Thursday, 23 February 2017

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lipsticks

Fans of Burt’s Bees will be thrilled to hear that they have launched a 100% natural lipstick collection!

Comprising of 18 gorgeous shades, these full coverage lippies are made with 100% naturally moisturising ingredients to help soften and condition your lips leaving them kissably soft all day long.

Housed in 100% recyclable packaging, these gorgeous lipsticks contain beeswax,  raspberry seed oil (which contains vitamin E) to improve skin elasticity and Moringa oil which is packed with antioxidants as well as being a skin purifier.

Boasting 8 hours worth of moisturisation AND full coverage, I couldn’t wait to give them a try.

The range of shades are just stunning, from pinks and corals, to nudes, reds and berries.

Applying the lipstick is just sheer heaven. The formula is really soft and creamy allowing for easy application and while they do offer full coverage, you can opt to build the colour.

Paler shades such as Tulip Tide which Holly Willoughby recently rocked at The NTA awards can be slightly harder to apply in terms of getting an even look but once you’ve built the colour it looks fab and feels wonderful on your lips.

I cannot stand lipsticks that within 5 minutes leave your lips screaming out for moisture and these lippies do a brilliant job of leaving your lips feeling soft and nourished.

Top: Lily Lake,  Middle: Tulip Tide, Bottom: Blush Basin

I love their really soft, pleasant scent as well which despite being barely detectable is a sweet and comforting aroma.

They offer a delicate sheen and soft, satin finish which gives the illusion of fuller lips and they are so comfortable to wear I’d almost liken them to a tinted balm were it not for their powerful, pigmented colours.

All 18 wearable shades of the new Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lipsticks are available now and cost £9.99 each.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Vera Wang Princess of Hearts

Princess of Hearts is the newest fragrance from Vera Wang’s iconic Princess line of fragrances and is in my opinion, the best yet.

Described as a fruity gourmand it is a fantastically juicy, delicious and almost overwhelming sweet scent which appeals to every aspect of my personality!

The soft, sweet pink hue of the nectar within shimmers through the heart shaped glass bottle which is adorned with lipstick scrawled hearts.

Pretty pink stones decorate the shiny silver crown like little sweets and you’re left holding a bottle that you just know has captured the essence of pure girlyness!

 The fragrance opens with top notes of mouth-watering watermelon, juicy wild strawberry and bergamot while heart notes features fresher, green floral notes of lily of the valley and rich star of jasmine.

Base notes of musk, sweet vanilla cream and aromatic cedarwood combine to create a warm, enticing and sweet experience which I can’t get enough of.

While it does contain a few floral notes if I’m honest I wouldn’t have even been able to tell that they were there as it is ultimately such a sugary sweet and fruity scent.

It can be a little overwhelming if like me, you tend to douse yourself in perfume but when used sparingly it is wonderful.

If you’re a fan of soft, floral scents this isn’t for you, but if you’re a fan of all things sweet then man is this going to be right up your street!

Vera Wang’s Princess of Hearts EDT is available now and costs £50 for 50ml though its currently on offer at The Perfume Shop for a BARGAINOUS £19.99!

Mandara Spa Oriental Retreat Collection

Oriental Retreat is the sumptuous new collection from Mandara Spa.

This luxurious yet affordable range has been delicately fragranced with cedarwood and sweet orange and features a line-up of six bath and body products which the experience of a spa to your home.

Formulated using exotic ingredients including oriental orchid extract, aloe vera, rose petals, macadamia nut oil and rosehip oil the Oriental Retreat Collection is free from parabens, microbeads, mineral oils, SLES and SLS.

You would never guess that this brand is available from Sainsbury’s or that they are so reasonably priced thanks to their beautiful fragrances and quality products- I’m a big fan!

The Oriental Retreat collection comprises of a Bath Milk (£7), Bath Salts (£8), Shower Gel (£4), Honey Bath (£10), Beauty Oil (£7) and a Body Cream (£7) so whatever your preferred method of bathing, Mandara Spa have got it covered.

I love how elegantly fragranced the range is. It’s the most perfect blend of soft, woody cedarwood and sweet, juicy orange and it’s a little bit addictive!

My go-to trio are the shower gel thanks to its soft, frothy bubbles, the body cream because of its light yet nourishing properties and the beauty oil thanks to its multi-purpose abilities.

I like to add the oil to my bath but it can also be used as a moisturiser, massage oil and can even be applied to your hair prior to shampooing for an intensive treatment.

It is a really special collection that is softly aromatic without being overpowering and I thoroughly enjoy using it.

The Mandara Spa Oriental Retreat Collection is available now from Sainsburys.
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