Friday, 18 June 2021

My Elemental Herbology Body & Haircare Favourites

 This post contains gifted items.

I have recently been trying out some beautiful Elemental Herbology haircare and body care products and so I wanted to share some of my favourites with you all.

As I have quite fine hair, I don't use conditioner every single time I wash my hair, and I have found that the Elemental Herbology Shiny Locks Shampoo* (£15.00 for 290ml) works a treat without needing conditioner. This is a gently cleansing and restorative shampoo that strengthens the hair, adds volume and leaves the hair looking and feeling super smooth and shiny. The formula contains Lavender to help soothe the scalp and promote healthy hair growth, Wheat Proteins to fortify and thicken the hair, whilst also adding volume and shine, and Grapefruit which is rich in Vitamin C to strengthen the hair follicles which can promote hair growth. The Shiny Locks Shampoo smells beautifully fresh and invigorating, which is perfect for on a morning and the bottle has a pump applicator, which I find so convenient whilst in the shower. As this is such a fortifying shampoo, it is great for me personally, particularly at the moment as soon I will be put into a false menopause ready for my fourth endometriosis surgery, which was delayed from July 2020, and I often suffer a lot of hair loss due to the hormones, so I am looking forward to carrying on using this to keep my hair thicker and healthier.

If you have been here a while, you will know how much I love my baths - I find they really help to relax my mind and body, especially if I am having a bad pain day or my anxiety is high. Therefore, I love to incorporate beautiful products into my bath time routine to really amp up my bath game and get a touch of luxury. The Elemental Herbology Lemongrass & Nutmeg Body Wash* (£19.00 for 290ml) contains a blend of natural oils and botanicals to restore both the body and mind. The Body Wash has a delightful, rejuvenating scent to it and you can tell just by smelling it that it contains high quality natural oils. Key ingredients include Lemongrass to clear the mind and restore clarity, Nutmeg to invigorate the skin, helping to awaken the mind and ease tension, and Black Pepper to help recharge and energise the body and mind, increasing focus. It too has a pump dispenser, and this delicious body wash is such a treat to use, keeping the skin nourished, clean and smelling beautiful.

To go with the Body Wash, I love the Elemental Herbology Lemongrass & Nutmeg Body Cream* (£25.00 for 290ml). It contains exactly the same key ingredients as the Body Wash - the Lemongrass, Nutmeg and Black Pepper, so I won't repeat myself by listing the benefits of these ingredients, but the Body Cream smells just as lovely as the Body Wash. This Body Cream also has a pump dispenser, which is super quick and easy to use, and the formula itself is a lightweight, rejuvenating body cream that is infused with those luscious natural oils and botanicals to deeply hydrate the skin, leaving it looking and feeling smooth and revitalised. Even though it is a lightweight formula, it still deeply nourishes the skin and there is no greasy residue left over, nor does it take long to soak into the skin. This is such a wonderful product to use, especially after a day in the sunshine.

Oils are a skin's best friend, and I have really been enjoying using the Elemental Herbology Rejuvenate Bath & Body Oil* (£28.00 for 145ml). This heavenly Bath & Body Oil comes in a glass bottle complete with handy pump dispenser. The formula contains a blend of natural ingredients, including Lemongrass to help clear the mind and restore clarity, Ho Leaf to help to warm and relax the body and Nutmeg to invigorate the skin, helping to awaken the mind and ease tension. Sometimes I will pop a little in my bath to help relieve tension and to aid relaxation or if my skin is particularly dry, I like to apply it straight onto my body. Even though this is an oil, it melts into the skin really easily and doesn't leave behind a greasy residue, but does leave my skin feeling as good as new and wonderfully nourished.

You can find Elemental Herbology online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Thursday, 17 June 2021

The Best Summer Glow With That'so Sun Makeup

 This post contains gifted items.

If you are looking to really amp up your tan this Summer, then That'so Sun Makeup is the brand you simply must try out! The That'so Glowy Gold* (£34.00 for 100ml) is a luxury shimmering oil that is infused with Hemp and Rice Oil to give you the most stunning glow all day long, and way into the night. The formula is vegan and has a delicate fruity scent to it that is not at all overpowering. As it contains Hemp and Rice Oil, it nourishes the skin with omega goodness, so your skin looks and feels super soft and smooth. You can wear it without a tan of course, but this golden shimmer really steps up your tan game, making the most of those golden tones. Whether you have a natural or false tan, you can apply this shimmer all over the body. The Glowy Gold Oil has a golden pump applicator, so you can control the amount of product you are using, which is a lot less messy than if it didn't have a pump dispenser. The formula is lightweight and a little goes a long way, so I would recommend applying a small amount first, and then massaging it into the skin, and then applying a little more. Even though this is an oil, it doesn't feel greasy on the skin, nor does it leave behind a greasy residue. I love that the Glowy Gold adds shimmer to the skin but also moisturises and nourishes the skin as after a day spent in the sunshine, our skin really needs that moisture!

Sticking with how much our skin needs moisture, one thing we often forget to apply before going out in the sunshine is a lip balm which has SPF in it. The That'so All In One SPF 15 Lip Butter* (£9.99) is a must-have this Summer! It is a clear lip balm that soothes, softens and offers broad spectrum protection against UV protection. The formula contains Shea Butter and Almond Oil to protect and moisturiser the lips. Due to heat and air conditioning, my lips get super dry in Summer, but this really helps to protect them from the sunshine, so no wrinkles here, and also keep them looking their best. You can of course use this on its own, or underneath your favourite lip colour, to keep the lips cared for and protected throughout the day and night.

You can find That'so Sun Makeup online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

The Best Summer Fragrances

 This post contains gifted items.

Now that Summer is in full swing (yes, I am ignoring the fact it has given rain for the next week), I wanted to showcase some of my favourite Summer scents. Whether this be perfume, body lotion or body sprays.

First up, we have the Estee Lauder Beautiful Magnolia Eau de Parfum* (50ml for £72.00), which I first tried back in March as it really caught my interest. This is a floral fragrance, and the freshness and creaminess of this scent make it perfect for Spring and Summer. Beautiful Magnolia contains top notes of Magnolia Petals, Mate and Water Lotus, heart notes of Magnolia Oil, Solar Gardenia and Turkish Rose and base notes of Cedarwood, Sandalwood and Illumina Musk, ensuring the fragrance isn't overly floral and has some depth to it. The fragrance comes in a pretty, feminine bottle and I think this is such a lovely scent for everyday wear.

As our skin gets dry due to the sunshine in the warmer months, the Yardley Freesia & Bergamot Moisturising Body Mist* (£4.50 for 200ml) is an excellent option. This is a refreshing, light citrus floral fragrance with energising top notes of Bergamot, Lemon, Mandarin and Cypress, with a heart of Freesia, Lily of the Valley, Ginger and Pepper and a sensual base of Sandalwood, Musk and Amber. The formula contains Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Glycerin and Vitamin E to keep the skin soft and moisturised as well as leaving it smelling beautiful and is long-lasting, quick-drying and non-staining.

If you are looking for a fragrance to take you from day to evening, then I would highly recommend the Jean Paul Gaultier La Belle Eau de Parfum* (£97.00 for 100ml). The bottle itself is absolutely stunning and is something you would definitely want to display, with a collar of gold roses and a beautiful deep red ombre design. This fragrance is the result of the fusion of addictive Vanilla Pod, fresh Bergamot and beautiful Pear. It is an empowering fragrance without being too overbearing, which is why I think it is perfect for both day and night and as it is an eau de parfum, rather than an eau de toilette, a little goes a long way and this fragrance lasts long into the night. Super sexy!

The MOR Marshmallow Body Cream* (£23.00 for 250ml) comes in the prettiest floral packaging! This is a silky, whipped body cream that has been formulated for intense absorption, with emollient to soothe and protect dry skin, which is perfect for after a day in the sun. The Marshmallow fragrance combines Vanilla Musk, Jasmine Flower, Sugar dipped Rose Petals, White Carnation and Cotton Candy to give the softest, sweetest, delicate scent and I am obsessed! This is a real girly scent and the body cream itself is so nourishing and rich but doesn't take ages to dry, so I like to apply it on an evening after a bath so that I wake up to super soft, smooth skin.

On a Summer's evening, I really enjoy wearing a more spicier, oriental scent and the Paco Rabanne Lady Million Fabulous Eau de Parfum* (£87.50 for 80ml) is THE one! I am literally obsessed! Lady Million Fabulous comes dressed in all the gold and black glitter and is an oriental floral fragrance, which was created to incarnate the hypnotic thrill of music and the rushing joy of dance. Super cool! The scent contains vibrant Pink Pepper, fresh Mandarin, Jasmine, Ylang-Ylang, creamy Tuberose (Tuberose is my all time favourite fragrance note!), elegant Moss, Tonka Bean and Rich Vanilla to create a long-lasting fragrance that provides sparkling white florals that clash with a deeply seductive base. 

If romance is your thing, you will love the Estee Lauder Beautiful Belle Eau de Parfum* (£72.00 for 50ml). It comes in the same elegant glass bottle as Beautiful Magnolia, and contains top notes of Lychee, Rose Petals and Mimosa, with a heart of Orange Flower, Gardenia and Tuberose (yes, again, my absolute favourite as it adds real depth to the scent), and base notes of Orris Root, Blush Suede Accord, Marzipan Musk and Ambrox. Beautiful Belle is a rich, sensual yet romantic fragrance that is beautiful to wear both day and night, and once again, as it is an Eau de Parfum, a little goes a long way, so just a couple of spritzes of this beautiful scent will last throughout the day.

I picked up the Sol De Janeiro Coco Cabana Body Fragrance Mist (£18.00 for 90ml) in the Harrods Beauty Hall in Milton Keynes as I am obsessed with their fragrances - they just scream summer to me! The Sol De Janeiro Body Fragrance Mist comes in cool mint green and white packaging and features a Coconut Cream top note, a rich warm Vanilla and tropical Orchid heart and woody notes of Sandalwood and nutty Toasted Praline for the base notes. it is a very refreshing mist and for me, the epitome of Summer. It is on the pricier side for a body mist, but the fragrance just wins me over.

If you love something floral, the Yardley Flowerful Collection Decadent Mimosa Eau de Toilette* (£15.00 for 50ml) is a beautiful option. It comes in a beautiful bright floral box and is a perfume inspired by bountiful, beautiful and blossoming floral bouquets. Decadent Mimosa opens with spicy fruit notes of Mandarin, Pear and Pink Pepper and this indulgent green floral fragrance leads to a beautiful sunny heart of fresh, sweet and bright Mimosa Flowers, combining powdery Violet, Iris and Lily of the Valley, resting on a sensual base of Sandalwood, Vanilla and Musk. It is a wonderful Summer day scent.

As I mentioned, I have a love of anything coconut scented, not just in Summer but all year round. The Lavera Exotic Organic Coconut & Organic Vanilla Body Lotion* (£8.95 for 200ml) is a light way to get that coconut scent whilst also keeping the body hydrated. This Body Lotion has a sweet warm aroma of organic Vanilla which soothes and calms the skin together with velvety organic Coconut, rich in essential fatty acids to help the skin maintain elasticity and suppleness. It has a light formula which quickly melts into the skin without leaving a greasy residue behind, and so is great for soothing dry skin.

Ending on another winner, is the Jean Paul Gaultier So Scandal! Eau de Parfum* (£79.99 for 80ml), which as in keeping with Jean Paul Gaultier fragrances, keeps in a beautiful velveteen tin, and the bottle has some fancy gold legs popping out of the top. So Scandal! is a fragrance that adds class and a beautiful depth of scent without being overpowering, so you could of course wear it both day and night. This intoxicating scent contains a burst of Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Tuberose (yay!) which strike the senses with a sensual elegance. The addiction of its milky notes intoxicatingly envelopes them with an addictive floral sillage. So Scandal! is one of those fragrances that people will notice as your signature scent, so be prepared to be asked which fragrance you are wearing!

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx