from the Cowshed, and enjoyed using up this Cowshed – grumpy cow uplifting shower gel. I love the refreshing mandarin and grapefruit scent of this range. It’s not the cheapest shower gel you can buy, but I like it for a special treat!

Haircare

Yes, it’s back! I used up another bottle of the Avon Magnificent mango crazy hair tamer (2 bottles) I brush a couple of squirts of this through my hair and as well as smelling of mangos, it helps me to get the tangles out of my long hair. I’m not usually loyal to products because I like to try different things out, but this is the only detangler I use now!

Make-up

One of the things available in the Latest in Beauty edit was a mini version of the Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional primer I do have a full-size one, but I thought this would be nice for going away, and it took up much less space in my make-up bag when we went away for a wedding at the beginning of September. You get a few uses out of it, but it’s all gone now. It leaves your face with a silky smooth base on which to apply your foundation. Again, not the cheapest on the market, and I don’t use it all the time, but I do think it’s worth it!

I have about 5 different eye primers in my collection because I wanted to test some out from different brands. However I got rid of my Wet and Wild only a matter of prime eye primer, because it was just so sticky on my eyelids, which was A. uncomfortable to wear and B. made it harder for me to apply the eyeshadow evenly on top. So it had to go!

Lastly I got rid of my Kiko Velvet Touch Creamy Stick Blush in Hot Pink because it was bright pink and didn’t suit me. I got it in Latest in Beauty because I’d heard conflicting reports about it from “it’s a nice buildable colour” to “it’s Barbie pink!” It was the wrong colour for me and had to go, but if they did anything more subtle I’d be happy to try it because the formula was fine.

How about you?

Have you used any of these products? If so, what did you think?

What did you get through in September?

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September favourites – owls, fruity chocolates, and a new brush

This month’s favourites post includes owls, wolves, lemon chocolate buttons, fruity chocolates, grapefruit lip care and haircare!

I tried to be a bit more restrained with make-up and skincare purchases this month so that I could use up some of the stuff that I already have. I was pretty successful, although having a week off at the end of September meant a couple of trips to town, which involved buying things!

I won’t include some of the new purchases here because I haven’t had time to try them out, but these are some of the things that I enjoyed in September.

Hair care

I have already been raving about the Yes To Cucumber shampoo, so I decided to see whether the Yes to cucumber volumising conditioner lived up to standard. I was really pleased with it. It’s 280 ml, so a generous size, and it leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny, without smelling of chemicals, one of my pet peeves with conditioners! I would definitely get it again.

I’ve been using my trusty Denman brush for ages, but decided I wanted something different for when I’m blow-drying my hair. I heard that paddle brushes make drying long hair easier, so I got myself a Tangle Teezer blow styling smoothing tool. I’m not sure about the claim that the brush helps your hair to dry faster, but I think that having the rows of bristles more widely spaced helps if you want to get the tangles out of very long hair when you’re blow-drying it.

Skincare

I’ve got 3 things to mention this month in terms of skincare. The first is something I wanted to try because I’ve only just found out that eye roll-on creams are a thing. I like the idea because sometimes, with a cream, you can end up with more than you want, whereas here, you just roll it over the clean skin, the roller has a cooling effect, and there is no excess. I got the Garnier light Eye roll-on. The idea is that you apply in the morning or when your eyes feel tired. The massaging effect stimulates microcirculation around the eye area and helps to reduce puffiness or dark circles. I think this doesn’t replace a more nourishing eye cream in the evening, but first thing it’s a good way to help you feel more awake!

I’m sure I’ve already said on here how much I like the mango lip balm from Burt’s Bees. I didn’t need another lip balm, but I’ve got a good way through the mango one, so I decided to get the Grapefruit lip balm from them. I have a little stash of lip balms and butters to use up, but I have to say that the ones from Burt’s Bees are my favourite. Firstly they come in stick form, which makes them easier to apply on the go than the little pots. Secondly, they’re made from natural ingredients. Thirdly, they taste amazing – ok I know you’re not supposed to eat them, but who wants something that tastes disgusting on their lips? And fourthly, probably most importantly, they do the job and leave your lips feeling moisturised, but not sticky, for a long time. Yay for Burt’s Bees! I’m even happier that they do them in both grapefruit and mango!

I may come on to the main products in Lovelula’s September box, but today I want to talk about the ones that I’ve finished. We received four samples of Kimberly Sayer products (two cleansers and two night creams). Actually I used all of them, but they tend to do products for either dry and normal skin, or combination, oily and blemish-prone skin. The ones best suited to me were the gentle face cleanser and the restore anti-aging cream” The healing light night cream smelled delicious too. It was a bit too light for my dryer skin, but it was still a nice one-off because of the gorgeous tangerine scent!

I thought it was good that Lovelula included a range of samples, both in terms of the product and the skin-type. I didn’t manage to get 3 or 4 uses out of them as some people did, but it was the first time that I’ve tried anything from Kimberley Sayer, and that’s one of the things that I enjoy about Lovelula. I would definitely buy products from this range in the future.

Bath and shower

I’ve mentioned Patisserie De Bain before. I’m not so much of a bath melt kind of girl, but I discovered that they also do things like shower gels and hand creams. I’d already tried the lemon bon bon hand cream, so I decided to get the lemon bon bon shower gel as well. It’s definitely more of a product for the citrus lovers, but it’s slightly sweetened, and not as tart as showering yourself with real lemons! Who remembers lemon bon bons as a child?! As a citrus lover, this one is definitely up my street and I would get it again!

Dogs, owls and wolves

This section is a little random, but as I love dogs, owls, and wolves, pictures or models of them are likely to turn up in my favourites, so I put them all together!

I don’t have a link for this because it was a gift, but we were given an owl to put outside. I just know that he came from a garden centre! He is solar-powered, so he produces his own energy, and provides light in the evening – ideal to put on the table if you’re sitting outside on long, summer evenings. I won’t leave him out during the winter, but I like him firstly because he’s an owl, and secondly because he will never need new batteries as he produces his own energy.

The second thing is a Wolf hoodie that says “A direwolf is for life, not just for winter!” There are different sizes, and they are sized fairly, so you can buy your actual size (I’m always tempted to go one larger on Amazon because some shops are super stingy!) Anyway – as a Game of Thrones fan, I wanted to have this – I was however a bit sad that the wolves didn’t get more of a look-in in the last season. (For my international friends – it’s also a play on words because around Christmas time we get adverts saying “a dog is for life, not just for Christmas” to try and stop people impulsively buying dogs as Christmas presents.)

Sweet treats

Who doesn’t love Hotel Chocolat?!

S and I were drawn in there when we were in town this week. He bought me a box of my favourite chocs from there – the exuberantly fruity box. It includes such delicious treats as raspberry, strawberry cheesecake, lime truffle, mango, passion fruit, apple strudel, and lemon cheesecake! They’re all gone! Sooo good, especially if you like your chocolate to be fruity.

On the way out, S also spotted something we hadn’t tried before – the lemon white tiddly pot! I think these are meant for children, but who cares! They are delicious little white chocolate drops with a drizzle of lemon oil! Adults like chocolate buttons too! They are quite lemony, so not for you if you like super-sweet treats, but I think they’re delicious! They don’t seem to be selling them any more, so I’ve had to remove the link.

The first time I ever tried lemon chocolate was in Sorrento, where everything seemed to be made with lemon. Lemon sweets, lemon pasta, lemon liqueur, and delicious slabs of lemon chocolate! I was glad to have found some more!

So what about you?

What did you enjoy in September? Have you tried any of these products? Have you written a favourites post? Let me know in the comments!

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May empties – masks and favourites from Latest in Beauty

My thoughts on the products that I used up in May 2017,and whether I’d repurchase them.

Well it’s that time of the month again – time for the May empties! I seem to have a lot this month, partly because of the sample-size products I’m getting in my Latest in Beauty and Lovelula boxes, and partly because I’m making a real effort to finish things up before opening new ones! So here they are – the products I finished up in May and what I thought of them.

Skincare

I only found out about them this year, but I love sheet masks. I finished up a packet of my favourite ones this month, the Skin Food everyday facial masks. The picture is of my favourite one, the orange one, but you get 10 different kinds in there such as tomato, broccoli, green tea, berries and nuts. I’ve since tried out a number of different makes, but I keep coming back to these. They have the right amount of product, which means that there’s a good covering, but they’re not slopping with it, making everything messy. Also, just a small detail, but the little cuts around the edge don’t go far into the centre, making them much easier to unfold and put on the face. I’ve ordered a new pack already and would highly recommend them.

I tend to go for the Body Shop body butters in the winter and reach for the lighter lotions and sorbets in the summer. I used up a pink grapefruit body butter and really enjoyed it, partly because of the grapefruit scent, I love this range, and partly because this one isn’t quite as firm as some of the other butters, so it’s easier to spread over the skin. I would buy this again, but only when I’ve used up some of my other butters and lotions!

I also used up a mini body butter and a shower gel in the spiced apple range, but they were in the Christmas 2016 range, so I can’t link them. Still, if they come back next year, I’ll snap up some more. Also, If you prefer berries to the apples, I used up a spiced berries shower gel, also from the Christmas range, which was nice and wintry!

I’m swimming against the tide of positive reviews, both from Lovelula and Latest in Beauty, when I tell you I was somewhat underwhelmed by the Weleda Skin food that I got in Lovelula, but that was also available recently on Latest in Beauty. Some people are raving about it on Youtube because it helped to clear up skin conditions. Some people have even said that they put it on their face, but I wouldn’t put anything that greasy on my face. I used it up as a foot cream, but wouldn’t think of putting it anywhere else!

I mentioned these wonderful Glycolic fix cleansing pads in my May Favourites as a quick and easy alternative for exfoliating, particularly for those of us who don’t like exfoliators with rough particles and prefer to use natural acids. I finished up the mini pack that I got in Latest in Beauty and ordered a full-size one straight away because I was going to Amsterdam and wanted to take them away with me. This was the first thing that I bought directly as a result of trying on Latest in Beauty. The second was the Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional primer which is fabulous!

I finished up my second Seychelles hand cream from Latest in Beauty. I really should just get the full-sized one from the White Company. The hand cream is brilliant and I love the smell which makes you feel as though you’re on a tropical beach somewhere! This will be my third “Latest in Beauty made me buy it!” product.

On the subject of hand cream, I also used up the Shea hand cream from the Body Shop. It’s not my favourite hand cream from there, but it is a good one if you don’t like some of the stronger scents, because this one just smells clean and fresh.

Bath and shower

If you’re looking for something to wake you up in the morning and you like citrus scents like lemon and lime, I got through a mini citrus blend hand and body wash that I got in my Latest in Beauty. If you don’t want to subscribe to Latest in Beauty, you can also get it directly from Evolve Organic Beauty. Not the cheapest hand and body wash, but a nice alternative if you want something citrusy and refreshing in the shower! Link removed because it was broken.

I also used up my Greenfrog botanic body wash – neroli and lime from Lovelula. I think I’ve discovered that I don’t like Neroli very much, which is a shame because it seems to be used in a lot of beauty products. This was ok, and actually I do have a second one as a friend gave me hers. I will use it up, but because of the neroli scent, this isn’t something that I would buy again.

The satsuma range is one of my favourites from the Body shop, and I had a mini satsuma shower gel, probably left over from the advent calendar! I love this stuff, and the minis are great for taking away with you.

If you want something for the bathroom that smells fresh and is great value for money, we just finished up the Baylis & Harding jasmin and apple blossom hand wash. I usually get the grapefruit one, but we fancied a change!

In Latest in Beauty, I got a mini shower gel so that I could try out the Jasmin and Bergamot range from L’Occitane. I like this and would try out more products in the range.

Hair care

I tried out the Avon naturals almond and avocado shampoo I think I prefer the apple one that I mentioned in last month’s empties, but if you like something with less of a fragrance, you may prefer this one.

Fragrance

I got two free fragrance samples in my Latest in Beauty box. One was the Flower by Kenzo but although I used up the sample, this is two floral for me, with the main notes being rose, violet and white musk. I didn’t hate it, it just wasn’t my usual fruity fragrance!

The other one surprised me, because it was also a floral fragrance, but I liked it more, maybe because the top notes were rose and gardenia, and it reminded me of Tuberose Gardenia? No idea, but it was the Narciso Rodriguez Eau de Parfum.

Make-up

Anyone who reads my blog will know that I’m a big fan of the body shop, but I was rather disappointed with the insterblur. I was very close to just binning it, because I hated the way it came out of the tube like little worms, and the way it applied. Heidi from the Body Shop said that you need to warm the product up between your hands first, and this does work better, but I still don’t think it’s as good as my other primers, so although I’ll use it up as an everyday primer, I won’t be buying it again.

One of the products in the Body Shop advent calendar that I hadn’t tried before was the Camomile gentle eye make-up remover. I don’t wear waterproof mascara, so I don’t know how well it deals with that, but for the non-waterproof mascara and cream or crayon shadows that I wear, it does the job well and is gentle on the eyes. I have already replaced it with the full-size version of this product.

How about you?

Which products have you been enjoying, or which ones did you finish up in May? Let me know in the comments. Also, have you tried any of the products I mentioned in this post? If so, I’d love to know your thoughts!

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