Thursday, 21 September 2017

Isla Apothecary Blood Orange + Vanilla Moisturising Sugar Scrub & Lemongrass + Rosemary Renew Foot Scrub - Review*



Hand-crafted in London, Isla Apothecary design, formulate, and hand-blend all their products in small batches for optimum freshness in true apothecary fashion. Only the finest raw and natural, organic and wildcrafted, ethically sourced ingredients are used, which remain pure and unadulterated. Formulated without animal-derived ingredients, parabens, phthalates, synthetic materials, preservatives or aroma chemicals, all ingredients and products are free from animal testing, suitable for vegans and only tested on (willing) human participants.

The sweet, tangy scent of Italian Blood Orange oil is enveloped by the rich, comforting aroma of pure Indian Vanilla for a luxurious body scrub that both buffs the skin to eliminate impurities and retain moisture balance. Organic raw cane sugar polishes the surface of the skin, priming it for anti-oxidant packed essential oils to seep in and tone, cleanse, and seal moisture for the especially parched skin. A deeply conditioning combination of Shea butter, Coconut, Peach kernel, and Vitamin E oils melt into the skin cocooning it with a protective barrier against water loss. No residual greasiness, just glowing skin. 

I love the scent of this Blood Orange and Vanilla Moisturising Sugar Scrub that Isla Apothecary kindly sent me to review for them. It has a nice texture when being rubbed into the skin. I was left feeling a little oily which I don't always like but once I was out of the water it soaked in nicely. The scrub itself washes off easily apart from oiliness. I also found the jar quite hard to use whilst in the shower as I'm a little afraid of dropping it. But another thing I adore is the packaging design and even though I'm afraid of dropping it in the shower, it does look great on my bathroom shelving.

A refreshing blend of Lemongrass and Rosemary oils infused with essential fatty acid-rich oils combine to soften hardened skin and reinvigorate neglected feet. Dry and chapped feet benefit greatly from Baobab and Sweet Almond oils, which is very quickly absorbed by the skin to penetrate moisture at a deep level. The analgesic property of Rosemary oil eases sore and tired feet, whilst the anti-fungal quality of Lemongrass protects and delicately deodorises. Ground Pumice and Epsom salt provide effective exfoliation to help clear away dead skin, paving the way for these oils to feed the parched skin, and initiate the rejuvenation of skin cells. 

Unfortunately, I didn't get on with the Lemongrass and Rosemary Renew Foot Scrub, or it didn't get on with me... I found the scrub to be quite dry and hard to use on my feet due to the large salt grains. Which is a shame as the scent has a lovely refreshing smell of Rosemary which I really like. Again love the style of packaging but afraid to drop it. I reckon this would be really good as a foot soak rather than being used in a shower!


These products were sent to me to review, all views are my own.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Rossi Uvema Intense Cleanse Moisturise & Tone Rhassoul Clay Face Mask - Review*





Rossi’s roots lie in one woman’s frustration with the questionable ingredients in high street skincare brands and her concerns that “natural” doesn’t always mean natural. Extensive research into natural oils and ingredients led to her developing her own set of unique skin care products designed to target particular skin characteristics and needs. We only use 100% natural plant derived ingredients in all of our products. Each ingredient is sourced by us from our trusted suppliers and we ensure that every batch meets our strict quality standards. You will not find any Parabens, Sulphates, Petro- chemicals, PEGs, Phthalates, plastic fillers or other synthetic chemicals which could be harmful to your skin in any of our products.

A pre-mixed mask formulated to bring the intense cleansing qualities of fine Moroccan Rhassoul. No essential oils just the subtle fragrance of natural almond and plum kernel oils. The base of this mask is pure Moroccan Rhassoul Clay, a lava clay found in the Atlas mountains of Morocco.

I was searching through LoveLula.com looking for a new face mask when I came across this Rossi Uvema Clay Mask. It's described to an Intense Cleanse Moisturise & Tone Mask so I thought I'd give it ago. First things first, I love the smell of the mask, it reminds me of marzipan and smells good enough to eat! Now to use the mask all you need to do is simply cleanse the skin and then apply a generous even layer of the mask. It's stated to be left on for about ten to fifteen minutes before washing off, but I find that ten minutes or less just fine as my skin starts to go a little red and blotchy. I do find this mask a little thinner than other clay masks I've tried before and it doesn't fully dry which I'm not used to, but other than that it's a quick and easy mask to use before showering.

• A superior cleanser and skin conditioner • Suitable for all skin types • Will moisturise and tone skin as it purifies • Withdraws toxins and impurities from the skin • Fortified with minerals • 100% natural, pure and unrefined ingredients •


This product was sent to me to review, all views are my own.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Pacifica Nail Polishes in Cinnamon Girl, Crimson Kimono, Totally Coral & Gloss Top & Base Coat - Review*



Pacifica design products to enhance rather than overwhelm; to take you on your own personal journey. Committed to producing the finest quality products, the brand is the expression of a clear philosophy: Don't follow trends, follow your heart and the belief that romance, travel and adventure are all in a day's work! The company is acutely earth-conscious, paying minute attention to formulating the most natural, safe, and sustainable products. 

Pacifica's new 7 Free Nail Polishes are long lasting and void of many chemicals that you would find in traditional nail polish. Amazing vibrant colours that go on smooth and stay put. Plus they've added a custom wide 100% vegan brush for easier application. All 7 FREE Nail Polishes are formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animal products.

Ever since Pacifica came out with their new nail polishes I've been wanting to try them. So I'm glad that I've finally got around to reviewing them for LoveLula.com. Cinnamon Girl and Crimson Kimono are both very very similar. When I received them I thought they were the same shade until I looked at their names! When on you can just about tell the difference between the both of them. I'd describe Cinnamon Girl as a deep red whereas Crimson Kimono is more of a pinky red. I love both colours, but to me, they look nothing like they do online so just be aware of that. I also chose the cute looking shade Totally Coral to review. I find this to be a fun Summery mix between different coral and pinks, I love it. I also went for the simple but essential Gloss Top & Base Coat. It's great, super shiny doesn't chip and helps your nail colour last much longer than usual. All the nail polishes are very easy to apply and I love the custom wide brush which helps with application. 


These products were sent to me to review, all views are my own.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

PHB Ethical Beauty Anti-aging Moisturiser with Monoï Oil and Gardenia - Review*




Handmade in the UK PHB's products are free from quite a lot of things which include, no animal ingredients, Parabens, SLS, DEA, TEA, Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol, Ethanol), Phenoxyethanol, artificial perfumes/fragrance, Petrochemicals, Methylisothiazolinone, Phthalates, Colourants, Silicone, Mineral oils and Propylene Glycol. PHB's products are also organic, vegan and Halal.

PHB’s Anti-aging moisturiser is based on an ancient Polynesian formula where Gardenia Flowers are handpicked and infused in coconut oil. This exotic active blend nourishes skin with natural antioxidants and vitamins that replenish skin, restore elasticity, improve firmness and regenerate cells for a natural healthy glow. Gardenia flowers have unique properties that encourage collagen synthesis and prevent collagen degradation protecting firmness and elasticity for more supple skin.

With my mid-twenties approaching fast I've recently been looking into finding more and more anti-ageing products. Whilst having a good look through LoveLula.com I came across a face cream by PHB Ethical Beauty. I love a lot of their products so I was excited to give this one a go! I thought I'd try and get into the routine of applying the cream to my face at least once a day. I've been managing to do this right before I go to sleep and I find this better than applying both morning and night. The cream is quite thick and I feel it's too heavy for my oily skin to be using it both day and night. I've also only been using the cream on my targeted areas not all over, such as my fore head and lines around my mouth. I find the product easy to rub in, my skin feels very soft after use and I absolutely love the smell.

• Nourishing formula that absorbs instantly • Gentle skin enhancing formula • Rich in essential vitamins, antioxidants and omegas • Handmade with Monoï de Tahiti oil and Gardenia flowers • Maintains skin elasticity and hydration • Softens and protects • Promotes healthy, radiant skin • Enhances collagen and elastin production for firmer skin •


This product was sent to me to review, all views are my own.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

PHB Ethical Beauty Anti-Ageing Eye Gel with Organic Argan & Rock Rose - Review*





Handmade in the UK PHB Products are free from quite a lot of things, these include no animal ingredients, Parabens, SLS, DEA, TEA, Alcohol (Ethyl Alcohol, Ethanol), Phenoxyethanol, artificial perfumes/fragrance, Petrochemicals, Methylisothiazolinone, Phthalates, Colourants, Silicone, Mineral oils and Propylene Glycol. PHB products are also organic, vegan and Halal.

PHB’s Anti-Aging Eye Gel is made with a blend of vitamin enriched oils and botanical extracts that help eyes maintain a youthful appearance. The skin around eyes is more delicate than anywhere else on the body and needs special care to remain bright, supple and resist the effects of time. PHB has developed a unique delivery system that quickly penetrates the skin to get to the heart of the epidermis allowing the pure botanical extracts to get to work deep within skin where they can truly make a difference. PHB’s Anti-aging eye gel contains a blend of plant and fruit bio-actives including Argan Oil, Seaweed, Rock Rose & Lavender to target signs of ageing, relax muscle tension and ensure proper hydration. These oils also stimulate the healthy production of collagen & elastin to keep skin looking firm and feeling rejuvenated.

I recently run out of my current eye cream, so I was on the hunt for a new one to try. Looking through LoveLula.com, I ended up coming across PHB Ethical Beauty's Anti-Ageing Eye Gel with Organic Argan and Rock Rose. Firstly, I love the packaging for this eye gel. It's a great size for travelling and has a handy pump rather than a squeezy nib. Going on to the product itself, I find the scent of the gel to be very soft and subtle, which is great if you don't like strong scents. I've found that a little goes a long way with this product, so not much needed to get a full coverage. I find the eye gel easy to apply and I love that it instantly sinks into the skin. Overall, I can honestly say that I've found my skin looking visually smoother and the skin under my eyes seems to be glowing more since using PHB's Anti-Ageing Eye Gel.

• Fresh and silky texture that sinks in instantly • Unique delivery system • Targets signs of ageing to refresh & revitalise eyes • Handmade with Organic Argan & Rock Rose • Perfect for reaction prone skin • Highly soothing and skin restoring • Rich in Vitamins and Antioxidants that help prevent signs of ageing • Mild and Gentle •


This product was sent to me to review, all views are my own.