Review: Crabtree & Evelyn’s Gardeners Collection

This year iconic British brand Crabtree & Evelyn celebrates 20 years since the launch of their well-loved Gardeners range inspired by the English herb garden by collaborating with designer Cleo Ferin Mercury who has given it a quirky and modern make-over whilst still giving attention to detail, quality and heritage

Drawing on a horticulturist’s wealth of knowledge about the healing power of herbs, this botanical range The Crabtree & Evelyn’s iconic signature Gardeners range is eclectic and unique, originally designed to help the hands of the green-fingered amongst us by restoring, soothing and protecting skin.

Blended with natural ingredients and botanical extracts inspired by an English herb garden, it has become an iconic signature for Crabtree & Evelyn, becoming an essential go-to for anyone seeking a little extra nourishment. As part of the celebration, I was sent two items from the Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners range to review.

Gardeners All-Purpose Balm *New*

I love a multi-purpose product and the Gardeners All-Purpose botanical infused balm doesn’t disappoint. It is a rich mix of nourishing beeswax and shea butter which soothes and hydrates chapped and dehydrated skin.

It smells like a spring morning in the garden with herbaceous and botanical notes of freshly cut clover leaf mixed with eucalyptus, lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme lifting the senses and your mood, even on the darkest winter day!

The balm comes in a small and elegant little pot which is perfect for slipping into your gardening tool belt, or of course, your handbag. Simply massage into dry areas of skin for relief.

Gardeners Mini 60 Second Fix Kit for Hands

This botanical two part kit offers hand recovery with Crabtree & Evelyn’s revolutionary hand treatment. The kit is made up of two products, the Gardeners Hand Recovery (25g) and the Gardeners Hand Therapy (25g).

The first step cleanses, exfoliates, and moisturises. The second step using an intensive, nutrient-rich shea butter hand cream to quickly restore dry, parched hands to silky smoothness!

The Mini 60 Second Hand Fix Kit is perfect for travel and on the go treatment and care, fragrance with fresh green clover, lavender, sage, rosemary, and thyme which not only soothes the skin but also your mood.

The kit comes in an elegant botanically inspired box design complete with rope handle which not only looks fantastic but is practical for taking with you.

Overall, I have really loved using these two products to help my dry, sensitive skin feel more nourished (and loved!) I award them 5 out of 5 stars. For more information about the Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners collection click here.

Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Collection

Crabtree & Evelyn Gardeners Collection

Introducing Lumity Life Anti-Aging Supplement

Last year I turned 30 and although I don’t really worry about growing old too much I do try to look after my skin in the hopes of always looking healthy. For years I have used the basic regime of cleanse, tone and moisturise in order to help support my skin and had never thought of taking a supplement to help support this routine.

Lumity Life Anti-Aging Supplement is a targeted nutritional supplementation designed to support health, vitality and beautiful skin by working around-the-clock via its 2-step formula. Simply take 3 coffee coloured capsules in the morning and 3 milk coloured capsules at bedtime.

The nutrients in the coffee-coloured morning capsules are specifically formulated for daytime health, supporting brain health, vitality, healthy skin, hair and nails, help to maintain the immune system and is integrated with nutrients to assist with joint, muscle and bone health.

The milk-white evening capsules are high in Omega 3 Fatty Acids and provide overnight radiance with Amino acids to help maintain the elasticity of the skin, so are best taken at bedtime.

The supplements are stuffed full of radiance-boosting nutrients which are important in the body and which contribute to a range of key functions and importantly contributes to healthy hair, skin and nails which helps to promote a younger, fresher look. All ingredients are sourced from safety-tested, quality-assured raw materials.

The Lumity Life Anti-Aging Supplement contains:

  • Flaxseed Oil – high in omega 3s, including Alpha-Linolenic Acid which maintains normal blood cholesterol levels
  • Alanine – an amino acid, a protein building block.
  • Lysine – an amino acid, a protein building block.
  • L-Glutamine – an amino acid, a protein building block.
  • L-Arginine – an amino acid, a protein building block.
  • L-Cysteine – an amino acid, a protein building block.
  • Acetyl-l-carnitine a form of the amino acid Carnitine.
  • Coenzyme Q10 – A fat-soluble, vitamin-like substance found in every cell in the body.
  • Turmeric – A root with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Zinc – Contributes to healthy bones, skin, hair and nails, normal vision and immune function among other things.
  • Selenium – Contributes to healthy hair and nails, a healthy immune system, and normal thyroid function among other things.
  • Magnesium – Contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue, to electrolyte balance and a healthy nervous system among other things.
  • Iodine – Contributes to healthy cognitive function, good skin, the normal production of thyroid hormones and normal thyroid function among other things.
  • Vitamin E – Contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
  • Vitamin D – Contributes to the absorption/utilisation of calcium and phosphorus, supports healthy bones, teeth and muscle function among other things.
  • Vitamin C – Increases iron absorption, contributes to collagen formation, normal energy-yielding metabolism, a healthy nervous system and immune system among other things.
  • Vitamin A – Contributes to iron metabolism, healthy mucous membranes, healthy skin, good vision and a healthy immune system.

Lumity offers an overall nutritional supplementation that is more than skin-deep, helping to support key functions of the body. Benefits from this combination include significant improvements in the tone and texture of your skin, with protection against oxidative stress and support for collagen production for supple, radiant skin.

Do you take a supplement for skin health?

Lumity Anti-Ageing Supplement

Review: Boolavard Silicone Makeup Sponge

There is nothing more annoying to me than starting to put on my makeup and realising that I am nearly out of foundation. It feels like it is the one thing I buy most frequently and I have to wonder just how I get through so much of it so fast.

When I heard about silicone makeup sponges I had a light bulb moment; my foundation was being sucked up by my sponges rather than being applied to my skin! I had a browse on Amazon and found a 2 pack of silicone makeup sponges from Boolavard and decided to buy them and see what all the fuss was about.

Silicone makeup sponges have been a bit of a trend recently owed to their claims of being the perfect applicator for blush, foundation, highlighter and concealer. The smooth, super flexible surface results in a polished, flawless everyday look which takes mere moments to achieve.

I have to admit that I do not wash my makeup sponges frequently enough which makes them a bit messy and gross, so the idea of having an easy to clean applicator appeals to me – simply wash clean! The smooth silicone material also does not hold onto makeup which means you lose less product each time, resulting in longer lasting makeup (and better value for money).

When I first opened and felt the silicone makeup sponges I was surprised at just how soft and flexible they were and on first use discovered that I needed about half as much foundation to achieve good coverage than when using a normal sponge – amazing!

I will admit that I found them a little hard to use to blend the product nicely over my skin and did use my fingers to achieve a nice, smooth look. Whether this was a lack of technique on my part or perhaps a slight flaw in the sponge, only time will tell.

I award the silicone makeup sponges from Boolavard 4 out of 5 stars and will continue to use them to extend the life of my makeup and as an easy to clean option.

Boolavard Silicone Makeup Sponge

Review: Hair Straightening Brush HQT-906

Having worked in digital marketing for more than eight years I hardly ever click on a Facebook Ad, especially the ones which look too good to be true but when I spotted the Ad for the Hair Straightening Brush HQT-906 for what must have been the tenth time I decided to throw caution to the wind and give it a try.

The Hair Straightening Brush HQT-906 Ad described it as a miracle product which makes straightening hair easy and quick rather than long-winded and laborious which, let’s face it, it can be. I had several hair straighteners before buying the Straightening Brush but have to admit to being too lazy to sort out my unruly hair with my GHDs unless for a special occasion.

Despite having major reservations about the quality of the product and expecting the product to be a hoax and a waste of money I was excited when it arrived to see how it would work. I will admit to being worried when I first plugged it in and turned it on, thinking that it might explode or overheat but all went well.

The Straightening Brush has adjustable temperature settings with 11 potential degrees of heat – simply use the buttons on the brush to alter the heat by 5℃ based on your hair type; thick hair 210-230℃, normal hair 190-210℃ and fine hair 170-200℃. It also has a built-in one-hour auto-off function for safety.

Using the Straightening Brush is easy, once it is up to temperature simply brush through your hair as you would when using a regular brush. I tend to part my hair into sections and work from the back of my head to the front as I would with my GHDs. The Straightening Brush works around any knots or tangles and glides easily through hair making straightening easy and quick.

So, how did I find the brush and was it worth the money? Overall my experience using the Straightening Brush has been positive. It is quick and easy to use and certainly helps sort out my unruly hair in the morning.

I have to admit I don’t think that it will be a long-lived product as it feels like it’s made of cheaper materials and I don’t see it lasting very long, however, they make a decent quick and easy alternative to getting out my more flash (presumably) higher quality GHDs which take more time.

I award the Hair Straightening Brush HQT-906 4 out of 5 stars and would recommend them to anyone wanting a quick and easy way to tame their hair, however, I would urge caution when using it in case of malfunction.

Hair Straightening Brush HQT-906

Hair Straightening Brush HQT-906

Hair Straightening Brush HQT-906

Review: The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

I recently discovered the new Drops of Youth range from one of my favourite brands, The Body Shop. The range claims to reduce the signs of ageing including reducing fine lines and leaving skin looking smoother, fresher and healthier.

I picked up two items from the range, the Liquid Peel (review here) and the Bouncy Sleeping Mask, which is described as a refreshing overnight facemask designed to fight the first signs of ageing, leaving the skin feeling softer and smoother in the morning.

The product has an odd texture, it’s a thick gel like liquid which has an odd bouncy feel to it. Although it is certainly a bit strange, I actually quite like it! It reminds me of aqueous cream, which makes sense, as both products act like an emollient with hydrating effects.

The Bouncy Sleeping Mask has been designed to be used by people of all skin types, to smooth and refresh skin as an overnight face mask. Simply apply to cleansed skin every night, gently massage into the skin and leave the product to absorb.

So, how have I found it? I really like the Bouncy Sleeping Mask, it has a really hydrating, cooling effect when first applied and doesn’t leave my face feeling greasy in the morning. You don’t need to use too much, about a pea-sized amount of the gel is enough for my whole face, which means it will last a long time.

I do find that my skin feels better hydrated and nourished after applying the mask, although my face still feels thirsty in the morning, it does feel plumper and softer. I did find that using too much of the mask did leave a bit of a sticky residue, so it’s important that you only use a small amount.

Overall, I have enjoyed using the mask as an addition to my beauty regime and it helps my skin feel enriched and soft. I award the Body Shop drops of youth bouncy sleeping mask 5 out of 5 stars.

The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask

Review: The Body Shop Drops of Youth Liquid Peel

I love trying new skincare products, especially if they are designed to reduce signs of ageing – I’m not as young as I used to be! I have always found products from The Body Shop to be great, so when I spotted the smart new Drops of Youth range I just had to take a look and I picked up the Drops of Youth Liquid Peel.

The Drops of Youth Liquid Peel is a hybrid between an exfoliator and a chemical peel – gently lifting dead skin cells and pollutants from the face for a fresher, brighter complexion. It comes in an easy to use pump 145ml bottle which looks very smart and grown up.

The gel-to-peel product comes in the form of a pleasantly thick gel which is gently massaged into the face for 20-30 seconds until ‘rolls’ of dead skin appear which you then rinse away. It might sound a bit off-putting – seeing your dead skin lifting from the face and sitting in clumps but it’s actually very satisfying to know the product is doing a good job!

I like to try and exfoliate regularly a couple of times a week and have found The Body Shop drops of youth liquid peel as integrated easily into my routine. After use, my skin certainly feels clean, smoother and looks brighter having gotten rid of the old skin cells and dirt which would otherwise make it appear dull.

An added bonus of using the drops of youth liquid peel to remove old skin and dirt is that any products used afterwards, such as moisturiser, are absorbed far more efficiently so you get more bang for your buck!

The Body Shop drops of youth liquid peel has been a great addition to my skincare regime and makes my skin feel fresh and clean with a more youthful glow. I find it fascinating to use and would certainly recommend it to anyone looking to improve their skin. I award it 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to trying more of the Drops of Youth range.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Youth Liquid Peel

Review: The Body Shop Festive Shower Gels

I’m not really one for buying things I don’t really need in the madness that is the New Year sales, however, this year I decided to stock up on one of my favourite bathroom staples from The Body Shop – shower gels.

I was very pleased to discover that the festive scented shower gel range at half price and as I have always found The Body Shop shower products excellent I scooped up one of each of the scents: frosted berries, spiced apple and vanilla chai each in attractive 250ml bottles.

The festive frosted berries shower gel is made with cranberry seed oil from North America which really helps it pack a punch when it comes to the aroma; you’ll be smelling the scent of juicy berries for a long time after use along with floral and praline undertones. The frosted berries shower gel, like the other two, is soap-free and the bold crimson gel creates a decent amount of lather when used with water.

The Christmassy Spiced Apple shower gel has been made with apple fruit extracts from the Alps and leaves the scent of cinnamon baked apples on the skin along with undertones of orange and flowers. It is free from harmful soaps and comes in a vibrant and festive green colour.

The vanilla chai gel is my favourite with a really satisfying blast of Madagascan vanilla, cardamon and star anise which leaves me feeling uplifted as well as clean. Again, this shower gel is soap-free and lathers up nicely.

I have found that the festive shower gels offer a bold and delicious scent which lifts my mood and prepares me for the day ahead. They all leave my skin feeling soft and clean without being dry which is important when you have sensitive skin like mine.

Overall I have really enjoyed using my sale finds; I wish they came in larger bottles! I am happy to award them 5 out of 5 stars.

Body Shop Shower Gels

Review: Lee Stafford Hair Straightener with #giveaway

I have noticed more and more that my hair tends to get a bit frizzy in the colder, windier weather (much to my annoyance) and despite trying to use anti-frizz products nothing really solves the problem other than giving my hair a good old fashioned straighten. Luckily I was recently sent a set of Lee Stafford Hair Straighteners to review to help solve my frizz problem.

The Lee Stafford Hair Straighteners (available on Amazon) are described as the most advanced flat iron hair straighteners on the market, incorporating an ultra-fast heat up system (a mere 10 seconds) and nano silver titanium flat iron plates for ease of use, silky smooth straight hair and quick use.

Key for me is the ionic function which produces negative ions resulting in smooth, frizz-free hair. The straighteners come in an attractive matte black finish, designed with handy grip points for a better grip while styling to prevent painful accidents.

The straighteners boast a variable heat selection which allows you to choose the best temperature for your hair type to avoid damage and ensure the best results, from 80°C to 230°C. A handy guide for choosing the correct temperature is included, I use 170°C for my hair which is medium-thick with the higher temperatures being suited to thicker hair.

Included in the box alongside the straighteners is a heat protection guard which slips over the end of the straighteners and provides protection from the high temperatures for the user, as well as ensuring they remain intact during travel and storage. Also included is a five-year warranty against all mechanical, electrical, and manufacturing defects.

So, how have I found using the Lee Stafford Hair Straighteners? I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised at how easy they have been to use with the flat iron plates skimming through hair easily without snagging. After using the straighteners my hair feels softer and sleeker with a more neat appearance and a lack of frizz! They are certainly very fast to heat up and I like the flexibility of the variable temperatures.

I am happy to award the Lee Stafford Hair Straighteners 5 out of 5 stars and look forward to using them from now on to tame my frizzy mane.

To win your very own Lee Stafford Hair Straighteners enter this giveaway!

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Lee Stafford Hair Straighteners box

Lee Stafford Hair Straighteners


Introducing FolliOne hair growth support

Last year I decided that I wanted longer hair and invested in a few different types of hair extensions to achieve my desired look. Unfortunately at the end of my experimentation when my bonded extensions, where the hair is attached using melted keratin, were removed a lot of my hair came out with the extensions. leaving me feeling considerably self-conscious and wondering if people around me might work out that I had lost a lot of my hair and I was glad that it eventually grew back.

This left me feeling very self-conscious and wondering if people around me might work out that I had lost a lot of my hair and I was glad that it eventually grew back. Looking back now  I am really glad that my problem was of my own making rather than  health problem and I was able to grow my hair back to is normal full volume self after a few months. The experience made me think about the people out there battling hair loss for health reasons, such as alopecia.

Hair loss is a bigger problem than most of us would like to admit, so when I learnt about the range from FolliOne, who produce products to help support and restore healthy hair, I was relly interested in learning how their range can help.

I was sent three of their products to review: Growth Stimulator for WomenShampoo for Hair Growth and Recovery and Liquid Hair Nutrition for Hair Growth all designed to support the body as it heals, leading to improved hair growth and healthier hair.

The Growth Stimulator for Women is recommended for use in early stages of hair loss. Simply apply 1ml twice a day to the scalp for improved quantity and quality of hair as the product stimulates and extends hair growth.

The Shampoo for Hair Growth and Recovery stimulates hair growth and prevents hair loss whilst supporting a healthy scalp, new hair follicles, and the growth of hair cells enhancing the body’s ability to prevent the recurrence of scalp itching, irritation, redness, and flaking. Ingredients include caffeine and methylpropanediol which help transport the active ingredients deeper into the scalp.

As well as direct on-hair products FolliOne also supply supplements for improved hair health such as Liquid Hair Nutrition which includes essential vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and protein to promote normal hair growth. The supplement can be added to smoothies or just consumed on its own, once a day. It’s easy to build into your morning routine!

FolliOne are running a competition at the moment for you to win any two of their hair support products, so if you want to try them for yourself go ahead and enter below!

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Review: Baie Botanique Rose Renew Skincare Range

For the last year or so I have been working hard to keep up a (semi) regular skincare regime to help keep my sensitive and sometimes dry skin looking and feeling good. I love trying out new products in my mission to find the best regime for me so when Baie Botanique offered me the chance to try out their rose renew skincare range I was very happy to give it a go.

The rose renew skincare range is made up of three essential skincare products: a face wash, a serum and a cream/ moisturiser all designed to replenish the skin, protect against free radicals and combat the signs of premature ageing. All three products come beautifully packaged with a luxury feel promoted by the clean white labels, rose coloured highlights and silver details.

Regenerating face wash

The regenerating face wash is an enriched cleansing and hydrating facial wash gel formulated to brighten and revitalise the skin leaving it softened and refreshed. It has a satisfying thick gel texture and a really lovely rose fragrance from its rose geranium essential oil which also has a luxury feel. The gel isn’t a big foamer which I like and is easily massaged into wet skin. Once rinsed off my skin feels clean and nourished from the rose hip oil whereas some other cleansing products leave my skin feeling tight.

Regenerating serum

I have come to realise that a quality serum is a must have in any skincare regime to help nourish and hydrate. The Baie Botanique regenerating serum is a rose enriched anti-aging serum designed to promote cell renewal and regeneration using active botanicals to improve elasticity by sealing in moisture which is perfect for my dry skin. The serum is a lightweight gel which easily glides over skin and is quickly absorbed. It tingles a little on application and has a bit of an astringent feel to it which I expect comes from the rosewater, an ingredient which traps moisture in the upper layers of the epidermis by preventing it from evaporating, and has a pleasant soothing, cooling effect. 

Regenerating face cream

The last step of any good skin regime is the application of a moisturiser. The regenerating face cream is a rose enriched anti-oxidant product designed to plump, hydrate and replenish skin whilst protecting against free radicals and combating the signs of premature ageing. I really like the packaging for this product as it comes with a glamorous looking silver pump action top which looks great and is very practical. The cream is a satisfying thick consistency and like the other products has a fabulous floral fragrance. After application my skin feels plump, hydrated and less irritated which is always a sign of a good moisturiser.

I think that the rose renew skincare range is perfect for an everyday skincare regime with all the important elements present to clean, revitalise and hydrate skin and a touch of luxury which makes the ritual a pleasant one and not a chore! I would love to see the range expand to include an exfoliator and a mask but until then I am loving this range and award it 5 out of 5 stars.

 Baie Botanique Rose Renew Skincare Range