Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Welcome to summer!!

I adore using oil, whether it be for my face or body. With this new product from Roger&Gallet I have struck Gold!

This luxurious, golden honey coloured dry oil has become one of my favourites since I first opened the heavy glass bottle, the first sign of a high end product.The first thing that hits you is the smell of this oil, I was instantly transported to a warm balcony over looking a Mediterranean garden as the sun is setting in the distance.

It is not surprising that the silky oil brings forward this image as it contains notes of Mediterranean mandarin, orange and bitter orange essential oils. It also is packed with the scents of orange blossom, feminine Jasmine and Atlas cedar.There are even more natural oils added to soften and nourish the skin. These include Almond oil, Macadamia oil and Evening primrose among others.

When misting this oil all over my body and massaging it in especially over areas such as knees and elbows, what you notice is that is sinks into the skin leaving velvet like softness. It is fabulous to wear on an evening as it leaves a very subtle sheen on the skin that looks great when wearing dresses.

This amazing oil can also be used as a face mist to nourish the face and you can also spray it in to the hair as almost a leave in conditioner that scents the hair with that holiday smell.

Roger&Gallet have made sure that this product was tested under dermatological supervision before its launch. It is silicon free and non-comedogenic so even dry and sensitive skins can benefit from this golden oil.

Huile Sublime Bois d’orange is available nationwide from selected pharmacies and department stores. It is priced at a reasonable £22 for 100 ml

If you want to find a stockist please call 08000282125



Monday, 28 June 2010

Soap me up!!

I have been a fan of Soap and Glory since I first spotted the fantastic packaging in Boots one day on my way in to the office and it cheered my day right up.
Since then whenever people have asked what I would like for Birthdays and Christmas the answer has been 'Soap me up'. They've not disappointed me so far. Last year every single gift was Soap and Glory... I was in clean heaven!!
My favourite Soap and Glory product is their Body Scrubs. I used to really have a hard time with scrubs as I hated the slick they left in the bath and after an hour of pampering the last thing you want to do is scrub the bath out!
Have no fear!!!! S&G have solved this.

The first scrub I indulged in was Sugar Crush £9 450ml

Sugar Crush™
Oh my goodness, I was in love!
With ingredients including almond oil and zesty lime oil, this scrub will perk you up as well as scrub you up!
The scrubby bits are not harsh but are good enough to feel like it is working. You get the feeling of little grains of sugar and the nice scrubbing bits of Macadamia nut.
My favourite time to use this scrub is before I shave, I use it all over paying attention to my legs and under my arms as it is gentle enough for use even there. I get the closest shave ever and actually find my shave stays smooth for 2 days rather than feeling the usual dullness after one.

This is my all time favourite, never be without scrub.

I then moved on to the famous FLAKE AWAY, I must admit it was an accidental purchase as I thought I had gotten my mitts on THE RIGHTEOUS BUTTER.

Flake Away™
Flake Away £6.50 for 300 ml

The smell of this is so sugary there is no need for candy.
I love the fact that this feels like a pure sugar scrub. It is not as zesty as sugar crush but it is great to use and to get the best of both worlds I alternate them each time I reach for a scrub.
It had a lot of yummy things packed in to the jar some of which include shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder along with sea salt and sugar.

These are both fantastic scrubs and will always feature in my bathroom.
Go on girls get dirty so you can get scrubbing ;-)

Sam x

Liz Earle Skin Goddess !!!

Essentials Try-Me kit

The gorgeous Essentials try me kit, retails at a great price of £21.75.

What's inside?

  • Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser 30ml. Full size 100ml +2 cloths £13.00
  • Instant Boost Skin Tonic 50ml. Full size 200ml £11.50 or £11.75 spray bottle
  • Skin Repair Moisturiser dry 15ml. Full size 50ml £17.25
  • Skin Repair Moisturiser normal 15ml. Full size 50ml £17.25
  • 1 pure muslin cloth. included for free but available £3.50 x2
  • Zip-up kit bag (bag dimensions: 12cm x 16cm x 4cm as a bellow)
    I can't rave about this kit enough!! This kit has totally overhauled my skincare. Never before have I used such a flexible regime.

    Cleanse and polish is divine, a rich non-greasy non-stripping, heavenly cream.
    This cleanser is refreshing with a light exfoliating action because of the muslin cloth, for a morning skin pep-up. On the other hand the fragrance is so relaxing and the action of massaging it on the skin is as fabulous as a relaxing wind down, ready for bed. At any time of the day it leaves my skin perfectly clean but not dry.
    I never used cream cleansers preferring gels, because of this I had to visit a skin therapist for 12 months just to undo the damage I'd caused. I no longer have that issue as this cleanser is the perfect solution - that is if my boyfriend leaves it alone! He loves it for a preshave cleanser, saying that you get a perfect close-shave... but don't fear ladies the clever people at Liz Earle HQ have already come to our rescue with a spiffy men's range that includes their very own cleanse and polish.

    Instant boost skin tonic
    This is another multi-use product. It's available in a twist top bottle or a spray. After cleansing a sweep of this product refreshes the skin even more and makes a perfect canvas for your moisturiser.
    It is also great for this time of year when it is getting hot hot hot! Or indeed for ladies of a certain age. A quick spritz of this over your face instantly cools and refreshes the skin and gets rid of the sticky feeling that comes with heat and day-to-day life. I love to keep it in the fridge for that extra bit of cooling relief.

    Skin Repair Moisturiser
    I have never used such a thick cream that sinks in and leaves skin glowing. As with the whole range the cream smells gorgeous and deserves its place at the high end of skincare.
    Due to medication and various other reasons my skin type can vary between oily/sensitive or verging on the dry side, but I find the normal/combination moisturiser supports my skin and re-balances no matter what the problem.
    I think the dry/sensitive version would be great for the ladies out there who are noticing the little dry lines popping up and dull looking skin.
    I gave this again to my lucky boyfriend who normally hates using moisturiser as he claims he can feel it on the skin. He used it after shaving and for the first time ever I never heard him complain, in fact I caught him reapplying it at night. Again the male version is available for the men in our lives.
    The cream is also available in a lighter version but does the same fabulous job as the others. This would be best for people with really oily skin, maybe teenagers starting out with a skincare routine.
    All versions are excellent and well worth the money - your skin will thank you for it!

    Sun Try-Me kit

    This is the SUN TRY-ME KIT priced at £15.50
    Products included in this kit are
    • New Mineral Sun Cream SPF20 Medium Protection. Full size 150ml £18.50
    • Sun Shade Botanical Aftersun Gel 30ml. Full size 200ml £13.00
    • Instant Boost Skin Tonic Spritzer 30ml. Available full size with or without spray 200ml £11.50-£11.75 respectively
    • Zip-up kit bag (bag dimensions: 12cm x 16cm x 4cm as a bellow)
    I have never been great at using sun cream and that is frowned up on by skin therapists, but I have always found sun creams sticky and leave me feeling dirty and wanting a shower. In steps Liz Earle! Liz's sun cream feels more like a normal body cream and sinks in with a moisturising effect. In the heat wave we have been having lately I am sure this cream has stopped me getting burned, and that is always good . You can dress as soon as it has sunk in , and that does not take long at all. The bottle makes a great addition to any beach bag but it's not all looks ladies! This clever little cream reflects the harmful UVA and UVB rays rather than absorb them. So it protects you from premature ageing as well as sun burn.

    This cooling gel has premium list of natural ingredients including high altitude Lavender to add a soothing property, cucumber to refresh and vitamin E to help counteract the damage done by the sun.
    It feels so cooling as you smooth it on and I found that it moisturises the dry bits and stops and potential flaking. Being vampire pale myself I find that it takes the redness that I get down which is helpful as looking like a lobster is not a attractive look.
    I recommend keeping it in the fridge or a cool box if you are taking it on a trip to the coast.


    As in my review above this tonic is fab as a refresher so fits in to this kit perfectly.
    You can spritz it on the face or the body for a quick blast of freshness and it also keeps you smelling fresh as a daisy.

    This kit would be perfect for holidays or even festivals. I find it small enough to pop it in my every day bag so I always have a hidden secret to keep me protected.

    The chance to try Liz Earle has left me with better looking skin , a converted boyfriend and a summer survival kit.
    I am already wanting more and I have made a wish list including Eye Repair and the face masks and I think I am going to give the Super Skin Concentrate oil a go because I think it will be fabulous for a over night treatment especially when the shock of winter arrives after all this sun .

    My name is Sam and I am a Liz Earle addict!

    All products available at the following web sites

    All photo's are thanks to Liz Earle web site
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