Winter Skincare Essentials


skincare-dry-dehydrated-skin-origins-pixi-glow-tonic-the-body-shop-kiehls, white company, winter, candleSkincare is something I adore as much as my makeup collection yet I’ve not spoke so much about it on the blog. However with Winter making a strong appearance lately, I thought it was appropriate to share some of the products I’ve been relying on recently to help give my skin the moisture and hydration much needed in the cold weather!

MoisturiserOrigins GinZing and Origins High Potency Night-A-Mins

Moisturiser is obviously a must have at this time of year! However there is a few that have been particularly floating my boat recently! Both from Origins who fyi have amazing moisturisers, for day time, I have been loving their GinZing option as it is incredibly hydrating. Appropriately names ‘Energy boosting’, it essential is a boost of life with its coffee bean formulation. For night, I have been loving their night cream which is again refreshing on the skin without being too heavy.

TonerPixi Glow Tonic

To help ex-foliate my skin to get rid of any dry patches and to also help brighten my skin, I love this cult Pixi product. It is feels refreshing on the skin whilst doing its job of clearing and evening out of the skin.

Eye Cream Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream 

My under eyes can get pretty dry and to combat it, I love this Kiehl’s eye cream. It is incredibly rich and creamy and offers an amazing boost of hydration for under the eyes. I couldn’t be without this, great for those who have dryness!

Facial Mist – The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist

With the heating on full blast, my skin can feel super parched and I just need something to quickly refresh my skin. That is where a good facial mist can come into play! There is so many available on the market but one of my favourites is this budget friendly option from the Body Shop which gives my skin a quick re-boost and spray of hydration!

Lip Balm/OilClarins Lip Oil 

Lip Balm/oil is such a must at this time of year as I always seem to ger dry lips in the Winter time. I am obsessed with the Clarins Lip Oils as they are super hydrating on the lips without being overly sticky!

What are your Winter essentials?

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Latest In Beauty: Origins Mix and Mask Box


origins-skincare-box-beauty-skin-mask-face-latest-in-beauty-british-bloggerWho would’ve thought that I would be once again discussing another beauty box in the same month. Oh yes I have found another great beauty box buy from Latest in Beauty, catch up with the Summer box I reviewed here. This time however, Latest in Beauty have teamed up with Origins who have created a box alongside British Beauty Blogger Jane. As soon as my eyes clapped on to this box, I just knew I had to have it! I love Origins products and just recently I have been trying some bits out so of course to see I could try some more out was very exciting!

origins-mix-mask-face-skin-skincare-latest-beauty-box-british-beauty-blogger-janeLike the Summer Edit box, this one also retails for £20 plus has free shipping which again is such an incredible bargain. I do hate to be that person however and say that the box is now sadly sold out! It really is such a great buy and it is no surprise really that it has sold out however Origins themselves are really great at doing little gift sets to let you try out different products. The box is centred around different types of face masks to suit different needs with some of Origins’ most popular and best selling products included.

However starting with the non face mask product first, their popular VitaZing SPF15 moisturiser is included in full size form. Origins have really impressed me with their moisturisers and this is definitely one of them. I had heard a lot about this one but I hadn’t really bothered too much about trying it. The feels super firming and moisturising on the skin but also leaves a beautiful radiant finish, I am loving this one so far!

origins-skincare-face-masks-moisturiser-products-beauty-skin-latest-boxOn to the more mask-y related products, firstly is an exciting new concept from Origins; the Maskimizer Mask Primer. Essentially you spray this before applying a face mask and it ensures you get the best out of your mask. It is a rather gimmicky concept but is rather intriguing, I have used it once but I am looking forward to trying it out more, it may be a tricky one to test though! Speaking of new releases, the box also includes their latest face mask By All Greens which is a foaming cleansing mask. It is quite different from other masks I’m used to but I quite liked it from first use so this is definitely one I am excited about! Alongside the newbies, there is also two 30ml sized tubes of the classic Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask and also the newer Original Skin Rose Clay mask which I am very excited to try! Another new addition to the Origins range is the GinZing peel off mask which joins the very popular GinZing range, another product that I am very excited to try! I mean c’mon it’s copper coloured! Lastly, is the nice addition of three travel friendly sized pods of the Clear Improvement, Out of Trouble and Drink Up 10 minute mask. Overall a great box of goodies!

What is your favourite Origins product?

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Discovering Maple Holistics


Maple HollisticsA couple of months ago I was approached by a brand named Maple Holistics, a US based natural beauty company about trying some of their products. With an impressive range of natural hair care and skincare products I was more than happy to try out a few products. I got my hands on a shampoo and conditioner as well as a face mask that I will give you the low down on.

Firstly, haircare. I got to try out the Argan Oil Shampoo* and the Silk 18 Conditioner*. One thing that I was really impressed by was the natural ingredients in these products. As I regularly get Keratin treatments i.e. Brazilian Blow-dry, I have to use hair products that are Sulphate/Sodium Free as these ingredients can strip the keratin out of your hair. You may be surprised but it is actually quite difficult to get a hold of such hair care products as most products use these ingredients so I never really have much choice when it comes to hair. Argan Oil works wonders for my hair and an ingredient I’ve been a fan of for a while now. With dry thick hair it really smooths down my hair and makes it more manageable so the addition of this to the shampoo is definitely a bonus. I always find that many sulphate free shampoos are not the greatest to work with, they usually don’t lather well although I was really surprised to find how well this lathered up on my hair. The conditioner again has a great ingredient list with 18 different silk acids which helps nourish and add moisture to the hair. The conditioner also has a slight vanilla scent to it and leaves my hair feeling healthy. The combination of the two have made my hair feel super smooth and soft. Two products I am really enjoying using at the moment.

The other product I received came from their skincare range, namely their Ancient Clay Facial Mask*. Probably the most unusual face mask I’ve ever used. The clay based mask comes in a tub pictured above basically like loose powder. To use the product, you have to mix the clay with water to create a paste and then apply to the skin. The actual creation of the mask by mixing it with water was a bit off-putting for me. I found forming the paste quite a messy task and it left me with a bit of cleaning up to do after which isn’t really what I am looking for when wanting to relax with a face mask. The good thing is though that you can tell that the clay will last a long while since you only need one scoop to create the paste. Also, when you apply the mask to the skin it feels really smooth and comfortable on the skin whilst still giving it a deep cleanse. As I obviously rely on a lot of other skincare products it can be tricky to tell what it’s doing for your skin but lately my skin has been glowing and feeling super fresh. By overlooking the messiness of creating the mask, it does perform lovely on the skin.

Thanks again to Maple Holistics for letting me try out their products, you can check out their website here. It is great to see a brand working ever so closely with bloggers so another thumbs up to them for their blogger connections which is sponsored by Edumuch.com

*pr samples

Have you tried Maple Holistics? 

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