Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant review
Autumn is my favourite season. There’s a chill in the area, the landscape looks beautiful and Halloween is quickly approaching. Sadly, my skin isn’t such a fan. The changing weather dries out my skin, leaving it tight, dull and sometimes sore. 
I usually use Bioderma Sensibio Micelle Solution to take off my make up, Eau Roma toner from Lush and Elizabeth Arden Ceramide capsules to moisturise. Although my skincare regime isn’t terrible, I’m still always on the look out for a wonder product that will help keep my skin smooth, moisturised and wrinkle free (aren’t we all!?).
I’ve dipped in and out of using Dermalogica products over the years after discovering the brand during my beauty therapy days at college. I’ve always thought the product quality was great but pretty expensive. It’s not always financially feasible to spend £45 on a face wash, so when I found Dermalogica products with savings of up to 15% on Pure Beauty, I was a little bit excited. 
Based just outside Lichfield, Pure Beauty is a well know beauty salon who have ventured into the world of online shopping and specialise in luxury skin care products, including Dermalogica and Decleor. 
They kindly sent me the Daily Microfoliant to try out, which is Dermalogica’s number one exfoliant. I think this is the most gentle exfoiliants I’ve ever used. It’s rice based so is gentle and suitable for even sensitive skin. It’s made without artificial fragrances and colours so there’s no nasty extras to irritate your skin. 
A lightweight powder which isn’t too dissimilar to baking soda, the exfoiliant is mixed with water to create a creamy, soft lather which you use to cleanse your face. I rub it in a circular motion, avoiding my eyes before rinsing with clean warm water. Surprisingly, you can’t feel any of the exfoilating particles at all, but it helps remove dead skin, leaving your face smooth and brighter.
I actually really like the exfoilant although I don’t really like the consistency. I’d prefer an ‘already made up product’ either a foam or gell and struggle a little with the amount of product to use and definitely think I’m using too much of the product each time. 
Since I started to include the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant in my daily skincare regime, I’ve had no further skin break outs. My skin is soft and smooth and has no dry patches at all. All I need now is something to help banish the dark circles under my eyes. I wonder if Pure Beauty can help?
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Summer favourites from Yves Rocher

I remember seeing Yves Rocher brochures around the house when I was younger and beautiful products arriving for my Mam. 

Fast forward 20 years or so and the brand is still going strong. Yves Rocher is France’s no. 1 selling make-up and skincare brand and is sold in 88 countries across the world.

Yves Rocher have unveiled a great new summer range recently and I’ve been trying out some of the products. 

Low Shampoo – Delicate Cleansing Cream – £6.90 – currently on offer at £3.45

Described as a delicate cleansing cream for the hair, it’s sulfate and silicon free and is none foaming. It contains organically farmed hawthorn to protect your hair and contains no colourants or parabens. The packaging is simple and quite girly, though does look a little like moisturiser, and I’ll admit I did check the Yves Rocher website to make sure I was using it correctly.

I wasn’t too sure what to expect if I’m honest. I’ve never used a shampoo that doesn’t create any kind of lather. Prior to use I convinced myself I wouldn’t like it and that it’d make my hair greasy.

Like traditional shampoo, you wet your hair and apply it to the full head, starting at the roots. The consistency is more like a cream and I did find myself using quite a lot to coat my hair. It didn’t have much of an effect on my hair during washing, but rinsed out easily and left my hair feel smooth with no tangles. Surprisingly after my hair was dried it felt really clean and soft. It wasn’t greasy in the slightest and left my hair feeling softer than my usual shampoo does. There’s the added bonus of the delicate scent which reminds me of a country lane on a summer day.

Rinsing Vinegar – RRP £11.30 – currently on offer at £5.65

I had no idea what rinsing vinegar was, but after a little research I’ve found it’s used to eliminate limescale and mineral build up on the hair. Again, the product is silicone, paraben and sulphate free and is made with 98% natural products. 

The smell from the rinsing vinegar is absolutely delicious. A fresh and fruity, mildly addictive raspberry smell that leaves the hair smelling good enough to eat.

I really quite like the rinsing vinegar. It leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth, even without using conditioner. I’d found it a great addition to my hair care regime. 

My only issue is the packaging. I don’t think it’s very suitable for bathroom use. The little is quite fiddly and hard work when you’re in the shower with wet hands. I struggled to get the correct amount out without spilling it all over my shoulders and down my back. I’d be happy to pay £5.65 for the product while it’s on offer but I do think £11.30 is quite expensive, considering the bottle only contains 150ml and I’ve found I use quite a lot during each hair wash. 

Monoi de Tahiti Lagoon Hair and Body Wash – £3.20 – currently on offer at £1.95

A bright and breezy 2 in 1 body wash and shampoo which is the perfect size for your gym or swim bag. The scent is fab, it’s a cross between a beach holiday and bubblegum. It has a great tropical, summer vibe and I really like it. Even after the shower is over the smell lingers in the bathroom and smells amazing. I’d love a candle or wax melt with the same scent.

It contains organic aloe vera gel and Yves Rocher state it’s great for removing the last trace of sun cream and sand from your skin.

Monoi de Tahiti Precious dry oil – £14.90currently on offer at £8.50

This is my favourite product out of the four I tried. It’s a light weight, none greasy body oil with shimmering gold pigments. It can be used as a tan enhancer or to moisturise dry skin. The bottle is made of glass and has a luxurious feel to it. It looks high end and is an elegant addition to my dressing table.

I’ve been using this on my legs and decolletage to make me feel summery and add a hit of colour to my pasty white skin. It gives a subtle shimmer and makes my skin look and feel super smooth and soft. There’s no stickiness or greasiness and its paraben and mineral oil free.

The only negative thing about the oil is the bottle. I’d much prefer a spritz type dispenser, so I could spray it where required, rather than repeatedly tipping up the bottle, trying to get enough onto my hand.

Overall I’m impressed with the products from Yves Rocher. They’re all reasonably priced, work well and smell fantastic.

If you’re looking for some new summer favourites, check out Yves Rocher, where all of the products above are currently half price!

*I was sent the products for review purposes. Opinions are my own*


Bee Good review and giveaway

My skincare routine isn’t great, even more so now I’m back to working full time. At the end of a busy day, when I’m finally ready for bed the last thing I want to do is a sit for half an hour conducting a length and boring routine. That’s where Bee Good’s Honey and Wild Mint 3 in 1 cleansing water comes in. A make up bag essential that removes everyday make up and impurities, simply and easily. It leaves your skin cleansed, toned and revitalised and you don’t even need to use any water. 

Bee Good’s Honey and Wild Mint 3 in 1 cleansing water is easy to use, you simply need to pour some onto a clean cotton pad and use to cleanse your face. It cuts through make up and daily dirty and leaves your skin feel clean and refreshed.

It’s gentle and causes no stinging or tightening at all. It literally feels like water on my skin. It has a very faint scent which is quite natural, there’s no harsh chemical smell and it’s very pleasant to use.
As it’s so gentle, it’s completely safe to use round the eye area and removes stubborn mascara without any issue. I’ve found it safe to use on my dry skin, and it’s cause no irritation, and my skin has been flare up free since I started using it.

As with other Bee Good products, the cleansing water is jam packed with natural ingredients such as British honey for it’s healing properties and a combination of wild water mint and red algae to brighten and purify the complexion. I’ve really enjoyed using the Bee Good’s Honey and Wild Mint 3 in 1 cleansing water and I’m keen to try out some more of their range, which includes Honey and Propolis 2 in 1 cream cleanser and Honey and Wild Flax daily moisturiser.

Bee Good are a UK based company who create natural skin care products using honey, beeswax and propolis. Bee Good don’t synthetic colours, mineral oil, silicone, or parabens in their product range and their products aren’t tested on animals. You can read more about them on their website here.

The Bee Good Honey and Wild Mint 3-in-1 Cleansing Water is available from Bee Good and costs £10.00 for 100ml container. One of my lucky readers has the chance to win one for themselves. To enter, all you need to do is complete the rafflecopter form below.



Tiresome teeth

What’s the one thing you’d change about yourself if you could? We all have something we’re not happy with. The one constant for me has been the gap in my front teeth.

When I was younger I rather over enthusiastically swung my garden swing out in front of me which unsurprisingly came back and whacked me full force in the mouth. After the excessive amounts of blood had stopped squirting out of my mouth it transpired I had caused some damage to my gums. Basically, when my adult teeth came through, they emerged with a gap between them.

I smile with my mouth closed.

Photos where I’m accidentally open mouthed are binned.

I’ve trained myself to cover my top teeth with my lip while I talk … tricky to say the least!

Whilst my teeth aren’t quite on par with the pictures above, they do make me self conscious. Even my wedding day was stressful, constantly trying to remember to smile without my gap on show and then afterwards trying to convince the photographer to edit my photos so you couldn’t see my gap.

Imperfections are a tiresome business.

I”ve made numerous visits to dentists over the years to try and rectify my gappy issue but have always been told, that without a trip to a Harley Street dentist I have no chance of correcting my teeth.

In the future when we are more financially secure, it’s something I will definitely look into more. I’d like to be able to feel happy and confident with my teeth on shop instead of hiding my my hand when I smile.

What’s the one thing you’d change about yourself if money was no object?


Pure Chimp Super Soap

For me, washing my face with soap is a no no. It dries my skin out, and gives me that awkward, tight feeling, so when I was given the opportunity to try out Pure Chimp Super Soap I wasn’t too sure what to expect.

Pure Chimp are based in Cambridgeshire in the UK after being founded in 2013 They sell a small range of products which are all 100% natural and contain no nasty ingredients. The products are all reasonably priced suitable for Vegans. 

The packaging is quite simple, with the soap arriving wrapped and closed with a simple name and ingredients sticker. The soap can only be ordered in a 100g size, which will cost you a very reasonable £3.95. The packaging and design is very Lush-esque. I’m a big fan of minimal packaging on beauty products – I’d rather pay for the product not what it comes in!

The most obvious thing after unwrapping is the absolutely delicious scent. It makes your mouth water. It has a very warm, vanilla and banana smell, definitely like something you’d eat. 

The soap is 100% natural and contains no nasty additives. The ingredients include Olive, Oil, Shea butter and Coconut Oil, all of which are extremely nourishing and soothing for dry or sensitive skin. 

When mixed with water the soap creates a soft, luxurious lather. It feels quite creamy and is very easy to use on your face. A little goes a long way too. To use, I went my hands before rubbing the bar of soap through my hands three or four times. I find that’s enough to wash my face properly.  

I’ve been using this on a morning and evening for over a week now and I’m quite pleasantly surprised with it. I’ve had no soreness or tightness and my skin feels really soft and hydrated. I’ve used this a few times as a make up remover too, lathering it up, rubbing my make up covered face in circular movements and then rinsing. Considering how cheap it is to buy, I’m impressed with the fact it has more than one use.

Although I’ve been using the soap for over a week, you can hardly tell it’s been used it all. I regularly buy Lush products but find a massive annoyance in the fact once a bar of soap is wet, it never dries out fully and ends up a big soggy mess on the side of my bath, which means it ends up wasted. The Pure Chimp Soap Soap doesn’t! It dries out after use and stays solid which I’m so pleased about.

The only gripe I have with the soap is, if you accidentally get any in your eyes, it really stings!

Overall, other than the eye stinging this is a really good product. I think it’s worth buying for the scent alone (I really can’t express how delicious it is) but if you’re actually looking for a product that does what it claims, this is also one to look out for, 

I have also tried Pure Chimp’s Super Cream, if you’d like to take a read about it.  

*I was sent the product for review purposes. Opinions are my own*