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As well choosing the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair, it’s important to give it the right sort of nutrients so it can stay strong, healthy and shiny. You can do this by including plenty of dark green leafy vegetables and protein in your diet, but you can also give your hair some extra TLC by applying a nourishing hair mask.

I love experimenting with natural ingredients, and my vegan recipe delivers a host of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help restore weak, brittle hair and moisturizes from root to tip. If your scalp also feels dry and itchy, check out the best shampoo's for an itchy scalp (here) to complement this treatment.

DIY Hair Mask Recipe


Ingredients needed:

- 1/2 Avocado
- 1/2 Banana
- 50 ml Coconut Milk
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil


Avocado Using avocado in a hair mask is a great way to nourish your hair cells and strengthen your roots. It contains vitamins, minerals, protein and amino acids, which all help revive your strands and repair damage from styling and environmental factors. Applying avocado on your scalp means it can easily absorb Vitamins B6 and E, which are known to heal skin and promote new hair growth. It’s also effective in penetrating hair cuticles to lock in natural moisture.

Banana
Massaging banana into your scalp works as a natural exfoliator to gently remove excess skin cells, whilst at the same time delivering a healthy dose of Vitamins A, B, C and E, minerals and natural oils. Banana can also repair and condition your hair, protecting its natural elasticity so it can withstand stress from brushing and styling. It’s the perfect way to rejuvenate dry, dull hair, adding moisture and shine.

Coconut Milk
You might be more familiar with using coconut oil on your strands, but coconut milk also has a huge range of benefits which can enhance your hair’s natural beauty. It contains Vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, C and E, iron, calcium, magnesium and lauric acid. This helps nourish hair that feels dry, damaged or brittle, and also works as a natural detangler to make your hair more manageable. Need I say more?

Coconut Oil
Many people use coconut oil on their hair, as it helps keep it healthy and manageable. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and medium chain fatty acids, and can help reduce breakages and thicken hair so you can enjoy long, shiny locks. It contains antioxidants and has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it ideal for combating dandruff and other scalp infections. Coconut oil can also stimulate new hair growth and nourish your roots by improving the overall health your scalp.

Olive Oil
Don’t be afraid of using a little olive in a hair mask. It has rich moisturizing properties, and smooths the outer cuticles of hair strands to reduce frizz and make styling easier. It delivers Vitamins A and E, and also protects the keratin in your hair so its moisture doesn’t seep out. Olive oil also infuses hair with oleic and palmitic acid, which helps make it soft and shiny.


Method
If you’re thinking this hair mask sounds good enough to eat, it is! It’s also very simple to make. Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix until you have a smooth paste. It’s better to use a blender than a fork, as a smooth paste is easier to wash out.

Apply the mixture all over your hair and scalp, making sure your skin is saturated and that you work all the way down to the ends where your hair is driest. Massage your scalp for a few minutes using the tips of your fingers and applying medium pressure.

Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. You can put a shower cap on to avoid drips, or relax in the tub whilst reading a book (I would definitely go for the latter).

When you’re ready, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo, and then condition as usual. Make sure you thoroughly rinse your hair to avoid smelling like bananas. Once your hair is dry, it should feel healthy, smooth and shiny.


Thanks for Reading, have you ever attempted a DIY hair mask?

Guest Post by Louisa Rose. She runs a health and beauty called Body, Health, Love.

Social Links: Facebook


Guest Post | DIY Vegan Hair Mask


As well choosing the right shampoo and conditioner for your hair, it’s important to give it the right sort of nutrients so it can stay strong, healthy and shiny. You can do this by including plenty of dark green leafy vegetables and protein in your diet, but you can also give your hair some extra TLC by applying a nourishing hair mask.

I love experimenting with natural ingredients, and my vegan recipe delivers a host of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help restore weak, brittle hair and moisturizes from root to tip. If your scalp also feels dry and itchy, check out the best shampoo's for an itchy scalp (here) to complement this treatment.

DIY Hair Mask Recipe


Ingredients needed:

- 1/2 Avocado
- 1/2 Banana
- 50 ml Coconut Milk
- 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil


Avocado Using avocado in a hair mask is a great way to nourish your hair cells and strengthen your roots. It contains vitamins, minerals, protein and amino acids, which all help revive your strands and repair damage from styling and environmental factors. Applying avocado on your scalp means it can easily absorb Vitamins B6 and E, which are known to heal skin and promote new hair growth. It’s also effective in penetrating hair cuticles to lock in natural moisture.

Banana
Massaging banana into your scalp works as a natural exfoliator to gently remove excess skin cells, whilst at the same time delivering a healthy dose of Vitamins A, B, C and E, minerals and natural oils. Banana can also repair and condition your hair, protecting its natural elasticity so it can withstand stress from brushing and styling. It’s the perfect way to rejuvenate dry, dull hair, adding moisture and shine.

Coconut Milk
You might be more familiar with using coconut oil on your strands, but coconut milk also has a huge range of benefits which can enhance your hair’s natural beauty. It contains Vitamins B1, B3, B5, B6, C and E, iron, calcium, magnesium and lauric acid. This helps nourish hair that feels dry, damaged or brittle, and also works as a natural detangler to make your hair more manageable. Need I say more?

Coconut Oil
Many people use coconut oil on their hair, as it helps keep it healthy and manageable. It is rich in vitamins, minerals and medium chain fatty acids, and can help reduce breakages and thicken hair so you can enjoy long, shiny locks. It contains antioxidants and has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, making it ideal for combating dandruff and other scalp infections. Coconut oil can also stimulate new hair growth and nourish your roots by improving the overall health your scalp.

Olive Oil
Don’t be afraid of using a little olive in a hair mask. It has rich moisturizing properties, and smooths the outer cuticles of hair strands to reduce frizz and make styling easier. It delivers Vitamins A and E, and also protects the keratin in your hair so its moisture doesn’t seep out. Olive oil also infuses hair with oleic and palmitic acid, which helps make it soft and shiny.


Method
If you’re thinking this hair mask sounds good enough to eat, it is! It’s also very simple to make. Place all the ingredients in a blender, and mix until you have a smooth paste. It’s better to use a blender than a fork, as a smooth paste is easier to wash out.

Apply the mixture all over your hair and scalp, making sure your skin is saturated and that you work all the way down to the ends where your hair is driest. Massage your scalp for a few minutes using the tips of your fingers and applying medium pressure.

Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. You can put a shower cap on to avoid drips, or relax in the tub whilst reading a book (I would definitely go for the latter).

When you’re ready, wash your hair with a gentle shampoo, and then condition as usual. Make sure you thoroughly rinse your hair to avoid smelling like bananas. Once your hair is dry, it should feel healthy, smooth and shiny.


Thanks for Reading, have you ever attempted a DIY hair mask?

Guest Post by Louisa Rose. She runs a health and beauty called Body, Health, Love.

Social Links: Facebook




You may have noticed that i haven't done any 'monthly favourites' posts in quite some time. As a blogger it's all too easy to get carried away with monthly favourites and end up with around 20 items you have tested out briefly; but i just didn't feel that the products i were talking about were truly loved as much as they could have been, because i was buying and receiving products quicker than i could test them out! I spent the past year calming down my spending and picking carefully which PR companies and brands i took products from, so that i could be fair testing things out. Since doing so i have acquired some new 'holy grail' products in my beauty routine and of course it's only fair that i share them with you. So, i have decided that each month instead of doing a monthly favourites post i will dedicate a blogpost to where i talk about just 5 products that i had loved the previous month. Starting with what i just couldn't put down throughout February.

I will admit that i haven't quite got off to a good start and cheated just a tincy wincy bit, as i actually have 6 products to share today. However i am telling myself its ok because two of the products are both bases by the same brand (sounds fair right?). Also considering i haven't done a monthly favourites blogpost in forever i think 6 products is pretty darn good. I'm sure next month choosing only 5 will be so much easier.....




I have loved this luxurious little compact so much over the past few months. So much so that i've always finished it all and need to buy another refill. I decided to splurge on this little beauty after i enjoyed The Body Shop's Fresh Nude cushion foundation. Over the years i have enjoyed nearly all of the base products i've purchased from YSL, so it was only fitting that i tried their cushion foundation as well. Initially i wasn't the biggest fan of the original Fusion Ink foundation as i found that it clung to the dry areas on my face. However the Fusion ink cushion is more creamy in consistency and less opaque in coverage, offering a sheer to medium coverage with a weightless feel. The YSL Fusion Ink Cushion foundation does a good job of covering up mild imperfections (like redness, pores and dark under eye circles) and evens out the skin tone beautifully. It's incredibly easy to blend and melts into the skin, leaving my skin feeling hydrated with a beautiful subtle glow. If i don't use a mattifying primer or powder i do find come afternoon i look a little oily in the t-zone, so i always do these steps with this foundation. I  recommend you doing the same if you have oily skin, but like a dewy looking foundation. The longevity is really good and it literally looks like your own skin, but more perfected. I also find that it layers well, if you need to retouch throughout the day. It even layers well over powder!




The original version of the YSL Touche Eclat foundation was one of my personal favourites and i enjoyed it so much, that i just didn't see the need to purchase the new reformulated version. However i was kindly sent a bottle by Loreals PR team and boy oh boy, do i eat my words now! The reformulated version contains a 'soft focus gel' that creates more of a translucent layer on the skin, that helps to softly blur out imperfections, instead of the usual opaque powders that are normally found in foundation formulas. So rest assured with this foundation you will never experience that obvious 'foundation' finish that can leave the skin looking powdery or masked. In fact the YSL Touche Eclat Foundation is almost undetectable on the skin, just like the Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation (mentioned above) only with better medium coverage and more luminosity. It glides on to the skin smoothly like cashmere and does a good job covering imperfections including blemishes, whilst looking natural and imparting a beautiful lit-from-within glow. This foundation is equally beautiful applied with either your fingers or a brush. I also like that the reformulated version is much longer lasting that the original and it works much better on those with oily skin, i don't even have to touch up my powder! It's honestly just a beautiful foundation that looks effortlessly flawless. 




I cannot believe that last year i was contemplating on getting rid of this powder as i just didn't reach for it like i do with the shades Dim Light and Radiant Light, which i have adored for years now. This year i just can't seem to put it down! As with all the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, diffused light is equally refined and feels feather-light to the touch, like silk. Diffused Light is the second from lightest of the Ambient powders (Ethereal being a white) and is best described as a soft, warm, yellow. Making this fantastic for those with more warmer skin tones. I adore this powder for setting the concealer under the eyes, as it's extremely finely milled i experience minimal creasing. As the name would suggest, this soft yellow powder which has very subtle micro-shimmers really helps to 'diffuse' unwanted fine lines and brighten the complexion at the same time. I also find that it helps to reduce the redness around my nose and gives my skin clarity. Personally i prefer a more natural under eye highlight, so instead of using a super pale concealer that can make me look ashy, i prefer to use a soft light focus powder that gives me more of a 'soft ray of morning light' look, as opposed to a stark 'obvious' highlight. If you are a fellow mom and look tired day to day, or if you have fine lines or just want a subtle highlight for under the eyes, then look no further. I will say that teamed with the Wayne Goss 02 Powder Brush is heaven, there is no other perfect duo. Just thank me later.




I just randomly came across this mascara one day on Style Korean and decided to buy on a whim. I don't seem to have the best experience with mascaras, as 90% will flake on me or transfer under my eyes leaving me looking like an unattractive raccoon. I am a busy mom so i don't have time to retouch my concealer throughout the day. So i need a concealer that is going to stay put and hold up all day! The word 'Smudge Stop' is initially what drew me to this little gem, and i must say that it's fitting indeed. The Hemish Dailism Smudge Stop Mascara really helps to adds length and volume to my lashes. I like that it doesn't clump my lashes together and it really helps to open up my hooded eyes. It's not as amazing as the DHC Double Protection mascara for longevity, but it comes in a very close second and is easier to remove. In fact i prefer this over the YSL Shocking and Babydoll mascaras which have been a couple of my favourites for years now. If you are like me and aren't gifted with long or full looking lashes, or if you desire long length or just find that mascaras transfer under the eyes too easily on you... then i highly recommend you try this out. Plus it's super affordable too. I will definitely be repurchasing this again soon.




I adore the cleansesr and toners from Kiehls, but i didn't get on too well with their Avocado Eye Cream. I just found it far too heavy for my sensitive eyes and it gave me milia bumps which took forever to get rid of *sigh. Then there are other bloggers 35+ who state that Kiehls' products are aimed at younger people, which resulted in me not looking into the brand much. So initially when i received this surprising PR delivery i didn't have high hopes for it all at! Imagine my shock when i was pleasantly taken by surprise and found myself reaching for this cream repeatedly every night! The Kiehls Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream is a harmony of New Zealand’s Manuka Honey and Korea’s Red Ginseng Root with the aim to revitalise your skin, leaving you with a smoother texture. The Manuka Honey helps to repair damage and help maintain your skins barrier hydration, while the Korean Red Ginseng Root helps to recover the youthful radiance in dull and ageing skin. It's 99.6% naturally-derived (which i personally love) and is suitable for people of all ages (not just youngens'). It literally feels like a silky protective shield across the skin, so soothing and incredibly nourishing. So i adore this over top of an oil or a targeted treatment serum to lock in all that goodness. Personally because i have more oily skin i prefer to use this only at nighttime. However i have tested it out in the day and makeup did apply well over top (YSL Touche Eclat Foundation); but as it's starting to warm up a little outside i find it a little too suffocating for me, for day use. Like with most creams as i prefer a more water-based moisturiser during the warmer months. Drier skin types would benefit greatly from this both within the day, as well as night. Ultimately i think Kiehls should have marketed this to release Autumn of last year, as it would have been a huge hit over the winter period. Every time i use this and wake up in the morning my skin is left feeling super soft and is glowing with radiance. It has a silky texture that's very unusual and even though it feels somewhat greasy, it absorbs fully into my skin and doesn't clog my pores or break me out, which i find a lot of moisturisers can do.  





I have had this in my skincare stash since summer of last year and just never had the urge to reach for it. What on earth took me so long??! Sunday Rileys face oils are definitely investments and some may argue over priced. For me personally i will pay whatever price for the results, as long as it's within my budget. For people looking to introduce a good vitamin A into their routine, this product is a good place to start. It's a gentle retinol-based product housed within a blue-tinted oil, as the carrier oils help make it a gentler option than some over-the-counter retinoids. The oils help to combat the dryness and irritation that can be experienced with retinol products. All of the oils used are organic and cold-pressed (some of the oils include: Avocado, Chia and Blue Tansy). The blue in the oil (which is actually synthetic, not floral) is also fantastic at counteracting redness. Luna is Sunday Rileys most renowned face oil and is now my most used oil out of the 3 Sunday Riley facial oils that i own. It is a calming and soothing, anti-ageing face oil that works well for those who are new to retinols, or who have more sensitive skin. I am currently using Luna around 4 nights a week and i always wake up to grease free, clear, hydrated, glowy-looking skin the next day. I either apply it as the last step in my skincare routine after my serum, or just before my Jane Scrivner Over Oil Cream. Which works magic to lock in anything i applied underneath. Though i wait a good 5-10 minutes to apply the moisturiser as this is not one of those 'sink in right away' face oil products. Also don't worry about the blue look, it diffuses once it's massaged into your skin. This really has been my go-to oil when my skin is looking extra dull and needs a little pick me up.




What products were you loving last month? I would love to know.....Do you think you could limit yourself to just 5 favourite products a month?


Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo

*This post may contain some PR Samples which are marked with an (*)
*Disclaimer - I only add links to websites i personally recommend or use.
All opinions are my own and you can read my full disclaimer here.


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5 Beauty Products I'm Loving - February Edition



You may have noticed that i haven't done any 'monthly favourites' posts in quite some time. As a blogger it's all too easy to get carried away with monthly favourites and end up with around 20 items you have tested out briefly; but i just didn't feel that the products i were talking about were truly loved as much as they could have been, because i was buying and receiving products quicker than i could test them out! I spent the past year calming down my spending and picking carefully which PR companies and brands i took products from, so that i could be fair testing things out. Since doing so i have acquired some new 'holy grail' products in my beauty routine and of course it's only fair that i share them with you. So, i have decided that each month instead of doing a monthly favourites post i will dedicate a blogpost to where i talk about just 5 products that i had loved the previous month. Starting with what i just couldn't put down throughout February.

I will admit that i haven't quite got off to a good start and cheated just a tincy wincy bit, as i actually have 6 products to share today. However i am telling myself its ok because two of the products are both bases by the same brand (sounds fair right?). Also considering i haven't done a monthly favourites blogpost in forever i think 6 products is pretty darn good. I'm sure next month choosing only 5 will be so much easier.....




I have loved this luxurious little compact so much over the past few months. So much so that i've always finished it all and need to buy another refill. I decided to splurge on this little beauty after i enjoyed The Body Shop's Fresh Nude cushion foundation. Over the years i have enjoyed nearly all of the base products i've purchased from YSL, so it was only fitting that i tried their cushion foundation as well. Initially i wasn't the biggest fan of the original Fusion Ink foundation as i found that it clung to the dry areas on my face. However the Fusion ink cushion is more creamy in consistency and less opaque in coverage, offering a sheer to medium coverage with a weightless feel. The YSL Fusion Ink Cushion foundation does a good job of covering up mild imperfections (like redness, pores and dark under eye circles) and evens out the skin tone beautifully. It's incredibly easy to blend and melts into the skin, leaving my skin feeling hydrated with a beautiful subtle glow. If i don't use a mattifying primer or powder i do find come afternoon i look a little oily in the t-zone, so i always do these steps with this foundation. I  recommend you doing the same if you have oily skin, but like a dewy looking foundation. The longevity is really good and it literally looks like your own skin, but more perfected. I also find that it layers well, if you need to retouch throughout the day. It even layers well over powder!




The original version of the YSL Touche Eclat foundation was one of my personal favourites and i enjoyed it so much, that i just didn't see the need to purchase the new reformulated version. However i was kindly sent a bottle by Loreals PR team and boy oh boy, do i eat my words now! The reformulated version contains a 'soft focus gel' that creates more of a translucent layer on the skin, that helps to softly blur out imperfections, instead of the usual opaque powders that are normally found in foundation formulas. So rest assured with this foundation you will never experience that obvious 'foundation' finish that can leave the skin looking powdery or masked. In fact the YSL Touche Eclat Foundation is almost undetectable on the skin, just like the Fusion Ink Cushion Foundation (mentioned above) only with better medium coverage and more luminosity. It glides on to the skin smoothly like cashmere and does a good job covering imperfections including blemishes, whilst looking natural and imparting a beautiful lit-from-within glow. This foundation is equally beautiful applied with either your fingers or a brush. I also like that the reformulated version is much longer lasting that the original and it works much better on those with oily skin, i don't even have to touch up my powder! It's honestly just a beautiful foundation that looks effortlessly flawless. 




I cannot believe that last year i was contemplating on getting rid of this powder as i just didn't reach for it like i do with the shades Dim Light and Radiant Light, which i have adored for years now. This year i just can't seem to put it down! As with all the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders, diffused light is equally refined and feels feather-light to the touch, like silk. Diffused Light is the second from lightest of the Ambient powders (Ethereal being a white) and is best described as a soft, warm, yellow. Making this fantastic for those with more warmer skin tones. I adore this powder for setting the concealer under the eyes, as it's extremely finely milled i experience minimal creasing. As the name would suggest, this soft yellow powder which has very subtle micro-shimmers really helps to 'diffuse' unwanted fine lines and brighten the complexion at the same time. I also find that it helps to reduce the redness around my nose and gives my skin clarity. Personally i prefer a more natural under eye highlight, so instead of using a super pale concealer that can make me look ashy, i prefer to use a soft light focus powder that gives me more of a 'soft ray of morning light' look, as opposed to a stark 'obvious' highlight. If you are a fellow mom and look tired day to day, or if you have fine lines or just want a subtle highlight for under the eyes, then look no further. I will say that teamed with the Wayne Goss 02 Powder Brush is heaven, there is no other perfect duo. Just thank me later.




I just randomly came across this mascara one day on Style Korean and decided to buy on a whim. I don't seem to have the best experience with mascaras, as 90% will flake on me or transfer under my eyes leaving me looking like an unattractive raccoon. I am a busy mom so i don't have time to retouch my concealer throughout the day. So i need a concealer that is going to stay put and hold up all day! The word 'Smudge Stop' is initially what drew me to this little gem, and i must say that it's fitting indeed. The Hemish Dailism Smudge Stop Mascara really helps to adds length and volume to my lashes. I like that it doesn't clump my lashes together and it really helps to open up my hooded eyes. It's not as amazing as the DHC Double Protection mascara for longevity, but it comes in a very close second and is easier to remove. In fact i prefer this over the YSL Shocking and Babydoll mascaras which have been a couple of my favourites for years now. If you are like me and aren't gifted with long or full looking lashes, or if you desire long length or just find that mascaras transfer under the eyes too easily on you... then i highly recommend you try this out. Plus it's super affordable too. I will definitely be repurchasing this again soon.




I adore the cleansesr and toners from Kiehls, but i didn't get on too well with their Avocado Eye Cream. I just found it far too heavy for my sensitive eyes and it gave me milia bumps which took forever to get rid of *sigh. Then there are other bloggers 35+ who state that Kiehls' products are aimed at younger people, which resulted in me not looking into the brand much. So initially when i received this surprising PR delivery i didn't have high hopes for it all at! Imagine my shock when i was pleasantly taken by surprise and found myself reaching for this cream repeatedly every night! The Kiehls Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream is a harmony of New Zealand’s Manuka Honey and Korea’s Red Ginseng Root with the aim to revitalise your skin, leaving you with a smoother texture. The Manuka Honey helps to repair damage and help maintain your skins barrier hydration, while the Korean Red Ginseng Root helps to recover the youthful radiance in dull and ageing skin. It's 99.6% naturally-derived (which i personally love) and is suitable for people of all ages (not just youngens'). It literally feels like a silky protective shield across the skin, so soothing and incredibly nourishing. So i adore this over top of an oil or a targeted treatment serum to lock in all that goodness. Personally because i have more oily skin i prefer to use this only at nighttime. However i have tested it out in the day and makeup did apply well over top (YSL Touche Eclat Foundation); but as it's starting to warm up a little outside i find it a little too suffocating for me, for day use. Like with most creams as i prefer a more water-based moisturiser during the warmer months. Drier skin types would benefit greatly from this both within the day, as well as night. Ultimately i think Kiehls should have marketed this to release Autumn of last year, as it would have been a huge hit over the winter period. Every time i use this and wake up in the morning my skin is left feeling super soft and is glowing with radiance. It has a silky texture that's very unusual and even though it feels somewhat greasy, it absorbs fully into my skin and doesn't clog my pores or break me out, which i find a lot of moisturisers can do.  





I have had this in my skincare stash since summer of last year and just never had the urge to reach for it. What on earth took me so long??! Sunday Rileys face oils are definitely investments and some may argue over priced. For me personally i will pay whatever price for the results, as long as it's within my budget. For people looking to introduce a good vitamin A into their routine, this product is a good place to start. It's a gentle retinol-based product housed within a blue-tinted oil, as the carrier oils help make it a gentler option than some over-the-counter retinoids. The oils help to combat the dryness and irritation that can be experienced with retinol products. All of the oils used are organic and cold-pressed (some of the oils include: Avocado, Chia and Blue Tansy). The blue in the oil (which is actually synthetic, not floral) is also fantastic at counteracting redness. Luna is Sunday Rileys most renowned face oil and is now my most used oil out of the 3 Sunday Riley facial oils that i own. It is a calming and soothing, anti-ageing face oil that works well for those who are new to retinols, or who have more sensitive skin. I am currently using Luna around 4 nights a week and i always wake up to grease free, clear, hydrated, glowy-looking skin the next day. I either apply it as the last step in my skincare routine after my serum, or just before my Jane Scrivner Over Oil Cream. Which works magic to lock in anything i applied underneath. Though i wait a good 5-10 minutes to apply the moisturiser as this is not one of those 'sink in right away' face oil products. Also don't worry about the blue look, it diffuses once it's massaged into your skin. This really has been my go-to oil when my skin is looking extra dull and needs a little pick me up.




What products were you loving last month? I would love to know.....Do you think you could limit yourself to just 5 favourite products a month?


Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo

*This post may contain some PR Samples which are marked with an (*)
*Disclaimer - I only add links to websites i personally recommend or use.
All opinions are my own and you can read my full disclaimer here.


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I decided to start a new series that a couple of my blogging friends ( thebeauparlour & lovecatherine ) inspired, that will take place on my blog every Friday. It will be dedicated to sharing all of the photos i have shared on my Instagram account (aka #aweekoninstagram). I will be calling this my Instagram Photo Diary.

So here is my first post of a weeks worth of pretty photos and flatlays that show my beauty collection and the products i am currently testing out. I hope you enjoy and please come say hi on Instagram JameyLynnLoves. Where you will notice that i share lots of beauty tips, honest reviews and personal snippets from my life through Instastory. Of course i wouldn't be myself if i didn't add links to the products for your convenience, just in case you decide that you want to splurge on yourself.... 










Photo c/o HappyPlaceCosmetics
*Personalised Doughnut Soaps £6 each (vegan & cruelty free)



Night Time Skincare Routine: *Oilixia Australian Kakadu Gummy Facial Cleanser £24

DHC Beauty Lift Milk £37.50 £31.75 | DHC Beauty Lift Essence £38.50 £28.50















Don't forget to follow An and Catherine blog's (thebeauparlour & lovecatherine) and enjoy their Photo Diaries


Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo

*This post may contain some PR Samples which are marked with an (*)
*Disclaimer - I only add links to websites i personally recommend or use.
All opinions are my own and you can read my full disclaimer here.


Keep up with all my posts ↓↓↓ 

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Instagram Photo Diary | Week 1

I decided to start a new series that a couple of my blogging friends ( thebeauparlour & lovecatherine ) inspired, that will take place on my blog every Friday. It will be dedicated to sharing all of the photos i have shared on my Instagram account (aka #aweekoninstagram). I will be calling this my Instagram Photo Diary.

So here is my first post of a weeks worth of pretty photos and flatlays that show my beauty collection and the products i am currently testing out. I hope you enjoy and please come say hi on Instagram JameyLynnLoves. Where you will notice that i share lots of beauty tips, honest reviews and personal snippets from my life through Instastory. Of course i wouldn't be myself if i didn't add links to the products for your convenience, just in case you decide that you want to splurge on yourself.... 










Photo c/o HappyPlaceCosmetics
*Personalised Doughnut Soaps £6 each (vegan & cruelty free)



Night Time Skincare Routine: *Oilixia Australian Kakadu Gummy Facial Cleanser £24

DHC Beauty Lift Milk £37.50 £31.75 | DHC Beauty Lift Essence £38.50 £28.50















Don't forget to follow An and Catherine blog's (thebeauparlour & lovecatherine) and enjoy their Photo Diaries


Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo

*This post may contain some PR Samples which are marked with an (*)
*Disclaimer - I only add links to websites i personally recommend or use.
All opinions are my own and you can read my full disclaimer here.


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So i talked briefly about the *Patchology SmartMud mud masks here, in my Mintd March 2017 'Spring Clean' beauty box review, but i loved them so much i decided that they needed their very own blogpost. Patchology has somehow managed to combine two popular face masks into one: a mud mask and a sheet mask! I have not heard of any other companies that have incorporated mud masks into their sheet mask collections. It's honestly genius and i don't know why a bigger more well known brand hadn't already thought of the idea, though I'm sure Estee Lauder will copy eventually lol. Good on you Patchology for being so innovative!


The *Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Masque offers an innovative take on the traditional mud mask. No more dipping your finger or brush into a pot and messily applying all over your face. The Patchology Smartmud mask is inspired by Korean sheet masks, but instead of being soaked in a hydrating serum or ampoule for hydrating, it's covered in a mud solution (Korean jeju volcanic ash, bentonite clay and kaolin) to help to remove impurities, detoxify and tighten pores. You get all the benefits of a mud mask but without the messy sink to clean up, tightness and mud flaking off everywhere. Whats not to like?

The actual sheet mask comes in two parts, one for the top half of your face and another for the bottom half. Which is brilliant as it will fit many different face shapes (you will see in the photos below that is conforms to the face pretty well). Application is somewhat tricky at first as the mask comes in between 2 plastic sheets, a white and a clear one. You start by peeling off the white plastic first and apply the soaked mud-mask side directly onto your skin. Once its positioned where you like, simply peel off the clear layer. Sounds simple right? Not quite, attempting to do this is very fidgety as the mask moves out of place. However the sheet mask itself is very thin and malleable so its easy to work with to move back into position, it just means your hands get a little messy (and if your like me your clothing also lol, I'm a little clumsy). The material of the mask itself reminds me of wet gauze that you use on a body cast (when you break a bone) and the scent of the mud is truly delightful with a soft floral and herbal mixed scent. It literally smells like a spa.


Simply leave on your skin for around 10 minutes or until it dries. You will feel a very slight tingle sensation, nothing extreme or at all irritating just means it's working it's magic. It honestly feels incredible on my skin, very cooling. I noticed once it dried it was impossible to move the bottom half of my face (no talking eeek) and my son though it was hilarious that i looked like his scary Halloween mask (thanks son, i can always count on you for brutal honesty). After about 10 minutes just peel off. I will say that it removes very easily from the face without any tugging, and you will notice hardly any product is left on your skin to remove. Simply rinse what little remainder of mud there is left with clean warm water. You will notice immediate difference after using this mask. I find that i look less oily as it helps to balance my sebum production, my pores most definitely looked minimised and my skin genuinely looks balanced, purified and clear. I also find that it helps bring the blackheads on my nose to the surface, which are then more manageable to extract.


I have used two of these masks now and have thoroughly enjoyed the results both times. Usually i don't have a good reaction to 'mud masks' with many causing me to break out badly, irritation and a couple have even given me a slight burn. I tell you allergic reactions from skincare are not fun! So mud masks are generally products i try to steer clear of except for my usual trustworthy masks here and here, that i know my skin reacts well to. So i am over the moon that my skin agrees with the Patchology SmartMud Mud Masks and i am happy to have added another Mud based product into my routine that works and doesn't leave my skin super dry. Every mud mask will dry your skin out, it's their purpose; but some balance the skin instead of stripping it, and i feel these sheet masks fit into that category. However i always follow on afterwards with hydrating products. Hydrated skin equals youthful looking skin. I will use one of these masks every couple of weeks when i feel that my skin needs a little extra purifying. I don't see the need to constantly mask 2-3 times a week or over mask if my skin is not in need of the treatment. I will definitely be purchasing more of these masks in the future.

So if you are after a convenient mud mask that will be cooling on the skin, help clean out your pores and leave you face clean without feeling stripped or or dried out, then i highly recommend investing in these. Especially as they wont break the bank at £24 for 2 months worth of product (4 masks), i personally feel that its affordable. If you are someone who just loves trying out sheet masks but also enjoys a mud mask, you would enjoy this also. I cannot wait to try out more masks from this brand and i must say that i am intrigued by the Flashmasque Illuminate 5 minute Facial sheet which i hope to try out next. Anything that claims to brighten the skin i am all over like a kid in a candy shop. I do hope that Patchology will have a British stockist one day, so that these masks will be easier to get for us Brits.


IngredientsWater (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Inositol, Trehalose, Taurine, Phenoxyethanol, Betaine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexyglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum).

Cruelty Free/Tested on Animals? Unsure nothing on their website states anything, or in Google search.


Availability & Pricing

The Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Masques are stocked in the USA through Patchology directly, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus for $30 (for a pack or 4) or  Ulta stock the masks individually for $8 each. Blue Mercury stock both individually and in the 4 pack but are currently out of stock. The only current stockist i can find in the UK is through Mintd Box which retail for £24.

Would this mask be a sheet mask that would interest you? I would love to know your favourite mud masks, please feel free to share in the comments section below.

Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo

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Review | Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Mask


So i talked briefly about the *Patchology SmartMud mud masks here, in my Mintd March 2017 'Spring Clean' beauty box review, but i loved them so much i decided that they needed their very own blogpost. Patchology has somehow managed to combine two popular face masks into one: a mud mask and a sheet mask! I have not heard of any other companies that have incorporated mud masks into their sheet mask collections. It's honestly genius and i don't know why a bigger more well known brand hadn't already thought of the idea, though I'm sure Estee Lauder will copy eventually lol. Good on you Patchology for being so innovative!


The *Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Masque offers an innovative take on the traditional mud mask. No more dipping your finger or brush into a pot and messily applying all over your face. The Patchology Smartmud mask is inspired by Korean sheet masks, but instead of being soaked in a hydrating serum or ampoule for hydrating, it's covered in a mud solution (Korean jeju volcanic ash, bentonite clay and kaolin) to help to remove impurities, detoxify and tighten pores. You get all the benefits of a mud mask but without the messy sink to clean up, tightness and mud flaking off everywhere. Whats not to like?

The actual sheet mask comes in two parts, one for the top half of your face and another for the bottom half. Which is brilliant as it will fit many different face shapes (you will see in the photos below that is conforms to the face pretty well). Application is somewhat tricky at first as the mask comes in between 2 plastic sheets, a white and a clear one. You start by peeling off the white plastic first and apply the soaked mud-mask side directly onto your skin. Once its positioned where you like, simply peel off the clear layer. Sounds simple right? Not quite, attempting to do this is very fidgety as the mask moves out of place. However the sheet mask itself is very thin and malleable so its easy to work with to move back into position, it just means your hands get a little messy (and if your like me your clothing also lol, I'm a little clumsy). The material of the mask itself reminds me of wet gauze that you use on a body cast (when you break a bone) and the scent of the mud is truly delightful with a soft floral and herbal mixed scent. It literally smells like a spa.


Simply leave on your skin for around 10 minutes or until it dries. You will feel a very slight tingle sensation, nothing extreme or at all irritating just means it's working it's magic. It honestly feels incredible on my skin, very cooling. I noticed once it dried it was impossible to move the bottom half of my face (no talking eeek) and my son though it was hilarious that i looked like his scary Halloween mask (thanks son, i can always count on you for brutal honesty). After about 10 minutes just peel off. I will say that it removes very easily from the face without any tugging, and you will notice hardly any product is left on your skin to remove. Simply rinse what little remainder of mud there is left with clean warm water. You will notice immediate difference after using this mask. I find that i look less oily as it helps to balance my sebum production, my pores most definitely looked minimised and my skin genuinely looks balanced, purified and clear. I also find that it helps bring the blackheads on my nose to the surface, which are then more manageable to extract.


I have used two of these masks now and have thoroughly enjoyed the results both times. Usually i don't have a good reaction to 'mud masks' with many causing me to break out badly, irritation and a couple have even given me a slight burn. I tell you allergic reactions from skincare are not fun! So mud masks are generally products i try to steer clear of except for my usual trustworthy masks here and here, that i know my skin reacts well to. So i am over the moon that my skin agrees with the Patchology SmartMud Mud Masks and i am happy to have added another Mud based product into my routine that works and doesn't leave my skin super dry. Every mud mask will dry your skin out, it's their purpose; but some balance the skin instead of stripping it, and i feel these sheet masks fit into that category. However i always follow on afterwards with hydrating products. Hydrated skin equals youthful looking skin. I will use one of these masks every couple of weeks when i feel that my skin needs a little extra purifying. I don't see the need to constantly mask 2-3 times a week or over mask if my skin is not in need of the treatment. I will definitely be purchasing more of these masks in the future.

So if you are after a convenient mud mask that will be cooling on the skin, help clean out your pores and leave you face clean without feeling stripped or or dried out, then i highly recommend investing in these. Especially as they wont break the bank at £24 for 2 months worth of product (4 masks), i personally feel that its affordable. If you are someone who just loves trying out sheet masks but also enjoys a mud mask, you would enjoy this also. I cannot wait to try out more masks from this brand and i must say that i am intrigued by the Flashmasque Illuminate 5 minute Facial sheet which i hope to try out next. Anything that claims to brighten the skin i am all over like a kid in a candy shop. I do hope that Patchology will have a British stockist one day, so that these masks will be easier to get for us Brits.


IngredientsWater (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Inositol, Trehalose, Taurine, Phenoxyethanol, Betaine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexyglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum).

Cruelty Free/Tested on Animals? Unsure nothing on their website states anything, or in Google search.


Availability & Pricing

The Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Masques are stocked in the USA through Patchology directly, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus for $30 (for a pack or 4) or  Ulta stock the masks individually for $8 each. Blue Mercury stock both individually and in the 4 pack but are currently out of stock. The only current stockist i can find in the UK is through Mintd Box which retail for £24.

Would this mask be a sheet mask that would interest you? I would love to know your favourite mud masks, please feel free to share in the comments section below.

Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo

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I have been drooling over the contents in the Mintd beauty boxes on Instagram since they came onto the scene last summer. Unlike other beauty boxes Mintd Beauty boxes consist of only premium brands, which are stocked on a variety of premium sites like Space NK, Selfridges, Style.com and Beauty Expert to name a few. I personally hold the 'quality over quantity' rule when it comes to the beauty products i use, especially with skincare. So Mintd really spoke to me on a personal level. I have been lucky over the years that i have had many subscription boxes sent to me and i find that they tend to be hit or miss (sadly for me, mostly miss). Many bombard us all over social media with hyped up mediocre quality products, therefore upon receiving they have failed my expectations and i stopped purchasing beauty boxes. Then i discovered the British luxury beauty box by Mintd. I will admit i did gulp a little at the £65 price tag! But i soon realised that for that price I was not only receiving 4-5 generous (full and travel) sized products but was also receiving a wonderful and unique experience with the Mintd beauty team (hey Cheryl). One thing i have noticed over the years with beauty boxes is that if it seems a little 'too good to be true' it often is. What a lot of beauty box companies don't tell us is that the products within them are actually old stock, where as with Mintd everything is globally on trend NOW and are by well respected premium, high-end skincare, makeup and haircare brands. With Mintd you really can buy luxury.

"At Mintd box we aim to inspire & encourage women from all walks of life to own their presence, reveal their inner beauty through experimentation and discovery of new luxury beauty brands. We believe that every women deserves to feel confident and in control of her day"



With Mintd each month you can expect to receive a perfectly packaged box tailored to fit your lifestyle, and of course help fix your beauty obsession. This is the first beauty box i have used that offers only full size or generous sized travel-size products. No annoying teeny little samples that last just one use, or get lost at the back of your drawers and forgotten about! The box is exquisitely packaged in a luxurious white box and wrapped with perfect precision (i must admit that this satisfies my ocd tendencies lol). It just oozes sophistication, thoughtfulness and class. I really respect a company that takes their time to make sure the entire experience is special. One thing i really like about Mintd Boxes is that each monthly box has it's own theme, which gives a unique spin on the 'traditional' beauty box. The month of March's beauty box is called "Spring Clean" because Spring isn't just for cleaning up your home, its for spring cleaning all aspects of your life, including your skincare routine.



As i mentioned above March's box is themed "Spring Clean" with the aim that all the products will help your skin transition from winter to Spring. So say Goodbye to dry, dull lacklustre winter skin and hello to gorgeously glowing, fresh-looking healthy skin for in time for Spring. Who doesn't want to start the season off with refreshed and renewed skin, like you was born with it? (you know i just sang the Maybelline "maybe shes born with it" tune then). Every product is handpicked by the wonderful beauty staff at Mintd with the aim to help brighten, exfoliate and hydrate your skin throughout the climate shift. This months box consists of 3 full sized products and one travel size. I know that £65 may seem expensive but if you break down the price of each product individually (as i have done for you in this post) it really does end up being worth your while. In fact this month one of the products in the box is worth more than the price of the entire box! Personally when it comes to beauty products for myself, i really research in depth (scrutinising every little detail, i know... its a problem but I'm a perfectionist), but i guess it's also good because then i only recommend what i feel is the best of the best on the market. With subscription boxes it really does comes down to personal preference, however i am very impressed with the products in my Mintd Beauty Box and can also confidently say that i am enjoying every single product. I have to say that is a first for me! So, lets take a look at what goodies are is inside this months box...

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Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream | Full Size 48g - Retail Value of £40


The innovative Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream is a deeply hydrating probiotic multivitamin for your skin in cream form, that helps to maintain a healthy complexion from day to night. Tula claims that it it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve your skins suppleness over time. This i won't be able to comment on as at 33 i still have no fine lines or wrinkles anywhere, besides a few fine lines under my eyes (i guess good skincare pays off). I like that the texture of the moisturiser is lightweight enough for daytime wear, yet rich enough to deliver regenerative hydration overnight. Packed full of Tula's signature probiotic technology it helps to leave your skin balanced and nourished, and is suitable for all skin types and ages; Especially for those seeking hydration and repairative anti-ageing benefits. I have only been using this moisturiser 5 nights out of 7 for the past week, but i wanted to give first impressions on this post. I am incredibly fussy about the moisturisers i use, because many don't agree with my somewhat-sensitive, easily congested skin. Usually before the end of the first week of use, i will experience breakouts if it does not agree and thankfully my skin has reacted well to this. I really like that the texture is creamy but lightweight enough to be absorbed into the skin pretty quickly, leaving behind no greasy or tacky residue. As i have oily-combination skin and the weather is starting to warm up a little, this might suffocate my skin a little in the day time so i have reserved it exclusively for night time use. If you have normal to dry skin you would enjoy this during the day also. The scent is wonderfully light and has a very subtle floral hint to it that's soft and not at all overpowering. When i wear this overnight i find that i wake up to plump, firm and clear looking skin that feels incredibly soft and hydrated. I cannot wait to see how i like this a few months down the line. So keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming full review soon. I have been harassing the poor Tula PR team through Twitter and Instagram for a couple of years now to bring their products to the UK. So i am ecstatic that they are finally accessible here. I have the illuminating serum, exfoliating treatment mask and the revitalising eye cream on my radar for my next purchases.



Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalane, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactose, Milk Protein, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Yogurt Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Olus/Vegetable Oil/Huile Végétale, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 20, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool.

Are Tula products Cruelty Free? Yes

Available in the UK through QVC and soon Space NK for £40
Available in the USA through Tula directly & QVC for $52

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Su-Man Velvet Skin Brightening Serum | Full Size 30ml - Retail Value of £98


I was extremely happy when i saw the Su-Man Velvet Skin Brightening Serum in my beauty box, as it is one of my favourite face serums and even made it into my Best of 2016 favourites. It has graced this blog a fair few times now which i reviewed in more detail here. For £98 it's not cheap but in my eyes it's worth every penny. The Su-man serum is a silky-smooth, innovative essence serum-hybrid that helps to deliver a boost of radiance, comfort and extreme velvety softness to the skin. Described by Elle magazine as liquid rose petals (though note it doesn't have a strong rose scent for those sensitive to fragrance) it will honestly leave your skin feeling smoother than a babies bottom. The premium serum blend is packed full of antioxidants, omegas, hyaluronic acid, traexamic acid, ceramides and dragons blood extract (which is a Chinese plant not a real dragon btw lol). Over time it helps to diminish the appearance of dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and is a lovely anti-ageing elixir for a firmer and brighter complexion. There is a reason it's one of my most recommended serums, but i also know that it is not in everyones price range. Which is why purchasing this beauty box is worth your while as the price of this serum alone is worth more than the price of the box.


Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Tranexamic Acid, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Propanediol, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Glycosphingolipids, Phospholipids, Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin,Fragrance(Parfum), EthylAscorbic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Linalool Benzyl Salicylate, Red 40 / CI 16035

Are Su-Man Skincare products Cruelty Free? Yes

Available through Su-Man directly, Feel Unique, Beauty Expert and Cult Beauty who ships worldwide.

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Oilixia Australian Kakadu Plum Gummy Facial Cleanser | Full size 75ml - Retail Value of £24


This is a brand i had only heard of briefly though Express News last month (see here) and it wasn't until i received this beauty box that i learnt the concepts behind the brand and its passion for the laid back natural beauty of Australia. A unique and innovative brand that even The Beauty Shortlist noticed, with them receiving some awards this year. Though inspired by Australian ingredients and laid back vibes Oilixia products are made here in the UK (which of course means no animal testing, hooray). The brand uses little known ingredients and natural oils from around the world especially Australia, with well known skincare benefits. The Oilixia Kakadu Plum Gummy Facial Cleanser features Kakadu plum extract which originates from Australia's Kimberley region and known as one of the best natural resources of vitamin C. It's also rich in phenolic acid (a type of phytochemical called polyphenol) and helps to gently exfoliate the skin for smoother texture and a brighter appearance. Also included in this unusual gummy-textured blend is Almond, Apricot and Macadamia oils to help nourish and condition the skin, along with Eucalyptus which has fantastic antibacterial properties and is also where it gets it's refreshing and uplifting menthol scent from. The texture and scent of this reminds me of vicks vapor rub, though much much softer and milder in scent of course. It really is like no cleanser i have ever tried before with its unusual gummy, tacky texture. Simply apply a 5 pence piece amount to the face and neck until it turns tacky (this helps to lift off impurities) then simply apply the tiniest amount of water to get to emulsify to a milk, which spreads over the face like a dream. Then rinse with warm water and enjoy refreshed, deeply cleansed, sebum-free smooth skin that feels normal but not at all dry or taught with zero residue. If you have oily skin i highly recommend this cleanser. The texture of the cleanser is something to get used to, but i find it a fun experience. This product excited me so much I'm now lusting after their Amazonian Cacay Facial Oil next.


Ingredients: Glycerin**, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil*, Aqua*, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine**, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu) Plum Extract*, Sucrose Laurate**, Caryodendron Orinocense (Kahai / Cacay) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Xanthan Gum**, Glyceryl Behenate**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice Powder*, Eucalyptus Globulas (Eucalyptus) Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Phytic Acid**, Gluconolactone**, Sodium Benzoate**, Calcium Gluconate**, Limonene+, Linalool+ *Natural **Natural Origin + Occurs naturally in essential oils

Are Oilixia Skincare Products Cruelty Free? Yes

Available from Oilixia directly for £24

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Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Masques | Travel Size ( 4 Masks ) - Retail Value of £24


The Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Masques offer an innovative take on the traditional mud mask. No more dipping your finger into a pot and messily applying all over your face. The Patchology mud masks are inspired by Korean sheet masks but instead of being a hydrating mask covered in a serum or ampoule, its covered in a mud solution (Korean jeju volcanic ash, bentonite clay and kaolin) to help detoxify and purify the skin, removing impurities. You get all the benefits of a mud mask but without the messy sink to clean up, tightness and flaking everywhere. The actual sheet mask comes in two parts, which is brilliant to suit many face shapes. It is somewhat messy and awkward to apply as the mask sheet comes in between a white and clear plastic. The white plastic gets peeled off first, then apply the mask side soaked in the mud solution to the skin then peel off the clear layer. It is somewhat fidgety to do and does move around, but its extremely thin and easy to work with to move back into place. It does mean your hands get a bit messy though. The material of the mask itself reminds me of gauze that you use on a body cast and the scent of the mud is delightful with a soft natural mix of floral and herbal scent. Simply leave on for 10 minutes you will feel a very slight amount of tingling, nothing extreme or at all irritating just means it's doing it's working it's magic. Then peel it off and rinse with warm water to be left with clear, purified, sebum free skin. I notice a huge difference in my sebum production and pores after using this mask. I really enjoy using this mask and have used two already (one a week). I will definitely purchase more of these in the future and continue to use twice a month. I will be following up with a more in depth blogpost on these masks shortly.


Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Inositol, Trehalose, Taurine, Phenoxyethanol, Betaine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexyglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum).

Are Patchology Skincare Products Cruelty Free? Unsure, cannot find any details

Available in the UK from Mintd for £24
Available in the USA for $30 from Patchology directly, Neiman Marcus & Nordstrom ( both of whom ship to the UK and total around £24/25 ) or they retail individually for $8 from Ulta



The March 2017 Mintd Beauty Box definitely provides a 'Spring Clean' for the skin and i really like how they included a complete skincare routine in this months box (a cleanser, mask, serum and moisturiser). I feel that the £65 cost of this box redeems itself when you look at the £186 value of the products it contains that are both innovative and effective. Mintd Beauty Box has multiple subscription plans to suit your lifestyle or budget, and their customer service team go above and beyond to help you with any queries. Their subscription plans go from monthly or bi-monthly at £65, 3 months for £190.50, 6 months for £381 and yearly/12 months for £762. They can also be cancelled if you just contact their customer service and can easily be reactivated by yourself manually on your 'subscription' plan under your account. Mintd Box has Worldwide Delivery (UK Free, Europe, North America & Australia). For those out of the UK you can receive Free delivery on your first box when you sign up using the promo code WELCOME17. Sign up here or at www.mintdbox.com. Or alternatively you can invest in this months box here.


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Thanks for Reading Lovelies

Jamey xo

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Mintd Luxury Beauty Box | March Edit - Spring Clean




I have been drooling over the contents in the Mintd beauty boxes on Instagram since they came onto the scene last summer. Unlike other beauty boxes Mintd Beauty boxes consist of only premium brands, which are stocked on a variety of premium sites like Space NK, Selfridges, Style.com and Beauty Expert to name a few. I personally hold the 'quality over quantity' rule when it comes to the beauty products i use, especially with skincare. So Mintd really spoke to me on a personal level. I have been lucky over the years that i have had many subscription boxes sent to me and i find that they tend to be hit or miss (sadly for me, mostly miss). Many bombard us all over social media with hyped up mediocre quality products, therefore upon receiving they have failed my expectations and i stopped purchasing beauty boxes. Then i discovered the British luxury beauty box by Mintd. I will admit i did gulp a little at the £65 price tag! But i soon realised that for that price I was not only receiving 4-5 generous (full and travel) sized products but was also receiving a wonderful and unique experience with the Mintd beauty team (hey Cheryl). One thing i have noticed over the years with beauty boxes is that if it seems a little 'too good to be true' it often is. What a lot of beauty box companies don't tell us is that the products within them are actually old stock, where as with Mintd everything is globally on trend NOW and are by well respected premium, high-end skincare, makeup and haircare brands. With Mintd you really can buy luxury.

"At Mintd box we aim to inspire & encourage women from all walks of life to own their presence, reveal their inner beauty through experimentation and discovery of new luxury beauty brands. We believe that every women deserves to feel confident and in control of her day"



With Mintd each month you can expect to receive a perfectly packaged box tailored to fit your lifestyle, and of course help fix your beauty obsession. This is the first beauty box i have used that offers only full size or generous sized travel-size products. No annoying teeny little samples that last just one use, or get lost at the back of your drawers and forgotten about! The box is exquisitely packaged in a luxurious white box and wrapped with perfect precision (i must admit that this satisfies my ocd tendencies lol). It just oozes sophistication, thoughtfulness and class. I really respect a company that takes their time to make sure the entire experience is special. One thing i really like about Mintd Boxes is that each monthly box has it's own theme, which gives a unique spin on the 'traditional' beauty box. The month of March's beauty box is called "Spring Clean" because Spring isn't just for cleaning up your home, its for spring cleaning all aspects of your life, including your skincare routine.



As i mentioned above March's box is themed "Spring Clean" with the aim that all the products will help your skin transition from winter to Spring. So say Goodbye to dry, dull lacklustre winter skin and hello to gorgeously glowing, fresh-looking healthy skin for in time for Spring. Who doesn't want to start the season off with refreshed and renewed skin, like you was born with it? (you know i just sang the Maybelline "maybe shes born with it" tune then). Every product is handpicked by the wonderful beauty staff at Mintd with the aim to help brighten, exfoliate and hydrate your skin throughout the climate shift. This months box consists of 3 full sized products and one travel size. I know that £65 may seem expensive but if you break down the price of each product individually (as i have done for you in this post) it really does end up being worth your while. In fact this month one of the products in the box is worth more than the price of the entire box! Personally when it comes to beauty products for myself, i really research in depth (scrutinising every little detail, i know... its a problem but I'm a perfectionist), but i guess it's also good because then i only recommend what i feel is the best of the best on the market. With subscription boxes it really does comes down to personal preference, however i am very impressed with the products in my Mintd Beauty Box and can also confidently say that i am enjoying every single product. I have to say that is a first for me! So, lets take a look at what goodies are is inside this months box...

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Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream | Full Size 48g - Retail Value of £40


The innovative Tula Hydrating Day & Night Cream is a deeply hydrating probiotic multivitamin for your skin in cream form, that helps to maintain a healthy complexion from day to night. Tula claims that it it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and improve your skins suppleness over time. This i won't be able to comment on as at 33 i still have no fine lines or wrinkles anywhere, besides a few fine lines under my eyes (i guess good skincare pays off). I like that the texture of the moisturiser is lightweight enough for daytime wear, yet rich enough to deliver regenerative hydration overnight. Packed full of Tula's signature probiotic technology it helps to leave your skin balanced and nourished, and is suitable for all skin types and ages; Especially for those seeking hydration and repairative anti-ageing benefits. I have only been using this moisturiser 5 nights out of 7 for the past week, but i wanted to give first impressions on this post. I am incredibly fussy about the moisturisers i use, because many don't agree with my somewhat-sensitive, easily congested skin. Usually before the end of the first week of use, i will experience breakouts if it does not agree and thankfully my skin has reacted well to this. I really like that the texture is creamy but lightweight enough to be absorbed into the skin pretty quickly, leaving behind no greasy or tacky residue. As i have oily-combination skin and the weather is starting to warm up a little, this might suffocate my skin a little in the day time so i have reserved it exclusively for night time use. If you have normal to dry skin you would enjoy this during the day also. The scent is wonderfully light and has a very subtle floral hint to it that's soft and not at all overpowering. When i wear this overnight i find that i wake up to plump, firm and clear looking skin that feels incredibly soft and hydrated. I cannot wait to see how i like this a few months down the line. So keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming full review soon. I have been harassing the poor Tula PR team through Twitter and Instagram for a couple of years now to bring their products to the UK. So i am ecstatic that they are finally accessible here. I have the illuminating serum, exfoliating treatment mask and the revitalising eye cream on my radar for my next purchases.



Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalane, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactose, Milk Protein, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Yogurt Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Olus/Vegetable Oil/Huile Végétale, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Ascorbic Acid, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Sodium Lactate, Sodium PCA, Polysorbate 80, Polysorbate 20, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire d’abeille, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Pentylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool.

Are Tula products Cruelty Free? Yes

Available in the UK through QVC and soon Space NK for £40
Available in the USA through Tula directly & QVC for $52

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Su-Man Velvet Skin Brightening Serum | Full Size 30ml - Retail Value of £98


I was extremely happy when i saw the Su-Man Velvet Skin Brightening Serum in my beauty box, as it is one of my favourite face serums and even made it into my Best of 2016 favourites. It has graced this blog a fair few times now which i reviewed in more detail here. For £98 it's not cheap but in my eyes it's worth every penny. The Su-man serum is a silky-smooth, innovative essence serum-hybrid that helps to deliver a boost of radiance, comfort and extreme velvety softness to the skin. Described by Elle magazine as liquid rose petals (though note it doesn't have a strong rose scent for those sensitive to fragrance) it will honestly leave your skin feeling smoother than a babies bottom. The premium serum blend is packed full of antioxidants, omegas, hyaluronic acid, traexamic acid, ceramides and dragons blood extract (which is a Chinese plant not a real dragon btw lol). Over time it helps to diminish the appearance of dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles, and is a lovely anti-ageing elixir for a firmer and brighter complexion. There is a reason it's one of my most recommended serums, but i also know that it is not in everyones price range. Which is why purchasing this beauty box is worth your while as the price of this serum alone is worth more than the price of the box.


Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Hyaluronic Acid, Glycerin, Cassia Alata Leaf Extract, Tranexamic Acid, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Propanediol, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Glycosphingolipids, Phospholipids, Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chlorphenesin,Fragrance(Parfum), EthylAscorbic Acid, Methylisothiazolinone, Linalool Benzyl Salicylate, Red 40 / CI 16035

Are Su-Man Skincare products Cruelty Free? Yes

Available through Su-Man directly, Feel Unique, Beauty Expert and Cult Beauty who ships worldwide.

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Oilixia Australian Kakadu Plum Gummy Facial Cleanser | Full size 75ml - Retail Value of £24


This is a brand i had only heard of briefly though Express News last month (see here) and it wasn't until i received this beauty box that i learnt the concepts behind the brand and its passion for the laid back natural beauty of Australia. A unique and innovative brand that even The Beauty Shortlist noticed, with them receiving some awards this year. Though inspired by Australian ingredients and laid back vibes Oilixia products are made here in the UK (which of course means no animal testing, hooray). The brand uses little known ingredients and natural oils from around the world especially Australia, with well known skincare benefits. The Oilixia Kakadu Plum Gummy Facial Cleanser features Kakadu plum extract which originates from Australia's Kimberley region and known as one of the best natural resources of vitamin C. It's also rich in phenolic acid (a type of phytochemical called polyphenol) and helps to gently exfoliate the skin for smoother texture and a brighter appearance. Also included in this unusual gummy-textured blend is Almond, Apricot and Macadamia oils to help nourish and condition the skin, along with Eucalyptus which has fantastic antibacterial properties and is also where it gets it's refreshing and uplifting menthol scent from. The texture and scent of this reminds me of vicks vapor rub, though much much softer and milder in scent of course. It really is like no cleanser i have ever tried before with its unusual gummy, tacky texture. Simply apply a 5 pence piece amount to the face and neck until it turns tacky (this helps to lift off impurities) then simply apply the tiniest amount of water to get to emulsify to a milk, which spreads over the face like a dream. Then rinse with warm water and enjoy refreshed, deeply cleansed, sebum-free smooth skin that feels normal but not at all dry or taught with zero residue. If you have oily skin i highly recommend this cleanser. The texture of the cleanser is something to get used to, but i find it a fun experience. This product excited me so much I'm now lusting after their Amazonian Cacay Facial Oil next.


Ingredients: Glycerin**, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil*, Aqua*, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine**, Terminalia Ferdinandiana (Kakadu) Plum Extract*, Sucrose Laurate**, Caryodendron Orinocense (Kahai / Cacay) Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Xanthan Gum**, Glyceryl Behenate**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice Powder*, Eucalyptus Globulas (Eucalyptus) Oil*, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil*, Phytic Acid**, Gluconolactone**, Sodium Benzoate**, Calcium Gluconate**, Limonene+, Linalool+ *Natural **Natural Origin + Occurs naturally in essential oils

Are Oilixia Skincare Products Cruelty Free? Yes

Available from Oilixia directly for £24

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Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Masques | Travel Size ( 4 Masks ) - Retail Value of £24


The Patchology SmartMud No Mess Mud Masques offer an innovative take on the traditional mud mask. No more dipping your finger into a pot and messily applying all over your face. The Patchology mud masks are inspired by Korean sheet masks but instead of being a hydrating mask covered in a serum or ampoule, its covered in a mud solution (Korean jeju volcanic ash, bentonite clay and kaolin) to help detoxify and purify the skin, removing impurities. You get all the benefits of a mud mask but without the messy sink to clean up, tightness and flaking everywhere. The actual sheet mask comes in two parts, which is brilliant to suit many face shapes. It is somewhat messy and awkward to apply as the mask sheet comes in between a white and clear plastic. The white plastic gets peeled off first, then apply the mask side soaked in the mud solution to the skin then peel off the clear layer. It is somewhat fidgety to do and does move around, but its extremely thin and easy to work with to move back into place. It does mean your hands get a bit messy though. The material of the mask itself reminds me of gauze that you use on a body cast and the scent of the mud is delightful with a soft natural mix of floral and herbal scent. Simply leave on for 10 minutes you will feel a very slight amount of tingling, nothing extreme or at all irritating just means it's doing it's working it's magic. Then peel it off and rinse with warm water to be left with clear, purified, sebum free skin. I notice a huge difference in my sebum production and pores after using this mask. I really enjoy using this mask and have used two already (one a week). I will definitely purchase more of these in the future and continue to use twice a month. I will be following up with a more in depth blogpost on these masks shortly.


Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Inositol, Trehalose, Taurine, Phenoxyethanol, Betaine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Arginine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexyglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum).

Are Patchology Skincare Products Cruelty Free? Unsure, cannot find any details

Available in the UK from Mintd for £24
Available in the USA for $30 from Patchology directly, Neiman Marcus & Nordstrom ( both of whom ship to the UK and total around £24/25 ) or they retail individually for $8 from Ulta



The March 2017 Mintd Beauty Box definitely provides a 'Spring Clean' for the skin and i really like how they included a complete skincare routine in this months box (a cleanser, mask, serum and moisturiser). I feel that the £65 cost of this box redeems itself when you look at the £186 value of the products it contains that are both innovative and effective. Mintd Beauty Box has multiple subscription plans to suit your lifestyle or budget, and their customer service team go above and beyond to help you with any queries. Their subscription plans go from monthly or bi-monthly at £65, 3 months for £190.50, 6 months for £381 and yearly/12 months for £762. They can also be cancelled if you just contact their customer service and can easily be reactivated by yourself manually on your 'subscription' plan under your account. Mintd Box has Worldwide Delivery (UK Free, Europe, North America & Australia). For those out of the UK you can receive Free delivery on your first box when you sign up using the promo code WELCOME17. Sign up here or at www.mintdbox.com. Or alternatively you can invest in this months box here.


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Jamey xo

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