Beauty, Fashion & Grooming

A lot of the posts I’ve seen on this topic today have been more along the ‘beauty comes from within’ line of argument and I feel like I should be going down a more thoughtful, philosophical route, but I’m not going to lie to you – I’m a sucker for beauty and fashion. My last blog was a beauty blog. I check ASOS pretty much daily. Call it shallow if you like, but I love it.

As a big fan of all things beauty, I tend to get caught up in the flashy new product releases, buying things I probably don’t need and which rarely live up to the hype. There is one little pot in my bathroom, however, that I discovered through beauty blogs and wouldn’t ever be without…

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I figured it would be best to spend today’s post talking about products that actually delivered on their promises, and there was really only one thing that stood out in my mind. Good old coconut oil!

Even if you’re not big on beauty, coconut oil is a seriously useful thing to keep in the cupboard. I use it for pretty much everything, from hair masks to lip scrubs. Coupled with a face cloth, it makes light work of make up and leaves your skin super soft. It makes a great moisturiser too – it sinks in nicely and leaves you smelling like a Bounty bar. For extra bonus points, it’s great for sensitive skin – it’s the only thing I can use to shave my legs that doesn’t leave me with an angry, red rash. And did I mention you can cook with it? Not bad for about £7, eh?

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Review: Bee-autiful Honey Skincare

 

Living Nature, Nue and Antipodes - Honey Product Review

If there is one thing you should know about me, it is that I love puns. I’m not proud of it, but I really do. So I’m afraid you’re going to have expect more of the above in this post.

Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask (£21.50) – I think I’m right in assuming that this is the Internet’s favourite face mask, and it honestly deserves to be. I will try not to wax lyrical about it it, but it’s certainly worth the hype. I have had terrible skin lately, either spotty or dry, sometimes both, and this stuff sorts out all of my issues. It also smells so delicious that it is one of the few face masks I have ever considered tasting. The price may sting a little, but it is very much worth it!

Living Nature Manuka Honey Gel (£11.50) – When my skin really refuses to beehive (nope, not sorry), this is my go-to. Unlike blemish treatments I’ve used in the past, this is nourishing, moisturising and actually works! Pop it on in the evening and wake up with calmer skin and none of the dryness you usually get with this type of treatment.  It is a bit of a lifesaver, because we all know what a buzz kill spots can be.

Nuxe Rêve de Miel (£9.50) – Another beauty blog staple and the best night-time lip balm bar none. By the evening, my lips tend to be dry, chapped and sore – not a look I would recommend – and this stuff works as some sort of overnight magic potion to return them to normal by morning. Certainly worth the blogger buzz!

So there you have it – my top three honey products and pretty much every bee pun I could come up with. I hope they’ve not been too unbearable, I was just pollen your legs, folks.

You know what, that may have been one too far…

Review: Balm Balm Relax Body Oil

Balm Balm Relax Body Oil

Until recently, I wouldn’t have said that Balm Balm was a brand which was on my radar. They were just one of those quiet, unassuming brands who got occasional mentions on beauty blogs, but not much more. After trying this oil, I’ve found myself wondering why that is!

As I mentioned in my last post, I am a bit of a worrier, and sometimes that means I struggle to drift off at night. After a recent run of restless nights, I head to Feel Unique in search of something lavendery, and stumbled upon this. At £12.99 it was a little more than I’d usually pay for a body product, but it turns out that it was worth every single penny.

The best word to describe the scent of this oil would have to be ‘comforting’. It’s like being wrapped up in your softest blanket, given a steaming cup of tea and being told that everything is going to be alright. The oil itself is also a dream – it’s seriously moisturising, but not so greasy that you can’t get snuggled up in bed straight after applying it. I’ve also tried using it as a bath oil and it was beautiful!

Has it actually helped me sleep? Well, that’s up for debate, but I’m sure taking five minutes a day to rub it in and inhale the lovely essential oils has certainly helped me find time to relax a bit more, and stress a bit less when my head hits the pillow. The brand’s natural and organic credentials have also got me thinking about going a little greener when it comes to cosmetics. By which I mean placing another cheeky order to see how their other products measure up! Any recommendations?