May Lindstrom The Honey Mud Review

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I first came across May Lindstrom thanks to my good friend Dani from Holistic Green Beauty blog. I was in the market for a new more organic and raw range of skin care to match my new found eating habits.

I did my research and was instantly captivated by both the luxuriousness and authenticity of the products. May has created a line that is so intriguing yet simplistic in its ingredients and philosophy. I obsessed over getting some of the products for months. They aren’t the cheapest thing on the market but I decided one day to take the plunge and invest. I can quite honestly say I have never looked back.

One of the products I purchased was ‘The Honey Mud’. I ordered this as part of a wider range of products including The Clean Dirt and The Problem Solver (reviews coming soon). I literally bursted with excitement when I saw the products had arrived and slowly unwrapped the parcel revealing a gorgeous black box with the May Lindstrom logo embossed in gold. On opening, I was greeted with a personalised hand written letter from May herself which was just the most lovely touch.

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The Honey Mud is both a cleansing silk and a masque all in one. Raw honey, white clay and pure plant oils combine to eradicate impurities and re-establish skin harmony.

On opening the gorgeous black pot you are greeted with a chocolate pudding like cremé. It has a gorgeously smooth a soft texture and smells like a sweet treat you could eat (although I don’t suggest you try!). I have primarily used this as a facial cleanser on an evening a few times a week as a treat, applying to damp skin and massaging all over my face. The scent is truly intoxicating. On first use, my skin was ridiculously bright and healthy looking. My partner asked what I had used as even he could see a vast difference in my skin tone, looking calm and even. Continued months of use and shown no slow down in results either…each use being just as good as the last.

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I have also used The Honey Mud as a masque on a few occasions where my skin has either been feeling sensitive or very dry. I leave this on for probably over an hour just to reap as much benefit as I possibly can. The results are soft, bouncy, calm and even skin.

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The full ingredients list is as follows:

Raw honey***, white halloysite clay, macadamia integrifolia (macadamia nut oil)*, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel)*, argentum metallicum (colloidal silver), theobroma cacao (cocoa absolute) oil, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil*, cananga odorata (ylang-ylang) oil*, vanilla planifolia (vanilla) co2 total essential oil*, juniperus virginiana (cedarwood) oil*, boswellia carteri (frankincense) oil**, commiphora myrrha (myrrh) oil**.

*Certified Organic, **Wild harvested, ***Collected from unsprayed and unfertilized fields of Michigan wildflowers. Gluten-free. Not suitable for vegans (contains honey).

The key things that I have found differ with this product to anything else I have used are:

– there are a lot of natural salts and spices in the product which you can pick up on from sniffing the product. These have a lovely warming effect on the skin but also mean that the product has adds a colour when applied. When you wash off you can easily see where you need to continue washing to get the remainder of the product off and your wash cloth will look like you’ve been rolling around in mud. I love this and feel it makes me a little closer to using a more natural products in that it doesn’t apologise for the fact it can make a mess. In-fact…May encourages you to embrace this!

– the silk contains small fragments of silver which are well known to have an anti-bacterial and anti-microbial effect on the skin. As such this is perfect if you are suffering from blemishes or congestion

– this is one of very few products on the market that really utilises the power of raw honey. Many brands claim to contain honey but often have very low amounts which mean you really aren’t going to get the benefits. May only uses high quality raw honey in The Honey Mud and in high quantities. As such your skin will absolutely love being enveloped in this natural goodness.

If you are feeling particularly decadent then you can also mix The Honey Mud with The Problem Solver to form the most luxurious and effective face mask. I have done this a couple of times and – oh my – the results were fantastic!

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So – would I buy this product again? ABSOLUTELY. WITHOUT A DOUBT. NO QUESTIONS ASKED. This is one of my favourite finds of 2014 and something I get excited about using every time I open the jar. There aren’t many skincare products I can say that about. May has just got everything right

You are my skincare hero May!

You can purchase your here for £64 for 100ml

http://www.cultbeauty.co.uk/may-lindstrom-the-honey-mud-cleansing-silk.html

I purchased mine directly from May herself and was fortunate enough to receive a personalised note from her. As such my purchase was in USD and included the cost of shipping.

* Own purchase – no affiliation

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel Review

Yes I know I am very late to the party on this one. There are plenty of beauty bloggers, YouTubers and such like raving about this cleanser already but I thought I would put my two penneth in just for good measure!

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A few months ago I found myself totally out of any form of balm cleanser. Quite how I let this happen I don’t know. I still had a few cleansers on hand and so in the interest of trying to use up what I had I thought I’d see how I got on. I used a mix of gel and milk cleansers for a few months and the results were not good. My skin broke out easily, often felt ‘gritty’ to touch (yuk!) and was shiny within a few hours of cleansing. As such I resided myself to the fact that I really needed to go back to a balm cleanser to get my skin under control.

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Having been obsessed with Vivianna Does Makeup’s YouTube channel for a few years now I decided to follow her advice and give the Oskia Renaissance Cleasing Gel a try. If it’s good enough for Anna to use for a whole year without switching then I’d say its good enough for me.

Now just to get one thing out of the way – despite this having the word ‘gel’ in the title – all reviews I read said this really did have more of a balm like texture. This left me intrigued. Did Oskia just get their labelling wrong or would this really be something new and outside the norm?

The product comes in a really simple plastic tube with a pump dispenser. Whilst being relatively simple packaging the product still has a luxe feel to it and would look great on any bathroom shelf.

After pumping the bottle a few times to get the first application out, I was greeted with a beautifully sikly pearl pink soft balm. After massaging into my palms, the scent really reminded me of Turkish Delights (which I love!). The texture is a little different to any other balm I have tried before melting almost instantly on contact with the skin. This worried me a little at first as I do tend to prefer thicker balms to really feel like I am getting a nourishing cleanse.

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After massaging around my mush for a few minutes and rinsed off and was really impressed with the results. My skin felt really soft and clean (no squeaking) but more impressive was that there was absolutely no residue, despite having a very oily texture when massaged. I have thoroughly tested this cleanser having only a few pumps left and can safely say that I will be re-purchasing another. This cleanser is the perfect balance between having a gentle, moisturising cleanse without having to spend the next half hour trying to get the thing off your face! My skin simply loves this cleanser, being more balanced, break out free and generally healthier looking. It really is a fuss free cleanser which will win you love

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You can also use this cleanser with water to form a cleansing milk but I far prefer to use this on a dry face and spend some me time massaging into the skin before rinsing with a muslin cloth

The cleanser costs £28 for 100ml. Whilst a little pricey, having a pump means you really measure out the exact amount you need to cleanse your face and neck therefore not wasting the product. I use 3 pumps in total a day for my morning and evening cleanse and this bottle has lasted me well over two months so worth the money in my eyes.

The ingredients are as follows

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You can purchase yours here:

http://www.mankind.co.uk/oskia-renaissance-cleansing-gel-100ml/10960901.html

* Own purchase – no affiliation

Well that was a long break

Well…that break went rather quickly!

No soon as I begin to gain momentum on the blog, I seem to have taken a hiatus and a bit of a break from blogging.

There is no specific reason, other than having a job where I spend 14 hours in-front of a computer most days meant that the thought of loading up the laptop in my free time was just not appealing. I found myself starting to feel lazy with reviews and not dedicating the time I should and therefore wanted to take a break until I could strike more of a balance with work to bring back my love for all things beauty. I know that is incredibly selfish of me but one of the largest lessons I learnt in 2014 was to look after myself more.

So…apologies for not being touch. I do hope that you’re well. Let the blogging commence!

Elemis Shaving Duo Review

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As I have mentioned a number of times on this blog, one of the things that really annoys be about my skin (besides oiliness) is how susceptible I am to shaving rash. As a result, I now limit my shave to once a week to limit the unsightly red lumps and bumps from appearing to a minimum.

I have been on the look out for a solution to this problem for many years. Products I have used have ranged from the most gentle and organic solutions all the way through to what may as well be marketed as paint stripper.

The kind fold at Elemis offered for my to try two of their hero products from their mens product lines – the Skin Soothe Shave Gel and S.O.S Survival Cream

Skin Soothe Shave Gel

The Skin Soothe Shave Gel has been a trusty product on my bathroom shelf for the past few months. I much prefer a gel to a foam as it quite simply allows you to see what and where you are shaving! As such its much better if you have a spot or a mole which you want to avoid.

The gel is a light blue colour and has a pleasant fragrance to it. To my suprise when I first used this product, there are a number of small white beads in the gel. On reading the back of the packet it stated that these beads release moisturising jojoba oil. Whilst this sounds like a nice idea I must admit I found this part of the product a slight novelty as they rarely melted and often dropped of my face as I was applying the gel. That said, the gel has been lovely to use. It leaves a slightly cool feeling when washed off the skin and allows the razor to gently glide over the hairs.

Myself and my partner have both been using this gel (him on a more regular basis) for around 3 months now and have just started to run out of the tube. As such a 150 ml tube for £22 will last you a long time (probably 4-6 months for single person use). It may seem a little priecy at first but this really does turn out to be quite an economical product

S.O.S Survival Cream

This really has been my go to product straight after I have shaved. As soon as you pump this into your hand, you are hit with a strong scent of lavender followed by other herbal notes. It immediately makes you feel like what you are about to put on your skin is going to have some real benefit. Elemis market this product as a daily skin moisturiser, being the optimum solution for sensitivity, irritation, dryness and blemishes. Now whilst I absolutely love this product post shave, it really isn’t something I would wear every day. The primary reason for this is that the texture of this cream is very thick and sticky. It also leaves a shine on the skin and as such I do not think would be suitable for day wear unless you suffer from very very dry skin. However, as a post shave treatment is works absolutely superbly.

The S.O.S Survival cream is £44 for a 50ml pump dispenser tube. This is certainly something I will look to repurchase as has been one of the most impressive anti-irritation products I have used to date. Also, given how often I use it I think a bottle will last me a good 8-12 months.

Overall these two products combined have really helped reduce irritation on my skin after shaving. Have they completely eliminated the problem? No – but then I don’t think anything ever will. I highly rate these two products both for the quality of ingredients and efficacy. >

You can find out more about these products here:

http://www.timetospa.co.uk

* PR Samples. Opinions expressed are my own. No affiliation

REN Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil Review

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Somewhat of a slightly different offering today at Nu|sk|n. As you will know from my previous posts, I have a very oily T-zone and have found that the best way to keep the oil slick under control is bizarrely to use a facial oil. A good facial oil can not only deliver a huge number of benefits to your skin in terms of skin health, but can also help it find its own balance and natural rhythm.

As such, I have been avidly trying out new facial oils over the course of the past year to find one that really suits my oily yet often dry skin. I was recently contacted by REN and asked to try their new Vita Mineral Omega 3 Optimum Skin Serum Oil (bit of a mouthful there!). The key thing that I was really intrigued by was the use of the term ‘serum oil’. This isn’t an oil. It isn’t a serum – its confidently sits on the fence somewhere in the middle. Confused? I was to. Read on.

REN claims that the oil is “a transforming oil that strengthens the skin’s vital lipid barrier and re-energizes skin cell activity to dramatically improve moisture levels, boosts overall skin health and vitality while reducing the signs of wrinkles, premature ageing and sensitivity”. All sounds rather lovely doesn’t it?! After my visit to Samsara Skin Clinic in September, I have been trying to improve the strength of my skin and reduce its sensitivity through a combination of nurturing balms and oils so this was an ideal product for me to experiment with.

The first point I will make is that this product costs £23 for 30ml. As such when compared to many facial oils on the market this really does seem to be good value for money considering its size. I have been avidly testing this for around 3 months now (with the odd break here and there) and still have over half the pump remaining. Now…onto the results…

On application the oil/serum feels extremely lightweight and has a non-greasy texture. There is a slight citrusy scent however there is a clear omega oil undertone (if any of you take flax seed or fish oils you will know where I coming from). The scent is very faint – only just noticeable in-fact. I work one pump into the palms of my hands of an evening and pat gently into the skin. I don’t tend to apply anything on top of this unless my skin is feeling particularly in need of an extra boost.

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Overall I found that the did make my skin noticeably fuller and plumper on a morning. The results didn’t ‘wash off’ as you tend to find with some products – you wake up with a lovely glow only to find your normal complexion re-appear after a quick wipe with a flannel! The results of this product continued to build through use and have really helped my skin through some rough patches over the colder months. It also gone some way to help balance my oiliness and with a combination of other products I am now able to stay shine free for most of the working day.

The ingredients are as follows:

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Camelina Sativa Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Phaeodactylum Tricornotum Extract, Bisabolol, Parfum (Fragrance), Linalool, Limonene, Tocopherol

If you are looking for a facial treatment that is pure indulgence and a pamper treat, then I wouldn’t say this oil is for you. This product is purely functional and has no frills about it. It contains only the ingredients it needs to do the job it claims – surprisingly a rather rare trait to find in beauty products these days and very refreshing!

This is certainly something I would recommend to those with sensitive skins that really just need to focus on building strength back in their skin before looking to more pampering products. I know I will certainly be purchasing once this pump runs out!

You can find out more and purchase your own serum oil here:

http://www.renskincare.com/p/3707/Omega+3+Optimum+Skin+Serum+Oil

* PR Sample. No affiliation. Opinions expresses are my own

Korres Bergamot Pear Showergel Review

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I was recently sent the Korres Bergamot Pear and Shower gel to try. As noted on my Korress Saffron Amber & Cardamon post I have been a big fan of Korres for around 10 years now but have never tried one of their shower gels before.

Korres state that the shower gel is a oft moisturising showergel, ideal for everyday use. Wheat proteins form a protective film on the skin, maintaining its regular hydration level.

The key Ingredients in this product are:

Wheat: Wheat was cultivated in prehistoric times in fertile Mesopotamia. Ancient civilisations worshipped deities linked to wheat: for the Egyptians it was Osiris; for the Greeks goddess Demeter. Wheat has always been a symbol of good health and fertility while all stages of cultivation have forever been accompanied by rituals defining everyday life. Wheat aleurone, the thin layer under the bran, is the part of the wheat kernel with the highest content in vitamins and minerals. It contains an abundance of B2, which improves metabolism and aids the absorption of nutrients; B3 plays an important role in promoting healthy skin and B5 possesses regenerative properties.

Aloe Vera: Aloe Vera has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant thanks to its beneficial properties. References of it appear in many cultures: from the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, to the Indian and Chinese literature. Applied externally, it heals burns and wounds, stimulates cell regeneration and has significant antioxidant, skin softening and soothing properties.

Now overall I did enjoy using this shower gel, however did feel a little duped by the ingredients list if I am honest. Korres make a point of putting on all their packaging a long list of nasties that they don’t include. The packaging to this bottle had the same listing, however upon a second glance had a big fat ‘YES’ next to ‘SLES’ (or sodium lauryl ether sulfate to give it it’s full name). From my previous posts I have expressed a great dislike for this ingredient. Just because its good enough to be put in a toilet cleaner does not mean I want it on my skin. I did however continue to use the product as I didn’t note any irritation on my skin or any drying effects from using this shower gel

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The full ingredients list is as follows:

Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Parfum (Fragrance), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Althaea Ocinalis Root Extract, Arginine, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Castoryl Maleate, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Helichrysum Arenarium Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Lactic Acid, Limonene, Phenoxyethanol, Polyquaternium-7, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Sodium Gluconate, Tocopherol.

I can’t lie…I did enjoy using this shower gel and really loved the fresh scent. However, for a brand that bases itself on natural premises and being void of nasties, I don’t feel that this product really lives up to that ethos and as such I would not re-purchase

You can find out more about this product here:

http://www.korres.com/default.aspx?page_id=1125

* PR Product. No affiliation

Savonnerie Fig & Wild Berry Candle Review

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A review of a wonderful candle now from a brand that I had not heard of before. You have to love social media as it really can bring your attention to some wonderful companies out there. This is the case for Savonnerie London who I with many of my discoveries, found through Twitter and instantly fell in love with. Savonnerie was established in 1997 originally in London’s Brushfield Street E1 next to the historic Spitalfields market with one aim, creating natural therapeutic bodycare products that make you look and feel special. Savonnerie reminds me of one of those small artisan handmade shops you find in the likes of the Cornish countryside which you just cant help but have a browse around and admire.

The company were kind enough to send me their FIg & Wild Berries candle to try. The candle came in a frosted glass container (different to picture above) and before I had even opened the packaging I fell in love with the fragrance emanating from the box it was in. The best way I can describe it is somewhere between fig and freshly cut grass. The candle offers a very fresh fragrance which is perfect now that we are moving into spring.

The candle, unlike many others filled is able to fill a room with scent within minutes and has some serious staying power. At only £18 for a 240g candle – it really is able to complete with many of the more expensive candles out there on the market. Sadly, whilst I thought it a great idea to present the candle on my bathroom sink, it somehow managed to slip and the glass container smashed before I had even got half way through the candle. I was gutted to say the least, but I am looking forward to trying more of the Savonnerie candles in the future (and placing them somewhere far safer to avoid disappointment!)

You can find out more and purchase your own Savonnerie candle here:

http://www.savonnerielondon.com/home-fragrance/fig-wild-berries-natural-wax-candle.html

*PR sample. No affiliation. Opinions on my own