Thursday, 20 August 2015

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum - Review*

Balance your congested skin!

A skin saviour for those moments when your skin shows signs of an unwelcome blemish or breakout. Whether you need to soothe and calm skin breakouts or restore the skin's natural balance, Balance Me has taken high grade pure aromatherapy blend of Roman chamomile, anti-bacterial may chang, calming lavender and eucalyptus and suspended it in a light, non greasy gel containing organic aloe vera and spruce knot that is super soothing and cooling but does not dry out your complexion.

The second product I decided that I would like to review from this month, was this Balance Me Congested Skin Serum. This little tube has a lot of great ingredients packed into it and is the perfect size for taking away with you when traveling. This product is suggested that it can be used both day and night, but I've found this spot treatment is best used during in the evening than during the day. The main reason for this is that I personally think the product has quite a strong medicinal smell to it, this makes me prefer using it during the evening before I go to sleep. To use the product gently smooth a small amount of gel directly onto spots, blemishes or skin prone to breakouts after cleansing. The gel itself has a lovely cooling effect and doesn't leave my skin feeling sticky or dried out after using it. This is a great product to use on your face before you go to sleep if you've had a spot come up during the day and want to help it along its way!

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

100% Natural Konjac Vegetable Fibre Big Buffer Body Sponge - Review*

The softest sponge I've come across! 

The biggest Konjac sponge, the Big Body Buffer with 100% pure Konjac, sloughs off dead skin cells to gently exfoliate the body and give a luxurious all over cleanse. Regular use can help reduce blemishes, ingrown hairs and keep skin smooth and supple. Ergonomically designed with 6 waves, the Big Body Buffer is approximately 15 x 9cm which is perfect for use in the shower or bath. This Konjac Sponge is also perfect for eczema sufferers, sensitive skins, pH balancing, tackling ingrowing hairs and is 100% cruelty-free and certified vegan.

Before use, rinse and fully hydrate your Konjac Sponge with warm water. Squeeze out any excess water, and gently cleanse skin. Massage in a circular motion to gently exfoliate, refresh and condition the skin. It is not necessary to use cleaning products, but a small amount can be added to your Konjac Sponge if desired. If a cleanser is added, the sponge will help the product work harder, and go further.

After use, always rinse your sponge well, and allow to dry in an airy place between uses. Please be careful not to wring it out as this may damage the delicate plant fibres, just squeeze between your flattened hands. You can also pop your clean sponge in the fridge to keep it fresh and cool, which helps keep your Konjac Sponge last even longer. Alternatively, your sponge is happy to be aired on a heated towel rail or from a window hook. When dry it will shrink and harden, this is perfectly natural. Simply allow it to absorb water and rehydrate before using again. Never use the sponge when dry. The better care of the sponge, the longer it will last. And never leave the sponge in the shower or in a pool of water.

The first product I decided that I would like to review from this month, was this wonderful Konjac Big Bugger Body Sponge. I've never used a Konjac sponge before, although I have heard of them and I have always been intrigued by them. Now I've used one I don't think I'll ever be going back to using my regular body exfoliating hand gloves! This is most definitely the most gentle and softest sponge I have ever come across. The sponge itself came dry in its packaging and was very hard, so I was really surprised at how soft it becomes after I had fully wet it. When showering, I made the mistake of using a large scoop of my LUSH Cosmetics Rub Rub Rub shower scrub to used with the sponge. It produced loads of bubbles and it took me ages to wash the product out from the sponge. When I use my sponge again I know now to use just a little bit of a product as it seems to go a very long way. Overall I've really loved using my sponge and a couple sponges that I'm really excited to try out from the range next are the Bamboo Charcoal and the Green Clay facial sponges.

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

Sunday, 16 August 2015

LUSH Cosmetics Let The Good Times Roll Facial Cleanser - Review

Let The Good Times Roll!

This face and body cleanser is a gentle treat for the skin, leaving you soft to the touch with a buttery popcorn fragrance. Maize flour and polenta gently exfoliate, whilst cinnamon powder stimulates and leaves you feeling fresh and revived, with beautifully soft skin. This gentle yet scrubby cleanser will soothe and soften your skin, giving it a natural glow.

This cleanser is the perfect treat for your skin once or twice a week, or maybe even more than that... I love the smell of this product, its main ingredients are maize flour, corn oil and actual popcorn! So this product definitely has a popcorn scent going on. I like to use the cleanser on my face for a lighter facial scrub at the weekends as a little break from using my Ocean Salt Self-Preserving & Alcohol-Free Scrub during the week. I prefer to use the scrub by simply wetting my face in the shower, scooping some of the product onto my fingertips and then gently massaging it into my skin. Or you can do as it says on the tub and take a piece of the cleanser in the palm of your hand, add a little water, mix into a paste and then massage into your skin before rinsing it off with warm water. The product itself is very gentle, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth. After using the scrub it leaves my skin feeling quite moisturised but never oily, which is personally great as I suffer from oily skin. I will definitely be buying this product again when I run out of my first tub!

Don't forget, if you collect five black empty pots you can trade them in for a fresh face mask in any LUSH Cosmetics store!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

LUSH Cosmetics No Drought Dry Shampoo - Review

Say goodbye to greasy hair!

LUSH has created this dry shampoo with oil-absorbing powders with grapefruit and lime oil to refresh your hair without water. This is ideal if you want a quick refresher between washes as it will soak up excess oil to leave a matte, clean look without any dustiness. Massage a little into your scalp and through the hair, then brush out.

I've always loved dry shampoos, I find them great for those days when you haven't got enough time to fully wash your hair. I really like the smell of this product, it's very fresh due to the grapefruit and lime oils it contains. In the past, I've tried a few dry shampoos which have left my brown hair looking a little white, whereas this one doesn't! I find the product to be lightweight and it's great at doing its job, hiding greasy hair. This product is also great for short trips away such as camping or when your hair needs a quick boost when out!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Native Unearthed Natural Crystal Deodorant - Review*

'Choose Native, Choose confidence.'

Native Unearthed’s natural deodorants are made from naturally occurring crystal minerals sourced directly from the earth. To prevent odour, the crystal deodorant harnesses the natural antimicrobial power of Native Unearthed's exclusive crystal minerals to simply and effectively preventing the build of bacteria causing odour. Better still, whilst preventing odour, their natural deodorants don't clog pores like the normal deodorants. Instead, their deodorants still allow your body to continue its normal course of eliminating toxins from the body whilst providing round the clock protection. To use your crystal deodorant stick, simply moisten the tip and apply, or apply to wet underarms.

I kindly received this deodorant to review from Native Unearthed which was organised by The Vegan Lifestyle Association. When I first became vegan I remember trying quite a few crystal deodorants and not having much luck with them. So when I first tried out this deodorant I was pleasantly surprised! Although this product has no scent, it still stops your armpits from smelling. I found myself to be dry throughout the day and I genuinely felt protected throughout the day. The only thing I find tricky with this deodorant is that you have to apply it wet, so for me it's not that easy to use if you're in a rush. Overall I think this deodorant is the best crystal one I've tried so far!

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