29 Jun 2015

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito

The Body Shop Virgin Mojito
There is a new range at The Body Shop this summer which you may or may not have spotted over the last few weeks. The Virgin Mojito range has quite literally been splashed all over the blogging community recently and with good reason. If you are into super fresh and fruity scents which literally optimise summer then it is well worth checking this range out.

The limited edition Virgin Mojito range consists of blends of lime and freshly crushed mint, where upon use you are instantly transported to a beach with a cocktail or two in hand! Like most ranges from The Body Shop there is body butter, shower gel and body scrub which are all divine, and that is just the scent alone. Being quite a fan of The Body Shop I have tried more than my fair of body butters in the past, it goes without saying that the Virgin Mojito Body Butter* is already a firm favourite of mine; it is so incredibly refreshing. 

If you are looking for a good old exfoliator for in the shower then I can't say that I could recommend the Virgin Mojito* one too much. For me it is extremely light and doesn't provide the texture that I would like for a body scrub, although having said that it is really gentle and provides light exfoliation so this may be a good one to use regularly or to have at hand if you have a bit of sunburn.

In recent months The Body Shop have launched the body sorbets in which the Virgin Mojito Body Sorbet* is probably my favourite product from this whole range. Having never tried one of these products before I was incredibly curious to see how they worked for me as I have always been a huge fan of the much thicker body butters. Upon using this I was pleasantly surprised at how light it was and how easily it absorbed into my skin. Using this has made a nice change to my body butters although I do think that for those who suffer with drier skin that this may not be enough in terms of keeping the skin hydrated; overall I think the body butters would be much better. 

On a whole I have been really impressed with this range, it sure is perfect for the summer months, especially if you are jetting off somewhere sunny. Never fear though, for those of you who are not (me included) I hear we have somewhat of a heat wave coming this week so whip out your sun hat, sunglasses and the ever important SPF and enjoy.
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28 Jun 2015

Recently Recycled #5

Beauty Product Empties In my bid to use up products before opening up new ones I have found myself getting through quite a bit of skincare recently; there is also a lipstick would you believe. I always find make up incredibly hard to get through as opposed to skincare so I am pretty impressed with that if I do say so myself. 

When it comes to skincare I won't deny that I do like things to be more affordable, especially as I get through the products much quicker. The Superdrug Vitamin E Hot Cloth Cleanser is a product that has served me very well and will be one that I re-purchase in the future. Having said that I will be holding off for a while as I have quite a few cleansers to be getting through at the moment; I am trying very hard to stream line my skincare products as I do have quite a few still at the moment. This is a great fuss free cleanser that works really well at leaving my skin feeling clean and hydrated without stripping it of any moisture; it's a great product if you are on a budget.

The Soap and Glory Micellar Water* was a product I featured within my Ode to Soap and Glory post back in April. Whilst on a whole I adore the brand this was a product that I wasn't overwhelmed by. It was just OK for me and failed to remove my eye make up effectively therefore this wouldn't be a product I would be willing to purchase; having said that I am extremely keen to try The Ultimelt Hot Cloth Cleanser which I have being reading about recently.

Recently I have re-purchased the Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado as I just couldn't live without it in my skincare routine. Of course that is a little bit dramatic, yet I really did notice it not being there so I made sure I picked it up again on a recent trip to Selfridges. This has been probably the best eye cream I have tried to date as it really does help with dehydration that I get around my eye area.

This month I say farewell to what has to have been one of my favourite lip products. The Maybelline Colour Sensational Popstick in the shade Pink Lollipop has been one of my most worn products. Whilst it was never the most pigmented product it was indeed one of the nicest formulas as I found that I could wear this and it never dried out my lips. In the past I have never really read great reviews on this but it was always something I enjoyed using, I'll be sad to see it go now as I haven't seen this particular shade for a while now in store. 
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26 Jun 2015

Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum Giveaway

Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum One of my favourite things about writing this blog is that I sometimes find myself offered the opportunity to try out a new skincare brand or product. Today just so happens to be one of those occasions whereby just this week I have been given the chance to try out the Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum* which is a product that I have read quite a lot of things about, particularly from the skincare Queen herself Caroline Hirons.

Before I jump straight in with this post today I'd like to add that this is not a review of the product. This is because I have only being using it for three days so it is far too soon for me to talk about it in depth; I sure hope you can appreciate that. What I can however tell you is that my very first impressions of this are good, as in terms of packaging this comes within a pump bottle so it is nice and hygienic. It also applies lovely and does not feel too heavy on my skin, in fact on all three mornings since I have being using this my skin has felt the smoothest that it has done for a while; whether this is a coincidence or not we will have to wait and see. 

The Merumaya Iconic Youth Serum is on a whole designed to help prevent skin from further ageing and to protect the skin from signs of ageing that is already present. It is said to improve radiance and luminosity and will help to improve wrinkles and fine lines as well as also improving skin moisture and elasticity. In fact in respect to moisture I wouldn't want to jump the gun too soon but I feel as though I am already seeing improvements in my skin in such a very short time where dehydration is concerned.

Like I said this isn't a full review because I simply have not had enough time to test it out properly, I will however be back in a few month's time with my overall thoughts. Having said that if you fancy winning one of these to test it out yourself courtesy of John Lewis then all you have to do is fill out the rafflecopter form below. This will run for one week only in which once over I'll notify the winner via email, so don't forget to leave one in the comments below. This giveaway is open to the UK only due to postal restrictions however I will be running my own personal giveaway in a few month's time which will be open internationally, so stay tuned for that one.

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25 Jun 2015

Ellen McCrimmon Illustrations

Ellen McCrimmon Illustrations Aside from all things beauty related I have a huge passion for art. This is something that I have touched upon briefly on A Little Boat Sailing before and has been something that I have wanted to feature again. In the past I had my very own illustration tab yet that has long since gone, I'd like to update it soon and include some more recent work. I have always been an admirer of other peoples work and often find myself losing hours online browsing black and white pencil sketches, watercolour landscapes and whimsical patterns and fonts.

It has been a little while since I dug out my own pencils and watercolours yet this hasn't stopped me admiring the talent of other artists that are out there. For me I often find new artists through instagram where I then spend the next twenty minutes stalking their feed. The most recent artist I have stumbled upon is Ellen McCrimmon who creates the most beautiful watercolour illustrations alongside charcoal and pencil drawings. Around a week ago I entered Ellen's giveaway for a chance to win a print of my choice (it was always going to be the two whales because they are my favourite animal), where low and behold I was lucky enough to be picked as one of the winners; thank you so much Ellen!

Ellen McCrimmon Illustrations
Just yesterday my little package from Ellen arrived and it was filled with the most beautiful prints I ever did see. The prints are A5 in size and will look perfect on my wall once my bedroom is decorated in a few week's time. She very kindly sent me a print with a majestical seahorse on as well as my print of choice; the two stunning whales. Alongside this I also received two mini prints of a bear and fox which are just as delightful; I cannot wait to pop them up on display soon.

I really wanted to share these beautiful pieces of artwork with you all today as they were simply too gorgeous not to. It is always such a pleasure to discover new artists, especially when they are as nice as Ellen.

You can find Ellen McCrimmon Illustrations on her Facebook page, Instragram and her online shop.
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24 Jun 2015

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review When it comes to balm cleansers I will hold my hand up and say that I would regard myself as having now tried a few. From the somewhat gritty, sticky, luxurious and indeed delightful I think I have in my time discovered what I do and don't like from a balm cleanser. Despite the weather now warming up I do not feel a need to move away from this type of cleanse as I know so many people are often tempted to do. They are often depicted as being quite heavy for this time of year however for me personally I think they are fantastic for all year round; they simply do the job and they do it well.

For a little while now I have being meaning to write a dedicated review for the Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm* which was kindly sent to me back in January. If we skip back briefly to my Skincare Overhaul post back in March you will find that I briefly touched on this product back then, however I really wanted to come back to it today in order to provide a more in-depth post because I truly feel as though this product deserves a little bit more attention.

The Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm* first and foremost is one of the more expensive (for me anyway) on the market at a retail price of £39.50 for 100ml. In the past I have tried balms that have only ever been cheaper so this to date, as far as I can recall is the most expensive so far. Like most balms I have tried this comes in a jar, which generally speaking isn't something I like when it comes to my skincare products as I find this type of product to be less hygienic. Despite this when it comes to balm cleansers I do tend to favour this packaging more because it makes the product so much easier to access and to use. Putting it quite simply you are not left squeezing a tube within the inch of its life to get the product out, I have been there before and it is no fun at all.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm Review
In regards to the texture of the product it is without a doubt the smoothest balm I have yet to try. It is so incredibly smooth on the skin and simply glides across effortlessly; it is a lovely texture to work with and does not drag across the skin at all. A little seems to go a long way with this which of course helps to soften the blow of the price somewhat. In regards to using it on my eyes I have found that whilst it does a relatively good job at removing standard mascara it does in fact struggle with eye liner so I do tend to use something separate for my eye make up when I use this. Having said that when I do use this product it is more likely that I will be using it as a second cleanse as opposed to that initial pre-cleanse as it is just too nice to use as that first cleanse. I feel as though the first cleanse removes the bulk of the make up before the actual cleansing process takes place with a second cleanse therefore I like to save my nicer, more luxurious products for the latter. 

There is a scent to this balm cleanser which I find to be really quite nice, it isn't overpowering but there is certainly a noticeable fragrance when I am using it. I am categorically useless at picking up scents however I definitely can pick out lavender there which I think coincides with the somewhat relaxing, calming sensation I have when I smell this. In terms of ingredients Elemis do not use any mineral oils, parabens or SLS within this product which is always an added bonus, although oddly enough there is no collagen within this product as the name may suggest.

Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm Review
Upon using this I notice that my skin feels instantly hydrated, smooth and youthful looking, especially after a long day of wearing make up at work. Whilst it is not a miracle worker at removing eye make up I do think it makes up for that in terms of how it makes my skin feel and indeed look. In the time in which I have being using this I have not experienced any irritation what so ever on my skin in general, although when used around the eyes I have noticed it to be a little stingy if I get it a bit too close. 

Overall this is a product that I have been really very happy with, it is a great second cleanse with an added element of luxury. I still have quite a lot of this left so I don't have to make a decision just yet as to whether I will pick it up once my current version runs out. I am in fact very torn because being a beauty blogger I am naturally very curious as to the other products that are out there on the market, having said that I certainly will not be forgetting just how good this has been.

Are you a fan of Elemis? This is my second experience with the brand by which after such a positive experience I'm really quite keen to dive in further to see what else they have to offer.
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