Sunday, 31 August 2014

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Calming Facial Lotion & Gentle Facial Exfoliating Scrub - Review

I won these beauty skincare minis (I am not sure if these are sold in the shops but they would be perfect as travel miniatures) on twitter.

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Daily Calming Facial Lotion 

Palmers say 

A light, fast-absorbing lotion specifically designed for sensitive skin prone to irritations.

A special blend of natural ingredients such as Chamomile and Aloe Vera helps reduce the appearance of redness, calms and soothes sensitive skin while leaving it lightly hydrated without a greasy feel. With continued use skin feels fresh, calm and healthy.

Contains Patented MLE (Multi Lamellar Emulsion) Technology: This special emulsion of plant derived ingredients mimics the structure of skin's own natural moisture. MLE helps in the restoration of the skins' protective barrier, which prevents skin from further drying due to environmental factors.

My thoughts 

This facial moisturiser had a faint scent of cocoa butter and a soft, silky texture. It left my skin feeling comfortable, silky soft and not at all greasy. I really did feel like it was helping reduce redness in my cheeks/face and was perfect for my post holiday skin.

Would I consider buying it? Yes I would.

Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Gentle Exfoliating Scrub

Palmers say

Micro-fine crushed Cocoa Beans polish skin, removing dead skin cells and revealing the new smoother skin beneath. This daily facial scrub will enhance the skin's surface allowing it to better absorb the Daily Calming Facial Lotion and Night Renewal Cream.

Gentle enough to be used 2-3 times a week.

My thoughts 

The scrub had a pleasant cocoa, chocolatey scent. The crushed cocoa beans made a good gentle polish for the skin. I did feel like I got smoother, softer skin using the scrub and it didn't irritate my skin but there was nothing in particular that made it stand out over and above other scrubs on the market.

I would be unlikely to purchase this product as I have other scrubs that I prefer.

Philosphy Living Grace Spray Fragrance EDT - Perfume Sample Saturday

Yesterday's fragrance choice was Philosophy Living Grace. Now I adored Amazing Grace by Philosophy and this was reaffirmed when I wore it again recently (I would happily purchase a bottle) so I was very interested to compare it with Living Grace.

Philosophy say 

living grace spray fragrance was formulated to help center a woman's mood, is deeply sensuous, multi-sensory and truly a heavenly inspiration. living grace is an ethereal, clean fragrance of fresh neroli to create uplifting feelings of vibrancy, soft, clean lily of the valley brings a sense of gratitude and sensuous, warm musk embraces you to the beauty of living in the present moment each day.

My thoughts 

This is a fresher, almost cleaner scent at the outset compared to Amazing Grace with more of a citrus hit. However as it unfolds I find it to be a lot lighter and more delicate than it too, so the scent trail fades faster which for me is disappointing as I really liked it and wished it to linger. It has a powdery quality to it but more like how I imagine a baby to smell after being bathed, if that makes sense. Nice enough but unmemorable.

Philosophy Living Grace 60ml £33

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF20

bareMinerals say 

Our first ever mineral foundation and skincare serum in one. This ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin. Supercharged Lilac Plant Stem Cells and Vitamin C help to reveal brighter, more even-looking skin tone.

To use - 

Shake bottle well 

2 drops for light coverage
4 drops for medium coverage
6 drops for full coverage

My thoughts

For reference I have normal/combination skin.

I didn't get on with the original bareMinerals loose powder foundation at all, I just found it accentuated my pores which wasn't a good look on me. The pressed powder foundation was better and although my sister loves it, again I wasn't convinced it was right for me. I much prefer liquid foundations on my skin personally and so I was rather curious to say the least and of course delighted that bareMinerals have launched a liquid foundation. 

I chose to review shade Bare Linen 03 - which is a neutral light tone. I have to say this is probably the BEST match ever to my natural skin.

I also was sent the brush that bareMinerals recommend to use with the foundation - a round brush with the inside cut out a bit, this is where you drop the foundation into and then buff in circular motions. 

I have been wearing the foundation for almost a week now, I have tried applying it with the brush, applying it with my fingers, wearing it with primer and without.

First of all I want to say straight off, that for me this is a holy grail foundation. I absolutely LOVE it. I love how light it is to wear, how it evens my skintone, conceals the redness on my skin and just makes my skin look utterly flawless. It looks so incredibly natural that it really just looks like my skin is amazing. The area that I love the most is my nose area, it is smooth and wonderful looking. Pores are concealed (although I am using the brilliant Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel).

Overall my skin looks fresh, radiant, clear and beautiful without looking mask like. This really is my skin but better. Skin perfection indeed.

It lasts a good 10 hours without need of a touch up.

I would 100% purchase this foundation.

With regards to the brush, do you need it? No you don't need to but personally I love the finish that it provides.

Below I am wearing bareMinerals bareSkine Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF20 in Bare Linen

bareMinerals Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF20 £26
Perfecting Base Brush £24

Available in 20 shades

*PR Samples

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Wash

Readers of BeautySwot know that I am a lover of all things rose. I know a lot of people say 'oh I don't like rose' but I think that could be because they just imagine those horrid rose scents of cheap soaps that don't really resemble a true rose.. I call them old lady rose..and I agree it is horrid. So when I find a fabulous rose scented product, I have to shout about it.

I have been using the Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Wash for a while now, I wanted to take a picture and write the review earlier but I noticed that the packaging has changed, it looks even more luxurious now so I have included a stock photo so you know what you will get.

Aromatherapy Associates say 

Experience the hydrating and uplifting powers of rose, geranium and camomile to leave your skin gently cleansed and beautifully fragranced.

Key Benefits:

Contains essential oils renowned for their nourishing effects
Softens and hydrates the skin
Suitable for use during pregnancy

Key Ingredients


My thoughts 

The Renewing Rose Body Wash is simply exquisite, bath times are more indulgent and luxurious with this beautiful and delicate scent of rose that has been blended with Sandalwood and Camomile. I was a little worried about using essential oils and suffering irritation but this body wash is gentle and leaves skin wonderfully soft and hydrated and the bathroom smelling gorgeous.

With no SLS or parabens this is a real bathtime gem. 

Aromatherapy Associates Renewing Rose Body Wash 200ml £28

*PR Sample

Ojon Super Sleek Restorative Blowout Protector

Ojon say 

Now turn on the heat - and the secret to a perfectly smooth blowout.

This thermal-activated formula with pure Ojon™ Oil, nature's golden elixir, Azurite, Plant Keratin and a complex of exotic oils helps restore smoothness, high-gloss shine and minimise the halo of frizz and flyaways.

Plus it makes hair feel super soft and manageable so you can style without struggle

My thoughts 

This is a thick cream textured heat protection and prep product. A little goes a long way so although it is pricey it lasts. I find if I apply too much it makes my hair lank the next day but with just the right amount it lasts for 3 days. The results are impressive. I have thick, coarse, highlighted porous hair and this smooths it right down and defrizzes, making styling a lot easier.

Now if only it could magically straighten my hair as well, now that would be my perfect product.

Ojon Super Sleek Restorative Blowout Protector 125ml £23

*PR Sample

Monday, 25 August 2014

Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel Review

Sometimes the products that get me most excited are the unassuming ones, the ones I try that make a real difference to my skin and new Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel is, my dear readers, one such product.

Witch say

Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel is a gentle exfoliating gel that removes dead skin cells and rubs away blackheads easily whilst contracting the pores. Making your skin look fresher and more radiant for the whole day.

Oil free
Dermatologically tested

To use - 

Use the gel on your DRY face with your DRY fingers. Apply an adequate amount on your T-zone and cheeks. Massage the formula for about one minute (avoiding the eye area) until dead skin cells are coming off. Rinse off the remains with water.


Blackhead Clearing Gel is formulated with the following key ingredients:

Witch Hazel Extract – natural astringent with toning and clearing properties.
Quaternary Ammonium Salts to gently exfoliate & remove dead skin cells.
Glycerin to provide hydration and leave your skin feeling soft and soothed.

My thoughts 

I was looking forward to trying this gel as when I returned from holiday, my pores were enlarged and really quite dirty :( I couldn't wait to cover them up with makeup so this was a perfect opportunity to really put this product to the test.

This gel has a pleasant fresh scent which makes it a pleasure to use. The gel rolls and then you rinse it off. From the first use my skin felt softer and smoother. (I follow with a cleanser) I have been using it for more than 2 weeks now and the pores on my nose are cleaner and a lot smaller looking/barely visible. My skin is looking clearer, feels softer and just generally better looking. The exfoliating action is so gentle and yet so effective.

I have been really impressed with this product, especially as it is under £5 and although this was a pr sample I will be repurchasing.

A big thumbs up from me.

Witch Blackhead Clearing Gel 35ml £4.99

*PR Sample

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Pink & Gold Nails - Nails Of The Day

The quickest way to jazz up your nails is with the addition of some gold in some shape or form, I chose a plain polish, I absolutely adore this one - Sandstorm from LOLA. If you only buy one gold polish  make it this. A must have in my opinion.

I added it as an accent on my ring fingers with the beautiful tea rose shade from Yves Rocher that came in this month's glossybox.


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