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This is a really exciting post for me. I haven’t done a skincare update post in a while and on my recent trip to my local Boots store, I picked up these three product especially made for oil, spot prone skin and decided to share my first impressions on the blog. 
I have meant to try a charcoal based facial wash and when i saw this Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Charcoal Facial Wash 
which is very inexpensive and for oily skin, I think I grabbed it like my life depended on it. I have been using it for a week now and I must say that it’s all the range. It leave my skin squeaky clean and helps to reduce the oiliness. I use it in the shower to wash my face at least twice a week and then follow-up with my daily facial moisturiser. 
The Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Night Gel I use at night after my nightly shower. I apply a tiny amount to my face to help reduce spot sizes and help to reduce oiliness of my skin. I use every two days because I don’t want my skin to get to use to it and it has worked.
The Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Refreshing Jelly Facial Wash I use with my trusted Magnitone cleansing brush to remove my makeup. This wash is for spot prone,oily skin and it isn’t as  drying as the charcoal wash. So I have been using this wash everyday to remove my makeup and for everyday face washing. It’s very moisturising and leaves the skin feels clean and fresh
Boots Tea Tree is a brand I have used for a couple of years now, it is really good to people with spot prone, oily skin. They have a lot of products, including face masks. It’s Boots in-house brand so you can only get these products in Boots. I am sure there is an equal brand in your local beauty supply store if you don’t have a local Boots store wherever you may live.
I love shopping, so when i find inexpensive brands that works for my I tend to stick with them. 
Do you know of any other inexpensive brands especially for spot prone,oily skin I can try?

The Face Masks


It’s the little things in life that makes us happy. I always try and find happiness in the things that I do to take care of my skin and having a mask moment is one of favourite me time moment. I know some may think me vain; I work way to hard and having me time helps me to focus and relax and get my self back to a normal state of thinking.

These are the current favourites masks I use to detoxify, cleanse  and breath some life back into my face. I try and use one of these masks at least once a week, it had now become part of my weekly skincare routine. Each mask has different purpose and I have really seen some major skincare improvement since I’ve incorporated the weekly mask moments into my regime.

The Aztec Clay– i used mostly to clarify my hair and one day I was bored, so I mixed the usual mixture (apple cider vinegar and the clay) I used on my hair and applied it on my face. I loved how radiant and clean my face felt afterwards. I usually apply and leave it to dry on my face; wash off with lukewarm water and face is revived.

Lush Dark Angels Mask – I use usually at night, as it has nourishing oils that helps to soften, cleanse  and doesn’t dry out the skin. I apply directly onto my face even with makeup on and scrub away. It helps to minimise breakouts and it good for oily/combination skin. One tip though, please make sure you scrub the sink and or tub after use because one drop on the floor or sink is very hard to wash away with just water.
Another favourite is the Caudalie Gylgolic Peel Mask; I love using this mask to help brighten and help to bring life onto my face. After use my skin looks and feel radiant and my pores appears smaller. I usually apply on my face and then leave it to dry and then wash off with lukewarm water, then i apply my face cream. This mask is my instant face lift in a tube and i use whenever I feel my face needs somethings extra to wake it up.

The last and final mask of the moment is Rosee Du Matin Mask. I use this colour changing mask is my favourite just because it changes colour and it like all the other masks helps to brighten, refresh and revive the skin. It’s my everyday mask, because it is very light more fun to use.

What things have you started doing to help you relax and help you get back to normality? what are your favourite mask(s) to use to help you unwind?
Shop this post:
Caudalie – link
Dark Angels – link
Rosee Du Matin Mask – link
Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts and opinions – don’t let your worries bring you down,
until next time
xoxo Becky

Caudalie #mysweetsorbet – The New Skin Care Favourites

Hello again and welcome back. Its a pleasure to have you here. I hope you’re having a fantastic day. Today’s post is a quickie update on some new skincare staples and I was itching to share this with you. When I was asked if I could try out some new products from Caudalie; I was jumping with excitement and couldn’t wait to receive the products and try them out. As most of you who are regular readers/followers of my blog know that I am a massive fan of the Caudalie brand, so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity this time round to try these exciting new launch. And like I have said before, I will never put anything up that I don’t feel fits it with me or my readers. 
I was sent two samples from their Vinosource collection and a mask from all of which are great for oily – combination skin types. 
The Limited Edition Grape Water – I use to freshen my face during the day… a little goes a long way. It moisturises and soothes the skin. Absolutely a handbag essential especially in the lovely summer weather we have been blessed with lately.
The Glycolic Peel Mask I have used on the weekends. It is helps to brighten the skin after use. The mask again like all the Caudalie products I have used is very effective. 
This matifying liquid, is the bomb! To be frank, this has been my go to daily moisturiser in the morning and night. BTW yes you can use it at night. It helps to keep my oils at bay without drying the skin, I use this under my makeup and I don’t need use too much milk of magnesia (MOM)  as primer any more. Once I mistakenly added too much MOM and my make-up started cracking when i left the house lol and I also don’t need to set my whole face with powder, i just need to set my under eyes and my noise because it is the shiniest part of my face. I will highly recommend this to all my sisters who suffer from oily skin.
Shop this post:
Matifying Fluid- link
Vinosource Grape Water Spray – link
Glycolic Peel Mask – link
The masks – link
And why not give Caudalie a try, they cater for all skin types.
I hope you have found this post very helpful. 
Thanks for stopping by,
Becky
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Ps. check out the full collection here!

Sóley Organics

One of the perks of  being a blogger is you get to find out new companies and try new things you may otherwise have never thought about trying or even getting your mitts on. And today my lovelies, I have a goodie post for you. I will be reviewing Sóley Organics. I got myself some sample products to try, test and review. Please scroll down to see my findings.
So I hear you ask, who are Sóley Organics and what do they do? Well my beauty, Sóley Organics is beauty and skincare range by Sóley Elíasdóttir a longstanding Icelandic figure of both theatre and film world. She turned 16 generation of family tradition harnessing the healing properties of herbs following her grandmother’s footsteps; she created Sóley Organics and launched her first product in 2007 called GRÆÐIR-  a therapeutic cream.
GRÆÐIR is very good for many skin irritations like dryness etc. it looks thick in the tube but it is easily absorbed into the skin and is very moisturising and non-greasy; a little goes a long way. (click here for a full list of ingredients) The creams smells like a mix of herbs and is too overpowering but enough to enjoy each scent.
GRÆÐIR Shampoo features the same Icelandic herbs utilized in the GRAEDIR cream but with lemon and leaf oils (click here for full ingredients) Is a healing shampoo, that cleanses the hair from dirt and with continual use has proven effective on various forms of scalp irritation like dryness etc.
nærð A gentle soothing tonic with orange blossom and wild Icelandic herbs which helps to tone, balance, soothe and helps to keep the pores clean and clear (click here for the full list of ingredients)
eyGLÓ containing unique blend of evening primrose and Icelandic herbs, helps to nourish, moisturize improves the skin’s natural radiance, improves the skin’s elasticity, the blend of ingredients calms and leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft for overall skin health.
 lind shampó a natural shampoo which helps to revive dry and tired locks.This shampoo gently cleanses the hair leaving it stronger, healthier and more manageable. lind shampó contains all the herbal goodness the other products have plus some grapefruit, leaf and twig oil (click here for a full list of ingredients)
Click here to shop and see full range of products.
Have you tried any products from Sóley Organics? What are your favourite products?



My New Skincare Obsession // Foreo Luna Mini


If you have never heard of the Foreo Luna Mini, please check out my initial review here. The beauty seen has had a lot of buzz this little firecracker and now I know why. I have been using the Foreo Luna Mini for over two months now and i am very happy with the results i have noticed. This little tool of beauty has helped my skin become much more easy to work with.

I like a lot of people have been looking at the Clarisonic range and are a little put off because of the price and lets be honest, the brush. If like me you suffer from acne, have oily to combination skin, actually any skin type i would highly recommend you give this beauty tool a try and at half the price as a Clarisonic, why wouldn’t you. This tool is very gentle on the skin, gently remove dead skin cells and unclog pores which in turn boosts and promote healthy skin. I myself have never used a clarisonic before but i have used something similar although the brush cleaner in question does exactly what is was designed for, i can be it a little too harsh on my sensitive skin, is very hard to clean and you have to buy replacement brushes for continual use.
Plus this tool is very easy to clean and store and the charge lasts for ages and you don’t have to buy replacement brush heads… all you would need is a good cleanser. I would recommend using the body shop vitamin c facial cleansing polish—-> here

Want see clearer skin and healthier skin use the coupon code below and try the Luna Mini today.
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Thanks for stopping by
Becky
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Birchbox July 2015: Make A Splash

If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off on holiday this summer, then you’ll love this month’s Birchbox . Or If you’re one of the unlucky few with no holiday plans overseas plans, I am sure you’ll enjoy the July box, just the same.  This month’s Birchbox has been replaced with a ‘Limited Edition Birchbag‘ in a variety of vibrant colours, inspired by travels of the Beauty Editors from Sunday Times Style,  Grazia and  Condé Nast Traveller.


With summer in full bloom, the Birchbag will definitely put a big smile on your face. This month’s line up includes a mix of makeup and beauty must-have to help you look  and feel your best this season, even when it gets piping hot.

Birchbox is a monthly beauty subscription box. The box normally includes 5-6 selected makeup, beauty, hair and sometimes an extra lifestyle products from well-known brands and emerging brands. As well their monthly box subscription, Birchbox is a destination where you can purchase beauty, makeup and lifestyle products from the brands featured in their boxes with the points system that many subscription boxes now offer. All their monthly boxes comes with a handy guide for each and every product included in the box. So you’ll definitely know what to do with each product you receive. Check out their website for more details on them!

My July Birchbag features a mix of both known and newly discovered brands.
The three shadow are very pretty shimmery neutral colours, consisting of light to dark shades. Peach Parfait is great palette for anyone to create a very natural day-time or night-time look plus it’s easy to carry, making this a must-have palette for summer. Though, it is on the pricey side for just ten colours. Sorry POP Beauty:-(

Benefit Cosmetics Dream Screen – £25.00

This little cutie is the perfect carry-on for all this season. The Dream Screen is an oil-free, silky-matte sun lotion with broad spectrum SPF 45 to protect you from UVB and UVA rays. It can be worn under makeup or on its own. It ultra light -weight, absorbs very quickly, leaves the skin moisturised and does not leave a blue film, it’s truly invisible.
Get to know your sunscreen——> here.
Soigné is a cruelty-free brand that uses non-toxic formulas in all their products. The sample I received comes in a their signature bottle. Menthe is a beautiful soft mint colour, perfect for adding some colour to the nails. This polish is very easy to use, it comes with a wide enough brush for easy application. Two coat is enough coverage for me with the colour; a single coat looks a little thin and uneven. I love this nail polish! Although, it is a little on the pricey side.

Unani Aloe Vera Gel – £15.00

Packed with pure aloe vera, this product claims to help soothe and calm the skin and us help recover from sunburn. It is basically like an after sun lotion but more healing properties plus it works great on blemishes, bites and eczema. I am very sorry, I cannot comment on  any long-term effects because the sample isn’t enough for that. I will like to try it though and see. Please let me know how you got on with this product.

This is a new brand discovery for me. With a bit of research, I found out that BioNike is an Italian based company that prides itself in creating affordable useful products. The cleansing water in particular, is for users with sensitive skin. It helps to sweeps away dirt, makeup, cleanses skin and helps to soothe sore spots.Its worth a try because there are so many cleansing water out there and at this price, It’s very affordable, don’t you think! Spa To You Nail File – £2.99

A great little device to round-up the self-grooming holiday inspired box. This little gem is great little tool to help keep our nails on point all the time.

The Birchbag I must say that, I am very impressed. The ladies at Birchbox as always continue to keep me interested and without fail, there’s always something in the box that I manage to love and I am always discovering new brands from their monthly boxes. If you’re thinking of trying out from big-named brands or emerging brands, then definitely give this a try.
Click here to see other products and brands features in this month’s Birchbag
As an added bonus Birchboxers get £10 off the summer edit when you spend £30 or more online
Click here to subscribe or here to check out Birchboxers offer.
Are you enjoying this month’s Birchbag??
That’s all for now folks!
Becky
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FOREO LUNA MINI: UNBOXING


The Foreo Luna Mini, this little thing of beauty. If you have never heard of this little device before, then sit tight, relax and prepare to be amazed. 
After being sold worldwide for nearly two years or so now, I finally got my hands on this little bad boy. Facial cleansing tools especially brushes have are now a must for all skincare conscious people. Most cleansing brushes promises to help unclog pores, brighten our skin, and help us achieve our skin goals. 
 
I am very picky when it comes to what I put on my face because like many of you I don’t want to ruin my ok face with harsh tools or chemicals and worsen my skin issues.  I had been looking at the Clarisonic range, but I think it’s similar to my Magnitone. I am probably wrong and the thought of having another beauty tool with its brush head that needs constant changing just seems pointless and, please do correct me if am wrong!
Compared to others in this category I feel that the Foreo Luna is very different which was why I decided to give it a try. 
What makes this so different from the rest? 
At Foreo, they aim to provide a unique, pioneering and iconic products with hygiene and wellbeing at its core; designed to help you feel naturally beautiful and healthy. The Luna Mini is the first of its kind to make use of unique nonporous silicone brush that is easiest to wash and more hygenic than standard silicone cleansing brushes. After use, all one needs to do is just rinse and it will be 35x more hygienic than other cleansing brushes. The idea of anyone cleansing their face with a bacteria-ridden brush makes me shudder.
This product comes with two manuals; one for a quick guide and the other gives a more in-depth step by step guide on how to use this little beauty. 
 It also comes with an insurance card and a USB charger for the device.
How much does it costs?
It costs £99 which is not as expensive as the Clarisonic or as purse friendly as the Magnitone Lucid. However, it’s still not the cheapest thing in the world. 
 I ordered the Luna Mini Save The Sea Special Edition with the net profits would go to Foreo’s Board of Ocean Conservation charity partners. Although, this device comes in five different colours, if you’re not a sea turtle pal.
Foreo Luna Mini Device

 There’s a little promotion Foreo have going this summer—–> check out their website here.

As you can probably tell, I am super excited to try this out. I hope I am not disappointed.
Has Foreo Luna Mini converted you to the dark side? Or If you haven’t tried this device yet would you try it? Please leave your comments below!
Thank’s for stopping by,
Becky
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This is not a sponsored post 🙂

Magnitone Lucid Limited Edition – Pixie Lott Unboxing


About three weeks ago, I received a lovely package which contained my Magnitone Lucid daily cleansing and exfoliation brush. When I ordered this product, it took about three days for it to get to me considering I paid nothing for postage and packaging. 

For those of you who haven’t heard about Magnitone before. They are a UK based company who focus on providing skincare tools which claim to give you a softer, brighter and clearer skin in just 7 days.
 
 I have been wanting to try this brand for ages and I mentioned them back in this post here! I opted for the Pixie Lott Limited edition. Although, they also come in blue, yellow, aqua green, it was a very hard choice but what can I say…. I love pink 🙂

 

The packaging is superb and the items in the box are well protected in the plastic casing, which one can always use to store it when moving. For now it is thoroughly being used daily so I won’t be storing it anytime soon.
One of the best things about this product is that it comes with an adaptable charger so you can take it on your travels or if you live overseas you can also use it. 
And the charger is magnetic which I think is so cool. It also comes with a protective cap and it is fully waterproof so for those who always seems to be in a rush, you can use it in the bath or the shower.
The brush head is powered by “active electromagnetic technology” and an “active clean brush head with spray guard bristles” which helps to unclog pores and sweep away dry, dead skin cells. The Lucid has two modes sensitive and deep clean. The deep clean mode for a more powerful clean and sensitive for a more gentle for everyday use. There is an option for those with sensitive skin to buy alternative brushes specially made for sensitive skin.
It beeps every 20 seconds, to guide you around your face and will automatically stop after one minute to stop you from over-exfoliating, which I thing is extremely useful. The Magnitone can be used with your daily cleanser to help remove makeup. After continual use, it should help make your normal face cream more effective and also give you a more radiant, clearer and softer skin. I know we all dream of walking out of the house with no makeup on so this is a start to achieving that dream!
A little thank you with £5 off voucher when I register my 12 months warranty, which I will be doing now. I can use the savings to get replacement brushes which they advice should be done every three months.
I was so excited to try this product and as soon as it, I had to test it out and as you can see from this post here I was not disappointed. Now am excited to see if my skin improves after 7 days!
Click here to find out more about this product on the Magnitone website.
The Magnitone Lucid costs £69.99 which compared with similar products is relatively a good value for money.
I will document my 7 days journey and I will write a post on
the results…so keep an a look out for that post soon.
Have you tried the Magnitone Lucid? 
A message from Pixie Lott
“hectic schedules can take a toll on my complexion. Magnitone Lucid helps me get more from my daily cleansing routine and easily slots into my busy life.”

Thanks for stopping by
Becky
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May Birchbox: Free Your Mind

In this month’s beauty box, the lovely people at Birchbox are helping us free our mind, with this a colouring-in box, which can be entered into the Birchbox ‘Colour Your Box‘ competition. As a self-confessed doodler, I was pretty chuffed to have a big old box to showcase my doodling talents even though am not a very good “artist”. This month’s samples are a mix of items from known and unknown brands, I would need during the summer months.

This mattifying lip rouge came in colour No. 3 New York, which is a fuchsia bright pink. I like the colour a lot, love the applicator as well as the sample size, however, I did not like the final result. This is meant to be a mattifying lip colour. I followed the instruction down to the letter and left it on my lips for quite a while; this lip rouge did not dry to a matt finish; it transferred on everything.  So I gave up on trying to wear it, it just didn’t work for. If you tried this product…please let me know if you liked it or not?
Love the name, first of all. This body butter is non-greasy lotion designed to nourish the skin.  I quite like this butter, it smells sweet, and it is very nourishing, leaves my skin sweet smelling for hours and super soft. Love this butter. The only downside though, the full-size cost £14.50  which is very expensive for a body lotion 🙂
WAH London was this month’s  “Pick Your Sample”: we were given the choice to choose between nail polish, press on nails and nail art pen.  The pen came in “Navy”. I have not had the opportunity to test it out yet. So I cannot really say give a mini-review at the moment.
I have never used a salt spray before and I was very impressed with this product. As well as being a salt spray this product contains sweet almond oil and vitamin-rich algae to help add texture, nourish your scalp and it smells nice. Plus it is also sulphate, paraben and gluten free and it safe to use on coloured or treated hair; Great product to use if you want to achieve that effortless beach waves.
I was very excited to see the RMK brand in my box again. So this product did not disappoint; it helps remove my makeup from my face with ease. Please make sure you give this product an excellent shake before use.
A beautiful treat for your locks; packed
with soy protein to reconstruct, strengthen, condition, moisturise, detangle and smooth your hair. 
This is another sample I have not tried yet, and again I cannot give you a mini-review at the moment…….I am very excited to try this out, I love finding products to help tame my hair. 
Although, I didn’t like all the samples, I feel this is an amazing box of summer products; hair mask, moisturising salt spray. I can definitely see myself using all these products during the summer months. Most of  the samples I received this month are from new brands; I am very happy to receive a beauty box of high standards, the babes at Birchbox are definitely winning….next month subscribers can choose a design of their box. I am thinking of resubscribing to Glossybox- to keep things balanced and more interesting.