Winter Beauty Essentials From Freshly Cosmetics

The constant change in temperatures during the colder months can really affect our skin and hair, so I love to add a little TLC into my beauty routine. I go from being outdoors in the freezing cold, wrapped up in so many layers, then straight into a warm cosy house with the central heating on and that really does tend to try out certain areas of my body.

I’ve been using 3 products from Freshly Cosmetics to help keep those troublesome areas hydrated and looking healthy during the colder months. Freshly Cosmetics make skin and hair care which are 100% natural, suitable for vegans and they’re even gentle on sensitive skin.

With winter just around the corner I’d like to talk you through the 3 Beauty Essentials that every girl needs to be using during the colder months.

Winter Beauty Essentials From Freshly Cosmetics

A good lip balm has to be one of my winter beauty essentials as during the colder months it’s much easier for your lips to become dry and chapped. I like to use a thick lip balm to help nourish and soften my lips and prefer ones where you don’t have to put your finger into a pot.

The Pink Protection Lip Balm is an extremely moisturising lip balm which contains SPF 7 to protect against sun damage and natural pigments to leave your lips with a very subtle pink tint. It contains natural plant-based butters and oils such as shea butter, almond oil and jojoba oil, which all help to soften and hydrate the lips and help stop them from drying out. It glides on smoothly, absorbs quickly and I love the natural fragrance that has a light fruity smell. It’s small enough to pop in your bag and is an absolute must if you want  smooth, moisturised lips and protection from the sun with a pretty pink tint where ever you are.

The Deep Nourish Lip Balm is designed to nourish, repair and protect dry, chapped lips. It’s packed with super rich plant based butters including shea, cupuacu, murumuru which have been blended with nourishing plant based oils such as passion fruit,  almond, babassu and virgin marula. It’s deeply moisturising and in under a week I really noticed a difference in the condition of my lips, they were soft and smooth and it made applying my lipstick much easier. For one small tube it’s pretty powerful stuff, my lips were craving something nourishing and hydrating and this worked a treat.

Both lip balms are gluten free and suitable for sensitive skin. Each one costs £7 for a 10ml tube from Freshly Cosmetics.

Winter Beauty Essentials From Freshly Cosmetics

During the colder months my hair can become dry and frizzy and a hydrating hair mask is an absolute Winter beauty essential. As with your skin, the constant change from a heated house to the cold temperatures outside will most definitely affect the condition of your hair.

The Nourish Restore Hair Mask is a thick, silicon free, non greasy hair mask. Firstly, I have to say I will be purchasing this in the future and it will most definitely have made it into my top 10 beauty discoveries of 2018. This incredibly nourishing hair mask combines 7 vegetable oils and other natural ingredients to nourish, repair and protect hair fibres. Packed full of goodness, including organic Argan, macadamia, extra virgin chia, rosehip, Karite, almond and avocado oils, all aiming at giving your hair intense hydration.

I colour my hair and use heated appliances which leave it feeling dry and brittle. This nourishing hair mask made my hair feel incredible soft and looking healthy and shiny. Even my hair dresser asked what product I’d been using and complemented me on how good my hair felt. This highly concentrated mask helps to moisturise dry, brittle hair and avoiding damage to your hair’s natural keratin, sealing cuticles and provides protection against external agents. It has the most amazing fragrance and smells like an exotic cocktail.

Nourish Restore hair Mask is suitable for all hair types and cost £16 for a 150ml bottle. A little goes a long way, so this size bottle will last you ages and that’s coming from someone with long hair.

Winter Beauty Essentials From Freshly Cosmetics

It’s so easy to forget about using a body care product during the winter months when we’re all wrapped up warm in thick jumpers and tights, yet it’s equally as important to look after the skin on your body all year round. As I’ve mentioned with the other products, your skin can dry out so easily when you’re going from a warm home or office with the central heating on full and then out into the freezing cold outside.

Using a deeply hydrating product like The Golden Radiance Body Oil will help soften and nourish your skin. The oil has so many benefits thanks to a mix of scrumptious ingredients such as virgin marula, babassu, jojoba, rosehip, hazelnut, macadamia or virgin chia. This 100% natural body oil not only helps to soften and hydrate your skin but it will also help to reduce cellulite and improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Microalgae technology act as powerful antioxidant to help damaged areas, while deeply nourishing the skin. Natural ingredients such as grapefruit, bergamot, orange, mandarin, pineapple, apple, pomegranate, cardamom and sandalwood are not only beneficial for your skin, they also give the oil an amazing exotic fragrance that’s not too overpowering. It’s not greasy and gets absorbed quickly, I’ve been using it before I go to bed at night and I’ve woken up with silky soft skin which feels really hydrated and nourished. It’s great for prepping the skin in-between fake tans, giving you a more even colour. As always, any residue left on my hands I’ll give those a quick massage, concentrating on my cuticles to help keep my hands in great condition.

The Golden Radiance Body Oil costs £23 for a 100ml bottle and is suitable for all skin types.

What are you waiting for? Head over to Freshly Cosmetics to see what other beauty treats they have in stock. Their products are not only fabulous for looking after your hair and skin, they make excellent winter beauty essentials if you’re putting together a pampering hamper as a gift.

What are your winter beauty essentials?

Winter Beauty Essentials From Freshly Cosmetics

*This post contains PR samples

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Kathleen Facial Sonic Cleansing Device And Refreshing Cleansing Lotion

I’ve tried a fair few cleansers in my time and although I love wearing makeup, I also love that feeling of fresh, clean skin at the end of the day. Finding the right products that actually work and suitable for sensitive skin can be a bit tricky, but I’ve narrowed it down to a couple that I truly trust to remove every bit of dirt and makeup.

I first came across Kathleen skincare about a year ago when I was trying out their Amazing White Illuminating Serum and have loved the brand ever since. Kathleen have a range of luxury beauty products which are natural, organic and with no added chemicals. Their products are made in the UK and Kathleen really know what they’re talking about when it comes to skincare

During the last few weeks I’ve been putting the Kathleen Facial Sonic Cleansing Device And the Refreshing and Lightening Cleansing Lotion to the test. Here’s how I got on.

Kathleen Facial Sonic Cleansing Device

Kathleen Facial Sonic Cleansing Device

Kathleen Facial Sonic Cleansing Device is completely different to anything I’ve ever used before and I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this neat little beauty gadget when I held it for the first time. The aim of the device is to give you a much deeper cleanse compared to a mitt or a muslin cloth and I loved the idea of it giving my skin a gentle massage at the same time.

After reading through the instructions and giving it a charge I found it pretty simple to use. On the side of the device there’s an on/off switch and a speed button to allow you to go as intense as you want. You can use it with any cleanser, I chose to use it with the Refreshing and Lightening Cleansing Lotion from Kathleen, simply apply it either straight to your skin or on the silicone brushes on the cleansing device and away you go.

I’ve used  a number of Kathleen products over the last year but this has to be my absolute favourite and has honestly become an essential part of my skincare routine. I cleanse my skin morning and evening, including days when I’m not wearing makeup. Until now I always thought I did a good job of getting in deep enough to remove all the grime. I use the device for a minute or so and love the way my skin feels soft and clean afterwards.

This facial sonic cleansing device uses sonic pulsations combined with an innovative silicone brush design for a gentle deep clean and thankfully it didn’t leave my face all red and blotchy like a cleansing mitt does. My skin looked brighter and felt super clean compared to just using a cleanser on it’s own, the higher speed setting is great for getting right into any problematic areas like the nose or the chin. So if you do suffer from any blemishes this is the perfect cleansing device. I also love that it’s waterproof, so on those nights where I want a full on pamper session I can do my whole beauty routine while having a luxurious soak in the bath. Oh yes, this one is definitely a keeper.

It retails at £49 and comes with a USB charging lead.

Kathleen Refreshing Cleansing Lotion

Kathleen Refreshing and Lightening Cleansing Lotion

Kathleen Refreshing and Lightening Cleansing Lotion contains 6 active botanical ingredients and is designed to lift makeup, dirt, oil and any impurities without leaving the skin dry. The cleanser comes with two muslin face cloths which help to gently remove any dirt and makeup, while giving your skin a gentle exfoliation to remove any dead skin cells for smoother, brighter complexion. The cleanser has a clean, fresh smell, it’s 100% organic and doesn’t contain parabens or sulphate.

I wanted to test this before I tried the cleansing devise so I could give you a proper review, so I began by using the cleanser on dry skin and gently massaging it all over my face using my finger tips. Then after soaking a muslin cloth in luke warm water I used it to remove my makeup and exfoliate my skin. It completely removed all of my days makeup, even those stubborn waterproof products that will not shift. My skin didn’t feel dry compared to many facial washes I’ve used, this cleanser contains rose water, lavender water, lemon, and  avocado oil among other nourishing ingredients, which all help to soften the skin.

I used roughly one to two pumps of product which was more than enough to leave my skin feeling squeaky clean. I love that it comes in a pump action bottle so you don’t end up pouring out too much product in one go. It’s Available in 2 sizes, a 50ml which is great for travelling and 150ml which includes 2 gauze muslin face cloths.

Final Thoughts

Both of these cleansing products are absolutely incredible and are definitely going to be in my daily skincare routine for a long time to come. I loved that my skin didn’t feel dry after using them, they were both incredibly gentle and removed all traces of makeup, dirt and oil.

if you have sensitive skin or maybe looking for organic beauty products then I’d definitely recommend trying out Kathleen. My skin wasn’t in bad condition before I started using their products, however I do have dry, sensitive skin and suffered from red patches. I’ve certainly noticed a difference since using Kathleen Skincare, my complexion looks brighter and my skin feels fresher and much smoother.

I absolutely love the products I’ve used from Kathleen so far, they’re all natural, organic and extremely gentle on your skin. If you do fancy trying something from their range, use the code Sharon20 at the checkout and you’ll save yourself 20% off your total.

Have you tried anything from Kathleen? If not, which skincare product could you not live without?

* This post contains PR samples, all photos and opinions are my own

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Hempz Aromabody Milk And Honey Body Moisturizer

I tend to spend as much time looking after the skin on my body as I do my face, especially now we’re going into the colder months. I switch to something a little richer and more creamy to keep my skin soft and nourished. A body moisturiser that does what it says on the tin and gives me all the feel of Autumn is bound to be a winner. It’s going to be one that I look forward to using every single day.

Hempz Milk And Honey Body Moisturizer is from their new Aromabody range and is aimed towards extremely dry skin. If you’ve not heard of Hempz before, they are a vegan skincare brand and their products are all paraben free and gluten free. They sell everything you need for healthy skin and hair, all the products contain 100% natural hemp seed oil and are rich in vitamins. You will be spoilt for choice from the delicious range of beauty treats which include body washes, moisturisers and lip balms. I first discovered Hempz back in January, I’ll leave the link to my review in case you want to find out what I thought of their body wash and lip balm.

You know I’m going to mention the fragrance first, right? Let me tell you it smells amazing, with a warm comforting feeling as soon as you massage it into your body. Ok, so it doesn’t exactly smell of milk and honey, it reminds me of that home baked smell that wafts through the house just after you’ve made a batch of muffins. I promise you it smells good enough to eat.

It comes in a sturdy 500ml bottle, which is a decent size and will most likely be enough to last you all the way through til the Spring. I’m glad it has a pump as this makes it so much easier to dispense to moisturiser compared to a squeezy bottle. It looks pretty good standing on my bathroom shelf, although I’m seriously thinking of putting it under lock and key to stop other family members from helping themselves.

The moisturiser has a thick creamy texture and is almost like a gel formula. As it’s quite a heavy cream I was expecting it to take ages to be absorbed into my skin and I’d have to wait forever to get dressed. To my surprise it doesn’t sit on the skin and melts in really quickly. Oh boy, this is one of the most nourishing moisturisers I’ve ever used, my skin felt soft, hydrated and velvety smooth after I had applied it. Anyone with dry skin, then this is the one for you, it even helped on the drier areas like my elbows and knees. And like I said, you get a warm comforting feeling from the delicious fragrance the moment you put it on, the smell does linger for a while but it’s a small price to pay for a little indulgence after your morning shower or evening bath routine.

One of the main ingredients is Pure Hemp Seed Oil and is a great source of vitamins, including Vitamin E, and essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and 6. It’s also packed with other key ingredients including Agave Extract, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil. Cocoa butter and Shea Butter, all designed to soften and hydrate your skin. Shea Butter provides heavy moisture and essential nutrients to the skin, helping to protect against free radical damage and daily elements. Plus the antioxidant properties help to nourish your skin and keep it look and feeling it’s best. All this while smelling deliciously yummy.

Other products in the Hempz Aromabody Milk & Honey* range include an Exfoliating Herbal Body Whip, a Herbal Body Wash and a Herbal Hand & Foot Creme.

Have you tried anything from the Hempz range? Do you switch up your skincare depending on the seasons?

*This post includes PR samples

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Summer Skincare Favourites

Every season I get a lot more excited to see what new makeup products have been released than I do skincare, I have a slight weakness for highlighters and lipsticks. As a blogger I feel I should be trying new beauty products more than I do, but when I find something I absolutely love I tend to stick to it and shy away from testing too many skincare items, I know it can’t be good for my skin. However I wanted to talk through some of my current skincare favourites for the summer.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Cleansers

Boots No7 Revitalising Hot Cloth Cleanser – Whatever time of year it is I need a hydrating cleanser to take off my makeup and I’m absolutely loving this one from No7. I’ve repurchased it so many times in the last few years and it’s become my holy grail cleanser. It’s super creamy and doesn’t dry out my skin, yet still removes every scrap of makeup. I also use this to cleanse my skin in the morning, removing it with the damp muslin cloth helps to gently exfoliate my skin, leaving me feeling fresh faced and ready to apply my moisturiser.

Boots No7 Revitalising Micellar Cleansing Water – At the end of the day I like to double cleanse, especially if I’m been into town or on the train to London. This  one is gentle and doesn’t cause me any irritation, I just pump some onto a large cotton pad and sweep it all over my face to remove the top layer of makeup. Even doing this makes me feel slightly fresher.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Moisturisers

Decleor Prolagene Lift and Firm Day Cream – Even during the warmer month I still find my skin needs a rich moisturiser to stop it drying out, especially if I’ve been out in the sun. This one from Decleor is a thick cream yet it feels light and fluffy on my skin and massages in beautifully without leaving it feeling greasy. It’s super nourishing, helps get rid of any dry patches and leaves my skin feeling really hydrated. My complexion looks wonderful and healthy, and feels comfortable all day. If I’m going to be having my photo taken for my blog then I’ll make sure to apply Kathleen Skincare Amazing White Illuminating Serum, I have my full review here if you’d like to know why it’s also one of my skincare essentials.

REN Perfect Canvas Skin Enhancing Serum Primer* – I wasn’t too sure about this serum at first as the website states it gives a matte finish, and normally I’m all about the glow. It’s designed to be applied after using a moisturiser, almost like a makeup primer. I’ve used it mainly down the centre of my face and across my forehead, which is an area that tends to get quite shiny and where my foundation needs to be touched up. I’m not sure how it can be both matte and glowing at the same time, but some how it works. My skin didn’t feel dry and tight, plus my makeup stayed put just that little bit longer. I don’t usually believe a beauty product can completely reduce signs of ageing but believe me ladies, if you have any fine lines or wrinkles then you’ll want to try this product. I have a few around my chin and this almost made them disappear, now I’m not just saying that because I was kindly sent this product, if I genuinely love something then I will be totally honest about it. The serum is full of bio-actives, silicone-free and your skin is smoothed, lifted and naturally filled, making it the perfect base to apply makeup.

Kathleen Skincare Caviar Enriched Eye Cream – I started using this about a month ago, applying in both morning and evening. I’ve been really impressed with how incredibly hydrating it is on the delicate skin around the eyes. For years I suffered with dark circles that even the thickest concealer couldn’t hide. This is better than any eye cream I’ve used before, my eyes look brighter and more awake, the skin feels extremely hydrated and the puffiness has really started to improve. As I’ve gotten older I also worry about fine lines and wrinkles, This eye cream contains 23 natural and marine extracts which specifically help to firm and lift and reduce any signs of ageing.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Weekly Skincare Treats

Decleor Aromessence Neroli Amara Oil –  I love giving my skin an extra treat a few times a week and I find using a facial oil really helps give me a glowy complexion. I’ve been using this one from Decleor and my skin feels extremely soft and genuinely looks as though I’ve been to the beauty salon. This oil also smells incredible and not only are the essential oils beneficial for my skin but they help to relax my mind. Anything that’s left I will massage into my hands and cuticles to give them some extra nourishment too.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask – For a really deep clean I love to apply this face mask when I want my skin to be looking it’s best. It’s extremely gentle on my skin and doesn’t cause any irritation. I usually apply it before getting into the bath so it has time to get to work, afterwards my skin feels extremely soft, hydrated and looks positively glowing.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Beauty Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Handbag essentials

The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist – This has been an absolute life saver during the extreme hot weather recently. A quick spritz of this feels so refreshing and also helps to freshen up my makeup. It also comes in different fragrances if you’re not keen on the smell of rose, personally it’s one of my favourite scents.

Dior Lip Glow –  I’ve been wearing the shade 001 a few times just on it’s own for a natural look, It’s a really pretty, pink colour that changes depending on your own natural lip colour. It tints your lips whilst treating them, leaves them incredibly soft and looking slightly fuller and plumper. This lip balm is also great for priming my lips to stop them drying out when I’m wearing a matte lipstick.

L’Occitane Lavender Hand Cream –  One thing I can’t stand is the feeling of dry skin on my hands, I have a hand cream everywhere in the house and I’ll make sure to carry one in my handbag too. I’m currently using this one from the Fashion Mumblr X L’Occitane Travel Set as it’s the perfect size to carry with me during the day. The lavender fragrance makes it smell incredibly relaxing, the cream doesn’t leave my hands feeling sticky, it’s really nourishing and keeps my hands feeling super soft.

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Summer Skincare Favourites

Body Care

Boots No7 Gorgeous Glow Body Scrub – I like to use a body scrub before I apply a fake tan. This one from No7  is incredibly gentle with soft grains in a thick cream, It’s enriched with Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Rosehip seeds, I can’t describe the scent other than it has a fresh, soapy smell. It leaves my skin feeling so smooth and removes any dry patches, ready to apply my fake tan.

Kathleen Tranquil Fields Body Oil* – This wonderful massage oil contains Lavender Essential Oil, Almond Oil, Rosehip Oil and Vitamin E which help to nourish the skin and keep it feeling silky smooth, even those stubborn areas like knees, elbows and ankles. It’s designed to be used on wet skin, straight after a bath or shower. I love that moment when I add a few drops onto the palms of my hand and simply inhale the relaxing scents and I immediately feel a million times calmer. I’ll leave my full review Here if you’d like to find out more.

Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion – This rich lotion feels so luxurious and smells divine. It contains natural fatty acids which help to keep the skin looking radiant and healthy. My skin feels incredibly soft and moisturised, luckily I bought 3 bottles of this when they were on offer in Boots.

Summer Skincare Favourites

 

Summer Skincare Favourites

Tanning

Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2 – 3 week Tan Mouse – Now I’m no expert when it comes to fake tanning but I do prefer doing it myself at home instead of going to a salon. I’ve been using this one from Vita Liberata in the shade medium, I have just ordered myself a full size bottle after trying out the mini version. I apply it at night so it develops over night into a gorgeous colour that’s a couple shades darker than my natural skin tone. I find it doesn’t make my skin feel dry like some fake tans have done. It’s completely organic, so you’re not putting anything harmful on your skin and can be used on the face. However, being the sensitive thing I am I’ve been applying a thin layer of Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze And Glow Mask all over my face and neck a couple of times a week to give my complexion a holiday look.

I hope you enjoyed having a look into my beauty cabinet and seeing what products I’m using this summer.
Do you switch up your skincare depending on the season? What beauty products are you loving right now?

 

Items marked with a * have very kindly been sent for review, all photos and opinions are my own.

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Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

Fashion Mumblr (aka Josie) is one of my favourite YouTubers and has given me loads of inspiration when it comes to beauty and fashion. Many a time have I have gone out and bought an item of skincare because she has featured it in one of her vlogs and I trust her opinion when it comes to putting anything on my skin. Imagine my delight when I saw Josie had teamed up with L’Occitane and put together 5 of her favourite products from their collection, all neatly packaged in a beautiful cream vanity case.

The set contains mini versions of each product and it comes just in time for your summer holiday, and believe me I cannot wait to start using everything. It retails for £25 (worth£35) and is absolutely beautiful. I think Josie has done an amazing job putting together this collection. Even if you’re not going away at the moment, it’s the perfect way to try some of the products before buying a full sized version. I would imagine if you’ve clicked on the title of this post then you’re already a huge fan of Josie, like I am, or you love using L’Occitane.

Let me talk you through the 5 beauty products Josie has chosen for her collaboration with L’Occitane.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

Like Josie, I first fell in love with L’Occitane when I was given a set of 5 mini tubes of hand cream for Christmas, my favourite from that set was a rose fragrance one. I was really pleased to find a tube of Lavender Hand Cream inside the Fashion Mumblr X L’Occitane set as the smell of lavender always makes me feel relaxed. The cream is thick and leaves your hands feeling really soft, it’s the perfect size for popping in your handbag.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

I always apply moisturiser to my body after a bath or shower and this Pivoine Flora Body Milk is just perfect. It smells absolutely divine,it absorbs really quickly which is great if you want to get dressed straight away, and it leaves your body feeling silky smooth.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

Oh just the thought of using this Almond Shower Oil makes me want to jump right in the shower now, it smells dreamy. The oil changes to a soft foam as you lather it into your body, making the whole experience feel a little more indulgent. It leaves your skin feeling hydrated so it’s ideal if you’ve been out in the sun all day on your holiday.

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As much as I love wearing makeup, I enjoy having a mini pampering session when it comes to taking it all off at the end of the day. The Immortelle Cleansing Oil is a gentle, silky oil that removes every scrap of makeup and dirt, making your skin feel soft and completely nourished. It has a wonderful calming feeling which is just what your skin needs after a day in the sun.

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

I was so excited to see a mini pot of Immortelle Precious Cream inside this set. It’s literally pure luxury. The last thing I want when I’m away is to neglect my skincare routine so this little pot is perfect to fit in my travel bag. It’s super creamy and leaves the skin feeling silky soft and nourished. Wherever you’re travelling to, this cream will also protect your skin against the environment. What more could you ask for?

Fashion Mumblr X L'Occitane

I can honestly say the Fashion Mumblr X L’Occitane Travel Vanity Set is absolutely gorgeous and Josie has chosen 5 amazing products. Even the vanity case is a handy size to use after your holiday, it’s perfect for a weekend break, staying at a friends house or just to keep a few beauty bits in at home. It’s available via their website if you fancy treating yourself just in time for your holiday. Be quick though, before they all sell out.

Have you tried anything from L’Occitane? What beauty product is a must have for you on your holiday?

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