Thursday, 20 August 2015

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum - Review*

Balance Me is an award-winning range of natural luxurious, yet affordable, skin, hair & body care made in the UK. Many of their products are fully vegan however they do use beeswax, honey and lanolin in some of their products. For further detail please look at the ingredient list on each product page or email Balance me at Balance Me has been committed to the promise that their products are not tested on animals and do not distribute to countries where testing is obligatory. They also avoid ingredients that are tested on animals and do not use any third parties to do any form of animal testing on our behalf either on ingredients or on finished products.

The Balance Me Congested Skin Serum is an 'on the spot' soothing gel designed to diminish blemishes and calm inflammation. Spruce Knot purifies the skin and helps to balance oil production, whilst Kanuka Oil works as a powerful anti-microbial and anti-bacterial ingredient to clear congestion. Eucalyptus calms redness and inflammation without causing dryness or irritation. Can be used as an on-the-spot treatment or on a larger area of congestion.

The second product I decided that I would like to review from MyPure this month, was the 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 travelling. This product is suggested that it can be used both day and night, but I've found this spot treatment is best used 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.

*This article originally appeared on Aedition.

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

The original and best Konjac Sponges with the purest Konjac and mineral-rich extracts. Deeply cleanse, exfoliate and detoxify skin for a radiant complexion. Gentle enough for sensitive skins and babies, our pure Konjac Sponges are the ultimate in natural, effective skin care. The Konjac Potato or Konnyaku is a perennial plant native to Asia and can be found growing wild at very high altitudes. A totally natural food source, Konjac is 97% water, rich in mineral goodness and low in calories. Naturally alkaline, Konjac is pH neutral which leaves skin perfectly balanced. Pure Konjac is free from chemicals, colouring, additives and irritants. 100% biodegradable and fully sustainable, this moisture-rich plant fibre is mixed and handmade into our sponges with natural water filtered through volcanic rock.

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, our Big Body Buffer is approximately 15 x 9cm, perfect for use in the shower or bath. Just add water for the ultimate in natural skin care.

I decided that I would like to review this Konjac Big Buffer Body Sponge from MyPure this month. 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 now know 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 Fresh Cleanser - Review

LUSH Cosmetics are highly against animal testing and use only ethical ingredients. All of their products are handmade and are 100% vegetarian-friendly, not all are vegan-friendly, so make sure you look out for the Vegan Society Approved stamp!

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 once a week treat for your skin. Firstly, I love the smell of this product, it contains 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 for 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. You can also 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.

Collect five clean empty black pots and 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

LUSH Cosmetics are highly against animal testing and use only ethical ingredients. All of their products are handmade and are 100% vegetarian-friendly, not all are vegan-friendly, so make sure you look out for the Vegan Society Approved stamp!

Dry shampoo with oil-absorbing powders, grapefruit and lime 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. The bottle also lasts ages so it's definitely worth your money!